Harris Will Talk About Impact of Climate Change and Drought During Nevada Trip

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The office of Vice President Kamala Harris has confirmed that she will issue remarks highlighting the impact of climate change and drought during a trip to Nevada.

During her visit to Lake Mead, Harris will receive a briefing from Interior Department officials about the impact of this year’s drought. The briefing will also emphasize the Biden administration’s commitment to addressing climate change. read more

Biden Will Sign Order for Half of New Vehicles to Be Electric by 2030

President Joe Biden is expected to sign an order for half of all new vehicles on American roads to be electric or zero-emission by 2030. Biden will be joined at the White House by Ford and GM executives as well as leaders from the United Auto Workers. The executive order will also replace former President Donald Trump’s more relaxed tailpipe and emissions standards with stricter ones in addition to setting the 2030 goal.

“What we’re hearing across the board is a consensus about the direction where this industry is going and a coming together around the recognition that this is the moment of truth — not just for climate action, for economic action, as well,” said a senior Biden administration official who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement.

The big three automakers (GM, Ford, and Stellantis) emphasized that they would need federal help to reach this goal, though they stressed their “commitment to be leaders in the U.S. transition to electric vehicles.”

“This represents a dramatic shift from the U.S. market today that can be achieved only with the timely deployment of the full suite of electrification policies committed to by the administration in the Build Back Better Plan,” the major automakers said in a joint statement that cited purchase incentives, charging stations and federal investments in research, development and supply chains. 

Biden took to Twitter to make an official announcement earlier this morning.

“The future of the auto industry is electric –– and made in America,” he wrote.

The future of the auto industry is electric — and made in America.

Today I'm signing an executive order with a goal to make 50% of new vehicles sold by 2030 zero-emission — and unveiling steps to reverse the previous administration’s short-sighted rollback of vehicle standards. read more

Opinion: Will “Enough Is Enough” Politics Eclipse Dems’ Futile Hopes for Bi-Partisanship?

“Folks [are] supposed to have common sense.”

These are the now well-known words of Alabama’s Republican Governor Kay Ivey when she called out those hesitant or downright resistant to getting vaccinated, declaring that “it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.” read more

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.”

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.

Let’s move with the urgency and boldness that this moment calls for.https://t.co/XRiG4fzumC 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.”

Thunberg, who often criticized former President Donald Trump and his administration for gutting environmental regulations and asserting that climate change is a man-made hoax, noted that reactions to the climate crisis are intensifying, and acknowledged that this places politicians in a difficult position.

“I understand it’s difficult, and to be honest I would not want to be in a politician’s position right now. I can’t imagine how hard it must be,” she said.  “How can you expect support and pressure from voters … if you are not treating the crisis like a crisis?”

Thunberg said the president, who re-entered the United States into the Paris Climate Accord and has rolled back some of his predecessor’s deregulatory actions, has a responsibility to get people involved.

“So what we need now is to raise awareness and to create public opinion to treat the crisis like a crisis. Because if people are not aware of the crisis that we face, of course they wouldn’t put pressure on the elected leaders. So I would just tell him to, to tell the situation as it is,” she said.

You can watch Thunberg’s full interview below.

”If Joe Biden called you and said he could wave a presidential magic wand, what you tell him to do?”

– Nothing. Because that would be undemocratic and democracy is the most precious thing we have.
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World Leaders Praise Biden as U.S. Returns to the Forefront in the Battle Against Climate Change

World leaders praised President Joe Biden after he signed an executive order authorizing the United States‘ return into the Paris Climate Accords, signaling to the global community that the country has returned to the forefront in the battle against climate change after four years of regressive action under the Trump administration.

French President Emmanuel Macron was one of the first to praise Biden, writing, “We will be stronger to face the challenges of our time.”

To @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.
Best wishes on this most significant day for the American people!
We are together.
We will be stronger to face the challenges of our time. Stronger to build our future. Stronger to protect our planet. Welcome back to the Paris Agreement! read more

Trump Administration Rejects California’s Request for Disaster Relief to Tackle Wildfires

The Trump administration has rejected California’s request for disaster relief funds to tackle wildfires and to help residents displaced by a string of fires that have impacted the state.

“The request for a Major Presidential Disaster Declaration for early September fires has been denied by the federal administration,” said Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for the governor’s office of emergency services. read more

Trump Calls Kamala Harris “This Monster” During Fox Interview

President Trump called in to “Fox and Friends” for an interview this morning, during which he referred to Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as “this monster” and criticized statements she made about fracking and climate change during last night’s vice presidential debate.

“This monster who was on stage with [Vice President] Mike Pence, who destroyed her last night by the way, this monster, she says, ‘No, no, there won’t be fracking, there won’t be this,’ everything she said is a lie,” he told host Maria Bartiromo.

“Take a look at the manifesto,” he said, referencing the Green New Deal, a package of legislation aimed at addressing climate change and inequality. “They agreed to that with Bernie Sanders and AOC [Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez]. ‘AOC plus three,’ I call it, and all the killers.  They agreed to it. In fact, AOC is having a fit this morning because they’ve disavowed it. They agreed to the manifesto: Open borders, crime pouring into our country. They want to have thousands of people that are murderers, rapists just pour into our country. They could be very sick people. Our borders are sealed right now, except if you come in legally.

You can watch the interview below.

On Fox & Friends, Trump calls Kamala Harris "this monster" and begins ranting lies about "the manifesto" with "AOC plus 3, all the killers" letting murderers and rapists into the country. pic.twitter.com/MGordbWeoE read more

Trump Goes Into Nonsensical Rant About European “Forest Cities” When Asked How to React to Climate Change

Speaking to the hosts of “Fox and Friends,” President Donald Trump said “European forest cities” do a better job of handling climate change than the state of California, who he appeared to blame as wildfires continue to ravage the American West.

“What is the right to act, to react to climate change within reason without destroying the economy?” asked host Brian Kilmeade.

“You have forests all over the world. You don’t have fires like you do in California,” Trump said. “In Europe they have forest cities. You look at countries, Austria, you look at so many countries, they live in the forest, they’re considered forest cities, so many of them. And they don’t have fires like this and they have more explosive trees. They have trees that will catch easier but they maintain their fire, they have an expression, they thin the fuel. The fuel is what’s on the ground, the leaves, the trees that fall, that dry, they’re like a matchstick after 18 months, if they’re on the ground longer than 18 months, they’re very explosive stuff, they have to manage that stuff.”

You can watch the segment below.

Brian Kilmeade asks Trump "the right way" to react to climate change, and he focuses on European "forest cities" with "more explosive trees" that don't burn like California, because "they thin the fuel … the leaves." pic.twitter.com/YOGgXp9vbZ read more

20 States Sue Trump for Weakening Regulations on Methane Emissions That Worsen Climate Change

Trump refuses to answer when asked about QAnon at press conference

Twenty states have filed a joint lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for weakening regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas industries. The plaintiffs say the fires raging on the West Coast are an example of the dangers of climate change.

“Our climate emergency is increasingly a public health emergency. The toll of the natural disaster we face from unprecedented wildfires is increasingly measured in human life,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. “How many wake-up calls do our nation‘s leaders need to take climate action?” read more

Opinion: A Full View of the Economy Reveals Trump’s Betrayal of Americans

Polling indicates that Americans still give Donald Trump an edge over Joe Biden when it comes to their faith in either candidate to manage the economy.

While it’s true that, according to a late-August Reuters/Ipsos poll, Trump’s approval rating on the economy has dipped 14% since March, putting him in negative territory with 47% approving and 48% disapproving of his management of the economy, voters nonetheless see Trump as a better bet when it comes to serving their economic interests—despite the fact that the same poll revealed that 58% of respondents believed the economy was on the wrong track. read more

Barack Obama Subtly Criticizes Trump and Calls on Voters to ‘Demand Better’ in 2020 Elections

Former President Barack Obama appeared to criticize President Donald Trump’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday. Obama tweeted about the pandemic without mentioning Trump by name.

The former president shared a Los Angeles Times article about clean air rules. The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations that Obama introduced.

The rules required automakers to manufacture more fuel-efficient vehicles.

“We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic,” Obama wrote.

We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can't afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall. https://t.co/K8Ucu7iVDK read more