Environmental Politics

Democrats Spar This Week Over $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan

"House Democrats are preparing to take the first steps Monday toward adopting a roughly $3.5 trillion spending plan that would enable sweeping changes to the nation’s health care, education and tax laws, but new rifts among party lawmakers threaten to stall the package’s swift advance."

Source: Washington Post, 08/23/2021

"10th Circuit Rules Kansas 'Ag-Gag' Law Unconstitutional"

"A divided federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed that parts of Kansas' "ag-gag" law - among the first laws in the nation restricting undercover animal rights activists - violates the First Amendment, upholding a permanent prohibition against the state enforcing the provisions."

Source: Reuters, 08/20/2021

"‘Coming Full Circle’: Native Tapped To Lead National Parks"

"For the first time, a Native American may become the director of the National Park Service. President Joe Biden nominated Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III Wednesday and will be considered by the U.S. Senate. If confirmed, he will be the 19th permanent director of the National Park Service."

Source: Indian Country Today, 08/19/2021

Oil Companies Quietly Scoring Big Money for Carbon Capture and Storage

"Over the last year, energy companies, electrical utilities and other industrial sectors have been quietly pushing through a suite of policies to support a technology that stands to yield tens of billions of dollars for corporate polluters, but may do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Source: Inside Climate News, 08/18/2021

"Climate Movement Keeping Eye on Biden Fed Chair Nomination"

"Climate activists are starting to map out a coordinated campaign to oppose the potential re-nomination of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, because they view his record on fighting climate change through the banking system as scant and not aggressive enough.

The campaign will kick off on August 26 at the start of the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, a gathering of Federal Reserve and economic officials in Wyoming.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 08/16/2021

"Biden Faces Pivotal Energy Test In Chaco Canyon"

"How much natural gas drilling to allow near the 1,000-year-old architectural ruins of Chaco Canyon, important to many Pueblo people, may not be Deb Haaland’s best-known oil and gas dilemma as Interior secretary. But it is likely her most personal one."

Source: E&E News, 08/16/2021


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