Saturday Night time Owls: Pandemic and local weather disaster stay linked because of the impacts and denial

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Whether or not or not the Covid-19 pandemic finally bolsters or hampers the prospects for U.S. and international local weather motion, the 2 crises stay inextricably linked. No less than for the foreseeable future, any effort to meaningfully tackle the basis causes of 1 will contain confronting the opposite.

Coping with both disaster additionally includes tackling the rejection of science promoted by the Trump administration and pervading his base.

“If there’s a silver lining, it’s that the failure of the present administration to reply meaningfully to the pandemic lays naked the deadliness of ideologically-motivated science denial,” mentioned Michael Mann, a local weather scientist at Penn State College, who warned that such inaction round local weather “can be much more lethal.”

Noting the pandemic’s minimal impact in lowering greenhouse fuel emissions, Mann mentioned Covid-19 had proven the inadequacy of voluntary measures and particular person conduct to fulfill the targets of the Paris Settlement and forestall harmful ranges of world warming. […]

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At Each day Kos on this date in 2012—Give him some credit score, at the least Rick Santorum did not say ‘welfare queens’

Sensible folks know that who will get meals stamps and lined by Medicaid has nothing to do with race and the whole lot to do with poverty. Until, in fact, you are a Republican candidate on the lookout for no matter wedge concern you’ll be able to dredge as much as distinguish your self from all the opposite candidates within the ultimate moments of the primary huge contest of the 2012 season.

It isn’t that the others would draw back from doing what Rick Santorum did Sunday. That was to lift the specter of African People leeching off the taxpayers when they need to be getting jobs. You possibly can’t precisely name it a dog-whistle for the reason that message was loud and clear to everybody.

In Sioux Metropolis at a marketing campaign cease Santorum told a mostly white crowd that he [doesn’t want] to provide black folks “any person else’s cash.”