5 Things for Thursday
Paris Climate Change Accord:
President Trump is announcing his decision for the United States’ future with the Paris climate agreement today. Rumor has it that the President will withdraw from the agreement, fulfilling a campaign promise that further distances himself from former President Obama’s legacy. It’s important to remember that out of the 197 countries in the world, 195 including the U.S. have signed the climate change agreement. Withdrawing from it would leave our country in the likes of Nicaragua and Syria- good company?
China has also recently come out and said to Mr. Trump that there is an ‘international responsibility’ to act over climate change, quite the switch from last year when Obama had to convince China with lengthy discussions to accept the climate change agreement. We’ll see what the President’s decision is today in the Rose Garden.
Oakdale Elementary School Fire:
A devastating fire consumed Oakdale Elementary School in Allen Parish yesterday evening. The blaze caused about an 80 percent loss to the school. Thankfully, school is out and no one was in the building at the time of the fire.
The awful sight did bring the community together, and a ton of firefighters from across the state came to help. It still isn’t clear what caused the fire, stay tuned during the next couple of days for any developments discovered by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Governor Calls for Special Session:
Yesterday Governor John Bel Edwards called for a special legislative session to start next week, anticipating failure to agree on a budget for Louisiana. The special session will begin on June 8th, right after the official session ends. This comes as House Republicans and the Governor are not giving in on what they want in the budget- fighting over the $206 million unspent in the House’s proposal. The only saving grace would be an acceptable budget for both parties drafted by the Senate, set to come out soon. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
It’s the first of June, and that means hurricane season starts today. Everyone knows that hurricanes have caused dreadful times in Louisiana’s past, so it’s important to stay on top of things. Just a few days ago Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon urged people throughout the state to do an insurance checkup, to make sure everything would be okay if a tropical storm were to affect our area. It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
NBA Finals Start Tonight:
Tonight is the first game of the NBA Finals, and the third-straight year of the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers meeting in the championship series (yawn). Most outlets are predicting the Warriors will take the series, but also remember the same thing was said last year when LeBron’s Cavs took it. Warriors do have the home court advantage and have statistics on their side- Game 1 has been won by the home team in 11 out of the past 12 Finals.
All I know is that my Spurs were robbed.