White House officials barred a State Department intelligence staffer from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change could be “possibly catastrophic” after State officials refused to excise the document’s references to the scientific consensus on climate change, the Washington Post reports.
Business Insider reports that multiple sentences in Joe Biden’s new climate change proposal “appear to lift passages from letters and websites for different organizations.”
“The copied sentences are particularly notable due to Biden’s past history of plagiarism, which played a major role in tanking his 1988 presidential campaign.”
“Joe Biden unveiled a wide-ranging climate and energy platform for his 2020 campaign Tuesday, vowing to go ‘well beyond’ President Obama’s policies at a time when he’s facing skepticism on the left,” Axios reports.
“It calls for achieving net-zero U.S. greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050. That top-level goal is within range of Jay Inslee’s detailed plan, which calls for net-zero ‘as fast as possible’ and by 2045 at the latest.”
Associated Press: “Biden’s plan calls for $1.7 trillion in federal spending over 10 years, with the rest of the investments coming from the private sector. Biden proposes covering the taxpayer costs by repealing the corporate tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed in 2017, while eliminating existing subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.”
New York Times: “Parts of the federal government will no longer fulfill what scientists say is one of the most urgent jobs of climate science studies: reporting on the future effects of a rapidly warming planet and presenting a picture of what the earth could look like by the end of the century if the global economy continues to emit heat-trapping carbon dioxide pollution from burning fossil fuels.”
New York Times: “The EPA plans to adopt a new method for projecting the future health risks of air pollution, one that experts said has never been peer-reviewed and is not scientifically sound.”
“The immediate effect of the change would be to drastically lower an estimate last year by the Trump administration that projected as many as 1,400 additional premature deaths per year from a proposed new rule on emissions from coal plants. That, in turn, would make it easier to defend the new regulation.”
The EPA’s inspector general recommended recovering nearly $124,000 in improper travel expenses by former EPA chief Scott Pruitt, the Washington Post reports.
“The findings, issued nearly a year after Pruitt resigned amid controversy over his spending, travel and ties to lobbyists and outside groups, highlight the fiscal impact of his penchant for high-end travel and accommodations.”
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told a panel of U.S. lawmakers that he has “not lost any sleep” over record amounts of carbon dioxide recorded in the Earth’s atmosphere, which scientists warn are altering the global climate, Reuters reports.
“Joe Biden is crafting a climate change policy he hopes will appeal to both environmentalists and the blue-collar voters that elected Donald Trump, according to two sources, carving out a middle ground approach that will likely face heavy resistance from green activists,” Reuters reports.
NBC News: “Climate change has recently shot to the top of polls of issues that Democratic voters care about in the presidential primary, rivaling for the first time longstanding bread-and-butter topics like health care — and a leading environmental group has plans to keep it that way.”
“That’s a big shift from the last presidential election in 2016, when climate change did not get a single question during the debates between Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump, and just 15 percent of Democratic primary voters named it as their top priority.”
Green That Life suggests it’s not an easy question with a clear answer.
Washington Post: “Up to 1 million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, with devastating implications for human survival, according to a United Nations report released Monday.”
“The report’s findings underscore the conclusions of numerous scientific studies that say human activity is wreaking havoc on the wild kingdom, threatening the existence of everything from giant whales to small flowers and insects that are almost impossible to see with the naked eye.”
Beto O’Rourke released a sweeping, $5 trillion plan to combat what he regularly refers to as the “greatest threat” our nation faces: climate change, NBC News reports.
“O’Rourke’s four-pillar framework, detailed in a campaign memo, combines proposed executive action with legislation he pledges to introduce within his first 100 days in office and outlines further steps to take in response to climate-related disasters in the future. It amounts to the first major policy rollout for a campaign which critics have targeted for being light on specifics.”
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) has reportedly signed a law banning bans and fines on plastic bags, KFOR reports.
“The piece of legislation prohibits municipalities from banning or putting a tax on auxiliary containers made of materials such as cloth paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass and yes, plastic.”
For those in other states: How to pass a plastic bag ban.
Here are some simple ways to get you started on a greener life:
- A Spring Green Clean: 6 Simple and Affordable Tips
- 4 Simple Steps to Dispose of Disposables
- Food Waste is a Huge Waste. 9 Ways to Whittle The Waste.
- How to Reduce Waste When You’re On the Go
- Green or Greenwashing? How to Clean Up Cleaning Products Confusion
Or take it to the next level and make a big impact in your community:
A new CBS News poll finds 62% of Americans think the environment will be worse for the next generation of Americans, up six points from a year ago.
“When asked to grade the U.S. on protecting the environment, few Americans give the U.S. high marks. Most give the country a ‘C’ at best, including 22% who give a failing grade of ‘F.’ Back in 2009, just 6% said the U.S. deserved an ‘F’ for the progress it had made in protecting the environment.”
A new Siena College poll finds that nearly two-thirds of New York voters support the state’s newly passed ban on single-use plastic bags.
“Voters from both major parties were supportive of the ban, with 67% of Democrats and 56% of Republicans backing it.”
For more on this, check out Green That Life.
Gallup: “By the widest margin since 2000, more Americans believe environmental protection should take precedence over economic growth when the two goals conflict. Sixty-five percent now choose the environment, up eight percentage points from a year ago, while 30% choose the economy.”
“There is some variation on this question by age. Adults aged 18 to 34 are more likely than those 35 and older to give precedence to environmental protection over economic growth. However, the sharpest differences are by party. Eight in 10 Democrats (82%) and 71% of independents prioritize environmental protection, versus 35% of Republicans.”