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Paul Ryan's Congress Isn't Acting on Climate. But You Can.

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Heather ShelbyEnvironmental Defense Fund 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/%2522Misery%20Index%2522%20%20Heat%20%26%20Humidity%2C%2020160718.%20.jpgJune 30, 2016 | Congressional inaction on climate is reaching a new low. They've spent their time voting against the Clean Power Plan—our biggest step towards climate action in American history. They've spoken out against groundbreaking global action.

Just recently, the House voted to condemn a carbon tax. To be clear, they didn't vote down an attempt to pass one—they just used their time on the floor to simply say they don't like the idea.

Days after that disappointing vote, Speaker Paul Ryan released a 57-page plan that took multiple shots at critical climate action. And when they come back from the July 4th recess, they'll be voting on a funding bill that takes aim at climate action yet again.

While Congress works diligently at doing nothing,
we're making it easy for you to do everything. Take every climate action we've got, all at once.

 

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• Stand up against dirty energy forces' legal attacks on the Clean Power Plan,

• Tell the EPA to take on the bulk of the oil & gas industry's climate pollution problem,

• Fight for global limits on the airline industry's unchecked carbon pollution,

• Tell Congress to stop voting against climate action and to start taking positive steps forward,

• And demand a plan from your Representative

This Congress has not taken one actionable step towards solving the climate crisis. Instead, they have blocked every solution that has been put on the table. But together, we can make it clear: Obstruction and delay are not what Americans expect of their leaders.

If you're sick of seeing climate action attacks instead of progress, you can help change the tide—with just one click.

Thank you for standing with us,

Heather Shelby, Action Network Manager, 
Environmental Defense Fund

 

Health Care Inequality On The Rise

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  • The growing inequality in health care use in America is reflected in worsening outcomes for those with lesser incomes. While the health gap between rich and poor Canadians has been closing, ours has been widening. Today, the wealthiest American men live 15 years longer than their poor counterparts.
  • Related: 2000+ Doctors Declare: "It's Time for Single Payer to be Back on the Table"

Steffie Woolhandler & David Himmelstein, the Huffington Post

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08/05/2016 | In health care, as in the rest of American life, the gap between rich and poor is growing. That’s the take-home message from our analysis of 50 years of data on health care use and expenditures that appears in the July issue of the journal Health Affairs.

In the bad old days of the 1960s — before Medicare and Medicaid — the wealthy got twice as much care as the poor. But those programs changed things. By 1977, the poor were getting 14 percent more care than the wealthy — an appropriate difference since the poor are sicker and need more care.

Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein are primary care physicians, professors of health policy at the City University of New York at Hunter College, and lecturers in medicine at Harvard Medical School. They co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for single-payer health reform.

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2000+ Doctors Declare: "It's Time for Single Payer to be Back on the Table" Deirdre Fulton,  Common Dreams

'We can continue down this harmful path or we can embrace the long-overdue remedy that we know will work: a publicly financed, nonprofit, single-payer system that covers everybody.'

 

Special Report | The Gulf Oil Spill: Why We Pretend to Clean Up Oil Spills

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  • Six years after Deepwater Horizon spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we still have no idea what we're doing.
  • Related: 3 Years Of Gulf Oil Spill Photos Show Ongoing Impact

Andrew Nikiforuk, Hakai Magazine / Smithsonian

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July 12, 2016 | When the Deepwater Horizon well operated by BP (formerly British Petroleum) exploded and contaminated the Gulf of Mexico with at least 650 million liters of crude oil in 2010, blue-smocked animal rescuers quickly appeared on television screens. Looking like scrub nurses, the responders treated oil-coated birds with charcoal solutions, antibiotics, and dish soap. They also forced the birds to swallow Pepto-Bismol, which helps absorb hydrocarbons. The familiar, if not outlandish, images suggested that something was being cleaned up.

But during the chaotic disaster, Silvia Gaus poked a large hole in that myth. The German biologist had worked in the tidal flats of the Wadden Sea, a region of the North Sea and the world’s largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud, and critical bird habitat. A 1998 oil spill of more than 100,000 liters in the North Sea had killed 13,000 birds in Wattenmeer national park, and the scientist had learned that cleaning oil-soaked birds could be as harmful to their immune systems as the oil accumulating in their livers and kidneys. Kill, don’t clean, she advised responders in the 2010 BP spill. Gaus then referred to scientific studies to support her unsettling declaration. One 1996 California study, for example, followed the fate of brown pelicans fouled by oil. Researchers marked the birds after they had been “cleaned” and released them into the wild. The majority died or failed to mate again. The researchers concluded that cleaning brown pelicans couldn’t restore them to good breeding health or “normal survivability.” Another study from 1997 observed that once birds affected by an oil spill had been cleaned, they fared poorly and suffered higher than expected mortality rates.

Andrew Nikiforuk has been reporting on the impacts of fossil fuel extraction for more than 30 years. His most recent book, Slick Water, was a finalist for the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

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3 Years Of Gulf Oil Spill Photos Show Ongoing Impact, James Gerken, Huffington Post 

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Kurt Vonnegut's 1988 Letter to the Future More Relevant Today Than Ever Before

 

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In 1988, my then Hyannis Port neighbor, the late Kurt Vonnegut, wrote a prescient letter to the Earth's planetary citizens of 2088 for Volkswagen's TIME magazine ad campaign. His seven points of advice are perhaps more relevant today than at any time in human history. We should keep this advice in mind this election year and adopt Vonnegut's recommendations while we still can.

Kick Kennedy, EcoWatch

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Jul 21, 2016 | Here's his letter:

Ladies & Gentlemen of A.D. 2088:

It has been suggested that you might welcome words of wisdom from the past, and that several of us in the twentieth century should send you some. Do you know this advice from Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet: 'This above all: to thine own self be true'? Or what about these instructions from St. John the Divine: 'Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment has come'? The best advice from my own era for you or for just about anybody anytime, I guess, is a prayer first used by alcoholics who hoped to never take a drink again: 'God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.'

Our century hasn't been as free with words of wisdom as some others, I think, because we were the first to get reliable information about the human situation: how many of us there were, how much food we could raise or gather, how fast we were reproducing, what made us sick, what made us die, how much damage we were doing to the air and water and topsoil on which most life forms depended, how violent and heartless nature can be, and on and on. Who could wax wise with so much bad news pouring in?

Kick Kennedy is a part-time writer for EcoWatch. ... Health · Adventure · Animals · Science · Business · Politics.

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  • Part 1: 31 scientific societies just told Congress to take their climate denial and shove it.
  • The problem, though, is that it's unlikely to do anything to change the toxic dynamic on Capitol Hill or beyond.
  • Part 2: Thanks to upcoming heat wave, July 2016 may become the hottest month on record in the U.S.
  • Human-caused climate change makes it more likely that warm temperature records will be set. 

 

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