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September 13, 2023

Webinar: Federal and State Lobbying — Efforts to Influence by Energy and Environmental Interests

OpenSecrets invites journalists looking to add a money-in-politics angle to their stories to their Lobbying Data Masterclass Series. On Sep 13, 1:00 pm ET, they'll explore tools and unique datasets to empower journalists investigating political influence in the energy and environmental sector.


"As Fall Migration Arrives, Apps That ID Birds By Sound Have Taken Off"

"I was sitting in solitude earlier this summer in an Adirondack chair in my backyard, when I realized I wasn’t as alone as I’d thought. Thanks to the app I’d just downloaded on my phone — the popular and free Merlin Bird ID — I learned just from listening that I was surrounded by more than a dozen species of birds."

Source: AP, 09/08/2023

"A Scientist Manipulated Climate Data. Conservative Media Celebrated."

"A climate scientist ignited controversy Tuesday when he claimed that he withheld key details of his wildfire research to fit “preapproved narratives” on climate risks in order to be published in one of the world’s most esteemed science publications."

Source: E&E News, 09/08/2023

Firms Profit From Climate Disaster Clean-Up – While Investing In Fossil Fuels

"Private equity firms are increasingly profiting from cleaning up climate disasters in the US, while failing to better protect workers and often also investing in the fossil fuels that are causing the climate emergency, new research has found."

Source: Guardian, 09/08/2023

Refineries Emit Unsafe Levels Of Benzene Amid Insufficient EPA Action: IG

"An internal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to step up its actions to address emissions of cancer-causing benzene, saying that oil refineries have been releasing unsafe levels of the substance."

Source: The Hill, 09/08/2023

Alaskan Fishers Fear Bleak Season As Crab Numbers Dwindle In Warming Waters

"Gabriel Prout worked four seasons on his father’s crab boat, the Silver Spray, before joining his two brothers in 2020 to buy a half-interest plus access rights for a snow crab fishery that’s typically the largest and richest in the Bering Sea. Then in 2021, disaster: an annual survey found crabs crashing to an all-time low."

Source: AP, 09/07/2023

61 Indicted In Georgia On RICO Charges Connected To ‘Stop Cop City’ Movement

"ATLANTA — Sixty-one people have been indicted in Georgia on racketeering charges following a long-running state investigation into protests against a planned police and firefighter training facility in the Atlanta area that critics call “Cop City.”

In the sweeping indictment released Tuesday, Republican Attorney General Chris Carr alleged the defendants are “militant anarchists” who supported a violent movement that prosecutors trace to the widespread 2020 racial justice protests.

Source: AP, 09/07/2023


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