Environmental Politics

"National Monument Proposals In Vogue As Obama Prepares Exit"

"The race is on to win President Barack Obama's attention as he puts some final touches on his environmental legacy. Conservation groups, American Indian tribes and federal lawmakers are urging his administration to preserve millions of acres as national monuments. Such a designation often prevents new drilling and mining on public lands, or the construction of new roads and utility lines."

Source: AP, 08/15/2016

"Trump: Climate Change Won't Be ‘Devastating’"

"Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday 'there could be some impact' from a changing climate, 'but I don’t believe it’s a devastating impact.'

In an interview with The Miami Herald, Trump reiterated he’s 'not a big believer in manmade climate change,' and while he acknowledged problems such as rising sea levels, he attributed them to 'a change in weather patterns, and you’ve had it for many years.'

Source: The Hill, 08/15/2016

"Challenge To Presidential Candidates: Debate About Science"

"Climate change. Mental health. Space exploration. Vaccinations. The health of the oceans. Antibiotic-resistant superbugs. These are not the typical meat-and-potatoes topics of presidential debates. Often, the candidates and people who ask them questions skip over such topics entirely. But dozens of non-partisan groups that represent millions of scientists and engineers across the country are eager to change that."

Source: Wash Post, 08/12/2016

NC State Epidemiologist Resigns After McCrory "Misleads" on Well Water

"North Carolina’s state epidemiologist resigned Wednesday to protest her employer’s depiction that “deliberately misleads” how screening standards were created to test private wells near Duke Energy’s power plants."

Source: Charlotte Observer, 08/11/2016

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