"The House [Thursday] afternoon passed water projects legislation and a continuing resolution to keep the government funded into next year, but the Senate path is unclear."
EJToday: Top Headlines
- Source: E&E News PM, 12/09/2016
"President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice of a fossil-fuel advocate and climate-change denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency comes at a moment when the American energy market has already shifted away from the most polluting fossil fuels, driven more by investors and economics than by federal regulations."Source: NY Times, 12/09/2016
"Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has fought President Barack Obama’s measures to curb climate change at every turn as attorney general of Oklahoma. Now he is hoping to take apart Obama's environmental legacy from the inside out, a task that could prove tougher than it sounds."
"Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014."
"Japan's government on Friday nearly doubled its projections for costs related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster to 21.5 trillion yen ($188 billion), increasing pressure on Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) (9501.T) to step up reform and improve its performance."
"Washington state filed an environmental lawsuit on Thursday against agricultural company Monsanto Co seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the company's production of PCBs, the state's attorney general said."
"Could this be push-back from an agency anticipating cuts? Could the Trump administration dismantle GeoCARB?"Source: Christian Science Monitor, 12/09/2016
"In a few days, the water-bound wind turbines off of Rhode Island’s Block Island are expected to generate electricity commercially for the first time, and New Englanders are set to become the first in U.S. history to use electric power generated from an offshore wind turbine."Source: Climate Central, 12/09/2016
"Saying she does not believe a Texas judge has considered her arguments, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey files an appeal to halt her questioning by ExxonMobil lawyers."Source: InsideClimate News, 12/09/2016
"U.S. EPA employees are abuzz today about President-elect Donald Trump's choice to be their new boss, and many of them are wary."Source: Greenwire, 12/09/2016
"President-elect Donald Trump is planning to pick Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the EPA, putting one of the agency's most hostile critics and a skeptic of climate change science at its helm, sources close to the transition said Wednesday."Source: Politico, 12/08/2016
"The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say."Source: AP, 12/08/2016
"Insurers should pay more heed to climate risk in their investment strategies to plug an annual $100 billion 'protection gap' of uninsured losses from natural catastrophes, a network of 29 global insurance players said in a report on Wednesday."Source: Reuters, 12/08/2016
"Missouri’s largest peach producer has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Co., alleging that the biotech company bears responsibility for illegal herbicide use suspected of causing widespread crop damage in southeast Missouri and neighboring states."Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/08/2016
"The federal government on Wednesday banned mountaintop coal mining from more than 500 miles of ridges in East Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains, handing a victory to the state and to conservationists who have long sought to protect the region’s forests and streams."Source: USA TODAY, 12/08/2016