What in the world?

Keegan Godwin (TheLorian)

What in the world? A brief summary of world events

-Global Climate Summit

The G20, an international organization that consists of 19 countries and the European Union, is meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, to discuss climate change, along with other international issues. The G20 met in Rome from Oct. 30-31 to discuss the climate specifically before the COP26 Summit. The meeting in Rome led to countries committing to cooling and containing the world’s global warming temperature below the 34.7 degrees Fahrenheit pre-industrial level. Despite all of those talks, climate activists are upset that there were no firm pledges or actual plans set up by these nations to actually combat global warming. World leaders, however, did acknowledge for the first time ever that the world needs to be on track by 2050 or consequences will be dire. To reach these emission goals, this would require a worldwide transfer to cleaner and more renewable energy sources like electric and solar.

The COP26 began their international meeting on Monday and will continue negotiations for two weeks. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson began the summit with a warning to the world in regards to the climate, claiming the world was “one minute till midnight.” Prime Minister Johnson was referring to the infamous doomsday clock, a scientific “measurement” of when a man-made catastrophe will strike the world. This week, leaders will look to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions and attempt to cool the Earth’s global warming crisis.

-U.S. Build Back Better Bill Update

The Build Back Better bill, or the BBB, is President Biden’s plan to “rebuild the middle class”, as defined by the White House. The original BBB bill introduced by the Biden Administration was a $3.5 trillion plan that failed to gain support from Democrats. With the current Senate divided 50-50, both parties require unanimous support from their respective parties to pass partisan legislation. Moderate Democrats, led by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), failed to give their support to the expensive $3.5 trillion bill, and instead proposed a new bill of roughly $1.5 trillion. After weeks of negotiation between moderate Democrats and Republicans, Democrats have proposed a new $1.75 trillion BBB bill in a compromise with moderate Democrats. While this new proposal is more moderate-friendly, it is still unclear whether moderates, both Democrats and Republicans, will vote in favor of the bill.

What’s in the new proposal? The big aspect of this bill is $555 billion pledged towards clean energy and climate investments. $320 billion of that will be used towards tax credits that would incentivize large corporations to switch to cleaner and safer energy. The next big thing in this bill is child care and preschool. Under this bill, the government would provide universal free pre-school for three and four-year-olds along with a one-year expansion of child tax credits. Many other aspects can be viewed by simply looking up “What’s in the Build Back Better bill?”

Congress is expected to vote on this bill within the upcoming week.

-Texas Abortion Laws

Texas, after years of legal disputes, has passed a law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is roughly six weeks into pregnancy. However, many women do not detect pregnancy within that time frame, which basically bans abortions altogether in the state of Texas. One of the many reasons this law is controversial is due to the Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade determined that a person has the right to an abortion until at least 24 weeks.

The law, which went into effect on Sept. 1, has finally made its way to the Supreme Court. This law was designed by the Texas legislation to evade review in federal courts. The Supreme Court has not yet made a ruling on the law and it may take time for them to make a decision. It is unclear at this time whether they will determine whether the law is constitutional or not.

On Monday, the Supreme Court hinted that they may allow lower courts to challenge the law. It is uncertain where the court will head moving forward.  

Links for more information:

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/01/us/texas-abortion-supreme-court

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/10/29/texas-abortion-law-supreme-court/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/11/01/cop26-glasgow-climate-live-updates/

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/31/politics/g20-climate-communique/index.html

https://www.whitehouse.gov/build-back-better/

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/joe-biden/biden-s-build-back-better-bill-what-made-it-what-n1282643

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