Environmental Politics

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA Pick, Backed Industry Donors Over Regulators

"A legal fight to clean up tons of chicken manure fouling the waters of Oklahoma’s bucolic northeastern corner — much of it from neighboring Arkansas — was in full swing six years ago when the conservative lawyer Scott Pruitt took office as Oklahoma’s attorney general. His response: Put on the brakes."

Source: NY Times, 01/16/2017

Scientists Say Cost of Global Warming Is Underestimated

"How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” —  and its suggestions could help address a growing scientific concern that we’re underestimating the damages global warming will cause."

Source: Wash Post, 01/13/2017

"New Pipeline Protest Models Itself On Dakota Access Fight"

"A new front has opened in the fight against the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The battleground this time is rural west Texas, where a small, yet intense opposition to building the Trans-Pecos Pipeline has gained force in recent days."

Source: Huffington Post, 01/13/2017

Tillerson Admits Climate Risk, Avoids Exxon’s Role In Sowing Doubt

"Secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said he believes 'the risk of climate change does exist, and the consequences could be serious enough that action should be taken.' But while the Obama administration and other world leaders have aggressively pursued efforts to slash carbon dioxide emissions and stave off global warming, the former ExxonMobil chief executive expressed little such urgency when testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill Wednesday."

Source: Wash Post, 01/12/2017

Interior Dept. Calls For Major Changes To ‘Modernize’ Fed Coal Program

"With just days until President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Department of the Interior finalized a report Wednesday calling for major changes to the federal coal program by which the U.S. manages the leasing of land to companies for exploration and production across 570 million publicly owned acres."

Source: Wash Post, 01/12/2017

Sessions Failed To Disclose Oil Interests As Required: Ethics Experts

"Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions did not disclose his ownership of oil interests on land in Alabama as required by federal ethics rules, according to an examination of state records and independent ethics lawyers who reviewed the documents."

Source: Wash Post, 01/11/2017

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