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Yesterday, major ideological tensions flared among Senate Democrats and Republicans about what just 12 hours prior seemed to be a solid stimulus package.
Despite those roadblocks, there was one clear loser in the $2 trillion relief package: the renewable energy industry. The deal for Senate Republicans taking out a $3 billion provision to buy oil for a strategic stockpile, the stimulus bill will also exclude extensions to solar and wind tax credits. The Energy Gang’s Jigar Shah explained,
The Republicans in fact jettisoned the oil/gas provisions in order to not to renewable energy. The directive came directly from @realDonaldTrump, he hates renewable energy. https://t.co/KRhSxUnp8D
FYI: Individuals who intentionally spread the novel coronavirus could be charged with terrorism for the “purposeful exposure and infection of others,” according to the Justice Department.
On The Hill: The Senate coronavirus bill was once again on shaky ground yesterday. As Buzzfeed reported, a group of Republican senators was threatening to stall the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill over unemployment insurance benefits, causing Sen. Bernie Sanders to announce he will launch a counter-crusade against corporate aid.
New York: New York City with its 8.6 million residents is being called the ground-zero for the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. In many ways, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is orchestrating the pandemic response that Americans wish to see on a national level from President Trump. Cuomo warned that in his state “we have not turned the trajectory, nor have we hit the apex” and expressed that the Senate stimulus plan is a “drop in the bucket” for New York.
The governor said he’s asked the White House to send New York the personnel and equipment the state needs, and “as soon as we get past that critical moment, we’ll redeploy that equipment and personnel to the next hot spot. I will personally guarantee it and personally manage it.”
The Trump Administration announced last week that it has rejected the settled scientific evidence linking the pesticide chlorpyrifos to serious health problems, particularly in children. This pesticide, which is widely used on soybeans, almonds, grapes, and other crops, has been proven to harm children’s neurological development.
Why this matters: Under the false flag of transparency, EPA is putting children at greater risk.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Tuesday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to accept a petition that will grant the Joshua tree, the famous twisty-limbed yucca plant native to the Mojave desert, endangered species status for one year while the state conducts a study. The plant is now considered a “candidate species” […]
by Razi Beresin-Scher and Miro Korenha According to recent reporting from The Hill, atmospheric smoke is exacerbating the toll of the COVID-19 virus in Oregon and California. Smoke inhalation weakens the immune systems of those suffering from asthma and other underlying respiratory conditions, compromising their ability to recover from the virus. Researchers at the Harvard […]
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