The Senate has passed a large, bipartisan clean water act. The $35 billion dollar infrastructure bill aims to ensure that Americans consistently have access to clean, untainted water.
There’s a chlorine shortage. Some pool supply stores are imposing purchasing caps. Higher demand for pool activities mixed with a devastating chemical plant fire have created these conditions.
Homes in flood zones are terribly overvalued (by over $40 billion in the US) and are dangerous for residents. Markets should discourage development in flood zones and other hazardous areas and incorporating climate risk into analysis could help achieve this.
Gas prices are rising unceasingly in some areas of the country, driven by tanker-driver shortages:
Gas prices around Southern California are averaging just over $4 per gallon and rising each day for the past week. But things could get worse because the fuel tanker industry is seeing a shortage of drivers. https://t.co/NdoFGdjdV0
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) May 2, 2021
Lumber prices have skyrocketed. Sawmill closures during the pandemic seem to be the cause:
Do you get it yet? pic.twitter.com/uTbEc44MHH
— Brian Nichols (@BNicholsLiberty) April 30, 2021
Americans are consuming so much chicken that restaurant chains are scrambling to keep up. Now, I can live without chicken if I must, but not coffee. I can deal with austerity in many arenas of life—but not when it comes to coffee. Let’s hope this is a relatively isolated and transient problem:
Wig Splitter is currently sold out…will be back soon…it’s actually because of the whole Suez Canal thing it seems.
— Stocking Mill Coffee (@smcroasters) May 2, 2021
Intel is building out more chip fabrication plants which will bring much needed jobs and increased tech self-reliance with it.
The world has over 154.1 milllion COVID cases. The world has gained 5.7 million cases in a week. There have been over 3.2 million deaths in total. The US has had over 33.2 million cases. Over 591,000 Americans have died. The US has gained over 37,000 cases since yesterday. There have been 416 deaths in the US in the last day. India leads the world in deaths per day, with over 3,400 in the last day. India has also gained over 300,000 new cases per day for nearly two weeks. The world is essentially experiencing a second dramatic peak:
Global #coronavirus cases reach new peak driven by India and South America. The average daily rate of new cases has now been above 800k for more than a week. No one is safe from Covid until it’s controlled worldwide https://t.co/ffTuwuR9z8
— delthia ricks (@DelthiaRicks) May 2, 2021
Hundreds of colleges and universities in the US are going to require students to be vaccinated to attend this fall:
“More than 100 colleges across the United States have said they will require students to receive coronavirus vaccines in order to attend in-person classes in the fall”https://t.co/wU1C9rGR7w
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) April 30, 2021
Fewer hospitalized COVID patients are dying in the US. Daily deaths in the US are trending down as well:
— Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) April 30, 2021
The mRNA vaccines appear to be protective against the Indian variant:
Downgrading the concern on B.1.617, the poorly named “double mutant”
—98% effectiveness of mRNA vaccine in an Israeli outbreak @CT_Bergstrom https://t.co/tGbuwPUmAL
—Lab studies: minimal immune evasion, expected full protection from vaccine @GuptaR_lab https://t.co/AIp24G0ROK pic.twitter.com/AK20UWlDBD
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) May 1, 2021
DC bans dancing at weddings? What if people are fully vaccinated?
Vaccine hesitancy could throw a wrench in the herd immunity cogs. It’s possible that the virus could become endemic and worsen each winter. It’s important to push for broad vaccination through the summer and fall months.
Pfizer may get an EUA for its COVID vaccine for use in kids 12-15 as soon as next week:
BREAKING: FDA preparing to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 through 15 by early next week, sources say – NYT
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) May 3, 2021