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One of President Biden’s State Department’s best climate candidates pointed out the environmental benefits of the COVID-19 pandemic in a publication that was in full swing during the pandemic.
Monica Medina, the president candidate for the Deputy Secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Science Affairs, wrote on the “ecological upward trend” of the pandemic in March 2020 and called for a restructuring of the economy to include “green” jobs.
Medina is an alum of the Obama administration and also the wife of Biden’s White House chief of staff, Ron Klain.
“Amid the economic and health tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic, there is an unexpected positive side: the significant improvement in our environment as a result of the massive slowdown,” said Medina and her co-author, Our Daily Planet founder Miro Korenha, wrote in a statement from Washington Post.
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“That comes with the responsibility – recovering and recovering in a way that helps meet the challenge that remains once the virus is under control,” the couple continued.
Medina and her co-author wrote that they feared that people would quickly return to normal “instead of appreciating what we were missing in our consumer-driven, plastic and fossil fuel-dependent world.”
The authors said the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was the time to make “structural changes” to the US economy and society and compare them Satellite images the air quality over China and Italy shows “the benefits we get from polluting less and wasting less”.
“Now is the time to set the linchpin for sustainability,” wrote the couple. “More stimulus funds are needed to restore our economic vitality – to get businesses back up and running, to create jobs, to replace those that have finally disappeared.”
“Why shouldn’t these new jobs be green jobs, such as restoring coastlines, building renewable energy infrastructure, and growing our food more sustainably?” They asked.
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If this were confirmed by the Senate, Medina would be the second largest person in the Foreign Ministry’s international climate agency.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.