Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Play

Latino groups say Nevada's new political maps have diluted their influence, especially in Las Vegas' Congressional District 1; and strikes that erupted in what became known as "Striketober" aren't over yet.

Play

Presidents Biden and Putin discuss the Ukrainian border in a virtual meeting; Senate reaches an agreement to raise the debt ceiling; and officials testify about closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Play

Rural areas are promised more equity from the U.S. Agriculture Secretary while the AgrAbility program offers new help for farmers with disabilities; and Pennsylvanians for abandoned mine reclamation says infrastructure monies are long overdue.

Groups' Halloween Message to Ducey: Climate Change is Scary

Play

Tuesday, October 31, 2017   

PHOENIX – The scariest thing this Halloween may just be the effects of climate change - but the solutions aren't frightening at all.

That's the message that a group of faith, business and conservation leaders are sending to Gov. Doug Ducey this Halloween. They're delivering a letter today signed by 2,000 Arizonans asking him to pursue the goals of the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Climate Accord even though the Trump administration has rejected both.

Sandy Bahr, director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, says action on a state level - despite federal obstruction - could make a huge difference.

"We can do this in a way that is beneficial for our economy, for our health and the climate," she says. "Unfortunately, Gov. Ducey has not been a leader, and we're asking him to step up and be one."

Bahr says climate change already is leading to longer and more intense heat waves and forest fires - and to a greater risk of heat-related deaths and diseases such as asthma that are linked to carbon pollution. She says she'd like Ducey to develop a plan to fight climate change - that includes clean car standards, energy efficiency, and more renewable energy.

Sarah King, who chairs the Arizona Faith Coalition's Earth Care Commission, says human decency requires us to defend low-income families, children and the elderly - who are most affected by heat waves and air pollution.

"It's a moral issue," she says. "The people who are getting hurt first and worst are the most vulnerable and the poorest among us. And by ignoring the issue of climate change and not taking action on it, we are harming them even more."

Vance Marshall, a commercial real estate developer in Scottsdale, says he wants to see the state and nation follow through on their commitments to energy efficiency in the Paris Accords.

"The built environment uses about 40 percent of our electricity, so the objective is to make those buildings more energy efficient," he explains. "When you make a plan like that, it is a long-term plan. So don't start moving that direction and then say, oh, we're going to disregard Paris."

The 2016 Paris Climate Agreement committed the U.S. to reduce carbon emissions in the year 2025 by a little more than a quarter of what they were in 2005. After President Trump vowed to withdraw from the accord, thousands of state and local leaders signed a declaration saying that, quote, "We Are Still In."


get more stories like this via email

BP's refinery in Whiting, IN covers 1,400 acres in northwestern Indiana, just a few miles from the Chicago loop. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

WHITING, Ind. -- International oil-and-gas producer BP will pay more than $500,000 to the federal government as part of a legal settlement over air …


Social Issues

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Strikes that erupted in what became known as "Striketober" aren't over yet. After a two-day strike in October, health-care …

Social Issues

DENVER -- Women and low-income students disproportionately put their college careers on hold during the pandemic, according to a new report. Of the 1…


A proposal by Milwaukee City Alder Marina Dimitrijevic would provide 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents, regardless of their gender. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Like most of the nation, Wisconsin does not have a statewide paid parental leave policy, but in Milwaukee, a three-month paid …

Social Issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With kids stuck at home early in the pandemic, a new report said child-abuse cases decreased in 2020, but children's advocates say …

The Minnesota Attorney General's Office says even when someone is facing serious financial pressure with a past-due loan, they often don't have to make snap decisions. To avoid scams, borrowers are urged to seek out free consultation. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

MINNEAPOLIS -- With forbearance protections ending during this stage of the pandemic, some struggling homeowners are sorting out their mortgage …

Social Issues

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- If South Dakota wants to turn out a thriving economy, quality affordable child care needs to be a vital component, according to a …

Social Issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a system plagued by a history of disparities, Ohio's child-welfare workers and children's advocates say it is time to reimagine …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021