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.


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


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.