YOU SHOULD KNOW…
A blaze at a chemical warehouse near Houston caused area schools, businesses and residents to evacuate. The warehouse was full of hazardous chemicals—pesticides and petroleum additives were being stored in the building. (Click2Houston)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“... this kind of thinking— his myth that government is always the enemy; that forgets that our government is us—it’s us; that it’s an extension of us, ourselves—that attitude is as corrosive to our democracy as the stuff that resulted in lead in your water. Because what happens is it leads to systematic neglect. It leads to carelessness and callousness,” said President Obama during his visit to Flint this week.
CWA day of action a success – Striking Verizon workers and those supporting them held massive protests on a day of action, including protesting the company’s shareholder meeting. (The Hill)
Former mayors weigh in on climate – The former mayors of New York City, Paris and Rio speak out about what cities can do to act on climate change. (The Guardian)
New U.N. climate chief - Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa has been nominated to lead the international body’s climate change agency. As head of United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Espinosa would be in charge of enforcing and moving forward last year’s historic Paris climate agreement. She would replace Christiana Figueres, who led the UNFCCC for the past six years. (The Hill)
Spin is not science – The BlueGreen Alliance’s Charlotte Brody weighs in on new guidance proposed by the Occupational Healthy & Safety Administration (OSHA), saying, “Spin is not the same as science and the proposed Weight of the Evidence Guidance allows chemical companies to make them the same.” (DailyKos)
New national monument? – There are reports that President Obama will name New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn—the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement—a national monument. (Associated Press)
Legislators should reject bill that would delay state's Clean Power Plan (PennLive)
Maintain momentum to clean up Great Lakes (Duluth News Tribune (MN))
Koch Brothers Struggle to Block Climate Action in State Legislatures (EcoWatch)
‘The water is safe’: Cleveland Water gives update on toxic materials found in Lake Erie (Fox 8 Cleveland)
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