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Today were looking at newfederal action on wildfires,a poll finding popular support for the Build Back Better bills climate agenda, even as the bill itself has stalledandnewfindingsshowing vulnerable populations disproportionately hit by natural disasters.
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Officials reveal plans to address wildfires
Tuesday’s announcement by Biden’s administration that it had launched a 10-year strategy for reducing wildfires damage, using some funds from its bipartisan infrastructure bill, was made by Biden.
The administration stated that it will use intentionally prescribed fires to preserve forest health and help communities adapt to fires through the initiative. It will also include investments in post-fire recovery, recovery, and restoration.
The Department of Agriculture oversees the Forest Service. It hopes to treat an additional 20,000,000 acres of national forests, grasslands, and to support the treatment of 30,000,000 acres of lands owned or controlled by federal, state, tribal, and private entities.
The Associated PressThe plan was reported to be $50 billion. However, a press release indicated that the project will use $3 billion of the bipartisan infrastructure legislation.
“The negative effects of today’s largest wildfires far exceed the scale of efforts made to protect homes, communities, and natural resources,” Agriculture SecretaryTom VilsackTom VilsackUSDAStatement.
Learn more about the plan.
BBBmeasures remain popular, poll finds
According to a new poll, climate action and in particular the Democrats Build Back Better proposals are receiving public support, even though their future prospects remain uncertain.
The survey, which was conducted by the Survey Research Group, found that a majority of likely voters support congressional climate action, including several climate policies that Democrats propose in their Build Back Betterlegislation.firstsharedIt has been found.
The poll, conducted byprogressivepollster Data for Progress foradvocacy groupClimate Power,foundthat 70percent of likely voters, including 92 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of Republicans say that congressional action on climate change is at least somewhat important.
It was found that majority of respondents supported policies that included a fee for methane emissions or credit for electric vehicle taxes.
The poll revealed that 67 per cent of respondents supported charging oil and gas companies a fee for excessive methane pollution and holding them responsible for cleaning up methane leaking from their facilities.
Only 24 percent opposed the idea.
The poll also showed support for a $7500 electric vehicle tax credit with 60% supporting and 33 opposing. However, a $12,500 credit to union workers for vehicles made in the USA saw even greater support.
Swing vote Sen. opposes the union proposal Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenate Democrats are looking at filibuster NAACP president presses senators about voting rights: ‘You’ll decide who defines America’ Schumer puts up showdown over voting rights, filibuster(D-W.Va.), which is home to a nonunion Toyota plant, was supported by 66 percent of those polled. Only 25 percent opposed it.
Build BackBetter overall was supported by 67 percent. It was described as a plan which would increase Medicare benefits, lower healthcare cost, and offer affordable caretaking services to the elderly and children. Take action to combat climate change and extreme weather, increase clean energy jobs and reduce pollution
Twenty-eight percent opposed the plan. Similar results were obtained from October, when similar results were recorded. The group found that 64% supported the plan, while 28% opposed it.
However, the future of legislation remains uncertain due to opposition from Manchin. Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim), Michael KaineWhite House dismisses new Build Back Better package report The Hill’s Morning Report, presented by Facebook – Voting Rights Week for Democrats (again). Democrats consider Plan B strategy to circumvent the filibuster of voting rights (D-Va.)DescribedAlthough he declared the current package dead, he stated that he believes the core provisions will pass.
The poll included 1,369 likely voters who were surveyed between Jan. 5 and 5. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.
VULNERABLE SCHOOL AREAS DISASTERS
According to a Tuesday report from the Government Accountability, natural disasters are associated racial- and income-based academic inequalities in affected school district schools, according to the Government Accountability.
Let’s get some stats…Specifically, the reportdeterminedthat57 percent of school districts receiving key disaster grants from 2017 to 2019 served ahigher-than-averageshare of students in two or more sociallyvulnerable groups.
Just 38 percent of all school districts nationwide have ahigher-than-averageshare of students in two or more of these groups,which includechildren who are low income, minorities, English learners, or living with disabilities.
Such data can give a glimpse at the overall inequality of who is affected.
GAO officials spoke with five school districts in need about the challenges that they face after a national disaster.
GAO staff were told by officials in a district in a large city center that mental health professionals were already stretched too thin, and that funding issues meant that more than 100 schools in the same district were without counselors.
The report states that there is often a disconnect in the long-term mental health needs for disaster survivors and the short term nature support offered to the community.
According to the report, natural disasters can have a particularly negative impact on academic performance. According to one county official, the GAO found that the recent progress made in closing the gap between Hispanic students and white students was largely lost in the wake of natural disasters in their area. Natural disasters can create additional challenges for students with disabilities, students still learning English, as well as low-income students. These students are already at an academic disadvantage and face increased obstacles. Statistics show that higher-income areas don’t experience the same academic declines in the wake of disasters as lower-income ones.
You can read more about the report by clicking here.
WHAT WAS READING
Scientists say that chemical pollution has reached safe limits for humanity.The Guardian)
EPAtackles the coal-to-crypto industry trend (E&E News)
In the fight against ever chemicals in water and environment, momentum is buildingOhio Capital Journal)
Ecuadorindigenousdemand rights to consent on extractive projects (Reuters)
Exxon sets ‘net zero’Emissions goalFrom operations by 2050
Erdoan: US pulls supportEastMedgas pipelineDue to high costs
DiCaprio on climate change:“Vote to support people who are sane”
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