CDC cancels next month's 'climate and health' summit in Atlanta

According to Climatewire, an E&E News publication, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control “quietly and abruptly” canceled a major climate-change gathering scheduled for next month. The action was taken shortly after Donald Trump's election as president in November, but is only now coming to light. From the newsletter:

The speaker wasn’t identified. Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the CDC, resigned effective last Friday. He had been appointed by President Barack Obama eight years ago.

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We told you yesterday that state Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynesboro, was taking some heat from tea partyer and Trump supporter Debbie Dooley because his wife and daughter participated in a Saturday women's march in Augusta. We pointed out that Stone had recently replaced state Sen. Josh McKoon as Senate Judiciary Chairman -- and that Dooley and McKoon were often allies in the state Capitol. Which prompted this response from McKoon on his Facebook page this morning:

Since Jim Galloway mentioned my name, I want to be clear that Jesse Stone is a principled conservative and a great leader who I have been proud to work with over the last six years. As a newly married guy, I certainly wouldn't expect to be able to tell Jacqueline Byrd McKoon what to think...about anything! # gapol

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The Daily Globe, a Minnesota-based news site, has another hint of the worry that President Donald Trump’s nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has provoked in the country’s grain belt:

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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