Environmental Politics

550+ Green Groups Call for Biden to Act on Plastics Pollution in 2021

"Today, an unusually broad coalition of environmental groups, numbering more than 550, called on the incoming Biden-Harris administration to address plastic pollution alongside fossil fuels, releasing an eight-point platform that largely focuses on ways the next administration could act without a Democratic majority in the Senate."

Source: DeSmog, 12/10/2020

"Many U.S. States Are Behind On Their Own Climate Milestones: Report"

"Many of the U.S. states with bold commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions are on track to miss their targets, according to an analysis published on Tuesday by green group Environmental Defense Fund."

Source: Reuters, 12/09/2020

"Colombian Environmental Official Assassinated"

"Javier Francisco Parra, 47, was shot on December 3, 2020 in the municipality of La Macarena, in Colombia’s south near the department of Meta." "Between January 1 and December 6, 2020, a jaw-dropping 284 environmental leaders and defenders have been assassinated in Colombia."

Source: Mongabay, 12/09/2020

‘Buy It Or Else’: Monsanto And BASF’s Moves To Force Dicamba On Farmers

"Get poisoned or get on board. That’s the choice soybean farmers such as Will Glazik face. The past few summers, farmers near Glazik’s central Illinois farm have sprayed so much of the weedkiller dicamba at the same time that it has polluted the air for hours and sometimes days."

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/09/2020

Trump EPA To Set Rule Making It Harder To Issue New Air Pollution Curbs

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will finalize on Wednesday its overhaul of how it measures the costs and benefits of proposed new curbs on pollution, a move that is likely to sap the agency’s power to impose tough future regulations, according to a source familiar with the process."

Source: Reuters, 12/09/2020

"Trump Administration Is Planting Loyalists in Biden Transition Meetings"

"Loyalists to President Trump have blocked transition meetings at some government agencies and are sitting in on discussions at other agencies between career civil servants and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s transition teams, sometimes chilling conversations, several federal officials said."

Source: NYTimes, 12/09/2020

"Biden Picks Marcia Fudge for HUD and Tom Vilsack for Agriculture"

"Ms. Fudge, a House member from Ohio, would be the second African-American Biden cabinet member chosen in two days. Mr. Vilsack would reprise his role from the Obama administration."

"WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has selected Representative Marcia L. Fudge, Democrat of Ohio, to serve as the secretary of housing and urban development, people familiar with the transition said on Tuesday, the second African-American he has chosen for his cabinet in two days.

Source: NYTimes, 12/09/2020

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