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Climate & 2020
According to polls, 55 percent of Americans support increased spending on environmental protection and 96 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independents who are registered to vote support aggressive action on climate change.
Many of the Democratic presidential candidates have put forth specific climate plans that would require federal funding. Here are a few:
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders unveiled a $16.3 trillion climate plan last week, comparing the current state of the environment to the challenges faced by FDR during World War II.
Andrew Yang released a $5 trillion plan on Monday that includes sustainability practices and moving American populations away from high-risk areas.
Elizabeth Warren outlined a $2 trillion plan in June that calls for clean energy research and technological development, and also addresses the climate through other parts of her overall policy plan.
Joe Biden’s plan calls for $1.7 trillion and proposes infrastructure improvements and strong international leadership on climate issues.
So what are people saying?
Bernie Sanders’s Climate Plan Is More Radical Than His Opponents’ — And More Likely To Succeed
An Oklahoma judge ruled against Johnson & Johnson on Monday afternoon in a case brought by the state’s attorney general. The pharmaceutical company was ordered to pay $572 million in damages for its role in the ongoing opioid epidemic.
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, a Republican from Wisconsin’s 7th district, announced that he would be leaving office on September 23. In a Facebook post, the congressman said that his family is expecting a new baby – their ninth – with health complications in October, and they require his support.
Bedding startup Boll & Branch announced a $100 million funding round from venture firm L Catterton. The company sells sheets, pillows, mattresses and towels that use chemical free and sustainably sourced materials.
KFC has partnered with Beyond Meat to roll out plant-based chicken options in one of its Atlanta locations. The fast-food chain is the first to incorporate Beyond chicken into its menu, and will use customer feedback to determine the scope of the partnership moving forward.
Biopharmaceutical company Amgen Inc. announced yesterday it will purchase Celgene’s (another biopharma company) psoriasis medicine Otezla for $13.4 billion in cash. This clears a major antitrust regulatory hurdle for Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (yet another biopharma company) $74 billion acquisition of Celgene.
The shooting that happened recently in El Paso was tragic, but the community’s response to that tragedy has been inspiring. Antonio Basco’s wife, Margie, was among the victims that fateful day. Feeling alone with no nearby family, he posted on Facebook inviting the community to his wife’s funeral – hundreds of people showed up for the service, some from as far away as Japan. A week later, Antonio’s SUV was stolen and wrecked beyond repair… on top of that, a pressure washing machine he needs for his mobile car wash business was stolen, leaving him unable to work. Catching wind of his ordeal, a local car dealership donated a brand new SUV for Antonio, and an anonymous donor bought Antonio a brand new pressure washer and trailer for his business. The SUV was presented in a ceremony filled with laughter, tears and hugs – you can check it out in the link.
Twenty years ago when Jacquie Berglund founded Finnegans Brewing Co., she had one thing on her mind: alleviating poverty and hunger. And she’s doing just that through a unique business model, building a company whose motto is “We turn beer into food.” What does that mean? Well, Finnegans donates 100% of its profits to buy fresh, organic produce from farmers to donate to local food banks. The company also started a “reverse food truck” that collects food and monetary donations in return for beer samples – thanks to their ~80 volunteers there’s now six of those trucks roaming the country. Throughout Finnegans’ twenty year existence, it’s now contributed around $2 million of social impact, which equates to about 2 million pounds of organic food for those in need. The brewing company now turns beer into food across four states, and plans to expand to more.