Service of While You Were Distracted by the Pandemic & Election, Environmental Protection Initiatives Were Seeping Under the Radar

August 20th, 2020

Categories: Climate Change, Elections, Environment, Pandemic, Politics, Pollution


Millions are focused these days on ducking the dreaded virus, deciding whether or not to send their children back to school, looking for a job, figuring out how to balance job deadlines with childcare, flinching at diminished savings and/or following their candidate for the upcoming election.


Meanwhile the administration is at work dismantling environmental protections. Two headlines in The New York Times this week tell the story: “Trump Administration Finalizes Plan to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling,” and “Trump Eliminates Major Methane Rule, Even as Leaks Are Worsening.”

Brad Plumer and Henry Fountain reported: “The Trump administration on Monday finalized its plan to open up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and gas development, a move that overturns six decades of protections for the largest remaining stretch of wilderness in the United States.”


Carol Davenport wrote: “The Trump administration formally weakened a major climate-change regulation on Thursday — effectively freeing oil and gas companies from the need to detect and repair methane leaks — even as new research shows that far more of the potent greenhouse gas is seeping into the atmosphere than previously known.”

Who cares? I’ll tell you. In addition to me and most of my friends and acquaintances, I’d wager millennials and Gen-Zers too. There are some 83.1 million of the former–aged 22-38–and 74 million of the latter, aged 5 to 25.

A hint: “When it comes to dating 20-somethings, there are few bigger turnoffs than putting refuse in the wrong receptacle, according to a new survey by Cluttr, which found that millennials and Gen-Zers prefer dating someone who regularly recycles,” reported Ben Cost in The New York Post. Cluttr is an “unwanted item bazaar.”

Regarding the survey of 1,332 young Americans Cost continued “a whopping 69% of youths would boycott a brand for not adhering to green business practices, while 67% believed that global warming is a serious man-made threat. In fact, 71% even felt that the environment warranted more concern than the economy, which recently suffered its worst blow since the Great Depression amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

Can these harmful actions against the environment be put back in the bottle? What else has happened while we’ve been distracted? Are you watching out for other issues at risk?

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4 Responses to “Service of While You Were Distracted by the Pandemic & Election, Environmental Protection Initiatives Were Seeping Under the Radar”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    Time for the well meaning, noisy but lazy millennials to get off the collective keyster and vote. If the enemies of Nature and common sense prevail, they’ll have themselves to blame. If geezers, the handicapped and otherwise challenged persons can make it to the polls, so can they.

    Teddy Roosevelt must be spinning in his grave. Perhaps it’s time he returns to haunt.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Once Teddy finished spinning I think he’d weep. I feared that this administration would encourage building condos in our national parks if they could. If it sticks around long enough that might just happen.

  3. MarthaTakayama Said:

    Although the pandemic occupies the largest amount of our news and our attention, it seems impossible although exhausting to ignore the constant barrage of damage being wreaked on our country and humanity by the man in the White House. The urgency with which his acts in just about every area need to be stopped is incalculable, It is impossible to understand the reasoning behind all of his actions with regard to health care, climate change, protection of national natural and manmade treasures. education as well as personal freedom. It is overwhelming for a lay person to try to predict whether the damage can be reversed. One can only count the days while holding one’s breath until we hopefully have a new government and a real leader.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Money is behind all of his decisions. The easing of rules for oil and gas companies saves them money. He expects their support. Same thing with drilling.

    Why spend money on education when everyone you know goes to private school? Same with health care. Those who can write fat checks to pay for health care or primo insurance plans don’t want to pay for someone else’s.

    I’m turning blue holding my breath….and fingers hurt from being tightly crossed.

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