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Trump Interior Rescinds Four Climate, Conservation Policies

"The Interior Department’s No. 2 official issued a secretarial order just before Christmas rescinding several climate change and conservation policies issued under the Obama administration, saying they were “inconsistent” with President Trump’s quest for energy independence."

Source: Washington Post, 01/08/2018

"2018 Preview: What Not to Ignore About Water Infrastructure"

"Infrastructure was supposed to be an arena of bipartisan comity in Donald Trump’s first year as president. Instead, it became an afterthought as the administration tussled with Congress over health care, border security, and tax cuts while jettisoning waves of advisers and staff."

Source: Circle of Blue, 01/05/2018

Without Fanfare, Oil Companies Received A Tax Break On New Year’s Day

"Congressional Republicans allowed a tax on oil companies that generated hundreds of millions of dollars annually for federal oil-spill response efforts to expire this week — a move that amounts to another corporate break in the wake of lawmakers’ sweeping tax overhaul late last month."

Source: Washington Post, 01/05/2018

Official Who Overlooked Environmental Regs Said To Be Next NPS Acting Head

"A former top National Park Service official implicated more than a decade ago for improperly paving the way for the owner of the Washington Redskins to cut down trees on a 2-acre scenic easement along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is expected to become the agency's next acting director, possibly as soon as next week, National Parks Traveler has learned."

Source: National Parks Traveler, 01/05/2018

"Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling"

"The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard."

Source: NY Times, 01/05/2018

17 Ways Trump Administration Assaulted the Environment Over the Holidays

"While visions of sugarplums danced in some of our heads, the Trump administration had a different vision—of a country unbound by rules that protect people, places, wildlife and the climate. Over the past two weeks, the administration has proposed or finalized changes to how the government and the industries it regulates respond to climate change, migratory birds, clean energy, pesticides and toxic chemicals."

Source: EcoWatch, 01/04/2018


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