Jul 11, 2017

EPA chief: Americans "deserve" a TV debate on climate change

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been dismantling Obama's efforts to combat climate change and has worked to undo more than two dozen regulations, is challenging scientists to debate whether climate change is a threat on TV, he told Reuters.

The reasoning: "I think the American people would be very interested in consuming that. I think they deserve it."

Pruitt's message to scientists who think they are right about climate change: "if you're so certain about it, come and do your deal." He added, "There are lots of questions that have not been asked and answered."

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Dow falls 1,000 points as coronavirus cases spike

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Wall Street had its worst day in two years on Monday, following a spike in coronavirus cases in South Korea and Italy. The S&P 500 fell 3.3%, the Nasdaq Composite fell 3.7% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average sunk 1,030 points (3.5%).

The big picture: This is the U.S. stock market's biggest reaction thus far to the coronavirus, which has largely shrugged it off as a threat to the global economy (though the bond market has not). While the S&P is down from record highs — which it notched last week — the index is still above lows touched earlier this year.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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