Laws & Regulations

25-foot Lummi Totem Pole Arrives In D.C. After A Journey Across U.S.

"Douglas James stood Thursday on the Mall in front of the 25-foot totem pole he and a team had spent three months hand-carving and painting from a 400-year-old red cedar tree. James, a member of the Lummi Nation in Washington state, and a group of supporters and volunteers from his tribe hauled the pole on a flatbed truck more than 20,000 miles along the West Coast and across the Midwest before arriving in the other Washington, where the pole will stay as part of a campaign to protect sacred tribal lands."

Source: Washington Post, 07/30/2021

"Forgotten Oil And Gas Wells Linger, Leaking Toxic Chemicals"

"CRANE, Texas — Rusted pipes litter the sandy fields of Ashley Williams Watt’s cattle ranch in windswept West Texas. The corroded skeletons are all that remain of hundreds of abandoned oil wells that were drilled long before her family owned the land."

Source: AP, 07/30/2021

Recycling Myth: Big Oil’s Solution For Plastic Waste Littered With Failure

"In early 2018, residents of Boise, Idaho were told by city officials that a breakthrough technology could transform their hard-to-recycle plastic waste into low-polluting fuel. The program, backed by Dow Inc, one of the world’s biggest plastics producers, was hailed locally as a greener alternative to burying it in the county landfill."

Source: Reuters, 07/30/2021

Desalination Advances In Calif. Despite Opponents Pushing For Alternatives

"Environmentalists say desalination decimates ocean life, costs too much money and energy, and soon will be made obsolete by water recycling. But as Western states face an epic drought, regulators appear ready to approve a desalination plant in Huntington Beach, California."

Source: Reuters, 07/29/2021

"Democrats Call Infrastructure Bill a Down Payment on Climate"

"The  $1 trillion infrastructure deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday would make a significant down payment on President Biden’s ambitious environmental agenda, including the first federal expenditure on electric vehicle charging stations and the largest investment in public transit and clean water systems in the nation’s history."

Source: NYTimes, 07/29/2021

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