5 Things to Know This Weekend: July 7, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
TGIF: Here are the 5 things to know this weekend, even if you do plan on sleeping Saturday and Sunday away.
On Monday, D.C.'s federal appeals court denied Trump’s request to repeal environmental rules restricting methane emissions.
The ruling stated that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt could not suspend enforcement of the “methane rule” while his staff considers a potential rewrite. The outcome represents the first legal win for climate change advocates during the Trump administration and offers hope that some rules favored by environmentalists may prove resilient.
Tuesday was the 4th of July, and for many Americans, that meant BBQs, friends, and family.
But not for the Chicago Police Department.
Between Friday and early Wednesday, Chicago experienced the most violent Fourth of July in years, with 102 people shot and at least 15 killed. The Chicago PD is currently undergoing a “very comprehensive review” following the events, which will include an analysis about how homemade fireworks affected the ShotSpotter system—a system that pinpoints the location of gunfire based on audio.
On Wednesday, Volvo announced that by 2019, all its new models will be hybrids or battery-powered vehicles.
That’s not all, by 2024, the company plans to phase out all gas-powered vehicles entirely, which makes them the first car company to fully commit to a gas-free future. More than 150,000 cars sold in 2016 were electric—a 37 percent increase from the year before. Given that there were 17.5 million cars sold in the U.S. last year, that number is small, but industry experts expect that as electric options become cheaper, consumers will begin demanding more affordable electric options. And Volvo plans to be well ahead of the curve.
Nine organizations joined forces to hold a #StopTrumpcare sit-in in offices of senators in 21 states whose support for a bill to largely dismantle the Affordable Care Act is still pending. Many of these GOP senators have not held a Town Hall yet this year and have been accused of avoiding their constituents. So some people are finding more creative ways to get in touch.
In better news, a giant panda is producing 50 MW of solar power.
Panda Green Energy partnered with the United Nations in 2016 to build a huge, panda-shaped solar farm over 250 acres of land in Shanxi Province in China. In addition to a ton of solar panels, there’s also an activity and education center so kids can learn about the benefits of solar energy.
The G20 is a group of 19 wealthy countries and the European Union—that’s 80 percent of the global economy—who meet to discuss crucial global issues, like trade, climate change, and poverty. This year, the anti-globalization protests that generally accompany this summit seem particularly fiery. Trump doesn’t have a problem making the rest of the world angry—see the Paris Climate Agreement and him bashing on NATO—so things could get interesting.