Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On climate change, Trump & Walker far behind what people want

Right-wing WI GOP Governor Scott Walker's Department of Natural Resources has scrubbed climate change information and links from official state web pages, and Donald Trump wants to drastically reduce climate change science and work carried out by the US EPA and other federal agencies
Smoke stacks from a factory.
but the general public's concerns and awareness about the changing climate are way ahead of both these special-interest driven politicians, according data published by The New York Times today:
A majority of adults in every congressional district in the nation support limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. But many Republicans in Congress (and some Democrats) agree with President Trump, who this week may move to kill an Obama administration plan that would have scaled back the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Nationally, about seven in 10 Americans support regulating carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants – and 75 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant more generally. But lawmakers are unlikely to change direction soon.
By the way, May is Clean Air month, as the DNR reminds us, below, without regard to irony or Walker's ideological stance against recent clean air rules:
Clean air is important to human and ecosystem health. Poor air quality can affect people of all ages, especially those sensitive to air pollution, including people with asthma or heart conditions, people who work and exercise outdoors, and older adults and children. These facts make it all the more important to understand air quality and recognize the importance of clean air.

Poetry contest
poetry contestCalling all parents and teachers. Have your 3rd, 4th and 5th graders submit poems and riddles for the 2017 Air, Air Everywhere Poetry Contest. 
The contest is a nice activity. 

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