What will a divided Congress mean for environment and energy issues? This week’s TipSheet explores the question by looking at the Democrats who will now lead key House committees once the new Congress is seated next year. Take a lightning tour of a half-dozen top panels, their anticipated leadership and the issues they tackle, including drinking water safety, environmental justice and climate change, infrastructure, science policy, natural resources and more.
"Climate change preparation would no longer be a guiding EPA research objective under a proposed long-term plan that an agency advisory panel is set to discuss this week."
"Before Tom Steyer was a high-profile figure calling for the president’s impeachment, before the attacks directed at him escalated from name-calling to threats and violence, and before the president demeaned him as a “crazed & stumbling lunatic,” the Democratic donor was familiar with being a target for the extreme right because of his prominent work in climate change advocacy."
"Trump administration's science and environment policies could come under extra scrutiny as Democrats gain in Congress." "Results from the United States’ midterm elections are still pouring in, but a handful of candidates with backgrounds in science or technology have already nabbed seats in the US House of Representatives."
"President Trump dismissed the National Climate Assessment that shows humans are driving climate change, and said he was focused on the reports that dispute it."
"Back in June when Shawn Moody was vying for the Republican nomination to be Maine's next governor, the auto repair businessman stumbled when asked during a debate whether human activity is currently changing the climate in the state."
"A giant antibody created in the laboratory shielded mice against dozens of flu strains, offering new hope against a winter misery."
"The oncoming flu season has claimed its first lives, among them a child in Florida who had not gotten a flu shot.
This year’s vaccine significantly reduces the odds of getting sick — and you should get one now if you haven’t already — but it’s far from perfect.
"More than a year after the US Environmental Protection Agency took down information on climate change from its website for an “update”, it now seems uncertain whether it will ever reappear."
"Two Wyoming laws that prohibit trespassing to collect environmental data violate the U.S. Constitution’s free-speech protections, a judge ruled in siding with two environmental groups and a news photographer association."
"After years of hearings and litigation, the Supreme Court of Hawaii on Tuesday approved a building permit for a giant telescope on the ancient, contested site of the volcano Mauna Kea."