China's 'genocide' against Uyghur Muslims, and... Do you support Biden's climate change orders?
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by Causes | 1.28.21
Welcome to Thursday, January 28th, bald and hirsute...
President Joe Biden has signed a slew of executive orders that prioritize climate change at every level of the federal government.
The orders include:
- Freezing new oil-and-gas leases on public lands and waters
- Elevating climate change as a national security concern
- Committing to the goal of conserving at least 30% (up from 12%) of all federal land and water by 2030
Anne Bradbury, president of the American Exploration and Production Council, argued that "[p]enalizing the oil and gas industry kills good-paying American jobs, hurts our already struggling economy, makes our country more reliant on foreign energy sources, and impacts those who rely on affordable and reliable energy."
Uyghur Genocide in China
In his final days, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that China’s government is committing genocide against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region through its use of internment camps, forced sterilization, and other means of repression.
Biden's Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, concurs with the assessment, saying during his confirmation hearings last week that classifying China's treatment of Uyghurs as a "genocide" "would be my judgment as well... On the Uyghurs, I think we're very much in agreement."
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.N. ambassador-designate, called China's actions "horrific" but stopped short of designating it a genocide.
"What they’re doing there has been referred to as genocide, and I know that the State Department is reviewing that as we speak. What they’re doing is horrific, and I look forward to seeing the results of the review that’s being done."
COVID-19 Vaccine - Have You Gotten It?
As of January 21, 2021, over 15.1 million Americans have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while about 2.4 million have completed their vaccination by receiving the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines (both of which require two doses).
This chart from USAFacts breaks down the state-by-state rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in terms of doses distributed, first doses administered, and second doses administered as a percentage of the population:
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