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Growing Chorus Calls For the Ouster of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

The chorus calling for the ouster of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has grown bigger and louder. Forty environmental, civic, labor and social justice organizations took out full-page ads calling the resignation of Pruitt. The ad appeared in the New York Times, the New York Post and The Oklahoman, which is the largest paper in Pruitt’s home state, Oklahoma….

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The EPA’s Plans to Gut the Clean Water Rule

President Trump vowed “to promote clean air and clear water” in February 2017. Flash forward a year and that promise seems to be a flimsy one at best. The Trump administration has recently made it clear it will gut an Obama-era rule designed to protect smaller bodies of water in the U.S. On January 21, 2018, the EPA and the…

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The Lowdown On Trump’s Infrastructure Bill

President Trump recently released his infrastructure and budget plan. Environmental and social justice organizations are opposed to the plan, depicting it as a giveaway to the wealthy. The Trump administration claims in a blog post on the White House website that the infrastructure plan will empower state and local authorities by expanding the states environmental review and permitting processes. The…

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How Cities and States are Combating Climate Change and Opposing the Trump Administration

While the Trump administration practices climate change denial and inaction, cities and states across the U.S. are taking action. Three mayors of U.S. cities recently participated in a conference held by ClimateOne. One of the mayors, Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, said of climate change, “It ranks very high.” Columbia is a city that is in a red state,…

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Zinke Strips Away Protections, Reduces Public Comment Period on Federal Lands

Expect more oil and gas drilling on federal lands. A new policy implemented by the Trump administration rolls back oil and gas drilling policies for federal land implemented in 2010 by the Obama administration. A recent Bureau of Land Management memo states that public review and disclosure of environmental harm from drilling and fracking will be eliminated. Stripping away protections…

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Green Bonds Issuance Reaches Record High Despite US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

Funding renewable energy and low-carbon mass transportation projects emerged as main themes as new, green bonds issuance surged 78% in 2017.

FERC Charts Open, Unbiased Course to Enhance Energy System Resilience

Closing a DOE proposed new rulemaking and opening a new docket, FERC launched a more open, holistic and unbiased course aimed at enhancing the resiliency of U.S. power and energy systems.