Environmental Politics

Searching for Environment Themes at Sundance 2018

While environmental themes were less prominent at the Sundance Film Festival this year, our correspondent JoAnn Valenti unearthed ecological messages from documentaries that explore the emergence of climate change refugees in the face of sea level rise, the escape from modernity into wilderness and the confrontation of environmental threats by young innovators.

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As Threat of Coal-Ash Pollution Grows, Data May Diminish

Coal ash can contaminate surface and ground water with toxic heavy metals. But as this week’s TipSheet reports, Trump deregulation aims to loosen EPA rules on its disposal. That may mean a big local pollution story. If journalists can find the data, that is. The latest on the new rules, plus resources for coverage.

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"Trump Rollbacks Target Offshore Rules ‘Written With Human Blood’"

"PORT FOURCHON, La. — A dozen miles off the coast, on a rusty, aging platform, workers in hard hats and overalls spend their days extracting oil and gas from the ocean floor before retreating at night into tiny weather-beaten steel cubes that act as dorms."

Source: NY Times, 03/12/2018

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


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