Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies, a new weekly opinion feature of Environmental Echo, singles out friends and foes of the Earth for attention. Readers can submit nominees for Daggers & Daisies by emailing suggestions to email@example.com.
Daisies to Young Evangelicals for Climate Action for taking a strong stand against the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is one of the worst appointments in a very flawed cabinet still being assembled by President Donald Trump. According to Young Evangelicals for Climate Action: “Even as we lament this dangerous confirmation, we take hope. We take hope in the millions of evangelical Christians who have already risen up on behalf of God’s creation; on behalf of clean air, clean water, and stable climate for all. We take hope in the power of people to stand up on the side of justice, flourishing, and life in the face of the death-dealing powers of exploitation and greed.” (Learn more at yecaction.org)
Daggers to Russian Dictator Vladimir Putin, who now has a new ally in the U.S. President. A novel alignment between Russia and a friendlier America under Trump will stifle climate action. Trump denies global warming more nakedly than Russian President Vladimir Putin, who pivoted from years of downplaying climate change to calling it a grave threat in 2015, but Putin has done little to address greenhouse gas emissions. Russia is a petro-state: It was the world’s second-largest exporter of oil in 2015, after Saudi Arabia. Recently Russian businesses have been taking steps to shift away from fossil fuel dependence, but those moves are predicted to reverse now that America, the world’s second-biggest emitter, is shifting its priorities toward increased fossil fuel production with the Trump cabinet appointments.(Learn more about this and the global warming crisis by checking out Carl’s Climate Letters: climatecarl.com)
Daggers & Daisies, a regular weekly opinion feature of Environmental Echo, singles out friends and foes of the Earth for attention. Readers are encouraged to submit their nominees for Daggers & Daisies by emailing suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.