Environmental Politics

"Energy Department Closes Office Working on Climate Change Abroad"

"The Energy Department is closing an office that works with other countries to develop clean energy technology, another sign of the Trump administration’s retreat on climate-related activities after its withdrawal from the Paris agreement this month."

Source: NY Times, 06/19/2017

Pruitt Vows To Speed U.S. Superfund Cleanups. Communities Wonder How.

"BRIDGETON, Mo. — Dawn Chapman had listened with surprise and skepticism as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency vowed to clean up West Lake, the nuclear waste dump that has filled her days and nights with worry."

Source: Washington Post, 06/19/2017

"Oil’s Pipeline to America’s Schools"

"Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma, were in for a treat. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, the students gathered in late November for story time with two special guests, state Rep. Tom Gann and state Sen. Marty Quinn. Dressed in suits, the Republican lawmakers read aloud from 'Petro Pete’s Big Bad Dream,' a parable in which a Bob the Builder lookalike awakens to find his toothbrush, hardhat and even the tires on his bike missing."

Source: NPR/CPI, 06/16/2017

"Emails Reiterate EPA Chief’s Ties To Fossil Fuel Interests"

"Newly obtained emails underscore just how closely Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as Oklahoma’s state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued to block federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions."

Source: AP, 06/16/2017

"Congress to Pruitt: We’re Not Cutting EPA Budget to Trump’s Levels"

"House Republicans say they’ll protect programs that affect their districts. That’s a lot of the EPA’s work." "Members of the congressional committee responsible for the Environmental Protection Agency's budget—Republican and Democrat alike—made clear Thursday they have no intention of approving the White House's proposal to slash the agency's spending."

Source: InsideClimate News, 06/16/2017


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