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Opposition continues to all potential routes for Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska Public Service Commission Approves Alternate Route for Keystone XL Pipeline

The completed route of the Keystone XL pipeline is closer to fruition. The Nebraska Public Service Commission approved an alternate route for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project through the state. The Commission approved the alternate route by a three-to-two vote. TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, stated that it is evaluating the decision. “As a result of today’s decision,…

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Standing Rock Sioux shift from protest to calls for divestment

Standing Rock Sioux Move From Protesting To Calling For Divestment

A strategy of protest Protests at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) occurred in 2016, catching the attention of environmentalists and the news media. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,168 miles mile pipeline that will carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields from North Dakota to southern Illinois. It would…

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Pruitt's war on the EPA and the Clean Power Plan

The EPA Repeals the Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a notice proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP is the cornerstone of former President Obama’s climate change policy. In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, developed under the Clean Air Act. The Supreme Court…

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Gas flare at Evanson Place - Arnegard North Dakota

Court Overturns Trump Administration’s Delay of a Methane Waste Rule

There is good news for environmentalists. Thanks to a court decision an Obama-era rule to prevent methane waste by the oil and gas industry now goes into effect. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Trump administration acted unlawfully when it suspended rules enacted by the Obama administration the oil and gas industry to…

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Zinke leaked plan exposes intention to reduce protection of 10 national monuments. Among them is Bear's Ears in Utah

Interior Secretary Zinke’s Leaked Plan Would Shrink Protection For 10 National Monuments

A plan by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, obtained by the Associated Press, recommends that President Trump shrink 10 national monuments. A national monument is a land or historic area the Congress or President has given permanent protection to through the Antiquities Act of 1906. An executive order issued by President Trump in April instructed Zinke to review 27 monuments designated…

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Plastic water bottle in nature. Not a good fit.

Trump Administration Overturns Obama Policy To Discourage Water Bottles at National Parks

The National Park Service announced on August 16 that it would discontinue a policy in 2011 that encouraged national parks to eliminate the sale of disposable water bottles. The stated reason for rescinding the policy is that “hydration options for recreationalists, hikers, and other visitors to national parks” have been expanded. The NPS pointed out that the 2011 policy “removed…

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Follow the money: Transparency in politics

California State Bill Would Bring Transparency To Political Campaigns

Follow the money California elections mean candidates spent big money trying to get elected. Governor Gray Davis and his opponents spent over $130 million in the 2002 governor’s election. Davis spent almost $78 million, the most money spent by a politician in a non-presidential race. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger raised $23.6 million during his first year in office, double what Davis…

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