"The former Texas governor Rick Perry, who could not remember the name of the Department of Energy when listing those he would scrap as president, has emerged as a leading candidate to lead it under Donald Trump, a transition official said on Sunday."
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- Source: Guardian, 12/12/2016
"Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has emerged as President-elect Donald Trump's leading choice for agriculture secretary, sources close to the transition tell POLITICO."Source: Politico, 12/12/2016
"After a weeklong battle over last-minute policy riders, the Senate passed a major water bill in the early morning hours Saturday that includes emergency aid for Flint, Mich., and drought relief for California."Source: The Hill, 12/12/2016
"Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly is Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security, the president-elect’s transition team officially announced Monday morning." DHS includes several agencies with environmental responsibilities, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard.Source: Politico, 12/12/2016
"Reindeer are shrinking on an Arctic island near the North Pole in a side-effect of climate change that has curbed winter food for animals often depicted as pulling Father Christmas' sleigh, scientists said on Monday."Source: Reuters, 12/12/2016
"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."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