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WASHINGTON, D.C. — It was hot. Of course it was hot.
But the mood in the nation’s capital was surprisingly upbeat for a gathering of an estimated 200,000 people who are deeply worried about the future of their communities and humanity’s relationship with our host planet.
A man wearing a papier-mâché “King Trump” head took swings at a globe golf ball. Preppy dudes walked around with signs questioning fossil fuel financing. Iraq veterans stood alongside other frontline groups in the fight for a clean environment. The Standing Rock water protectors were there. Moms Clean Air Force, Tina Fey, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA) were there. Leonardo DiCaprio was there.
President Donald Trump — the real version — was not.
Protesters backing action on climate change are braving the sweltering heat Saturday in the nation’s capital as part of the People’s Climate March. The march began at 12:30 p.m. near the Capitol, and demonstrators planned to move to the White House and end up at the Washington Monument, according to the proposed route map.
Michele Holmes, from New York’s Harlem neighborhood, is one of those activists. She joined about 200 others who climbed into four buses traveling to Washington early Saturday to join in the march.
“Trump is undoing everything Obama did. He doesn’t realize climate change impacts everyone. It impacts him,” Holmes told CNN. “Change is inevitable, and only we can solve it — the impact is just changing the way we live.”
— CNN (@CNN) April 29, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening that its website would be “undergoing changes” to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites containing detailed climate data and scientific information.
One of the websites that appeared to be gone had been cited to challenge statements made by the EPA’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt. Another provided detailed information on the previous administration’s Clean Power Plan, including fact sheets about greenhouse gas emissions on the state and local levels and how different demographic groups were affected by such emissions.
The very first column the New York Times published by extreme climate science denier Bret Stephens is riddled with errors, misstatements, unfair comparisons, straw men, and logical fallacies.
Leading climatologist Dr. Michael Mann emailed ThinkProgress: “This column confirms my worst fear: That the NY Times management is now willingly abetting climate change denialism.” Prof. Robert Brulle — whom the Times itself has called “an expert on environmental communications” — called the piece “climate misinformation.”
The column is so deeply flawed that New York Times reporters and news editors immediately started slamming it on Twitter.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that seeks to increase offshore oil drilling in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean. The order leaves out the Pacific Ocean and Eastern Gulf regions.
During the signing ceremony on Friday, Trump emphasized that the order will open the Arctic for drilling.
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