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100 Days of Climate: Week 5

100 Days of Climate: Week 5

Addressing climate change using sound science is crucial not just for the U.S., but for the world. Unfortunately, that appears unlikely over the next four years under the Trump administration, which has shown signs of being apathetic if not outright hostile to climate science and science-based policies to rein in carbon pollution. Trump has… Read More

Dakota Pipeline Greenlighted As Fossil Fuels Move to Fore

Dakota Pipeline Greenlighted As Fossil Fuels Move to Fore

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is cancelling an environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline and will grant approval of an easement that allows the final link in the pipeline to be constructed. The decision on Tuesday makes good on President Trump’s executive order advancing the controversial project, which has been the subject of months… Read More

Food Security, Forests At Risk Under Trump’s USDA

Food Security, Forests At Risk Under Trump’s USDA

U.S. food security, forest health, and the ability of farmers to respond to climate change are all at risk if President’s Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture brings climate change skepticism to the agency, agricultural researchers and environmental law experts say. That concern takes root not only in Trump’s own statements … Read More

The West’s Largest Coal Plant May Close. It’s a Big Deal.

The West’s Largest Coal Plant May Close. It’s a Big Deal.

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West — one of the biggest climate polluters in the nation — could close later this year, a major symbolic blow to the future of coal as the backbone of America’s electric power grid. The owners of Arizona’s Navajo Generating Station northeast of the Grand Canyon announced in early January that low natural … Read More

Trump Revives Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

Trump Revives Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, breathing new life into projects that were halted by the Obama administration and vehemently opposed by environmental and Native American groups. Trump said that the U.S. would renegotiate both pipelines, which were stopped by the Obama … Read More

Trump’s EPA May ‘Review’ California’s Car Pollution Rules

Trump’s EPA May ‘Review’ California’s Car Pollution Rules

It became clear Wednesday that far-reaching car pollution rules enforced by California and a handful of other states could be jeopardized if EPA nominee Scott Pruitt is confirmed by the Senate. After repeatedly suing the EPA as Oklahoma's attorney general over what he has characterized as federal overreach, President-elect Trump’s pick to lead the… Read More

Pruitt Dances on Climate, Calls for Change at EPA

Pruitt Dances on Climate, Calls for Change at EPA

“Restoring” trust in government. Adhering to the “rule of law.” Giving local officials more influence over federal regulation. Climate change is “not a hoax,” but climate science is “subject to debate.” These were the themes on display Wednesday during the fiery Senate confirmation hearing for Environmental Protection Agency administrator nominee … Read More

Four Critical Energy Issues to Watch in 2017

Four Critical Energy Issues to Watch in 2017

The U.S. may be on the cusp of a stark turning point in energy and climate policy with the election of Donald Trump, who has stocked his cabinet with a majority of people who doubt or reject established climate science. Top priorities of the Trump transition team and cabinet nominees -- many who disregard the connection between global warming and … Read More