Luckily, Biden does have a plan. His $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal with Republicans and a $3.5 trillion spending plan are packed with investments designed to cut carbon emissions and to develop green energy and energy efficient vehicles and modes of transport. The bill is vital to US hopes of showing leadership at November’s global climate meet in Scotland.
“I think we’re at one of those inflection points where we either act or we’re going to be in real, real trouble; our kids are going to be in real trouble,” the President said.
‘I don’t think it’s smart’
Not a mask in sight.
The scenes of tens of thousands of people crammed together was too much for the government’s top infectious diseases specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“I don’t think it’s smart,” Fauci, a world-renowned virologist, told CNN.
There’s not much chance that Fauci’s comments will suddenly empty stadiums. The massed crowds are a sign that many Americans — especially the young — have come to the end of their tether with Covid-19 restrictions — even as the pandemic hits historic levels in some states. And to borrow what may be an apocryphal quote attributed to a titan of round-ball football, legendary Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly, football is not a matter of life and death; “it’s more important than that.”
At the very least, Fauci, said, events like football games should require vaccinations Other experts warn that mass crowds are likely to seed new outbreaks of the disease, especially as the weather cools and people spend more time indoors.
By this point, everyone in America — and nearly everywhere else — feels like the pandemic is endless. It’s like climbing a mountain and after scaling a steep slope, discovering that the summit still looms far above.
Nevertheless, Biden will try to instill a sense of urgency on Thursday. The White House is vowing a new six-point strategy to consign the crisis to the past. But if more than 1,500 new Covid deaths a day won’t convince vaccine skeptics to change their minds, the chances of them being moved by another presidential speech seem slim.