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Even the Prince of Wales could not convince President Trump that climate change is real, though apparently, the Prince did give it a go during a 15-minute meeting on Monday between the two leaders that stretched to 90 minutes, according to The Washington Post.
The President later told British talk show host Piers Morgan, “I believe that there’s a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways,” and then he went on to say, “Don’t forget it used to be called global warming. That wasn’t working. Then it was called climate change. Now it’s actually called extreme weather, because, with extreme weather, you can’t miss.”
Why This Matters: The President’s statements are so ill-informed that it is embarrassing. Of course the weather changes — but weather and climate are two different things. Juxtapose these nonsensical statements by the President with the lucid but alarming testimony by national security experts before the House Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday. Military Times reported that Rod Schoonover, a senior State Department official testified that “Climate change effects could undermine important international systems on which the U.S. is critically dependent such as trade routes, food, and energy supplies, the global economy, and domestic stability abroad.” That is what the President should be discussing with the leaders of our closest allies when he meets them this week.
The new Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist from Nigeria, made ending fishing subsidies by governments her first priority on Monday, according to E&E News. This has long been a priority for the WTO, but her decision also reflects the importance of women in promoting and ensuring sustainable fishing globally.
Why This Matters: As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we wanted to shine a light on women’s contributions to the natural resource economy.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer While working to pass a COVID relief package through both houses of Congress, the Biden administration is simultaneously working on its next priority legislative package: a much-awaited $2T infrastructure bill. One of the anticipated winners of this bill could be passenger rail, as President Biden has said he wants […]
This week, we marked the grim milestone of 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. We know that many among them cared deeply about the environment and climate change, and many were public servants. In their honor, we want to tell the story of one — Jennifer “Jen” Pizza, who died suddenly last Sunday of […]
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