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The United States is formally pulling out of the Paris climate agreement just three years after Donald Trump announced that he had plans to do so. Trump said the multinational agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change would be an economic disaster, costing as many as 2.7 million American jobs by 2025.

Jason Bordoff, director of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy said, “Looking at the cost of climate action really is only one side of the coin, and it ignores the cost of inaction.”

Every day we are paying the cost because of wildfires in California, hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and floods in the Midwest.

He said, “The impacts of climate change are not just on polar bears 50 years from now.” He added, “They are on all of us, and our economy, and our agriculture and more today.”

As climate change increases, Frances Moore, assistant professor of environmental science and policy at the University of California, Davis, said the U.S. gave up its seat at the table when it dropped out of the Paris Agreement.

Moore said, “We’re affected by greenhouse gas emissions from other countries, right? We have a really large domestic interest in working with other countries to reduce those emissions.”

Correcting climate change and adapting to it requires cross-border cooperation, even though most cost will be local. Economists like Harvard University professor Robert Stavins calls it a global commons problem.

He said, “Any individual jurisdiction taking action, whether it’s a country the size of the United States or it’s just a state, such as California, they incur the cost of taking action, but the benefits of those actions they’ve taken are spread globally.”

And the benefits are also spread across industries.

Elliot Diringer, executive vice president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions said, “The world’s leading economic players recognize the grave economic risks of not addressing climate change.” He added, “And increasingly, they’re recognizing the significant economic opportunities in a clean energy transition.”

With the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, they’re ignoring those risks, missing out on economic opportunities and setting a bad example for the rest of the world, he said.

Leah Stokes, co-host of the climate change podcast, “A Matter of Degrees” said, “The thing about any international agreement is that we don’t have a global government. There isn’t some enforcer that can say ‘Thou shalt cut emissions.” She said, “We fundamentally have to rely on a kind of bottom-up approach where countries have to make pledges and that they have to make progress on their own terms based on their own domestic politics and sometimes those domestic politics get in the way.”




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Woman Turns Capitol Rioter Ex-Boyfriend Into The FBI After He Called Her A “Moron”

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A woman turned her ex-boyfriend into the FBI for storming the Capitol after he called her a “moron” via text message.

Richard Michetti may have gotten away with his role in the violent Capitol riot had he been a little nicer to his ex-girlfriend. Now, the Pennsylvania man is one of over 200 citizens facing charges for the January 6th riot.

In the arrest warrant, Michetti was arguing with his ex-girlfriend soon after the failed siege. The argument stemmed from him sending photos and videos from the riot to his ex, who remains unnamed. In the messages, Michetti insisted that the 2020 election had been rigged in favor of Joe Biden.

“If you can’t see the election was stolen you’re a moron,” Michetti wrote in the message.

The next day, the woman contacted federal authorities.

Also included in the arrest warrant are photos depicting the Trump supporter both inside and outside the Capitol on January 6th, as well as a hotel receipt confirming he was in Washington, D.C. on that day.

“We stormed the building, they held us back with spray and teargas and paintballs,” he confessed in one text.

Michetti was arraigned in court on Tuesday. His charges include knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and obstruction of Congress.




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Chilling video captures the moment Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot (Video)

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Harrowing surveillance footage captured the moment when a dog walker for pop singer Lady Gaga was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen.

The dog walker, identified by WENN.com Ryan Fischer, 30, was caring for the singer’s beloved dogs while she is away in Rome, Italy.

The video, obtained by TMZ, shows a man walking three dogs on a sidewalk late Wednesday night.

Then a white sedan, possibly a Nissan Altima or Sentra, pulled up alongside him and two men exited the backseat.

One suspect is heard yelling “You know what this is!” and “Give it up!” as Fischer screamed for help.

One of the dogs escaped while Fischer fought with the suspects who grabbed the other two dogs. One of the thugs shot Fischer in the chest before the suspects sped away with the two dogs.

Fischer fell to the ground, screaming “Help me! I’ve been shot!”

Police confirmed the dog walker was shot once in the chest — not four times as was previously reported.

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Lady Gaga’s team confirmed to PEOPLE that Gaga “wanted” the surveillance video “to be seen to catch the shooter and recover her dogs.”

She offered $500,000 for the safe return of her pets.

Gaga is in Italy prepping to film her new movie “Gucci.” A source told “Entertainment Tonight” that she is “beside herself” and “is horrified that this happened.”

“Her dogs are her babies and she is completely devastated and sickened by this,” the source said, adding that the singer feels “helpless” because she is far away.

CAUTION: This video contains graphic violence and may be disturbing to some viewers.
 

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Kyrie Irving Reignites Movement To Make Kobe Bryant The NBA Logo

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Kyrie Irving is pushing to reignite the movement to have Kobe Bryant’s likeness used as the official NBA logo.

On Wednesday, Irving posted a mock-up designed by Tyson Beck, that uses an image of Kobe Bryant with the caption “Gotta Happen, idc what anyone says. BLACK KINGS BUILT THE LEAGUE.”

Kyrie’s post garnered lots of support from other celebrities like Dez Bryant, Stephen Jackson, and Kobe’s widow Vanessa- who liked the post.

Jerry West, the NBA legend who is currently featured on the league’s logo, has previously said he’s open to the update as well.

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