Saturday, May 7, 2016

News you can share: the Senate takes a sabbatical, the first American "climate refugees," and more

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Diane, you're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share.

Senate takes 2016 sabbatical
Politico // Burgess Everett & Seung Min Kim

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has worked painstakingly to craft an identity that's distinct from the raucous presidential contest -- one built on stability and passage of legislation the Democrats couldn't get through when they controlled the Senate. But the chamber is on pace to work the fewest days in 60 years, the party continues to insist it won't act on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination, and Republicans' ballyhooed strategy to shepherd all dozen spending bills through the chamber is in serious trouble.

More Red States Embrace Obamacare, As Long As You Don't Call It That
Huffington Post // Jeffrey Young

This year, expansions, contractions, cuts and sweeping reforms are on the docket in states like Alabama, Oklahoma and South Dakota. In those places and elsewhere, ideology about the role of government and about the Affordable Care Act itself is running into practical realities about access to health care and the availability of federal dollars.

Toddlers have shot at least 23 people this year
Washington Post // Christopher Ingraham

This past week, a Milwaukee toddler fatally shot his mother after finding a handgun in the back seat of the car they were riding in. The case drew a lot of national attention given the unusual circumstances: Little kids rarely kill people, intentionally or not. But this type of thing happens more often than you might think.

Is Your Governor Or Attorney General A Climate Denier? This Map Will Tell You.
ThinkProgress // Kristen Ellingboe & Ryan Koronowski

After sweating through the second straight year that earned the title of hottest year on record, new research from the Center for American Progress Action Fund finds that 24 governors and attorneys general publicly deny the reality of climate change. It also gives a comprehensive summary of their records and public views on climate change and energy issues. The 21 governors publicly confirmed as climate deniers is an increase from previous years.

Solar power is contagious. These maps show how it spreads.
Vox // Brad Plumer

Rooftop solar is expanding rapidly in the United States -- by some estimates, a new system goes up every four minutes. There are plenty of reasons for that, from falling prices to generous federal subsidies to innovative leasing schemes. But there's another, little-discussed factor here: Residential solar power is contagious. Yep, contagious. Studies have found that if you install solar photovoltaic panels on your roof, that increases the odds that your neighbors will install their own panels.

Resettling the First American 'Climate Refugees'
New York Times // Coral Davenport & Campbell Robertson

In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling $1 billion in 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change, by building stronger levees, dams and drainage systems. One of those grants, $48 million for Isle de Jean Charles, is something new: the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the impacts of climate change. The divisions the effort has exposed and the logistical and moral dilemmas it has presented point up in microcosm the massive problems the world could face in the coming decades as it confronts a new category of displaced people who have become known as climate refugees.

How the Supreme Court Fight Followed Senators Home
The Atlantic // Nora Kelly

As battleground-state Republican senators glad-hand their way through recess this week, Democrats and conservative groups alike are working to make sure constituents bug members about Merrick Garland, the Obama administration Supreme Court pick whose nomination has stalled in the upper chamber.

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