Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’d ban new fossil fuel production on federal lands as president

cnbc | April 15, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’d ban new fossil fuel production on federal lands as president
Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday that she would immediately move to place a “total moratorium” on new federal fossil fuel leases if elected president, blocking energy companies from drilling offshore and producing oil, gas and coal from U.S. government-owned land. The Massachusetts Democrat and 2020 contender said she would prioritize building new renewable energy projects. Warren said her administration would set a goal of producing 10 percent of the nation’s electric power from wind towers, solar farms, and other clean energy projects constructed offshore or on public lands. Warren revealed the proposal in a blog post on Medium that laid out her plans for managing the public parks and vast swaths of land that the federal government manages. She said it would form part of her strategy for addressing climate change.

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Vaccines are one of the most effective public health interventions. Vaccines have greatly reduced morbidity and mortality from diseases that were formerly major killers in this country (see Table 1). In recent years, new vaccines against infectious agents such as rotavirus have been successful at reducing circulating disease, and high rates of vaccine coverage continue to protect the majority of individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. In addition to reducing morbidity and mortality, routinely recommended pediatric vaccines have been estimated to save $9.9 billion in direct costs and $43.3 billion in societal costs over the lifetime of a single-year birth cohort, for the seven-vaccine series routinely recommended as of 2001. An updated economic analysis of the current vaccination schedule is underway.

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Vaccines are one of the most effective public health interventions. Vaccines have greatly reduced morbidity and mortality from diseases that were formerly major killers in this country (see Table 1). In recent years, new vaccines against infectious agents such as rotavirus have been successful at reducing circulating disease, and high rates of vaccine coverage continue to protect the majority of individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. In addition to reducing morbidity and mortality, routinely recommended pediatric vaccines have been estimated to save $9.9 billion in direct costs and $43.3 billion in societal costs over the lifetime of a single-year birth cohort, for the seven-vaccine series routinely recommended as of 2001. An updated economic analysis of the current vaccination schedule is underway.

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