Swedish Government Belittles Trump With This All-Woman Photo
The Swedish government announced new climate change legislation Thursday that requires the country to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, one of the most ambitious plans by any developed country.
Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin posted a photograph on Twitter of her signing the bill surrounded by an all-female staff. Many people are comparing this photo to the viral photo of Donald Trump when he signed an executive order restricting access to abortion while surround by men.
Compare and contrast: Trump restricts women's rights; Sweden's Isabella Lovin pushes world's most ambitious (?) cli… https://t.co/yCenJ51qW5— Megan Darby (@Megan Darby)1486122648.0
"You can interpret it as you want," Lovin's spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. "It's more that Sweden is a feminist government and this is a very important law that we just decided on ... And to make the Paris agreement happen we need climate leadership."
The legislation will "bind all future governments to net zero emissions by 2045," Lovin said, and require Swedish governments to provide updates on climate change efforts and whether the country is on track to meet its target.
The new Swedish law was developed after agreement from seven out of the eight political parties in parliament. It takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
According to the AP, Lovin said, Sweden wanted to set an example at a time when "climate skeptics (are) really gaining power in the world again." She criticized climate skeptics within the new Trump Administration and said, "the position we hear from the new administration is worrying," and warned that all countries need to "step up and fulfill the Paris agreement."
Lovin's concern is clearly warranted as news this week continued to show Trump's war on the environment.
Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee suspended their panel's rules Thursday to force through Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Groups Denounce GOP's Move to Force Through #Trump's @EPA Pick https://t.co/ybzROoRIoC @SierraClub @NRDC @greenpeaceusa @billmckibben @350— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch)1486062523.0
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, revealing "just how much fossil fuel industry money has corrupted Congress," as climate group 350.org put it.
Rex Tillerson Confirmed as Secretary of State https://t.co/SPHswjFPBM @Sierra_Magazine @EARTHWORKS— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch)1485994516.0
And, on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) drafted a bill to abolish the EPA and is seeking support from his colleagues for the measure.
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By Governor Jay Inslee
Climate Week this year coincides with clear skies in Washington state for the first time in almost two weeks.
In just a few days in early September, Washington state saw enough acres burned – more than 600,000 – to reach our second-worst fire season on record. Our worst fire season came only five years ago. Wildfires aren't new to the west, but their scope and danger today is unlike anything firefighters have seen. People up and down the West Coast – young and old, in rural areas and in cities – were choking on smoke for days on end, trapped in their homes.
Fires like these are becoming the norm, not the exception.