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First Step Toward Atlantic Drilling Could Decimate Key Species In Ocean Food Chain

One of the first steps toward offshore drilling development in the Atlantic Ocean could decimate a key species in the marine food chain, a new study finds.
Seismic surveying, the process of blasting airguns underwater to locate oil and gas deposits, could have devastating effects on zooplankton, a food source relied upon by many marine animals, […]

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Why Trump Actually Pulled Out Of Paris

It wasn’t because of the climate, or to help American business. He needed to troll the world—and this was his best shot so far.
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Donald Trump Pulls U.S. Out Of Paris Accord In Crushing Blow To Climate Fight

The United States will pull out of the Paris Agreement on combating climate change, President Donald Trump announced Thursday, a decision that makes good on one of his key campaign pledges but deals a devastating setback to international efforts to curb global warming.
“I’m fighting every day for the great people of this country,” Trump said […]

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Christian Conservative: Jesus Wouldn’t Want Me To Care About Global Warming

What would Jesus do about climate change? According to one self-described Christian, not much.
Conservative pundit Erick Erickson fired off a tweet Wednesday saying his savior called on him to be a good steward for the planet… but that concept doesn’t extend to global warming

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Trump Quitting Paris Climate Deal Is About Ideology, Not Business

Quitting the Paris Agreement, as President Donald Trump has decided to do, will have steep political and economic costs.
But for an embattled president, it does offer one benefit: It fulfills a campaign promise popular with his base and appeases the members of his administration who are ideologically opposed to anything that smacks of globalism or […]

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Thousands Fought Against The Dakota Access Pipeline. Now It’s Set To Flow Oil.

In December, as authorities armed themselves with water cannons and rubber bullets, thousands of protestors camped near the site of a proposed oil conduit celebrated a historic victory: Federal authorities had halted construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pulled the plug on the $3.8 billion project following an extended campaign […]

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Florida’s water seems free for the taking — at a cost to the rest of us

We think of Florida’s fresh springs as eternal, but in truth they can be polluted, salt-infused and sapped to a relative trickle by exploitative pumping.
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Photo Essay: A New Pipeline Encroaches on Florida’s Fragile Everglades

Florida’s Sabal Trail pipeline nears completion as the Trump administration threatens to eliminate Everglades restoration and water protection programs.
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‘Trump has declared war’: journalists denounce any attack on press freedom

President’s apparent suggestion that the FBI should ‘consider putting reporters in prison’ prompts call to action from journalists increasingly under attack
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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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