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Live footage of us last night/this morning waiting for Iowa caucus results.
If you stayed up late in hopes of seeing who would be declared the winner in the Iowas caucuses, we’re yawning with you in solidarity. As of early this morning, there’s no clear winner and no clear indication about how big of a factor climate change had played in the electoral event.
“The long-anticipated Iowa caucuses turned into a debacle Monday night when technical problems delayed the results, prompting presidential candidates to depart before the outcome was clear, spurring one campaign to challenge the integrity of the process and producing a muddled situation instead of what Democratic leaders hoped would be a decisive beginning to their attempt to oust President Trump.”
What’s Going On: As the Hill reported, after mounting speculation, the Iowa state party released a statement saying that a change in the way the outcome will be reported had sowed some confusion and that no results would be reported until the “inconsistencies” were cleared up. Additionally, the app tasked with delivering the results of the Iowa caucus crashed, leading to more uncertainty.
Why This Matters: Although there is a lot of criticism that Iowa is too small and too rural to speak for the rest of the nation, it’s still an important victory for presidential candidates. As the LA Times explained, “In the last seven contested races for the Democratic nomination, five candidates went on to become the Democratic nominee after winning Iowa.” That means that the climate agenda of the winner in Iowa could likely shape the 2020 climate conversation.
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.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In the Biden administration’s first 100 days, the climate crisis and environmental issues have been at the forefront of the administration’s agenda. As Environment America writes in their progress report, “despite the need to rebuild many federal agencies and tackle the COVID-19 crisis, the Biden administration has already taken […]
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