"Candidate Donald Trump vowed to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency 'in almost every form,' leaving only 'little tidbits' intact. President Trump is making good on his promise to take a sledgehammer to the agency. When the White House releases its latest budget proposal on Tuesday, the EPA will fare worse than any other federal agency."
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- Source: Washington Post, 05/23/2017
"As part of its 2018 budget, the Trump administration is proposing to reduce by half the size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a cushion against global price shocks and supply disruptions. The administration said it expects the drawdown to reduce the federal deficit by $16.6 billion, part of a package of deficit reduction measures over the next 10 years."
"EPA political leadership is occasionally inserting new data and other information into public statements without final review from career policy specialists, EPA officials told Bloomberg BNA."Source: BNA, 05/23/2017
"The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons (380 liters) of oil in two separate incidents in North Dakota in March as crews prepared the pipeline for operation."Source: AP, 05/23/2017
"WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Norm MacQueen would seem to fit the profile of a property owner comfortable with an oil and gas pipeline running through his land. A retired oil refinery employee, MacQueen worked amid risky conditions for more than 20 years, as a pipe fitter and a welder."Source: McClatchy, 05/23/2017
"A new scientific analysis finds that the Earth’s oceans are rising nearly three times as rapidly as they were throughout most of the 20th century, one of the strongest indications yet that a much feared trend of not just sea level rise, but its acceleration, is now underway."
"On Thursday, a group of scientists, including three working for the U.S. Geological Survey, published a paper that highlighted the link between sea-level rise and global climate change, arguing that previously studies may have underestimated the risk flooding poses to coastal communities."
"President Trump is planning to nominate three commissioners to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)."Source: The Hill, 05/23/2017
"Several state attorneys general are asking federal regulators to strengthen rules on trains transporting crude oil."Source: The Hill, 05/23/2017
"Scientists are expressing increasing skepticism that we’re going to be able to get out of the climate change mess by relying on a variety of large-scale land-use and technical solutions that have been not only proposed but often relied upon in scientific calculations."
"Details of President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal, leaked this week, reveal that the administration appears determined to wallop environmental programs, including many that tackle climate change. It would cut Environmental Protection Agency funding by nearly one-third, slash spending on renewable energy innovation, and eliminate the Greenhouse Gas Reporting program, among other programs."Source: InsideClimate News, 05/22/2017
"Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent’s northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet."Source: Washington Post, 05/22/2017
"As Gov. Jerry Brown seeks support to extend a key environmental policy in California, he’s planning a trip to a gritty corner of the state: the blue-collar neighborhoods southeast of Los Angeles, where thousands of people live alongside rail yards that spew plumes of smoke and freeways rumbling with big rigs."Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 05/22/2017
"The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may not be able to depend on research conducted by the government to help them adapt to climate change if the Trump administration follows through on campaign promises to shift federal resources away from studying the climate."Source: NPR, 05/22/2017
"The probe of ExxonMobil by the New York Attorney General's Office is widening. Investigators have taken depositions of company executives and issued additional subpoenas to determine whether the company may have destroyed evidence connected to an alias email used by former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson."Source: InsideClimate News, 05/22/2017