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Trump’s Assault On Clean Water Laws Has Already Begun

It hasn’t taken long for President Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign promise to dismantle regulations ― even when they protect the safety of America’s drinking water supply… Last week, Trump signed a resolution that voided the Stream Protection Rule, a Department of the Interior regulation finalized during the Obama administration… The rule […]

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THIS IS CNN: Ex-Trump Adviser Jumps On Board

CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter on Sunday appeared struck by former Trump senior communications adviser Jason Miller arguing that anonymous sources providing information and materials to journalists are doing so in an effort to “attack the president.” … Stelter suggested that the motivations of sources may rather be to “inform people” and that perhaps these unnamed […]

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EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say

WASHINGTON ― The Environmental Protection Agency has frozen its grant programs, according to sources there… EPA staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ― an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment of former industrial sites, air quality monitoring and education, among other things ― and told not to discuss this order […]

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Withdrawing From The Paris Climate Agreement Is A Terrible Business Move

By the time you read this post and if the rumor mill is correct, President Donald Trump may have taken steps to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. If he has, or if he does, he will pull America out of the biggest business and jobs opportunity in U.S. and world history… […]

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Florida Congressman Drafts Bill To ‘Completely Abolish’ The EPA

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has drafted a bill to “completely abolish” the Environmental Protection Agency, according to an email obtained by The Huffington Post… The freshman congressman sent the email on Tuesday morning to lawmakers who might co-sponsor the legislation, which would shutter the EPA by the end of next year… “Our small businesses cannot […]

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Guess Who’s Backing Scott Pruitt To Head The EPA? The Koch Brothers.

The two dozen nonprofit groups and Senate committee members defending Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, have at least two things in common… Like Pruitt, they’re climate science deniers. And, like Pruitt, most of them are funded by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who own the coal, […]

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Donald Trump’s Laugh Track Is Tricking America

“But reporters were clapping and laughing, they loved it.”  —  a commenter defending Trump’s first press conference.
“But members of the CIA were clearly laughing at his jokes and clapping, so what he was saying couldn’t have been inappropriate.”  —  CNN pundit defending Trump’s CIA speech where he talked about his war with the media, in front of […]

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EPA Freezes Spending On Research And Air Quality Monitoring

WASHINGTON ― The Environmental Protection Agency has frozen its grant programs, according to sources there… EPA staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ― an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment of former industrial sites, air quality monitoring and education, among other things ― and told not to discuss this order […]

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New EPA Report Finds Fracking Can Affect Drinking Water

WASHINGTON ― Fracking-related activities “can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances,” according to the final version of an Environmental Protection Agency report released Tuesday… The report strikes a controversial line from its June 2015 draft version, which said that although there were “specific instances” where the integrity of fracked wells or the handling of wastewater affected […]

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Deforestation Of The Amazon Up 29 Percent From Last Year, Study Finds

An annual study released by the Brazilian government estimates that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 29 percent over last year… That’s the second year in a row that deforestation in the Amazon quickened; last year, the pace rose by about 24 percent… The estimated deforestation rate, released Tuesday by Brazil’s […]

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On Thanksgiving Week, Native Americans Are Being Tear-Gassed In North Dakota

WASHINGTON ― Thanksgiving began in the fall of 1621 when a group of Native Americans joined with newly arrived English settlers to create a harvest feast together and protect each other from violence… This year, as Americans pick out their turkeys and count their blessings, members of the Sioux Nation in Standing Rock, North Dakota, […]

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Trump Moving Quickly To Quit Landmark Climate Deal

WASHINGTON/MARRAKESH, Morocco – Donald Trump is seeking quick ways of withdrawing from a global agreement to limit climate change, a source on his transition team said, defying widening international backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions… Since the U.S. President-elect was chosen, governments ranging from China to small island states have reaffirmed support […]

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Genetically Engineered Trees Condemned in Region known as “Ground Zero” for Their Development

 

For Immediate Release – 21 October 2016
Genetically Engineered Trees Condemned in Region Known as “Ground Zero” for Their Development

 

North Myrtle Beach, SC– In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall only days before, strategies to stop the development of genetically engineered trees (GE trees) were the topic at a meeting that brought Indigenous Peoples, scientists, ecologists, and […]

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Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water

The state of Florida wants to weaken its restrictions on roughly two dozen cancer-causing chemicals that can be discharged into its rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.
via Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water.

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Scott Camil: Country didn’t learn from sacrifices in Vietnam

“We continue to repeat the same mistakes over and over. We continue to behave as if we can make the world better by killing those that disagree with us.”
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20160529/OPINION03/160529840/0/search

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Tigers confiscated from Tiger Temple

Sharon Guynup reports for National Geographic:

PUBLISHED June 2, 2016

Thailand’s controversial Tiger Temple is losing its tigers.

The monastery and popular tourist attraction, the focus of allegations of animal abuse and trafficking for 15 years, was raided this week by authorities who planned to remove all 137 tigers held at the temple, three hours northwest of Bangkok.

The […]

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Governor Brown finds ways around CEQA

Steve Lopez writes for the LA Times:

Covering the California Coastal Commission is like getting addicted to a soap opera. It’s one dramatic turn after another, power and money are central characters and there’s an occasional knife in the back.
Today’s Cali-Novela episode features three interconnected story lines:
Is California Gov. Jerry Brown poised to clear the way for development […]

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New Orleans flood maps raise doubts

Andy Horowitz doubts the new maps:
NEW ORLEANS — TODAY, June 1, is the first day of hurricane season — an understandably anxious time for New Orleans. That’s why I was briefly elated — and then, horrified — when, earlier this year, the federal government declared most of New Orleans safe from flooding.
According to new maps […]

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Brown’s aide, the PUC and his PG&E stock

From the Mercury News, by George Avalos:
SAN BRUNO — Gov. Jerry Brown’s top aide — a former PG&E executive — influenced the governor’s decisions for appointments to the powerful and tarnished state Public Utilities Commission to prop up PG&E’s stock, a consumer group claimed on Monday.
“The governor needs to take this seriously,” said Jamie Court, […]

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Developers bully California Coastal Commission

Banning Ranch oil field Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A pump jack in the Banning Ranch oil field. Nature hasn’t let go here; prickly pear cactus, grasslands, scrub-coated arroyos and marshes provide refuge for wildlife that has all but vanished from the Southland’s coastline.
A pump jack in the Banning Ranch oil field. Nature hasn’t […]

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