Friday, April 9, 2021
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Friday, April 9, 2021

It's 31 degrees in Hayden today. Here's the news—

Intelligence forecast sees a post-coronavirus world upended by climate change and splintering societies

Shane Harris, The Washington Post

On Thursday, the National Intelligence Council, a center in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that creates strategic forecasts and estimates, often based on material gathered by U.S. spy agencies, released its quadrennial “Global Trends” report.

Looking over the time horizon, it finds a world unsettled by the coronavirus pandemic, the ravages of climate change — which will propel mass migration — and a widening gap between what people demand from their leaders and what they can actually deliver.

How climate activism has been expanding

Ben Geman, Axios

The new(ish) group Law Students for Climate Accountability just launched a pressure campaign against the heavyweight law firm Gibson Dunn over its work for oil industry clients.

In Asia, John Kerry urges bold action on climate to avoid global ‘suicide pact’

Joanna Slater, The Washington Post

Kerry said that as the dangers posed by climate change become more clear, the urgency of the problem means that countries must work together to confront it, or else face a “mutual suicide pact across the planet.”

Betting Big On Electric Vehicles, Biden Faces Fraught Decision On Ga. Battery Plant

Johnny Kauffman, NPR (WABE)

President Biden is pushing hard to get more Americans to buy electric vehicles to rein in global warming and spur domestic manufacturing.

The $2 trillion infrastructure plan he is trying to sell to Congress includes about $174 billion to boost electric vehicle sales and production — more than the president proposes spending on roads and bridges.

But Biden has now been pulled into a global trade dispute over the fate of lithium ion battery factories in Georgia that threatens his electric vehicle goals for the United States and the Democratic Party's fragile success in the key swing state.