Welcome to your Wednesday ecoright news wrap. Somedays you get good news. Somedays are a mixed bag. And others? Well… here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly for today:
U.S. signs G7 climate-hunger statement: The U.S. surprised some climate advocates by signing a G7 statement on the threat climate change poses to global food supplies. “Natural hazards and other crisesdroughts, floods, earthquakes, plant and animal diseases, pest infestation, market shocks and conflictsaffect farmers’ lives, agro-food systems, agricultural production and productivity in regions all over the world. Climate change is projected to amplify many of these issues,” the statement reads.
Trump fixed West Virginia: In an interview on Fox News Radio, President Donald Trump took credit for improving the West Virginia economy with his policies on coal. “I’ve turned West Virginia around, because what I’ve done environmentally with coal,” he said. “And everyone’s saying ‘I can’t believe it,’ because they were having such problems.”
Jesters unite: Led by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, 60 climate skeptics sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asking him to reconsider the agency’s 2009 endangerment finding. On December 15, 2009, the EPA determined after careful review of the scientific record, that greenhouse gas emissions endanger the public health and welfare of current and future generations. This finding provides the basis for federal climate action. Trump’s nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White, has advocated for rollback of the finding.
Here’s to hoping tomorrow is a better day.