"President Trump late Thursday replaced an executive order signed by former President Obama that sought to reduce federal agencies’ energy use and greenhouse gas emissions."
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- Source: The Hill, 05/21/2018
"Kristen Mello wasn’t invited to the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming “National Leadership Summit” on PFOA, PFOS, and other PFAS chemicals."Source: The Intercept, 05/21/2018
"For all of the administration's efforts to open more federal and tribal lands to drilling, oil and gas companies bid on just 6.7 percent of the acreage offered for sale by the Bureau of Land Management in President Trump's first year."Source: EnergyWire, 05/21/2018
"Two friends riding their bikes in a mountainous, wooded area of Washington State on Saturday morning were attacked by a cougar, which killed one of them in the state’s first such fatality in more than 90 years, officials said."Source: NY Times, 05/21/2018
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took steps on Thursday to roll back and delay Obama-era rules aimed at improving safety at chemical plants, which had come in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people."
"Industry groups pitched EPA a proposal last spring that closely resembled what became Administrator Scott Pruitt's "secret science" plan, according to emails released this week under Freedom of Information Act litigation."Source: Greenwire, 05/18/2018
"Scott Pruitt has reportedly hired an outside defense attorney after a string of federal investigations into controversies related to his ethics and spending as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."Source: The Hill, 05/18/2018
"Most U.S. insurance companies have not adapted their strategies to address the dangers of climate change, making them likely to raise rates or deny coverage in high-risk areas, said a study released on Tuesday."Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn, 05/18/2018
"A third of the world’s protected areas for wildlife are suffering road-building, more farms and other man-made threats that are undermining goals to safeguard the diversity of life on Earth, scientists said on Thursday."
"Most U.S. regions are prepared to meet power and natural gas demand this summer, but shortages are possible in Southern California due to low hydropower and gas supplies and Texas following the retirement of several coal plants, federal energy regulators said in a report on Thursday."
"PAHOA, Hawaii - Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spewed ash nearly six miles (9 km) into the sky on Thursday and scientists warned this could be the first in a string of more violent explosive eruptions with the next possibly occurring within hours."
"Plans for the state’s largest solar farm are stuck in limbo while a coal giant, once run by West Virginia’s governor, drags its feet on required reclamation."Source: InsideClimate News, 05/18/2018
"Humanity can powerfully improve the survival odds of tens of thousands of species, but only if nations dramatically raise their ambitions in the fight against climate change, according to new research published on Thursday in the journal Science."Source: InsideClimate News, 05/18/2018
"A Republican lawmaker on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee said Thursday that rocks from the White Cliffs of Dover and the California coastline, as well as silt from rivers tumbling into the ocean, are contributing to high sea levels globally.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) made the comment during a hearing on technology and the changing climate, which largely turned into a Q&A on the basics of climate research.
Climate scientist Philip Duffy testified before the panel, addressing lawmakers’ questions about climate change, according to E&E News.Source: The Hill, 05/18/2018
"Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, told a Senate panel on Wednesday that one of his employees had worked without pay on her personal time to find him a place to live, a service that Democrats said amounted to a violation of federal law."Source: NY Times, 05/17/2018