Author: Meteor Blades

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Global mayors say after the Coronavirus, there’s no return to business as usual – put climate action at center of recovery

Mayors of megacities that are members of C40, a network pledged to addressing climate change, are saying that going back to the old normal in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is not a suitable approach to recovery. The organization represents more than 750 million people and approved a “statement of principles” committing them to ensuring that their recovery plans are driven by […]

May 9th

Trump beats Obama – US lost twice as many jobs in April than the entire Great Recession

Each month, Automatic Data Processing Inc., which handles payrolls for about a fifth of U.S. private employment, releases its job report two days before the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics announces its own findings for both private and public sector jobs. ADP reported Wednesday that non-farm private sector employment fell by 20,236,000 last month. That’s a horrendous number. But […]

May 7th

Democratic senators tell DC Court that fossil fuel industry has infiltrated EPA and are dictating its policies

The Senators filed a friend-of-the-court brief filed in a lawsuit that challenges the Environmental Protection Agency’s pathetic replacement of the Obama EPA’s Clean Power Plan designed to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Short version: the replacement plan will mean many more deaths and ailments will afflict people than would have been the casse under the Obama plan. […]

May 6th

As Coronavirus takes heavy toll on people of color, Harris wants task force to study why and propose fixes

Today, Sen. Kamala Harris of California will introduce legislation creating a task force to scrutinize the racial disparity in health outcomes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a heavy and disproportionate toll among African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians. While the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act would focus on addressing the disparate effects of the […]

May 4th

Failure to provide Coronavirus relief money shows America never gets tired of sticking it to Indians

Back in the 19th century, when the U.S. was removing, corralling, and slaughtering the American Indian population, treaties and other agreements were made to provide regular compensation to those tribes that agreed to stop fighting the ongoing theft of their land, culture, religion, and language, and confine themselves to reservations. Corruption, chicanery, bureaucratic rules, and outright […]

May 3rd

Another study shows climate-warming methane leakage much higher than industry has claimed

Yet another study has found methane emissions from oil and gas operations to be higher than previous tallies in the same region. Published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances, the study of the fossil-fuel-rich Permian Basin of Texas concluded: “Based on satellite measurements from May 2018 to March 2019, Permian methane emissions from oil and natural gas production [amount to] 3.7% of […]

April 25th

Should John Kerry be the first Climate Secretary? (He’s not even sure there should BE a Climate Secretary)

Adam Aton at Climatewire reports that former Secretary of State John Kerry isn’t showing much enthusiasm for the idea being tossed around by the presidential campaign team of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for establishing a cabinet post of climate secretary. Last year, Kerry, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and 60 other prominent people founded World War Zero, […]

April 24th

Millions of new claims for unemployment benefits push the jobless rate to 20%

To nobody’s surprise, the Department of Labor reported Thursday that another 4.4 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits in the week that ended April 18. That brings the seasonally adjusted new claims for the past five weeks to 26.3 million. That’s one out of six American workers. Add in the 5.8 million people who were already out of work when the massive […]

April 23rd