Environmental Politics

Pruitt Wanted Red Team Climate Science Debate. Kelly Stopped Him.

"John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has killed an effort by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to stage public debates challenging climate change science, according to three people familiar with the deliberations, thwarting a plan that had intrigued President Trump even as it set off alarm bells among his top advisers."

Source: NY Times, 03/12/2018

"Interior: Climate Skeptic Oversaw Sprawling Review Of Agency Policy"

"A longtime federal employee who sees 'good news' in rising greenhouse gases was tasked early in the Trump administration with retooling the Interior Department's public positions on climate change, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act."

Source: ClimateWire, 03/09/2018

"What Swamp? Lobbyists Get Ethics Waivers To Work For Trump"

"President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite Trump’s promises as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington."

Source: AP, 03/09/2018

Dems Unveil $1T Infrastructure Plan, Undo GOP Tax Cuts To Pay For It

"As the White House struggles to finance an ambitious infrastructure plan, Senate Democrats are proposing one alternative — albeit one unlikely to pass muster with President Trump: rolling back the recently passed Republican tax overhaul."

Source: Washington Post, 03/08/2018

Trump Official Slams USGS Scientists For Documenting Glacier Shrinkage

"A U.S. Geological Survey study documenting how climate change has “dramatically reduced” glaciers in Montana came under fire from high-level Interior Department government officials in May, according to a batch of newly released records under the Freedom of Information Act, as they questioned federal scientists’ description of the decline. "

Source: Washington Post, 03/08/2018

Zinke Gets Strong GOP Resistance To Drilling Plan, Starts Backing Off

"Facing mounting pressure from fellow Republicans who see little consistuent support for drilling off the Atlantic coast, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke could be backpedaling on the Trump administration’s initial plans to expand the program, GOP lawmakers told McClatchy."

Source: McClatchy, 03/08/2018


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