Laws & Regulations

"California Seeks Strict Limits On New Oil Drilling Near Communities"

"California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday unveiled a plan to ban new permitting of oil wells within 3,200 feet (975 meters) of communities, calling it a move that will both protect public health and further the state’s goals to combat climate change."

Source: Reuters, 10/22/2021

"Billions In Environmental Justice Funds Hang In The Balance"

"Tens of billions of dollars for U.S. environmental justice initiatives originally proposed in a $3.5 trillion domestic spending package now hang in the balance as Democrats decide how to trim the bill down to $2 trillion."

Source: AP, 10/22/2021

"U.S. Warns Climate Poses ‘Emerging Threat’ to Financial System"

"Climate change is an “emerging threat” to the stability of the U.S. financial system, top federal regulators warned in a report on Thursday, setting the stage for the Biden administration to take more aggressive regulatory action to prevent climate change from upending global markets and the economy."

Source: NYTimes, 10/22/2021

"Feds Hit Brakes — Again — On Mining Near Boundary Waters"

"President Joe Biden's administration is seeking a 20-year moratorium on mining in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, restarting a process that started, and stopped, under previous administrations."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/21/2021

"How Chemical Companies Avoid Paying for Pollution"

"DuPont factories pumped dangerous substances into the environment. The company and its offspring have gone to great lengths to dodge responsibility."

"FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — One humid day this summer, Brian Long, a senior executive at the chemical company Chemours, took a reporter on a tour of the Fayetteville Works factory.

Mr. Long showed off the plant’s new antipollution technologies, designed to stop a chemical called GenX from pouring into the Cape Fear River, escaping into the air and seeping into the ground water.

Source: NYTimes, 10/21/2021

U.S.’s Best Hope For Real Climate Policy Is Fizzling. What Happens Now?

"With just two weeks until global leaders gather in Scotland for the world’s biggest climate conference, the United States is about to let its leading proposal to cut emissions die in Congress."

Source: HuffPost, 10/21/2021

Biden Focuses On Climate, Families In Trimmed $2T Plan

"Scaling down his “build back better” plans, President Joe Biden on Tuesday described a more limited vision to Democratic lawmakers of a $2 trillion government-overhaul package with at least $500 billion to tackle climate change and money for middle-class priorities — child tax credits, paid family leave, health care and free pre-kindergarten."

Source: AP, 10/20/2021

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