"David Bernhardt, the agency’s acting chief, wants to roll back endangered-species protections on a tiny fish, a change that benefits few outside a California group he once represented as a lobbyist."
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- Source: NY Times, 02/12/2019
"In 2016, the solar industry created 1 in every 50 new jobs in the United States. A year later, that number decreased for the first time in seven years as President Donald Trump’s threat to slap import fees on photovoltaic panels loomed. That decline continued for a second year in a row in 2018, new data show."Source: HuffPost, 02/12/2019
"The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today tossed arguments that the Trump administration overstepped when the Department of Homeland Security fast-tracked barrier projects near San Diego and Calexico, Calif., and waived certain environmental laws for construction."
"The Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee with ties to House Republicans, launched ads today against two Democrats over the 'Green New Deal.'"
"Scientific monitoring in the Pacific Ocean, using buoys to take seawater temperatures, screeched to a halt when the government recently shut down for 35 days. But those efforts to monitor El Nino, the warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean that affects global weather patterns, are just some of the shutdown’s impacts on science that Kevin Trenberth describes."Source: Bloomberg Environment, 02/12/2019
"A federal judge in Alaska is expected any day now to issue a ruling that could finally decide whether the people of the remote city of King Cove, Alaska, get to build a highly contentious single-lane road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge."
"Energy Transfer, the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline and other controversial projects, has failed to fix problems that were uncovered after an explosion on one of its projects in Pennsylvania, state regulators said."Source: EnergyWire, 02/12/2019
"In a case with ramifications for the Chesapeake Bay, environmental groups have joined with several Northeastern states to challenge the lack of federal action to reduce interstate air pollution."Source: Bay Journal, 02/12/2019
"Solar power has long been a pet issue for progressives and environmentalists. But in Florida, utilities are starting to embrace the technology for economic reasons."Source: Christian Science Monitor, 02/12/2019
"The Supreme Court is halfway through its current term, but the bulk of its environmental issues are still awaiting resolution."
"For months, the term Green New Deal has been bandied about by Democrats in Congress and on the campaign trail for president as their catchall phrase for a sweeping effort to halt runaway climate change."Source: Washington Post, 02/08/2019
"House Democrats this morning announced which lawmakers they plan to appoint to a new committee on climate change, a move that underlines the party's intent to make global warming a priority this Congress — at least rhetorically."Source: Greenwire, 02/08/2019
"No new seismic studies will be conducted this winter in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge due to questions raised about the impacts of testing on local polar bear populations and tundra conditions, the Bureau of Land Management said this week."Source: Greenwire, 02/08/2019
"The National Park Service has reversed course on its decision to use revenues from its visitor and recreation fees to pay for basic operations during the 35-day partial government shutdown."Source: E&E Daily, 02/08/2019
"The Republican-led Michigan House voted Wednesday to reject Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s environmental order that would reshape the state environmental agency, saying the Democrat overstepped in seeking to eliminate new business-backed panels that were given a regulatory role under 2018 laws."Source: AP, 02/08/2019