Environmental Politics

Down Hundreds Of Staff, NWS ‘Teetering On The Brink Of Failure’ - Union

"After the onslaught of devastating hurricanes and wildfires, the United States is enduring one of its most costly years for extreme weather.  A near-record $16 billion weather disasters have ravaged the nation. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service workforce is spread razor thin, with hundreds of vacant forecast positions."

Source: Washington Post, 10/27/2017

Trump Wants National Park Visit To Cost More Than A Six Flags Ticket

"The Trump administration is considering substantial increases in entrance fees to 17 of the most popular national parks during their peak season, asking Americans to pay prices that rival the gate costs of amusement parks such as Six Flags and Busch Gardens."

Source: Washington Post, 10/27/2017

"FERC: Merchant Coal Operators Reject Perry's Grid Proposal"

"Two of the nation's largest independent power producers are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject an Energy Department proposal even though the companies operate coal plants that stand to benefit if the rule is adopted."

Source: EnergyWire, 10/26/2017

"EPA To Review How Clean Air, Water Laws Affect Energy Sector Jobs"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it will review how bedrock laws like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act affect energy industry job losses, one of several measures U.S. agencies will take to “reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens” on business."

Source: Reuters, 10/26/2017

"U.S. Marine Sanctuary Oil Drilling Report Sent To Trump, Not Public"

"U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross sent a report to the White House on Wednesday containing recommendations on whether to change the boundaries of 11 marine sanctuaries to allow more oil and gas drilling, but the report was not made public."

Source: Reuters, 10/26/2017

PR Board May Name Emergency Boss for Electric Utility Amid Contract Flap

"Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board is moving to install an emergency manager at the island’s state-owned utility amid criticism of a $300 million contract it awarded to a small Montana energy firm for work on the territory’s crippled electrical grid."

Source: Washington Post, 10/26/2017


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