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Yesterday at a coronavirus press conference President Trump reiterated that he wants the U.S. economy to “reopen” and this time by Easter where he hopes to see “packed” churches. When he was asked by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins why he chose Easter as his target date, the President answered, “I just thought it was a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline.”
While the stock market rebounded and the President’s approval rating went up (matching his all-time high) there’s an ominous feeling among public health experts that Americans will be lulled into a false sense of comfort as no doctors or researchers believe that Easter is an adequate time frame to ease social distancing restrictions.
Why This Matters: Public health decisions should be based on science and not political optics. The best remedy for the economy is a healthy population. Furthermore, there’s still a lot about this disease that we don’t understand (like why some people get it again). But mostly, the Easter timeline conflicts with what New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested could be the peak for the outbreak in his state, the place that VP Pence called the “epicenter” for the virus outbreak in the United States.
Who To Believe: The real danger of President Trump not trusting and listening to scientists is that it creates confusion. Americans don’t know what to believe and thus end up believing whatever they want–facts cease to have meaning. We’re seeing this from people who are reluctant to stay home as they don’t think coronavirus is an urgent threat to geopolitical disputes between the United States and China regarding disinformation.
The US Senate has passed a nearly $2tn stimulus package early this morning to help rescue the American economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic as Donald Trump considers easing restrictions aimed at combating the contagion.
After days of around-the-clock negotiations between senators and administration officials, a bipartisan compromise was struck over what is expected to be the largest US economic stimulus measure ever passed.
The bill next goes to the House, where Democrats have introduced their own proposal.
Additionally, senior Democrats serving on the House Natural Resources Committee jointly called on Senate negotiators and House leadership this afternoon to ensure the upcoming congressional coronavirus relief bill and any future relief measures adequately address the growing health needs across Indian Country.
Tribes have faced unique funding delays in virus responses to date and are suffering from chronically underfunded health care services.
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 […]