Some health officials see Trump’s promotion of hydroxychloroquine as an effort to make up time lost early in the coronavirus outbreak.
Rebecca Leber"Health officials have been told to prioritize the anti-malaria drugs over other projects that scientists believe have more potential to fight the outbreak." politico.com/news/2020/04/0…
Until a century or so ago, almost no one lived alone; now many endure shutdowns and lockdowns on their own. How did modern life get so lonely?
Rebecca LeberJill Lepore: "Living alone works best in nations with strong social supports. It works worst in places like the United States. It is best to have not only an Internet but a social safety net."
The long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline to take oil from Canada into the U.S. heartland will move forward after the Alberta province agreed to help finance the project, pipeline operator TC Energy said.
Rebecca LeberThe strangest thing about the Keystone XL pipeline's revival with government assistance is that the tar sands industry is hit hardest by the oil crash. There are no buyers for this product with prices this low, completely unprofitable
Some of the changes could make us more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Rebecca LeberTrump faces a hard deadline in May to finalize environmental rollbacks to avoid easy reversal if Dems win the 2020 election through the Congressional Review Act. That's why you're seeing so many announced now, when few are paying attention
Rebecca LeberIn the last few weeks alone the EPA and Interior have moved ahead with their:
Auto pollution rule
"Censored science" rule
Delisting of sage grouse
Fossil fuel lease sales
Mercury pollution reversal also expected soon
No one knows whether reusable bags really do spread the virus, but the risk is probably low.
Rebecca LeberSince I wrote this, more places incl. SF & Illinois have been rolling back policies targeting plastic bags. DC now considering.
Important to remember the ongoing PR campaign by the Kochs and plastics industry that has little to do with public health
Rebecca LeberMy latest on how the plastics industry is not going to waste a crisis.
The timing of ads, op-eds, and letters from Koch groups and trade associations suggest a concerted PR campaign to use #COVID19 to overturn single-use plastic bag bans.