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Herschel Walker Falsely Claims U.S. is Cleaning China’s Air Pollution

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Jeff Fuentes Gleghorn

Earlier this July, Herschel Walker, a Republican candidate for Senator in Georgia, claimed that the U.S. is cleaning Chinese air pollution. At a campaign event, Walker said that the U.S. has some of the “cleanest air and cleanest water of anybody in the world,” before saying that America’s “good air decided to float over” to China, forcing “bad air” to move from China to America. Then the U.S. has to “clean that [bad air] back up” for China.

That is not how greenhouse gas emissions work. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses naturally mix with the atmosphere, spreading evenly across the planet. In 2020, carbon dioxide levels over the U.S. and China were nearly identical, with a difference of only 3 or 4 parts per million, less than a one percent difference.

It is also wrong to suggest that the United States is cleaning up carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. The United States emits 12 percent of the world’s greenhouse gasses annually, making it the second largest greenhouse gas emitter. China is the number one greenhouse gas emitter, releasing 24 percent of greenhouse gasses annually, but China also has 18 percent of the world’s population. If we look at greenhouse gas emissions per capita, the United States moves to number one in the world, releasing over twice as much per person as China, which moves to 6th place. Despite Walker’s claims, the U.S. is not cleaning up the air, it is a leading contributor to global warming. 

During the event, Walker also said that China had created the COVID-19 virus, a conspiracy theory that has been thoroughly disproven. His claims are simply not true, and lies like these are dangerous during a time when hate crimes against Asians are increasing.

Georgia Legislature approves coverage to help first responders cope with job-related PTSD treatment

The Ashley Wilson Act, named for Gwinnett police sergeant Ashley Wilson, passed unanimously in the Georgia House of Representatives, aiming to provide supplemental health insurance for first responders diagnosed with PTSD due to on-the-job experiences. This landmark legislation, celebrated for its potential to significantly aid in the recovery and support of traumatized first responders, reflects a broader recognition of PTSD’s serious impact on public safety personnel, promising financial and treatment support beginning January 1, 2025.

FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.