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Drain the Swamp: Trump-connected lobbyists have raked in $10 billion in COVID-19 aid for corporate clients

In yet another sign that the “swamp is alive and well in Washington, D.C.” despite President Donald Trump’s repeated promises to drain it, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen released a new report Monday morning identifying at least 40 Trump-connected lobbyists who have raked in over $10 billion in federal Covid-19 relief for their corporate clients since the pandemic began. […]

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change Earth’s trajectory

The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed. Cities from Bogota to Berlin and Vancouver have expanded bike lanes and public paths to accommodate the extra cycling traffic. In Australia, the New South Wales government is encouraging councils to follow suit. By Pep Canadell, CSIRO; Corinne Le Quéré, University […]

War on Science: The Far Right’s absurd war on masks (in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic)

The chief cultural signifier of our times is this: Wearing a mask. Or not. These low-tech, low-cost, high-impact coverings are simple and effective at helping reduce the COVID-19 infection rate. Our top political leaders’ failure to produce, distribute, and require them en masse when the pandemic first spread ranks somewhere between stupid and criminal. By Jim […]

July 6th

COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the U.S. recycling industry. Waste sources, quantities and destinations are all in flux, and shutdowns have devastated an industry that was already struggling. By Brian J. Love, University of Michigan and Julie Rieland, University of Michigan The Conversation Many items designated as reusable, communal or secondhand have been temporarily barred […]

June 24th

Environmental Justice: Chronically underfunded Indian Health Service means death for many Navajos with COVID-19

On Friday, the Navajo Nation, the largest American Indian reservation by geography and population, reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths. That brings the corresponding totals to 6,470 with 303 deaths, with no end in sight. You can see the Navajo Department of Health’s take on it at Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19. By Meteor Blades On a per capita […]

June 17th

‘We Must Act Now’: 180 House Democrats urge Pelosi to save clean energy industry ‘Decimated’ by Coronavirus

As Congress continues to debate whether and how to keep helping workers and businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, over three-quarters of House Democrats sent a letter Monday urging the lower chamber’s party leaders to ensure the delivery of further relief to the “crucial” clean energy industry, which has been “decimated” by the public […]

June 16th

Native American tribes’ pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is novel, but pandemic threats to indigenous peoples are anything but new. Diseases like measles, smallpox and the Spanish flu have decimated Native American communities ever since the arrival of the first European colonizers. Now COVID-19 is having similarly devastating impacts in Indian country. Some reservations are reporting infection rates many times […]

June 14th

2.25 million file new unemployment claims – Powell says more stimulus needed or it’ll be YEARS before they find jobs

We’ve had plenty more news this week indicating just how bad things are economically now and how long they are likely to remain bad. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who has warned that gross domestic product could drop 30% this quarter, on Wednesday reinforced what other analysts have said about the crunch affecting American workers: ”It’s just going to be very […]

June 11th

Witnesses tell House hearing how the Coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted environmental injustice

Two congressional committees held hearings Tuesday that raised the matter of environmental injustice amid the national protests and the conversation about systemic racism sparked by the killing of unarmed, handcuffed African American George Floyd two weeks ago. As long as the Senate remains under Republican control, of course, the chances any legislation will pass Congress are slim […]

June 11th

2.2 million more Americans file for unemployment – and the Coronavirus recession is worse for African Americans

After 11 weeks of coronavirus-related layoffs, the Department of Labor reported Thursday that a non-seasonally adjusted total of 37 million Americans have filed for and are receiving or waiting to receive benefits from their state unemployment insurance systems or the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that provides benefits to gig workers and others not eligible for regular state […]

June 4th