Jayapal to Biden: Nation Can’t Afford to “Wait for Republicans to Have Some Awakening on Climate Change”

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) says the country cannot afford to “wait for Republicans to have some awakening on climate change.”

Let’s not water down a bill for a party that’s not actually interested in bipartisanship or wait for Republicans to have some awakening on climate change,” she said. “Let’s move with the urgency and boldness that this moment calls for.” read more

Greta Thunberg to President Biden: “Treat the Climate Crisis Like a Crisis”

Climate activist Greta Thunberg urged President Joe Biden and his administration to “treat the climate crisis like a crisis” during an appearance on MSNBC.

“Just treat the climate crisis like a crisis,” she said. “They have said themselves that this is an existential threat, and they’d better treat it accordingly, which they are not. They are just treating the climate crisis as [if] it were a political topic among other topics.” read more

Energy Secretary Confirms Her Department Has More Than $40 Billion in Funds to Transition to Clean Energy

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who was confirmed by the Senate just last week, has confirmed that her department, thanks to its reactivated loan program, has more than $40 billion in funds to boost the transition to clean energy sources. Though Granholm did not offer a timeline on when these loans would be offered, the news marks an important step for the United States as it further divests itself from fossil fuels and addresses the climate crisis. read more

Trump Administration Proposes Allowing Logging in an Alaskan National Forest

President Donald Trump’s administration has moved to allow logging in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The proposal from the Forest Service would result in the cutting down of trees across more than 6,000 acres of forest, including 5,000 acres of old-growth forest that critics say is valuable in the fight against climate change. The Tongass National Forest is a carbon sink, absorbing more carbon than it releases, and mitigating the impact of climate change on human life. read more

Rush Limbaugh Claims Stay-at-Home Orders Are Destroying Economy “Under Guise” of Saving Lives

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed stay-at-home orders come at the expense of wrecking the economy in a monologue on his show.

“Are we just going to sit by and watch $22 trillion — that’s the value, that’s the sum total of the GDP, that’s the U.S. economy — are we just going to sit by here and watch it evaporate?” he said on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” “Because that’s what we’re doing, under the guise of not losing any unnecessary life — meaning we want to try to save as many lives as we can.” read more

The EPA Says It Is Suspending Enforcement of Environmental Regulations Because of Coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would suspend enforcement of environmental regulations because of the coronavirus pandemic. The EPA made the decision following “an influx of requests from businesses for a relaxation of regulations as they face layoffs, personnel restrictions and other problems related to the coronavirus outbreak,” according to The New York Times, which broke the story. read more