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February 19, 2021
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Texas energy woes thrust state to center of climate policy debate

As parts of Texas entered a third day without electricity Wednesday, Republicans and Democrats seized upon the state's energy woes to reinforce their positions on renewable power sources and the costs and benefits of policies intended to counter the effects of climate change. ... John McCormick, a political scientist at Indiana University and author of "Environmental Politics and Policy," (suggested) that these events will reinforce Americans' preconceived notions about renewable energy and fossil fuels, for better or worse. In Texas, that could mean a backlash against clean energy sources. "Emotion, ideology, partisanship -- all of these things are playing into every kind of conversation we're having at the moment...," McCormick said. "Unfortunately, I think we live in an increasingly irrational world."

McKnight's Long Term Care News

Are we there yet? Vaccination success won't ease need for LTC vigilance, observers say

COVID-19 vaccinations are well underway in long-term care, and facility cases are on a downward trend, but the need for stepped-up infection control measures likely will remain a necessity for the foreseeable future, say industry observers and stakeholders. One key unknown is how Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidance on testing and other mitigation efforts will change if case counts continue to fall. "We are all waiting on CMS to update their policy on a number of areas, including staff and resident testing, activities allowed within facilities, and family visitation, as more and more nursing home residents are fully vaccinated," geriatrician Kathleen Unroe, M.D., MHA, told the McKnight’s Clinical Daily.  Because testing protocol is tied to country positivity rates, facilities certainly will see an effect as those infection numbers go down, said Unroe, a long-term care researcher and professor from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine. "But the substantial impact will only happen if policies change to reflect the role of vaccinations," she added. 

Star Tribune

After acquittal, Trump 2024? Maybe not so fast

The drafters of the 14th Amendment wanted to keep former officials who joined the Confederacy from resuming public service, without an explicit vote from Congress restoring their eligibility. Section 3 was enforced for several years at both the state and federal level, according to Gerald Magliocca, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. But in 1872, by a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate, Congress lifted the prohibition against most who had been barred from office. ... did Trump engage in insurrection? Here, too, Trump's team and the House prosecutors differ. The answer could depend on more information that could emerge from a congressional investigation of the Jan. 6 riot, a lawsuit filed this week by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., against Trump or the court case over Trump's disqualification, Magliocca said. "We need a lot more development of the facts," he said.

The Indianapolis Star

50 economists from Indiana, 'a coal state,' call on Congress to act on climate change

More than 50 professors in economics and related fields from Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame have written a letter calling on something to be done about the world's changing climate, and suggesting a few economic levers that can be pulled to make that happen. They hope their letter will be well received -- it's addressed to Indiana's congressional delegation, but they hope its reach will be even broader. Much of the opposition to government efforts to combat climate change has revolved around concerns about costs and the potential damage to jobs and the economy. But economists from Indiana say even more is at stake. "If we don't do something, that will be costly, too," said Jackson Dorsey, an assistant professor at IU's Kelley School of Business who focuses on environmental and energy economics. "And most analysis says it will be more costly if we do nothing.”


The impact on Black students of evolution of education

Educator Patricia Payne grew up with predominately Black teachers. ... Years after Brown vs. Board of Education mandated the integration of schools, Payne had her first white teacher after enrolling in Shortridge High School, where Black teachers weren't allowed to teach. "I mean it just wasn't the same because we were a few of the Black students who were there," Payne said. Lasana Kazembe is an Africana studies professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He said school integration came with possibly unintended consequences; it created a purge as countless Black educators and administrators were pushed out. "You see the hollowing out of that large of a technical class with all that expertise and experience replaced with younger whiter people who do not live in the community, who have no cultural connection to the people, and who have no cultural context."

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