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Mike Bloomberg’s Presidential campaign is blasting the airwaves so much that he is now a factor in the Presidential race, but how green is he? He has a very strong record of environmental accomplishments as Mayor of New York and since he left office, and he has detailed proposals on climate change, but fewer plans for what to do about other environmental problems like clean water and toxic waste, endangered species and other natural resource issues.
Why This Matters: Bloomberg has the means to develop detailed policy plans on the full range of conservation and environmental issues and the ads to go with them, but the “green” plans on his web site are not as broad as the other candidates’ — at least not yet. So far, his web site only covers climate change and clean energy, with a short discussion of clean air and clean water in his infrastructure plan. His track record as mayor of New York City is also helpful in understanding where he stands on issues like parks and environmental justice — and it is well in the mainstream of the Democratic Party. His first appearance in a Democratic debate is unfortunately unlikely to provide voters a greater understanding of his positions on some of the other environmental issues that can provide a great contrast to President Trump’s abysmal record. It might be good to start by asking him where he stands on the Green New Deal and by when he would seek to achieve carbon neutrality. We want and need to know more.
Protect critical infrastructure and create an Infrastructure Resilience Finance Corporation
Launch a national initiative to use climate data to improve resilience efforts
To Go Deeper: We recommend The Daily podcast from yesterday (though we suspect many of you already listened to it) on “the hidden infrastructure of influence and persuasion behind his campaign.” It is worth your time.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer More than three years after Hurricane Harvey, officials are still clashing over how to disperse aid. In the first $1 billion round of support, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush made some questionable calculations, leaving the hardest-hit communities in its most populous city without a penny in federal aid according to the […]
It’s spring in Paris, they are still struggling with COVID, and yet thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and numerous other French cities to protest climate change. The French legislature is considering a law to impose tougher measures to combat climate change, but many believe the proposals are not sufficient and so they staged marches in Nancy, Toulouse, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, as seen in social media posts.
Why This Matters: Because of the Paris Agreement, France is associated with climate change progress.
As California’s drought conditions are worsening, Nestle is pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino forest. State water officials have drafted a cease-and-desist order to force the company to stop overpumping from Strawberry Creek, which provides drinking water for about 750,000 people.
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