Weekly News Update – March 4th

Jonathan Staufer | March 4, 2019 | Leave a Comment

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This week, we mourn the passing of the Bramble Cay melomys, the first mammalian specie whose demise can be directly attributed to anthropogenic climate change.

We also mourn the passing of Wallace Smith Broecker, who raised an early alarm about climate change and advocated action toward prevention.

“They’re coming for your hamburgers!” “They’re coming for your old Ford Truck!” “They’re going to outlaw farts!” has been the entirely silly right wing response to the emergence in the US Congress of the “Green New Deal.” We’ll see more of this. In an email sent to supporters, the Sunrise Movement, which has advocated heavily for the Green New Deal, indicated that they had been targeted by groups supported by the Koch Brothers.

The demonization of one of the primary architects of the “Green New Deal,” Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, began shortly after she won the primary. More liberally minded critics say some of her policy objectives can be compared to those of Alexander Hamilton.

The demonization of science continues unabated in several states, which are seeking to gag teachers advocating for climate change.

If you’re sick of winter, wait ’til you see summer! Climate change has made thunderstorms more destructive and smog more dangerous. David Roberts, who writes about climate change and climate change politics for Vox, questions how serious we are about our “belief” in climate change, stating our behavior indicates somewhat less than full commitment.

Ostrich-like behavior is a prerequisite for entry through the revolving door of the Trump Administration, which has now set up a panel to examine whether climate change is a threat to national security. The panel will be headed by climate change skeptic, William Happer.

Persevere – Juliana vs. the United States was the subject of a segment on legendary news magazine 60 Minutes.

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