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Clean Power Plan Executive Order

Executive Order Guts Clean Power Plan : Trump’s Imaginary War on Coal has just Begun

This morning, under the cover of “energy independence,” U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for a rewrite of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The Plan is the cornerstone of U.S. commitment to curbing emissions under the Paris climate agreement, so the rewrite represents a significant rollback of U.S. global warming mitigation as a whole. Unlike the rhetoric surrounding health care,…

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AGU urges federal agencies to maintain scientific integrity and transparency

American Geophysical Union Open Letter Urging Protection of Scientific Integrity

It is not unusual for incoming administrations to enact temporary hiring freezes or communications advisories. However, what has happened in the past few days bodes ill for an open and honest discussion about environmental issues, particularly climate change. As one EPA insider told me: “…(this) concerted effort to make scientific climate change information disappear rather than offer compelling arguments to…

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The sun rises on a new political climate. What happens to sustainability efforts under a Trump administration?

Sustainability in Our New Political Climate

One of the most controversial and terrifying things about president-elect Donald Trump is that he has openly admitted to not believing global warming exists. A president who rejects scientific proof about a significant threat to our country and our lives can be very dangerous. As a result, the future of our environment is in question. Sustainability is arguably not a…

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Climate change under a Trump presidency. Darkness

John Kerry Gives Impassioned Speech at COP22

“I’m not a Cassandra, but I am a realist. Time is not on our side.”  – John Kerry at COP22 Secretary of State John Kerry pulled no punches in a speech at the COP22 climate talks, now in their second week in Marrakesh, Morocco. A stalwart champion of climate change action throughout his career, Kerry made clear the outgoing Obama administration…

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Environmental advocacy under Trump presidency will not be easy. It may seem like a lonely fight, but we stand united and strong as we fight for a sustainable future

Environmental Advocacy Under a Trump Presidency

Election 2016, the morning after Wednesday morning, coming to grips with a Trump presidency: The slow motion wreck that was election 2016 has finally ended, the smoke has cleared, and now we find ourselves in a very strange place. Not where we wanted to be. We should take the time to mourn the loss we feel, embrace the foreboding sense of…

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In the spirit of Paris - COP21

The Art of the Possible: Paris Agreement Comes Into Force

The mood in Paris last December was unmistakable, the optimism palpable. After decades of gridlock and disappointment, the negotiation at the COP21 climate conference held to its promise of progress. As Andrew Deutz, Director of International Government Relations for the Nature Conservancy told me, what was different about COP21 from past negotiations was this time “there were no villains.” From…

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Canada carbon pricing

Trudeau Administration Launches Pan-Canadian Carbon Pollution Pricing Plan

The proposed framework leaves it up to Canada’s 10 provincial governments to choose the policy instruments and mechanisms — direct charges or a cap-and-trade system — to achieve a national goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels while fostering job creation and economic growth.