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However, there still hasn’t been an announcement by the Trump administration to make isolation mandatory. A mandate from the White House would be important as desperate mayors trying to manage the crisis are being defied when they’ve ordered restaurants and music venues to close. This has left our nation with a patchwork of guidance and mandates and those spreading false information about COVID-19 are not being held accountable. In fact, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said that governors are “on their own” after Trump’s lack of leadership.
Why This Matters: Our nation needs clarity and we need a plan. At the very least we need our President and more elected officials to vehemently discourage hoarding of resources and to push social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to quickly stop the spread of misinformation on their platforms.
While President Trump did declare the coronavirus a national emergency over the weekend, most Americans are still in the dark about when they might be able to be tested and how their communities should prepare (i.e. what’s required vs. what’s being strongly suggested).
Today, President Trump is expected to meet with oil and gas industry executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Occidental Petroleum and Continental Resources to discuss the outlook for the industry in the wake of an oil price collapse. Trump sees himself as a moderator in the world oil talks between Russia and Saudi Arabia as well […]
We wrote 3 weeks ago that the COVID-19 outbreak could prove to be a serious impediment to global efforts to curb climate change and promote conservation, and this concern has been realized as yesterday the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, has been rescheduled for 2021. Why This Matters: COP26 was […]
Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to close Grand Canyon National Park and other national parks and public lands at risk of spreading coronavirus due to continued crowding and high visitation levels. In the midst […]