Investigations May Bring News in 2018

Almost a dozen investigations are underway at the U.S. EPA and the Interior Department, including of unusual travel, private sector connections and staff/advisory panel moves. This week's TipSheet runs down the probes in detail, and offers resources for coverage of developments in 2018.

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"Interior Department’s Climate Science Centers Persevere"

"Will Badlands National Park have enough forage in the future for its bison herds? Can the Wind River Reservation manage tribal water storage to account for the fact that snow now melts earlier? Could flash droughts be predicted more accurately, such as the one that Montana experienced last summer that led to one of the worst ever wildfire seasons in the state?"

Source: High Country News, 12/12/2017

"DOE: Senior Officials Ordered Removal Of 'Climate Change' — Emails"

"A DOE official's controversial request this summer for scientists to remove 'climate change' from research abstracts was ordered by senior national lab managers and was intended to satisfy President Trump's budget request, according to emails obtained by E&E News and confirmed by a lab aide."

Source: Greenwire, 12/12/2017

"World Leaders, High Security At Paris Climate Summit"

"More than 50 world leaders are joining bankers, energy magnates and others Tuesday in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming — despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord."

Source: AP, 12/12/2017

EPA Chief Pruitt Says Agency Scientists Are Free to Discuss Their Work

"Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency will be free to publicly discuss their work from now on, Scott Pruitt, the agency’s administrator, has assured lawmakers who criticized the E.P.A. for preventing employees from presenting findings about climate change."

Source: NY Times, 12/07/2017


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