Laws & Regulations

Farm Policy in Age of Climate Change Creating Another Dust Bowl: Critics

"Over the past decade, farmers in the Great Southern Plains have suffered the worst drought conditions since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. They've battled heat, dust storms and in recent weeks, fires that devoured more than 900,000 acres and killed thousands of cattle. These extreme conditions are being fueled by climate change. But a new report from an environmental advocacy group says they're also being driven by federal crop insurance policy that encourages farmers to continue planting crops on compromised land, year after year."

Source: InsideClimate News, 03/22/2017

Push To Undo Obama’s Monument Designations Hits An Obstacle: The Law

"Powerful Republican congressmen and governors are pressing President Donald Trump to take an unprecedented step: Reverse his predecessor’s creation of several national monuments under a law that dates back to Theodore Roosevelt. No president has ever attempted such a reversal, and legal experts doubt it could succeed."

Source: McClatchy, 03/22/2017

"The Trump Budget’s Bizarre Move To Cut The Weatherization Of Homes"

"Among dozens of federal programs proposed for elimination in the Trump administration’s newly revealed budget proposal is the federal Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, a grant program housed under the Department of Energy that helps states improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families. It’s one of several climate and energy-related initiatives that, if erased, could actually hurt consumers in ways that seem inconsistent with the economy-boosting action the administration claims to seek."

Source: Washington Post, 03/21/2017

Teens Suing U.S. Over Climate Ask for Exxon's 'Wayne Tracker' Emails

"Lawyers for a group of teenagers suing the U.S. government in a climate change case have asked the government and the oil industry's leading trade group to turn over emails sent and received by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson using an alias address while he was running Exxon Mobil."

Source: Reuters, 03/21/2017

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