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Coal Leasing on Federal Lands

While resurrecting the declining U.S. coal industry, as promised by the new administration, is probably not possible, it may not stop a lifting of the moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands. TipSheet looks at how the issue moved front and center, and whether the move would help coal country.

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February 4, 2017

The Trump Administration and the Environment: A Reporter’s Primer

This mini-conference, sponsored by SEJ and New York University-DC, includes speakers Myron Ebell, the head of the Trump transition team for EPA; Scott Segal, a fossil fuels industry attorney for Bracewell; Bob Perciasepe, Center for Climate & Energy Solutions and former Obama and Clinton EPA appointee; and more, plus a panel of reporters who have covered Donald Trump and his appointees to head EPA and the Department of Energy. RSVP required. Can't be there in person? The event will be livestreamed (and archived).

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Journalists' Guide to Energy & Environment 2017

Feb 3, 2017 3 - 5 p.m. ET   #SEJ2017     The Society of Environmental Journalists launched SEJ's new report, "Journalists' Guide to Energy and Environment 2017," at the Woodrow Wilson Center introduced by SEJ Board President and Climate Central Senior Science Writer Bobby Magill (pictured). The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with leading reporters and editors, a reception and exhibit opening of the exhibit, "Climate Change in Our World," featuring the photography of SEJ member Gary Braasch.

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Will State, Local Government Replace Feds on Climate Change?

Even if the incoming Trump Administration retreats from climate action, as many fear, state and local governments may fill the gap on climate policy. Our latest Issue Backgrounder takes a closer look, and offers sources and resources to help you cover the more localized climate stories that may result.

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"Efforts to Save the Cheat River Chart Clearer Course Forward"

"The Cheat River flows pale green and slate gray, glistening in the sunshine as it gathers speed, turns to whitewater and drops between rocks on the way toward the Monongahela River. From there it makes its way to the Ohio River and the drinking water of millions of people. As West Virginia pushes toward an uncertain economic future, a river that once flowed bright orange charts a course out of mining's toxic legacies."

Source: AP, 12/01/2016

Opponents of Mid-Atlantic Pipeline Strategize in Wake of Election

"NATURAL BRIDGE, Va.— In the Natural Bridge Hotel lobby before a pipeline summit in opposition to two planned fracked-gas pipelines, two words could be heard in almost every conversation: 'Trump' and 'election.'"

Source: Daily Climate, 11/18/2016

"WV Water Crisis Settlements Provide Community Up To $151M"

"Hundreds of thousands of Kanawha Valley residents, businesses and workers will receive up to $151 million in compensation from West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical Co. for the effects of the January 2014 water crisis, under related class-action settlements made public late Monday afternoon."

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail, 11/01/2016

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