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Boy, are we blowing it. After the July 4th holiday weekend cases of COVID-19 surged in the United States due to a piecemeal response by governors throughout the country. Last week, the EU banned American travelers, while Canada is fining them and Mexico is working to introduce tighter restrictions on them. It seems as if there’s no longer the same privilege of holding a U.S. passport.
Our unchecked air pollution is compounding the effects of the virus for frontline communities which means that Black and Latino people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus in a widespread manner that spans the country, throughout hundreds of counties in urban, suburban and rural areas, and across all age groups. Extreme partisanship has made a coordinated response to the virus virtually impossible and has eroded America’s image with the international community.
It doesn’t have to be this way, but this is the path we’re choosing.
On Saturday, President Trump announced he would nominate Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and predictably her approach to environmental cases is likely to be quite conservative.
Why This Matters: Environmental cases are likely to be heading to the Supreme Court as many statutes need to be interpreted to deal with today’s environmental challenges.
This week a new study from Oxfam revealed that the world’s richest one percent cause more than double the CO2 emissions of the poorest 50%. Experts believe that if the people who make up the richest 10%* continue to consume at this rate for the next 10 years, climate change could surpass the critical 1.5 […]
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