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    Friday on Fox News Channel’s “The Faulkner Focus,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) slammed the Biden administration for the baby formula shortage crisis. Blackburn hit the White House for waiting until the shortage became a crisis and then making the “wrong decision” on solving it. She said the shortage of formula “never needed to happen.” “What does the administration do? They wait for a problem to become a crisis, they make the wrong decision, and then they have to come back and try to fix it, which is what they are doing now with the waivers and with the Defense Production Act,” Blackburn lamented. “This never needed to happen.” “We have two children in Tennessee that have been hospitalized for lack of formula,” she continued. “Every time I talk with some of these parents, it is very emotional. I just — I cannot even — you are a mom, I’m a mom and a grandmom, and, you know, it is just heart-wrenching what these children are going through. And they are calling family members and friends in other states and saying,...
    New York (CNN Business)Laura Modi is fielding dozens of emails, calls, and texts daily from anxious parents asking about how they can get baby formula. Modi is CEO and cofounder of Bobbie, a San Francisco-based direct-to-consumer seller and subscription service for organic milk-based baby formula that is produced in a Vermont facility and backed by $72 million in venture capital funding.She's acutely aware of the desperation in those outreaches, which have intensified in recent weeks amid an ongoing nationwide shortage of infant formula. A message at the top of the company's website says, "We're temporarily at capacity for new customers." Other manufacturers say they're producing at full capacity and making as much formula as they can. But supply is heavily outstripping demand. The baby formula supply problem is getting worseIn February, the situation was exacerbated by a recall of three brands of powdered formula made by leading formula maker Abbott Nutrition due to potential bacterial infections, followed by the Food and Drug Administration shutting down a major Abbott formula production facility over safety concerns."I remember reading about the recall...
    America is supposed to be the land of plenty. A shining city on a hill as Ronald Reagan used to say. It would be almost unfathomable just a few years ago to ponder a time in which something as essential as baby formula would be in short supply. But here we are -- Americans are facing a baby formula shortage and it is nothing short of a crisis. Desperate mothers, who can't find products in the store, are buying formula off of eBay at exorbitant prices. Some are being forced to substitute for other brands that their children may not be able to tolerate. And still others trying to make formula themselves with homemade alternatives, which is something that pediatricians warn may be extremely dangerous and even deadly for infants. The question raging inside of me is: How the hell could something like this happen? For one, this crisis did not just appear out of the blue.  Stores have struggled for months to keep the formula on the shelves. The question raging inside of me is: How the hell could...
    Doctors have been treating diabetes with insulin since 1922. A century later, about 1 in 5 of the 37 million Americans living with diabetes take this medication—a hormone that helps cells absorb sugar from the blood. This medication helps avert a host of medical problems including heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. Some 1.6 million Americans living with Type 1 diabetes, a condition in which people don’t produce any insulin, depend on it for their survival. So do millions more people with Type 2 diabetes—a condition in which the body doesn’t make enough insulin. But an estimated 1 in 4 of the Americans who need it have so much trouble affording this life-saving medication that they skimp on doses because insulin prices have been skyrocketing for years. For example, the full cost—not counting insurance coverage—of about one month’s worth of a commonly used kind of insulin called glargine has nearly tripled from$99 in 2010 to $284 in 2022. The exact amount Americans pay for insulin varies quite widely, depending on their insurance coverage and which version of the medication they’re...
    VIDEO15:1315:13How the student debt crisis ballooned to $1.7 trillionInvest in You: Ready. Set. Grow. For decades now, the country's outstanding student loan debt balance has only trended in one direction: Up. Today, around 44 million Americans owe a combined $1.7 trillion for their education. But it didn't have to be this way. Legislation like the GI Bill, the National Defense Education Act, and Higher Education Act of 1965 paved the way for greater access to college and enrollment grew while costs remained low. But, eventually, deep cuts in state funding for higher education paved the way for significant tuition increases and pushed more of the costs of college onto students.Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsThese days, tuition accounts for about half of public college revenue, while state and local governments provide the other half. But a few decades ago, the split was much different, with tuition providing just about a quarter of revenue and state and local governments picking up the rest. Over the 30 years between 1991-92 and 2021-22, average tuition prices more than doubled, increasing to $10,740 from $4,160 at public four-year colleges,...
    The United States added just three oil rigs this week despite crude oil prices soaring. The total number of oil rigs in the U.S. ticked up from 549 to 552, data from the oil and gas services company Baker-Hughes showed on Friday. The price of West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark, jumped above $105 a barrel on Friday. Brent crude, the global benchmark, is above $109 a barrel. The Permian Basin in west Texas, where new production is thought to be most likely to arise, added just one rig after flatlining for the two prior weeks. One rig was added in the Williston Basin, which covers most of North Dakota. Another was added offshore. The number of natural gas rigs in the U.S. climbed was unchanged 144. Canada’s rig count fell by six to 95, reflecting a typical seasonal decline. The Biden administration has said it wants more domestic oil production but until very recently it was refusing to auction new leases for federal land. Even as the administration announced the move, however, it made clear that it had contempt...
    Céline Caron and Yves Tessier devoted their lives to protecting soil health long before regenerative farming became mainstream. Nicolas Lachapelle/National Observer This story was originally published by Canada’s National Observer and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A handful of soil, swept to the ground with indifference, was enough to make Céline Caron flinch. It was June 2013. Caron, a Quebec farmer, environmentalist and one of my father’s closest friends, was enjoying a fresh-picked radish salad outside the house she had shared with her husband, Yves Tessier, for over 40 years. Beside her, on the front seat of a golf cart she used to get around the farm, was a half-teaspoon of dirt that she intended to return to her garden after the day’s heat passed. A few minutes later, Françis Naud, the septuagenarian couple’s full-time helper, arrived to borrow the cart and swept the dirt aside as he sat on the front seat. Only when Caron’s piercing blue eyes widened in shock did Naud realize his mistake. “She was hit with a moment of panic to see that the...
    The United States added just one oil rig this week amid renewed pressure from climate change activists on investors to deny capital to fossil fuel producers. The total number of oil rigs in the U.S. ticked up from 548 to 549, data from the oil and gas services company Baker-Hughes showed on Friday. The Permian Basin, where new production is thought to be most likely to arise, added zero for the second straight week. The number of natural gas rigs in the U.S. climbed by one also, rising to 144. Canada’s rig count fell by two to 1010, reflecting a typical seasonal decline. The Biden administration has said it wants more domestic oil production but until very recently it was refusing to auction new leases for federal land. Even as the administration announced the move, however, it made clear that it had contempt for fossil fuel companies and regarded them as dangers to the public good. “For too long, the federal oil and gas leasing programs have prioritized the wants of extractive industries above local communities, the natural environment, the...
    Los Angeles (CNN)Leonardo DiCaprio has made the climate crisis and environmental conservation his life's work -- mainly off screen, though sometimes on. In addition to leading his own environmental foundation, the film star sits on the board of several other organizations, and his advocacy has been celebrated by the United Nations.But while many of DiCaprio's Hollywood brethren are environmentally conscious off screen, a new study shows the TV and movie industry isn't doing nearly enough on screen to keep the climate crisis in everyday conversation.Researchers at the University of Southern California analyzed 37,453 scripts from 2016 through 2020 looking for 36 climate keywords like "climate crisis" and "deforestation." They found only 2.8%, or 1,046 scripts, contained any mention of the keywords. By contrast, the word "dog" was mentioned 13 times more than all 36 climate words combined, researchers said. Human activity is pushing parts of the world toward an insect apocalypse, study suggestsThe study was released in tandem with a digital guidebook -- called Good Energy -- to help screenwriters to focus more on climate change in movies and...
    (CNN)Space technology has long been used to help forecast weather, spot wildfires and aide scientists' understanding of the climate crisis. But this next-generation German satellite is being called a game changer for its ability to use more than 250 colors to produce the most precise data on water, soil and vegetation in satellite history, scientists say.The Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program, or EnMAP, is capable of measuring things that would otherwise be invisible, from the degree of pollution in a river flowing through a forest to the nutrient supply within a plant.Powerful rivers in the sky could cause Antarctic Peninsulas biggest ice shelf to collapseThe images EnMAP will take are so high in resolution that scientists will be able to study the environment at a previously unachievable level of detail for space-based observing systems, scientists told CNN. The highly sophisticated satellite was designed to study the environmental impact of the climate crisis, observe how environments respond to human activities and to monitor the management of the world's natural resources. "There have already been great moments, and I can't wait to...
    As I have written before, the U.S. Supreme Court is facing a crisis of legitimacy driven by a growing public perception that the court is a political institution dominated by conservative activists masquerading as impartial guardians of the Constitution. No single justice is more responsible for this crisis than Clarence Thomas. Scandal and controversy have plagued Thomas since he was credibly accused of sexual harassment by law professor Anita Hill during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearing. Since then, he has carved out a well-deserved reputation as the court’s most rightwing jurist. Thomas is also an ardent proponent of “originalism”—the legal philosophy that holds that the Constitution should be understood today as closely as possible to the way it was understood when it was written in the eighteenth century. In 1993, according to The New York Times, Thomas told two of his law clerks that he planned to serve on the court until 2034, and until then would continue to make the lives of liberals “miserable.” On January 19 of this year, Thomas attempted to make good on that pledge...
    The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) reported that 101 officers had been shot in the line of duty as of Friday so far this year, and its president said it was unlike anything he had ever witnessed. It is a 43 percent increase compared to the number of officers who were shot at the same time last year and a 63 percent rise compared to the year before, Fox News reported Saturday. According to the FOP’s monthly update, of the officers shot, 17 were killed by gunfire. “We are in the midst of a real crisis. The violence directed at law enforcement officers is unlike anything I’ve seen in my 36 years of law enforcement,” National FOP President Patrick Yoes stated. “Last year was one of the most dangerous years for law enforcement, with more officers shot in the line of duty since the National Fraternal Order of Police began recording this data,” he added. In a social media post on Friday, the FOP called the data “horrific,” adding it was an “absolute stain on our society.” “When the...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) stated that “We’re seeing the exact same thing” as the migrant crisis that overwhelmed Del Rio in 2021, but the influx has been spread out and that the numbers will double if Title 42 is eliminated. Gonzales said, “[T]his border crisis has not stopped. You know, we saw Haitians overwhelm Del Rio in August of last year. We’re seeing the exact same thing now, only thing, it’s not Haitians, it’s Cubans and Venezuelans. And they’re coming to Del Rio, but they’re also coming to Eagle Pass, Uvalde, and Carrizo Springs. They’ve essentially spread out the influx here. And now the administration is talking about doing away with Title 42, literally the last bastion that is holding things back. It’s absolutely insane. Republicans have fought hard to keep Title 42 in place. As bad as this crisis is, Title 42 goes away, and this turns into a nightmare overnight.” He added, “40% of all encounters qualified for Title 42. What does that mean? These historic numbers...
    U.S. @RepKimSchrier (D-WA) says it is "frankly un-American" to blame record gas prices on anyone but Putin: https://www.patreon.com/posts/un-divided-17-63766225\u00a0\u2026 #unDividedpic.twitter.com/RnG6FrL2k6 — Brandi Kruse (@Brandi Kruse) 1647284354 While Biden has abdicated any responsibility for the problem with gas prices and vulnerable Democratic lawmakers have indicated they will happily repeat Biden talking points, Biden recently bragged about dropping gas prices. "I was able to bring it down 12 cents a gallon and will come down more, I believe," Biden said in December 2021. The national average gas price as of Tuesday afternoon is $4.31 per gallon, according to AAA. That figure is down four cents from Monday, but still up since last week.
    The move, which comes as Ukrainians strive to defend their country against a Russian invasion, will likely lead to even higher gas prices for Americans. But while Ukrainians bravely fight an actual war, former California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat who served four terms in office — including from 1975 to 1983 and from 2011 to 2019 — told the Associated Press last week that "climate is like war." "It's true that the Russians are earning money from oil and gas, but to compound that problem by accelerating oil and gas in America would go against the climate goals, and climate is like war: If we don’t handle it, people are going to die and they’re going to be suffering. Not immediately, but over time," Brown said, according to the outlet.
    FRESNO, Calif. -- A California wreath designer found a unique way to support victims of domestic violence.Terra Lamborn, owner of Wreaths by Terra, designed a special wreath to raise funds for the Marjaree Mason Center.It's a domestic violence shelter based in Fresno, California, that provides shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, and crisis support for victims of domestic violence. Lamborn designed her special wreath, named The Marjaree, with the cause in mind. 50% of the proceeds from the sale of each of the wreaths would be donated to the center, and used to provide one night at a safe house for a victim in crisis.The Marjaree is built with purple dahlias, roses, and delphiniums that symbolize courage and grace, and sprays of pampas grass give it an airy feeling.When she began the project, Lamborn hoped to sell 50 of the Marjaree wreaths by the end of March. To her delight, she sold them all by the end of February.You can check out Wreaths by Terra on Facebook or Instagram.This video and story is based on reporting by Vanessa Vasconcelos.If you are the...