Environmental Politics

Maryland Gov. Opposes Offshore Drilling As State Doubts Seismic Testing

"Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said last week that he is against gas drilling off Maryland’s coast, and as President Trump’s administration considers seismic testing to search for energy reserves, state officials are asking the federal government to more closely study its impact."

Source: Washington Post, 07/11/2017

"The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Team"

"President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Mr. Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts."

Source: NY Times, 07/11/2017

Maintenance Backlog a Pothole on Road to Parks Consensus

The maintenance backlog at the National Park System is nearly $12 billion, and a hot button issue for various constituencies. But don't look for spending to clear it up any time soon, with major budget cuts proposed. This week's TipSheet outlines the issues, and provides resources and perspectives to cover the story.

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Opponents walk Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route in 5 Virginia Counties

"Although the 'No Pipeline' signs speak for themselves, don’t call it a protest. According to organizers, Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia, is a moving celebration of what’s on the line — literally and figuratively — of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route that bisects Virginia on a northwest to southeast diagonal."

Source: Daily Climate, 07/07/2017

"Trump's Alarming Environmental Rollback: What's Been Scrapped So Far"

"Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate deal may have followed months of anguished division amongst his closest advisers, but his administration has proceeded with quiet efficiency in its dismantling of other major environmental policies."

Source: Guardian, 07/06/2017

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