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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Weak Environmental Policies Cost Jobs

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

“The public will no doubt be surprised at the economic importance of this industry as (we measure) the impact of activities like boating, fishing, RVing, hunting, camping, hiking and more.”

The speaker is U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The industry goes under the broad name of outdoor recreation. It was a $374 billion business in 2016, accounting for 2 percent of the gross domestic product. Its revenues had grown that year by 3.8 percent, about 36 percent faster than the overall economy.

Without an environmentally healthy and accessible outdoors, the industry’s consumers have no place to recreate.…

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Will Media Coverage Of Extreme Weather And Climate Improve In 2018? Al Roker Offers Hope

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

A version of this post was originally published on Grist.

Everyone knows that the U.S. got gobsmacked by hurricanes last year. But if you rely on mainstream media for your news, you might not know that climate change had anything to do with it.

In 2017, the major broadcast TV news programs mentioned climate change only two times total during their coverage of the record-breaking hurricanes that made landfall in the U.S. The climate-hurricane link came up once on CBS, once on NBC, and not at all during ABC’s coverage of the storms, Media Matters found.…

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Pruitt Used Office To Seek Fried Chicken Franchise For Wife

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

By Laura Clawson / Daily Kos

 

It seems like every single day brings a new story about how corrupt Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is. And if Tuesday’s story isn’t quite as weird as Monday’s story about Pruitt having an aide try to buy a used mattress from a Trump hotel, that’s only because that mattress story was really f’ing weird. The latest is that Pruitt used an aide—the sister of the mattress aide—to try to hook his wife up with a Chick-fil-A franchise.

It seems that Pruitt is feeling pretty broke now that he no longer has his $50-a-night room in a lobbyist-owned apartment and he’s paying actual rent in Washington, D.C., as well as a mortgage in Tulsa, Oklahoma.…

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