Where Do VP Candidates Stand on Climate?
Rumors are running wild about Joe Biden’s choice of running mate. He’s supposed to announce this week — although he’s famous for blowing past deadlines, so who knows? These short videos show what top contenders say about climate change.
Stacey Abrams, Founder, Fair Fight and the Southern Economic Advancement Project. “This election is our chance to be heard and demand bold climate action and environmental justice.”
Tammy Baldwin, US Senator, Wisconsin. Climate change “requires bold, urgent, and transformative action.”
Lujan Grisham, Governor, New Mexico. “Building a clean energy economy and creating good, reliable, secure jobs is the right fight for our future.”
Kamala Harris, US Senator, California. “California is the canary in the coal mine on this issue, and California will be the solution for this nation and this globe.”
Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor. “Climate change is what we call a national security threat multiplier.”
Elizabeth Warren, US Senator, Massachusetts. “We have a government that works great for the fossil fuel industry, but not for the rest of us.”
People do not care about what they do not know. Sir David Attenborough, in this 2-minute short from the New Yorker, says that even spiders have distinctive personalities, and that our planet has an amazing ability to heal itself. "If you give the natural world just half a chance, it bounces back in an extraordinary way. That is what gives you optimism."
My mom back in PA loves Hallmark cards—loves to look through the racks at the drug store for the perfect combination of design and sentiment. (With plenty of hand sanitizer, we hope.) She writes a personal note, she chooses a special stamp. She takes it to the mailbox with lots of time to spare.
Mom has been calling every couple of days to see if we got our anniversary card yet. The delay didn’t surprise me; our local Sevilla mail carriers enjoy a somewhat relaxed approach to delivery, and as far as I know have never boxed themselves in with the whole “rain nor snow nor gloom of night” thing.
Our card did arrive, five days after our anniversary—and postmarked four days after Mom mailed it. Thank you, Louis DeJoy.
Big New Deal:
The Intercept: How Not to Lose the Lockdown Generation by Naomi Klein
For months, the White House hasn’t been able to figure out how to roll out free Covid-19 tests, let alone contact tracing, never mind quarantine support. Yet in the 1930s, during a much more desperate economic time, state and federal agencies cooperated to deliver not just free tests but free houses.
March for Our Lives: Our Power: Next Time (Video, 2 min)
This new political ad, narrated by Parkland shooting survivor Emma González, is a call for the young voters who made an extraordinary showing in the 2018 midterms to turn out again in November. Don’t expect “Dump Trump” slogans or anti-Trump attacks: The Washington Post notes that the campaign aims to reach voters motivated by issues, not candidates.
The Guardian: Doctors and medical students across the US push to register patients to vote (AP/Boston)
Prior generations may have viewed voter registration and other nonpartisan election work as too political, but today's medical professionals increasingly see civic engagement as a crucial part of “treating the whole patient.”
The American Way:
MSNBC: American Capitalism Exploits The Poor To Enrich The Wealthy (Video, 4 min)
We’re facing the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression...Yet, somehow, the rich have found a way to get richer.
New Yorker: North Dakota Oil Workers Are Learning to Tend Wind Turbines—and That’s a Big Deal by Bill McKibben
People who work in hydrocarbons are going to need new jobs now that the demand for hydrocarbons is dropping.
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