Environmental Politics

After Obamacare: Retired Miners Face Losses If Affordable Care Act Ends

"Retired coal miners face a one-two punch to their health benefits that could leave many of them in the lurch. A repeal of Obamacare and the expiration of miner’s health protections could make it hard for any coal retiree to get health care."

Source: Ohio Valley Resource, 03/09/2017

Energy Star Is Good For Climate And Economy. Trump Wants To Kill It

"A new White House proposal would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 24 percent and eliminate 38 of its programs. One of the programs on the kill list is the Energy Star program, an initiative that experts say is as much about saving money as it is about saving the climate. Should it be eliminated, they argue, both consumers and businesses could suffer."

Source: Washington Post, 03/09/2017

"Budget Cuts at NOAA Threaten Climate-Monitoring Satellite Program"

"Later this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to launch the JPSS-1 satellite. Completing a polar orbit 14 times each day, it will give NOAA an unprecedented amount of infrared and atmospheric data – information that’s necessary to keep weather forecasts, agricultural outlooks, and disaster plans accurate as Earth’s climate warms."

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 03/09/2017

Top Environmental Justice Official at EPA Resigns, Pens Plea to Pruitt

"The head of the environmental justice program at the Environmental Protection Agency has stepped down, departing the government with a lengthy letter to Scott Pruitt, the EPA's new administrator, urging him not to kill the agency's programs."

Source: InsideClimate News, 03/09/2017

"States Attack U.S. Endangered Species Act Rules"

"More than a dozen state attorneys general are asking Pres. Donald Trump to throw out recent federal rules regulating the environment for endangered or threatened plants and animals. The states claim the rules, which enlarge the definition of species habitat, give the federal government excessive power over state and private lands."

Source: Scientific American, 03/08/2017

"E.P.A. Head Stacks Agency With Climate Change Skeptics"

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, "a former Oklahoma attorney general who built a career out of suing the agency he now leads, has moved to stock the top offices of the agency with like-minded conservatives — many of them skeptics of climate change and all of them intent on rolling back environmental regulations that they see as overly intrusive and harmful to business."

Source: NY Times, 03/08/2017

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