Environmental Politics

"Mining, Logging Now Allowed in Tongass National Forest"

"Alaska’s Tongass National Forest—America’s largest—is no longer protected under the 2001 Roadless Rule, and its remote islands and old-growth trees are now open to new logging and mining, according to a record of decision to be published Thursday in the Federal Register."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 10/29/2020

Struggling Oil Companies Are Still Giving Plenty to Republicans

"Even as Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats have built a commanding lead in the money race ahead of the November election, the nation's oil and gas industry has continued to direct its formidable financial clout to support President Donald Trump and Republicans."

Source: InsideClimate News, 10/28/2020

"The Most Important Climate Ballot Initiatives to Watch on Election Day"

"The presidential race may be sucking up all the climate oxygen at the national level, but it’s far from the only place climate is on the ballot. This election is full of existential choices down the ballot, with tons of crucial Senate, House, and local fights, too."

Source: Earther, 10/28/2020

"As Election Nears, Trump Makes a Final Push Against Climate Science"

"The Trump administration has recently removed the chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the nation’s premier scientific agency, installed new political staff who have questioned accepted facts about climate change and imposed stricter controls on communications at the agency."

Source: NYTimes, 10/28/2020

"Japan’s New Leader Sets Ambitious Goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2050"

"Japan will be carbon neutral by 2050, its prime minister said on Monday, making an ambitious pledge to sharply accelerate the country’s global warming targets, even as it plans to build more than a dozen new coal-burning power plants in the coming years."

Source: NYTimes, 10/27/2020

"EPA: Top Agency Player Entertained Industry Job Options"

"Ryan Jackson was a hot commodity throughout scandal and its aftermath at the Trump administration's EPA. The former chief of staff entertained job discussions outside EPA several times while he was the top aide to Administrator Andrew Wheeler and his predecessor, Scott Pruitt."

Source: E&E News, 10/27/2020

Revealed: The Full Extent Of Trump's Assault On US Wilderness

"Under Donald Trump, the government has auctioned off millions of acres of public lands to the fossil fuel industry, the Guardian can reveal, in the most comprehensive accounting to date of how much public land the administration has handed over to oil and gas drillers over the past four years."

Source: Guardian, 10/27/2020

Amy Coney Barrett's Addition To High Court May Undermine Climate Fight

"Barrett and five other conservative justices will wield considerable influence on climate change policy"

"The supreme court is shifting right, at a pivotal moment when it could have the last word on how much the US contributes to battling the climate crisis.

Amy Coney Barrett’s addition to the court could leave an indelible mark on how fiercely the US, and perhaps the rest of the world, can fight rising temperatures, even as scientists warn society has just years to take serious action.

Source: Guardian, 10/27/2020

"Minority Communities Question Election-Year Push by EPA"

"Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes."

Source: AP, 10/27/2020

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