"Clean Water Act: EPA Falsely Claims 'No Data' On Waters In WOTUS Rule"

"The Trump administration says it doesn't know how many streams it is proposing to exclude from Clean Water Act jurisdiction today. But a 2017 slideshow prepared by EPA and Army Corps of Engineers staff shows that at least 18 percent of streams and 51 percent of wetlands nationwide would not be protected under the new definition of "waters of the United States," or WOTUS, announced today."

Source: Greenwire, 12/12/2018

In 2019, Watch for Aggressive Energy-Enviro Oversight By Democratic House

As Democrats take charge of the House of Representatives next month, they’ll be wielding powerful congressional oversight powers over environment and energy matters. Watch for oversight drama in 2019 as committees take a closer look at natural resource policy at the Interior Department, the rollback of climate policy, attacks on climate science and more. All in our latest Issue Backgrounder.

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Trump Fuel Economy Rollback Based On Misleading And Shoddy Calculations

"The Trump administration’s proposal to roll back fuel economy standards relies on an error-ridden and misleading analysis that overestimates the costs and understates the benefits of tighter regulation, an independent study by leading economists, engineers and other experts has found."

Source: LA Times, 12/10/2018

In 2019, PFAS Chemicals Will Show Up in Drinking Water … and Headlines

The vast and widely used PFAS family of chemicals is causing serious worries across the country, as it turns up in more and more drinking water systems. Pressure to regulate it is also growing, but with mixed results. This week’s TipSheet offers a detailed look-ahead on this big, developing story, with a walk-through of the context, what the EPA is (and isn’t) doing, and why states are stepping up.

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January 31, 2019

DEADLINE: The Victor K. McElheny Award

This new award, sponsored by the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, honors local and regional reporting on science, public-health, technology or environmental issues. Winner receives $5000 and a trip to the Cambridge Science Festival. No entry fee. Deadline: Jan 31, 2019.


Senate GOPers Sounding More And More Like Trump On Climate Change

"In both subtle and obvious ways, President Trump has reshaped the Republican party in his image ever since taking office. Following a major government climate report delineating the danger facing the United States from rising temperatures, it is clear the rest of the GOP is striking an increasingly Trump-like tone on the issue of climate change ...."

Source: Washington Post, 12/04/2018

"How TV News Fumbles on Climate Change"

Not long after the president weighed in on the National Climate Assessment, a troop of highly paid climate deniers took to the big TV talk shows to discredit the scientists who put together the report. Lisa Hymas of Media Matters tracked the egregious contradictions, distortions, and outright lies that were permitted on CNN, Fox News, and NBC. She discusses why the television networks have such a hard time booking actual scientists to discuss global warming, and the pernicious myths and omissions that continue to dog our climate discourse.

Source: On The Media, 12/03/2018


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