Published at Thursday, 31 January 2019. Global Warming. By c0ns_lt3th.
And we are learning more every day about how the oil companies knew all this was coming. Great investigative reporting from places like the Columbia Journalism School have shown that, for instance, Exxon knew everything there was to know about climate change 40 years ago. But instead of telling the rest of us, they spent a fortune covering it up, purchasing the politicians who would make sure change came slowly if at all. New York's courageous attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has been in the forefront of chasing Exxon and its ilk, uncovering many of the documents that make clear their complicity. And some municipalities have risen to the challenge: San Francisco and Oakland announced last month that they were suing oil companies for the damages caused by ongoing climate havoc.
Forget the bizarre tweets and insults from the White House, or the images of the President touring San Juan: What's happened in Puerto Rico will change life there for many years after all the news has faded from your feed. Early estimates put the economic damage from Hurricane Maria at $30 billion, a third of the island's annual economic output. Eighty percent of its crops have been destroyed — "there is no agriculture on Puerto Rico, and there won't be for at least another year," said one official. It may be a year before power returns, and even that won't solve the deeper problems. As one official said, the devastation had set back the island "20 or 30 years" — that is, an entire human generation's worth of progress lost in a few hours.
The response from New Yorkers has been generous, which makes sense because of the close ties between these two parts of our nation. Gov. Cuomo set up a statewide collection program for aid, gathering the donations in the Javits Center, where Jet Blue has offered to fly them to San Juan. Two members of Congress — Nydia Velasquez and Jose Serrano — were in the first Congressional delegation ashore on Puerto Rico. Mayor De Blasio immediately ordered the public schools to prepare for an influx of students coming from the island.
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