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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.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Late last week, President Biden and a critical mass of Democrats in the Senate and House agreed on the details of Build Back Better legislation — a $1.85 trillion overall investment that includes a record-setting $555 billion dollars to take on the climate crisis. The agreement marked a […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Top executives from Big Oil companies ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, and Shell testified before Congress yesterday amid accusations and revelations about their industry’s efforts to mislead the public about human-caused climate change while claiming to be in favor of climate action. A report released Thursday morning by the House Committee […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As the world gets ready for COP26 in Glasgow next week, many nations are upping their pledges to lower emissions before 2030. But according to a UN report released Tuesday, even if Argentina, Britain, Canada, the EU, South Africa, and the US achieve their pledged goals, it would account […]
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