Environmental Politics

"Trump Is Giving Oil Industry a Bye in Shutdown, Critics Allege"

"The partial U.S. government shutdown has docked fishing boats in Alaska, delayed public meetings on a proposed wind farm off the Massachusetts coast and blocked pharmaceutical companies from seeking approval for new drugs. But the Trump administration is working overtime to make sure the shutdown doesn’t halt oil drilling too -- in ways critics say may flout federal law."

Source: Bloomberg, 01/08/2019

"Democrats Balk At Trump Plan To Keep Parks Open With Entrance Fees"

"Democrats in Congress are demanding answers about a plan by the Trump administration to use visitor fees toward the operation of popular national parks during the partial government shutdown, claiming that the move could be illegal."

Source: Washington Post, 01/08/2019

As Green New Deal Fight Shifts To 2020, Young Activists Hit The Road

"The Sunrise Movement’s Road to a Green New Deal Tour will make stops in states like Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania."

"The Green New Dealers are taking their movement on the road.

It’s been a whirlwind two months since the youth activists of the Sunrise Movement staged protests in Democratic leaders’ offices, bringing into the mainstream calls for a Green New Deal ― a sweeping federal policy that would mandate 100 percent renewable energy and provide good-paying sustainable jobs to millions of Americans.

Source: HuffPost, 01/07/2019

Park Service Takes ‘Extraordinary Step’ Of Dipping Into Entrance Fees

"The National Park Service will take the unprecedented step of tapping entrance fees to pay for expanded operations at its most popular sites, officials said Sunday, as the federal government shutdown threatens to degrade some of the nation’s iconic landmarks."

Source: Washington Post, 01/07/2019

"Groups Protest DOE Rule To Classify Critical Electric Facilities"

"A trio of public interest groups have lodged a protest against a proposed Department of Energy rule to designate critical electric infrastructure.

The rule proposed in October laid out how DOE would employ its authority to designate critical electric infrastructure under the Federal Power Act.

Source: EnergyWire, 01/04/2019

100s of Scientists To Miss Major Weather Conference Because Of Shutdown

"Each year, several thousand weather forecasters, researchers and climate scientists from all over the world gather for the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting to exchange ideas to improve weather prediction and understanding of climate change. This year, due to the partial federal government shutdown, hundreds of scientists will not attend the conference set to begin this weekend in Phoenix."

Source: Washington Post, 01/04/2019


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