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Despite Andrew Wheeler's deceptive framing of the issue, it is important to understand the direct link between water and climate, on World Water Day and every other day.

Andrew Wheeler and the Water-Climate Nexus

Andrew Wheeler has served as acting EPA Administrator since July of 2018, when things just got too scummy, forcing former administrator Scott Pruitt out of office. Wheeler was confirmed last month, formally replacing Pruitt as EPA Administrator – to the delight of ardent pro-deregulation Republicans and ire of almost everyone else. Acting to the fears expressed by many climate scientists,…

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The Green New Deal - a chance to change the future

What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Our Planet

It seems everyone is talking about the Green New Deal, a potential solution to climate change freshmen Democrats are pushing through the House and Senate. Massachusetts representative Ed Markey and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the deal on Feb. 7, but what does it mean for the future of our planet? Let’s take a closer look at the Green…

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David Bernhardt seeks to block FOIA into DOI activities

The Interior Department Wants to Restrict Public Requests for Information

Just when you thought the Interior Department might recover from former secretary Ryan Zinke’s leadership, it becomes clear the acting secretary David Bernhardt’s leadership might not be any better. The Interior Department proposed a rule over the government shutdown that would restrict public records requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA is “vital to the functioning of…

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Meeting the commitments of the Paris Agreement by eliminating coal for the electricity generation mix

U.S. Could Meet its U.N. Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Reductions Goals by Eliminating Coal-Fired Power Generation, Researchers Find

Eliminating the use of coal to generate electricity would be the single biggest step the U.S. could take in meeting its U.N. Paris Climate Agreement GHG emissions reductions goals, according a new study from Portland State University. Accomplishing this would require a wholesale shift in the U.S. power generation mix to “natural gas, efficiency, wind, solar power and biofuels.”

Senate Passes a Bill Permanently Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is a bulwark in the face of weakened environmental regulations.

Even as many big corporations make progress on their sustainability goals, serious gaps remain on how they continue to facilitate sexual exploitation

Companies Touting Sustainability Efforts Make List of Companies Facilitating Sexual Exploitation

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) recently launched its 2019 Dirty Dozen List of companies and entities that facilitate sexual exploitation in the U.S. Four of the companies on the list tout their sustainability programs. Those companies are Amazon, Google, Twitter, and United Airlines. There is a serious disconnect with these companies between their sustainability efforts and their efforts…

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David Bernhardt nominated as Secretary of Interior - another example of the fox guarding the henhouse

Trump Nominates Fossil Fuel Lobbyist David Bernhardt As Interior Secretary

After Ryan Zinke left in disgrace, Trump’s nomination of David Bernhardt As Interior Secretary represents more of the same: the fox guarding the henhouse.