May 5, 2017

Climate activists have no intention of backing off Trump

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Regardless of what President Trump does with the Paris climate deal, influential climate activists will carry on their attacks.

"I don't think it's relevant," Tom Steyer, a billionaire hedge fund investor turned climate activist, told Axios about Trump's decision on the climate accord. "Either way they have absolutely no intention of living up to any kind of progressive energy policy."

  • The facts: Trump is already in the process of throwing out Obama's main commitment to the deal: an EPA regulation cutting carbon emissions from power plants. The main substance of the U.S. pledge is gone for good.
  • To be sure: On a diplomatic and symbolic level, it matters a lot what the administration does. European nations and others have made veiled threats to impose tariffs on U.S. goods if Trump pulls out. But that's jumping to far-flung potential scenarios.

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Coronavirus stress tests drug industry's dependence on China

A Hong Kong commuter wears a face mask. Photo: Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

It's unclear whether the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus will actually result in prescription drug shortages, but it has undoubtedly highlighted the potential vulnerabilities of having the supply chain for American drugs so dependent on China.

Driving the news: About 150 prescription drugs — including antibiotics, generics and some branded drugs without alternatives — are at risk of shortage if the coronavirus outbreak in China worsens, per two sources familiar with a list of at-risk drugs compiled by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Bernie's path to the presidency

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks yesterday during a rally at Houston University. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

Lots of Democrats are in full panic that Bernie Sanders will win the nomination and get clobbered in the general election — and bring the party down, too. But the evidence, particularly the polling, doesn't back those doomsday warnings.

Why it matters: Virtually every national and swing state poll shows Sanders tied with or beating President Trump.  And, unlike every rival, he has a huge base of fervent, unshakable supporters he can only grow.

These swing voters don't like Trump’s environmental rollbacks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Swing voters in four battleground states decisively oppose President Trump’s sweeping rollbacks of environmental regulations — but it’s unlikely to sway their votes.

Why it matters: It’s voters living in states like these, including Florida and Pennsylvania, who fill pivotal roles electing America’s presidents, so we should listen.