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As ABC News reported, in remarks in Washington to mark World Water Day, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said safe drinking water, plastic pollution and other litter in the oceans, drought in western states, and water infrastructure are “the largest and most immediate environmental and public health issues affecting the world right now” and not climate change. While this comment wasn’t surprising it was incredibly tone deaf considering the extreme weather events of the past week. It also completely denies the reality of how climate change is affecting precipitation–for contrast, the Obama Administration’s EPA website clearly outlined how climate change is threatening the water supply.During the same press event, Wheeler also stated that “Most of the threats from climate change are 50 to 75 years out. What we need to do is make sure that the people who are dying today from lack of having drinking water in third world countries that problem is addressed.”
Why This Matters: As David Axelrod’s tweet points out, climate change poses an immediate threat to Americans right now and our President and his administration are ignoring the danger our fellow citizens are facing. The devastating floods in Nebraska this past week were a result of record snowfall and a historic “bomb cyclone” that brought unprecedented amounts of precipitation to the region causing rivers to swell. Farms, an Air Force base, and tribal lands were obliterated and climate change played a major role. Ignoring climate change as a threat means that more American lives will be lost as we won’t be prepared as a nation to grapple with the consequences of a warming planet.
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 […]
After the New York Times reported that the proposal would be forthcoming, yesterday, allies of both former Vice President Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders released a joint set of policy recommendations to tackle the climate crisis. The recommendations signal a commitment to cooperation among the progressive wing of the party with the more mainstream base. […]
E&E News led with a story yesterday about the numerous environmental groups who received government support under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) even as they were suing the government over policies they believed the Trump administration got wrong.
Why This Matters: The E&E story seems to imply that environmental groups should not be suing the Trump administration — they sought comments from numerous groups as to they were taking the money while continuing to file lawsuits.
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