Environmental Politics

"Florida Environment To Get Billions, But How To Spend It"

"After years of deep cuts to environmental programs, Florida voters last November overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1, which changed the state constitution to earmark billions for conservation. But the measure left it up to the Legislature and governor to determine the details of how the money will be spent, and that has led to a heated debate."

Source: AP, 02/25/2015

"Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill, The Third Veto Of His Presidency"

"President Barack Obama formally vetoed legislation authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, the latest development in what has become an ongoing standoff between him and congressional Republicans over approval of the controversial pipeline."

Source: Huffington Post, 02/25/2015

Lobbyist aka 'Dr. Evil' Behind Front Groups Attacking Obama Power Rules

"To Washington insiders he is Dr Evil: the hidden orchestrator of industry campaigns against the Humane Society, Mothers against Drunk Driving, and other seemingly uncontroversial groups. Now Richard Berman, a one-time lobbyist turned industry strategist, has zeroed in on another target: Barack Obama’s new power plant rules."

Source: Guardian, 02/24/2015

Senator Calls For Investigation Into Climate 'Denial-For-Hire Scheme'

"Recently released documents show that fossil fuel interests paid more than $1.2 million to fund the research of a prominent climate change-denying scientist affiliated with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Now, a Democratic senator is calling for an investigation into whether other coal and oil companies are funding climate deniers."

Source: Huffington Post, 02/24/2015

"EPA: Civil Rights Advocates Despair After Decades of Agency Inaction"

"FLINT, Mich. -- In 1994, activists opposing the construction of a wood-fired power plant here asked U.S. EPA for help, arguing the project would spew toxic pollutants into their poor, largely African-American neighborhood."

Source: Greenwire, 02/20/2015

"Local Governments Cannot Regulate Fracking, Ohio Supreme Court Rules"

"Lamenting that the 'oil and gas industry has gotten its way,' Ohio Supreme Court Justice William M. O’Neill has tongue-in-cheek visions of drilling rigs rising amid the homes of Upper Arlington. By a 4-3 vote, the justices ruled that the state has 'exclusive authority' and that cities and counties can neither ban nor regulate fracking through zoning laws or other restrictions."

Source: Columbus Dispatch, 02/20/2015

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