Environmental Politics

Egged on by Industry Lobbyists, Interior Dept. Weakens Bird Protections

"From the cockpit of a Cessna airplane, Gary Mowad, a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, spotted what looked like a dried-out pond in rural eastern Colorado. The banks of the pond were black, so he suspected it was actually a pit for oil company waste."

Source: Reveal, 03/16/2018

"Oil and Gas Leaders Warn Trump He Risks Harming Their Industry"

"President Donald Trump disagreed with executives of major oil and gas companies Thursday about the importance of keeping binding dispute settlement procedures in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, according to a person familiar with the discussion."

Source: Bloomberg, 03/16/2018

Environmental Justice Adviser Slams Pruitt Plan to Weaken Coal Ash Rules

"A newly appointed environmental justice adviser to the Environmental Protection Agency is criticizing an agency proposal to roll back regulations governing coal ash ponds, saying doing so would hurt disadvantaged communities."

Source: InsideClimate News, 03/16/2018

Enviros Sue Trump EPA Over Refusal to Release Heartland Communications

"Two environmental groups filed suit Thursday to force the Environmental Protection Agency to disclose its correspondence with the Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank that has led a years-long campaign to discredit climate science."

Source: InsideClimate News, 03/16/2018

Pruitt’S $25,000 Soundproof Phone Booth Actually Cost More Like $43,000

"Before Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt could install a secure, soundproof phone booth in his office last fall, officials had to create space for the addition in a nearby closet area. Those preparations didn’t come cheap."

Source: Washington Post, 03/15/2018

Offshore Safety Chief Meets Almost Exclusively With Industry

"Documents show that Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Scott Angelle has spent more than 98 hours meeting with oil and gas lobbyists and executives since he began the role last May. In contrast, during this same time he only spent 1.75 hours with NGOs."

Source: Think Progress, 03/14/2018


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