Saturday, May 9, 2015

A few articles you may have missed this week

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Good news: U.S. economy adds 223,000 jobs
CNN Money // Patrick Gillespie

America can breathe a sigh of relief. The economy is improving with the spring weather. The U.S. added 223,000 jobs in April, a healthy pick up after a disappointing March and about in line with what economists surveyed by CNNMoney projected. April's strong job gains reflect a trend the country saw last year: job growth cooling in the winter months, then gaining momentum into the spring.

New study gives more evidence of Obamacare gains for millions
LA Times // Noam N. Levey

As congressional Republicans move toward another vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, new evidence was published Wednesday about the dramatic expansion of insurance coverage made possible by the law. Nearly 17 million more people in the U.S. have gained health insurance since the law's major coverage expansion began, according to a study from the Rand Corp., a Santa Monica nonprofit research firm. That tally takes into account 22.8 million newly insured people and 5.9 million who lost coverage in the last year and a half.

Clean Power Plan Would Save Thousands of Lives Each Year
Scientific American // Scott Detrow & ClimateWire

The Obama administration has taken great pains to frame its Clean Power Plan as an immediate solution for an immediate, quantifiable problem. President Obama and other high-level administration surrogates have routinely focused on easy-to-picture issues like asthma, rather than the more existential threat of an increasingly warming planet, as they try to sell an ambitious plan to lower the power sector's carbon emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels over the next 15 years. So the key takeaway of the first independent, peer-reviewed study on the U.S. EPA regulation's public health benefits was likely music to the administration's ears.

Cutting NASA's earth science budget is short-sighted and a threat
Washington Post // Marshall Shepherd

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, one of the few people that has actually seen our home planet from the vantage point of space, issued a statement noting that proposed cuts, "gut our Earth science program and threatens to set back generations worth of progress in better understanding our changing climate, and our ability to prepare for and respond to earthquakes, droughts, and storm events..." This statement is measured and appropriate, but I am writing to amplify this statement.

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