On April 30, the Federal Reserve expanded its Main Street Lending Program to allow small and mid-size oil companies to access emergency COVID-19 funds. As a result, oil and gas companies have received over $113 million in COVID-19 relief meant for small businesses.
We are living in a time of concurrent global crises. There is the COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront of our minds. It is forcing us to stay home, constantly wash our hands, and wonder when this time of uncertainty will end. Despite this immediate threat, there is still the persistently looming climate crisis. While its presence may be less obvious, it continues to affect communities across the world.
When I was young, I always associated Earth Day with tie dye. That’s because every year, my school would gather giddy children in the gymnasium, and we would dye shirts with every color combination imaginable before going to our respective clean-up projects.
Working on Capitol Hill is exhilarating, rewarding and at times suffocating. So, when I traveled to coastal Georgia to visit family at the end of February, it was a welcome respite from the constant political news cycle.
Hundreds of young advocates from all around the U.S. brought a clear and compelling message to Congress: now is the time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate the damage already being done by climate change, and protect vulnerable communities by passing carbon pricing legislation.
At no time since we first celebrated Earth Day 50 years ago have we experienced such an environmental crisis as today. Climate change and the depletion of the Earth’s ecosystems are having a devastating impact on us all. Last year, we ended the hottest decade and second hottest year in modern history.
When FCNL finished renovations in 2005, it earned a notable honor: 245 2nd Street became the first green building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Now, more than a decade later, FCNL’s drive to minimize its environmental footprint has earned it a platinum rating, the highest level for a green building.
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