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Campus Question – June 2, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today, Michael Grunwald at Politico offered a clear-headed assessment of the impact of Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord. It’s worth reading in full.  Grunwald noted that the earliest that could actually happen was 2020, and that the United States is already achieving many of the Paris guidelines. His assessment is that the real achievement of the Paris accords was to get other major polluters, notably China and India to take climate change and carbon pollution seriously, and to make strong commitments to fight it. He argues that regardless of whether we...

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Campus Chatter – June 2, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) The Vandals sacked Rome today (455). Also, the first Récollet missionaries arrive at Québec City (1615), Bridget Bishop went on trial in the first of the Salem Witch Trials (1692), Chippewas distracted the garrison of Fort Michilimackinac with a game of lacrosse, then chased a ball into and captured the fort, in what is now Mackinac, Michigan (1763), the British Parliament passed the Quartering Act, allowing colonial American governors to house troops in unoccupied houses, barns, and outbuildings (1774), François Hanriot arrested 22 Girondists, beginning the French Revolution’s Reign of...

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