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Three Reasons Why the COVID Relief Executive Order Is Bad Policy

, Climate Resilience Analyst

On August 8, in response to the Congressional stalemate on passing a coronavirus relief package and their failure to renew benefits to individuals who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 economic crisis, the President signed an Executive Order bypassing Congress. On the surface it would seem that the Executive Order solved the Congressional impasse and by doing so ensured that badly needed resources would be allocated to individuals who have lost wages due to the pandemic, right? WRONG. Here are three reasons why the Executive Order is bad policy: Read more >

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The Economic Recovery Depends on Controlling the COVID-19 Pandemic

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

As the US approaches 4 million COVID-19 cases, it’s pretty clear the public health crisis in our country is alarmingly out of control. The closely connected and worsening economic crisis also deserves careful attention, with data released today showing that 1.4 million workers filed for unemployment last week. Millions of people in the US have lost their jobs during the pandemic and now face an imminent end to expanded unemployment benefits, potential eviction from their homes, food shortages, loss of health insurance and other hardships. Additionally, many small businesses are failing. Congress must swiftly pass a new robustly funded COVID-19 emergency relief package to protect people’s health and their economic well-being. Read more >

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (left) and Governor Brian Kemp (right)

When COVID-19 Science Comes Home to Roost

A delusional president, a host of sycophant governors, and a handful of greedy business leaders have, in essence, declared that we should trust them more than we do doctors, more than epidemiologists, more than public health experts, more than even common sense. Their arrogance, incompetence, and racism has literally choked many in this country—of all colors—to death, and shown us how, when you assassinate science, a massacre needs no bullets, bombs, or gas. Read more >

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