Environmental Politics

"Climate Policy’s Advocates Take Page From Same-Sex Marriage Playbook"

"Two months ahead of a federal court hearing on President Obama’s signature climate change rule, a coordinated public relations offensive has begun — modeled after the same-sex marriage campaign — to influence the outcome of the case."

Source: NY Times, 03/31/2016

Pavillion, Wyo., Fracking Study Unplugged with FOIA

In 2011, EPA produced — and subsequently buried — a draft report on fracking contamination at Pavillion, Wyoming. Now one of the authors of the original draft has co-published a review of the research in the independent journal Environmental Science & Technology. The new study, based on FOIA'd documents, links fracking and polluted wells.

Nine Years After Request for FEMA Katrina Records: Nothing

The Project on Government Oversight FOIA'd FEMA/DHS in 2006 for documents that might reveal hanky-panky with billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina recovery contracts. In December 2015, DHS finally wrote POGO to say that disclosing the records would constitute an "unwarranted invasion of privacy."

"Texas Oil And Gas Regulators Keep Close Ties To Industry"

"The cozy relationship between state oil and gas regulators and the industry they monitor is typified by a revolving door of officials who leave the Texas Railroad Commission to lobby for energy companies, including several who recently departed and made six-figure salaries working the Capitol hallways last year."

Source: Austin American-Statesman, 03/29/2016

"Group Seeks To 'Train The Media,' Sell Public On Chemicals"

"The chemical industry may be finding success influencing federal and state governments but must do more to win the hearts of the American public, a leader for a new nonprofit group linked to a controversial political consultant said last week."

Source: Greenwire, 03/29/2016

"PR Firm No Longer Representing Michigan On Flint Water Disaster"

"A controversial public relations contract between the global firm Mercury and the state of Michigan has ended, The Hill has learned. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) came under fire for hiring the high-powered firm to help deal with the fallout from the water contamination crisis in Flint, Mich."

Source: The Hill, 03/25/2016

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