If you hated COVID-19, just wait for climate change to heat up – .

If you hated COVID-19, just wait for climate change to heat up – .

Hello. I’m Paul Thornton, and it is Saturday June 26, 2021. Today’s high forecast is around 110 degrees – in Portland. Back to the week in Opinion.
The extreme weekend heat in the Pacific Northwest – an area once hailed on the Times editorial page as perhaps this country’s only fear of climate change – is the day’s burning example of anomalies dangerous weather that global warming will inflict more and more on areas absolutely unprepared for them (do you know anyone in Seattle with air conditioning?). As you read this, people who have built their way of life on year-round balmy temperatures and heavy rainfall are at risk of dying from the heat that would force even the Angelenos to hide under the nearest ficus trees. .

It’s extreme weather conditions like the record heat in Washington state and Oregon that draw our attention to climate change, but usually only until things get “back to normal.” What they tend not to do is trigger the hard, long-term work required to change policies and empower bureaucracies to strengthen infrastructure and prepare entire populations for more frequent natural disasters. Fortunately, in California we already have such an agency in place that could prepare coastal areas for sea level rise. The problem is, Governor Gavin Newsom is not doing his part.

This week, the Times editorial board criticized Newsom for adding just $ 1.6 million to the budget of the California Coastal Commission, the state agency responsible for protecting the coast. Newsom has called sea-level rise an environmental priority, the editorial board notes, but its proposed increased funding does not go far enough to bolster the staff of an agency that has been underfunded since the 1980s. The Coastal Commission faces questions of life and death in the era of rising sea levels, including whether to ban development in low lying areas that may soon be inundated and relocate existing structures to it. inland. The commission’s work has grown and become more complex over the years, which is why Newsom is expected to accept the legislature’s $ 30 million budget increase over five years, the editorial board said.

And while we have your focus on climate change, I think it’s so important to point out that for all the disasters we’ve suffered over the past year – a pandemic and an insurgency, to name a few a few – none come close to the threat posed by global warming, a point made by our Editorial Board months ago. So I think it’s safe to say that you’ll read more about the floods, droughts, extreme heat, and economic hardship made more intense and frequent by climate change long after the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.

What kind of town hall do you run, Mayor Garcetti? The mayor of LA cultivates the nice-boy image of a diplomat who rises above the political fray, the editorial board says. The problem is that Eric Garcetti has fostered a toxic work environment at odds with the image he projects in public, judging by the rude comments made in a closed Facebook group by his main collaborator Ana Guerrero about employees. of the city and even of the beloved work icon Dolores Huerta. Now that those comments have been made public, the editorial board is concerned that Garcetti’s productivity as a lame mayor may be hampered. Los Angeles Times

Euh, Hunter Biden. The president’s son briefly locked himself in Venice – not far from the home of opinion columnist Robin Abcarian – to channel his past of drug addiction and self-destruction into his work. None of this is particularly noteworthy, says Abcarian, as Venice Beach sees artists of all kinds come to the neighborhood for inspiration and privacy. What raises eyebrows is the $ 75,000 to $ 500,000 the budding painter is looking for some of his works, proving once again that Hunter Biden is still negotiating his last name. Los Angeles Times

Senate Republicans won’t even consider voting rights, so the obstruction must go. Joe Manchin, the powerful Democratic Senator from West Virginia, crafted a voting rights compromise that incorporates many elements of the For the People Act while including provisions, such as the identification of voters, who could have obtained the support of some Republicans. But thanks to undemocratic obstruction, which gives the minority party effective veto power in the Senate, Republicans would not even have proposed amendments or allowed Manchin’s compromise to be debated. Perhaps this will allow Manchin to recognize how important it is that obstructionism be abolished, the editorial board says. Los Angeles Times

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A year ago, American businesses made a commitment to change to support Black Lives Matter. How did they do it? Interestingly, companies with a disproportionate number of black employees were more likely than others to make public statements in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of George Floyd. Ralinda Harvey Smith says the difference between what a company says in public and who it hires privately speaks volumes, and shows why we need public disclosure of hiring and retention data. Los Angeles Times

Don’t measure the justice for George Floyd by the length of Derek Chauvin’s sentence. The Times editorial board wonders what might be considered an appropriate sentence for the policeman who murdered George Floyd: “Chauvin is no longer a policeman and will never again be able to arrest a suspect.” with deadly force under the guise of authority. Do we really need to keep him locked up until he’s 75? 85? Is it fair to use the rest of his life as a warning to other officers? Nor can we just free Chauvin, even though he poses no danger to the rest of us, and no inspiration to the other officers. Los Angeles Times


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