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Protestors at the U.S. COP23 side event promoting clean coal

U.S. Delegation Offers Up Clean Coal Side Event at COP23

Back in 2015 at the COP21 climate conference in Paris, the U.S. delegation presented numerous side events in the Blue Zone, from EPA, NASA, NOAA, the Department of Energy and more. The United States clearly embraced its role as a world leader at a historic global inflection point. Fast forward two years, to the end of President Donald Trump’s first year…

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Don't allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in GOP Budget Crosshairs

Tell your Senator to remove drilling in the Refuge from the budget Contact your Senator now! A Medium post published by the Wilderness Society lays out the new threats facing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Congress is set to vote this month on a provision in the proposed budget allowing drilling activity in the refuge. The last refuge The Arctic…

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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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Santa Fe’s 100 Percent Renewable Energy Resolution, New Global Research Highlights Critical Local Government Climate Change Role

Santa Fe will face numerous, varied challenges in its bid to relay entirely on renewable energy by 2025, but numerous, varied, cost-effective and rewarding policy options exist and are in effect in cities worldwide.

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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