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It’s not just in movies anymore.
The NumbersThe climate situation has become so bad, major corporations are asking for more regulation.
200That’s how many companies, in industries ranging from oil and gas to retail, signed on to a statement this week calling on the United States to place “a price on carbon.” Their intention is to drive innovation and encourage competition among companies to clean up their act, they said.
80%The group of companies, known as the Business Roundtable, wants the U.S. to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions “by at least 80%” by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. That’s the same target laid out in 2016’s international Paris climate accord, which President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2017.
$2 trillionThis summer, presidential candidate Joe Biden laid out a $2 trillion environmental agenda that aims, in part, to eliminate carbon emissions entirely from the electricity sector by 2035. The plan would push alternative energy sources including wind, solar, hydropower, biomass and nuclear.
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Not a PeepGiven the shortage of sugary, marshmallowy Peeps expected at Halloween and the December holidays this year, Marketplace editor Carrie Barber recommends this recipe for a Peep-substitute from the Los Angeles Times.
A classic movie scene, but make it adorableListener Kevin K. recommends this story about a family that’s recreating classic movie scenes, starring their small children. The videos don’t exactly measure up to the real thing, but they’re doing it for a good cause — raising money for food bank network Feeding America.
Young feminist book clubNewsletter reader J.H. recommends the children’s board book “Feminist Baby: He’s a Feminist Too!” by Loryn Brantz. The titular character knows “it’s OK to cry” and expresses himself by dressing as a dinosaur ballerina. Of all the books she’s reading to her infant son, J.H. says this is the one that most animates him.