All News Articles for 2020-08-31

Monday, August 31, 2020
Advocates are planning "Relief Is Due" demonstrations for September 1, 2020. (Image: Center for Popular Democracy) 'Relief is Due!': Uprisings Against Evictions Planned for September 1 in Cities Across US
"Workers, families, small businesses, and communities desperately need the Senate to act in our interests—now. We'll be in the streets and at their doors on September 1st to tell them that #ReliefIsDue."
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Despite Poll Showing Aggressive Climate Action a Winning Issue, Biden Boasts 'I Am Not Banning Fracking'
In response to Trump's claims Biden would ban fracking, the Democratic presidential nominee assured a crowd in Pennsylvania that he will not do away with the practice.
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A professional firefighter (L) and prisoner firefighter prepare to battle a blaze near the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. on October 30, 2019. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) California Bill to Help Prisoner Firefighters Find Work After Release Awaits Governor's Signature
As the Golden State burns amid a firefighter shortage, AB 2147 would expedite criminal record expungements so ex-inmates can apply for EMT licenses.
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Research Reveals Ancient Peat Bogs Burning and Unprecedented Emissions From 2020 Arctic Fires
Arctic fires have emitted 35% more carbon dioxide this fire season than in all of 2019.
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'White House Cover-Up': Covid-19 Task Force Reports Withheld From Public Reveal Trump Knew of Threats as He Spread Lies
"Rather than being straight with the American people and creating a national plan to fix the problem, the president and his enablers kept these alarming reports private while publicly downplaying the threat to millions of Americans."
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In this screenshot from U.S. Senate's livestream, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is sworn in for a virtual Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on August 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee via Getty Images) 'A Necessary Step': House Democrats to Subpoena Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for Withholding Documents
"He has repeatedly demonstrated an unwillingness to share documents and information with Congress, and we don't have time to wait for him to find a moral compass."
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Volunteers remove plastic bottles and other trash polluting Ruaka River on August 25, 2020. Increasing production of single-use plastics for beverage and other uses has become a nightmare in solid waste management in Kenya. (Photo: James Wakibia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) "Is There No End to Big Oil's Evil?" Campaigners Condemn Industry Plan to Pour US Plastics Into Africa
Anti-pollution advocates responded with alarm to the American Chemistry Council's reported efforts to influence a pending U.S.-Kenya trade deal.
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Evacuees sit in the back of a Louisiana National Guard truck waiting to leave after Hurricane Laura passed through the area on August 27, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) In Wake of Laura's Devastation and Amid Pandemic and Heat Wave, Calls Emerge to 'End Climate Silence'
Hurricane has left residents without power during a deadly heat wave while lack of running water and offline air quality monitors intensify Covid-19 threat, yet climate change is not mentioned once by ABC, CBS, and NBC.
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A nurse practitioner prepares to take samples from a volunteer in a Florida Covid-19 vaccine study. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images) Public Health Experts Sound Alarm Over FDA Willingness to Roll Out Covid-19 Vaccine Before Finishing Phase 3 Trials
"Circumventing clinical trials would place huge numbers of people at risk," warned one leading virologist.
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DeVos Slammed for Arguing Pandemic Ultimately a 'Good Thing' for US Public Education
"Calling Covid-19 a 'good thing' for our schools just goes to show you how divorced this administration is from reality."
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Health Experts Horrified as New Trump Covid-19 Adviser Pushes 'Herd Immunity' Strategy That Could Kill 2 Million Americans
"It's not edgy, contrarian," one public health expert said of the "herd immunity" approach. "It's dangerous and terrifying."
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'Photo-Op for White Nationalist President Isn't Helpful,' Says Wisconsin Dem as Trump Plans Kenosha Visit Despite Calls to Stay Away
In a letter to Trump on Sunday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned the president's visit "will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together."
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