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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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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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The lunatic fringe: resist Kathleen Hartnett White

Trump’s Pick To Lead the Council on Environmental Quality Is An Extreme Climate Change Denier

Kathleen Hartnett White is President Trump’s pick to run the Council on Environmental Quality. She is a climate change denier. Harnett White, a senior fellow at the Koch brothers and Exxon-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation, “might be the most extreme and dangerous” climate change denying picks of Trumps, according to Credo Action. The role of the Council on Environmental Quality,…

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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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