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The Interior Department is In Bed With the Oil and Gas Industry

President Trump signed an executive order last year promoting energy independence. The day after, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two orders with the intention of implementing Trump’s executive order. They promote the development of energy, including oil and gas, on public lands. Reuters recently reported that oil and gas drillers only bid on a “tiny fraction” of Gulf of Mexico…

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Trump Replaces Rex Tillerson With Someone Who May Be Worse

Twitter is now the accepted format to make major political announcements. President Trump announced on the social media site that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Trump’s tweet proclaimed that “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson…

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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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Almost the entire National Park Service Advisory Board resigns in utter frustration

Most of the National Park Service Advisory Board Resigns Over Trump Administration Failure To Listen

Nothing should surprise us about the Trump administration, but two-thirds of a National Park Service Advisory Board resigning is unprecedented. On January 15, 2018, nine out of 12 members of the Board resigned. In a resignation letter, Tony Knowles, former governor of Alaska, told Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke that the Board “worked closely and productively through 2016 with dedicated…

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Drill baby, drill. Trump seeks to expand offshore drilling along U.S. coasts

Trump Administration Opens Up U.S. Coasts To Offshore Drilling

“Drill baby drill” is more than a mantra by those that want to increase domestic output of fossil fuels. It is a way of life, as the recent proposal by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to increase offshore drilling on both coasts proves. Zinke’s proposal would make over 90 percent of the acreage within the National Outer Continental…

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Coastal cities face challenging times in a climate-changed world

What Does the Future Hold for America’s Coastal Cities?

Scientists have observed a rapidly-growing atmospheric carbon presence. Whatever your views on the cause of this phenomenon, the trend is confirmed and supported throughout the scientific community. And with increasing levels of atmospheric carbon, and the subsequent UV heat-trapping, global temperatures continue to rise. With warming atmospheric temperatures, ocean levels will also gradually increase, heralding a plethora of future problems…

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