Environmental Politics

"Senators' Silence Kills Probe Into Zinke's Alleged Alaska Threats"

"The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is closing its investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s alleged threats against an Alaska senator during an ObamaCare fight last month after the lawmaker and her in-state colleague refused to participate in the probe."

Source: The Hill, 08/31/2017

"Federal Agency OKs Gas Pipeline Project Fought By Residents"

"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved construction of a high-pressure pipeline that will carry natural gas from the shale fields of Appalachia, across northern Ohio and into Michigan and Canada, a decision likely to be a death blow for project opponents concerned about safety and property rights."

Source: AP, 08/30/2017

Flood Insurance: Harvey Plays Into Partisan Divide On National Program

"Devastation caused by Tropical Storm Harvey will only exacerbate congressional debate over flood insurance reform, likely forcing lawmakers to pass a short-term extension before the federal program expires at the end of September."

Source: Greenwire, 08/30/2017

"Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts Could Undermine Harvey Relief Efforts"

"President Trump pledged to rebuild Houston and Texas bigger and better than ever. However, earlier this month, he rescinded an Obama executive order that required flood-damaged property to be rebuilt higher and stronger. Trump also has proposed eliminating federal flood mapping and the federal government's top disaster agency."

Source: NPR, 08/30/2017

Scientist Asked To Remove ‘Climate Change’ From Grant Proposal

"A Northeastern University researcher who was asked to remove any reference to climate change from her Energy Department grant proposal said Monday that she had posted the letter publicly “because I found it to be a stark reminder of the ongoing politicization of science.”"

Source: Washington Post, 08/29/2017

"Oil And Gas: What's Driving High Break-Even Prices On Public Lands?"

"Oil and gas producers might have a harder time breaking even in shale plays containing federally controlled land, but that may have little to do with the regulatory and permitting burdens associated with extracting hydrocarbons from public acreage, energy researchers say."

Source: EnergyWire, 08/29/2017

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