Environmental Politics

As Rules Change for Journalists, Room Remains for Determined Voice

Energy writer Andrew Nikiforuk talks with SEJournal's Between the Lines editor about his book “Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry.” The SEJ award-winning text follows the seven-year saga of a longtime oil patch consultant-turned-whistleblower. 

"The Trump Budget’s Bizarre Move To Cut The Weatherization Of Homes"

"Among dozens of federal programs proposed for elimination in the Trump administration’s newly revealed budget proposal is the federal Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, a grant program housed under the Department of Energy that helps states improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families. It’s one of several climate and energy-related initiatives that, if erased, could actually hurt consumers in ways that seem inconsistent with the economy-boosting action the administration claims to seek."

Source: Washington Post, 03/21/2017

Teens Suing U.S. Over Climate Ask for Exxon's 'Wayne Tracker' Emails

"Lawyers for a group of teenagers suing the U.S. government in a climate change case have asked the government and the oil industry's leading trade group to turn over emails sent and received by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson using an alias address while he was running Exxon Mobil."

Source: Reuters, 03/21/2017

"Repeal Of Obama Drilling Rule Stalls In The Senate"

"The GOP’s effort to roll back contentious Obama-era regulations is hitting a snag. Some Republican senators are coming out against a resolution that would repeal an Interior Department regulation governing oil and natural gas drilling on federal land. The rule is designed to cut down on the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas."

Source: The Hill, 03/21/2017

With NOAA Cuts, Will Trump Starve Climate Messenger?

Proposed budget reductions for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could undermine the work of agencies as varied as National Weather Service and Sea Grant, as well as a satellite network informing much climate research. The latest TipSheet outlines NOAA stories that may emerge ... or vanish.

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