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Sunday, January 22, 2017
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Scott Pruitt, EPA

8 Things We Learned From Scott Pruitt’s EPA Confirmation Hearing

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, took part in a contentious hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Pruitt’s hearing largely focused on his deep ties to polluting energy companies and track record of opposing the EPA’s clean air and water safeguards.

January 21, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House during his departure for Canada, in Washington, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama’s Best (And Worst) Of Times

As the Barack Obama presidency dwindles down to the last day, there’s no silent amen. Donald Trump people are swarming the streets around Union Station. These Republicans seem to have come from the country to claim the country, what’s theirs. The barricades and bollards surround the beloved Capitol, the place looks like a police state. The citadel of democracy looks captured.

January 20, 2017
Obama, Clean Energy

Will President Obama’s Clean Energy Legacy Endure?

In the end, the enduring clean energy legacy of the Obama administration may be that it got us “over the hump” of thinking in terms of the false dichotomy of clean versus affordable energy. The pace may change, but the ultimate direction will not.

January 20, 2017
Trump, Inauguration

Will Trump Era Deliver Change Or Revolution?

As Trump takes the oath of office and enters the White House, his mythology will begin to meet reality. And the debate has already begun over which elements of Trumpism will be truly revolutionary and which will simply represent a break from his party or a hard turn from President Barack Obama.

January 20, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Senate Panel Grills Trump’s EPA Pick Over Energy Ties

Democratic Senators quizzed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, over his energy industry ties during a contentious confirmation hearing on Wednesday that was briefly interrupted by protesters.

January 18, 2017
Dakota Access Pipeline protestors

If You Use One Of These Banks, You’re Helping Fund The Dakota Access Pipeline

Standing Rock activists have a simple, yet powerful message: Withdraw your money from banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead of keeping your money in pro-fossil fuel banks, you can consider credit unions, which are nonprofit cooperatives that pool deposits so that members can borrow at low interest rates and generally invest in local projects.

January 18, 2017
Americans, Voter

Conservative Or Liberal? Here’s What Americans Really Believe

Data from Pew Research studies and Gallup polls conclusively demonstrate that Americans, in their deepest political/social beliefs, are thoroughly liberal in most of their views and moderately liberal in the balance. They are not the “conservatives” described by the relentless propagandists of the right.

January 18, 2017
Obama, Millennial Voters

President Obama: The Millennial Whisperer

President Barack Obama will be seen by historians as the first president to bring millennial values to the challenges of the Oval Office. While much of America is divided on how well he has performed as the nation’s 44th president, Obama has won overwhelming approval from the millennial generation, born 1982-2003. Studies show that millennials appreciate the way Obama has championed their causes and created a more tolerant America.

January 17, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Will Pruitt Bring Earthquakes To Washington Like He Did In Oklahoma?

Trump’s EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, has repeatedly put his ties with this industry above human health and safety during his time in office. He did not protect the rights of Oklahoma’s citizens, and his inaction regarding the state’s earthquake damages reflected his allegiance to fossil fuel companies. It would be a travesty to confirm Scott Pruitt solely to benefit a fossil fuel industry that is already booming.

January 17, 2017
Environmental, EPA, Environment

Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator

According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, just over 60 percent of Americans think it would be wrong to weaken wildlife protections and air and water regulations to bolster the energy industry. The poll also showed that 39 percent of Americans want to see a decrease in coal mining and oil drilling on U.S. federal lands in the coming years.

January 17, 2017
Tillerson

U.S. State Department Nominee Tillerson Fights Climate Deposition

Rex Tillerson, the former oil executive under consideration for U.S. secretary of state, is trying to avoid giving testimony in a federal lawsuit over climate change, according to a lawyer for a group of teenagers who filed the suit. Tillerson’s deposition is set for Jan. 19, a day before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

January 15, 2017
DAPL, Dakota Access Pipeline

New North Dakota Governor Expects Controversial Pipeline To Be Built

Burgum told Reuters that approval of the pipeline appeared to be a foregone conclusion once Donald Trump moved into the White House. “I expect the world’s going to change dramatically on that day relative to finding resolution on this issue,” Burgum said in an interview.

January 13, 2017
Fiat, EPA

EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler Of Excess Diesel Emissions

The EPA accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using hidden software to allow excess diesel emissions to go undetected, the result of a probe that stemmed from regulators’ investigation of rival Volkswagen AG.

January 12, 2017
Obama, Farewell Speech, GOP

Obama Lays Out His Vision For Stopping Trump And The GOP

On the surface, President Barack Obama’s farewell address recounted his achievements, values, and still-hopeful vision for America—much like the best speeches. But not far below was a clear template telling his supporters how and where to defend against threats by Trump and the GOP to the America they believe in.

January 11, 2017
Kerry, Climate Change

John Kerry: Climate Change Should Not Be ‘Partisan Issue’

Work to avert the problems caused by climate change should not be a partisan issue, Kerry told students at MIT. He noted U.S. officials from military and intelligence leaders to the mayors of coastal cities agree the problem of rising sea levels and erratic rainfall is one that they want to take action on.

January 9, 2017
Obama

Obama Made America Cool Again

With a few exceptional scenes, as when he sang “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of nine murdered churchgoers, Obama’s persuasion aims to connect with minds — sweet reason — more than hearts. And will we ever miss him when he’s gone.

January 6, 2017
Obama

Will Obama’s Offshore Drilling Ban Be Trumped?

President Obama acted boldly to conserve important ecological resources and solidify his environmental legacy. By making creative use of an obscure provision of a 1953 law, Obama has ignited a legal and political firestorm.

January 3, 2017
Flint, Dakota Access Pipeline

Flint, Standing Rock Prove The Impact Of Environmental Issues On Communities Of Color

Media could apply the lessons left by scant coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Flint to empower these communities and bring attention to the many other ongoing situations of disproportionate impact that desperately need attention

January 2, 2017
Global Warming, Climate Change, Trump

Trump’s Hot Air On Global Warming Is Far From The Greatest Threat

Both the rhetoric and the actions have provoked despair among many who fear a Trump presidency will tip the planet toward an overheated future, upending recent national and international efforts to stem emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and natural gas. But will a President Trump noticeably affect the globe’s climate in ways that, say, a President Hillary Clinton would not have?

December 31, 2016
John Kerry, Diplomat

Tireless In His Diplomatic Efforts, John Kerry Often Came Up Empty-Handed

Kerry is nothing if not indefatigable, traveling to all corners of the world as America’s top diplomat over the last four years. But as he prepares to leave office, he confronts a mixed legacy, with a handful of successes coupled with searing defeats, especially in the Middle East.

December 28, 2016
Rust belt economic voters

Obama Protects Waterways Before Trump Crashes The White House

The U.S. Interior Department finalized a contentious rule to protect waterways from the negative impacts of surface coal mining. The Stream Protection Rule is the first update to the department’s regulations in 33 years, and is one of the Obama administration’s last major moves to protect the environment.

December 21, 2016
Obama Oil Drilling

With A Trump Storm Brewing, Obama Blocks Oil Drilling In Atlantic, Arctic

President Obama invoked a seldom-used provision in a 1953 law that allows him to prevent the sale of drilling rights in certain U.S. waters. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton also used the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to protect specific areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans for a limited time

December 21, 2016
Fracking, Trump Cabinet, Environmental disaster

Trump’s Nominees And The Coming Environmental Disaster

In a tweet the day after the election, President-elect Donald Trump wrote, “The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again.” But for those dodging relentless earthquakes in Oklahoma because of increased fracking, Trump seems to have already forgotten them.

December 18, 2016
Rick Perry, Energy Department, Trump Cabinet

Why In The World Would Trump Tap Perry To Be Energy Secretary?

Rick Perry has zero expertise or experience for the job he’s being handed, but he has beaucoup of both for the “job” he’s actually being empowered to do on the American people and our environment.

December 14, 2016
Jerry Brown, Climate Change, Trump

West Coast States Plan To Fight Climate Change Without Trump

Democratic governors Jerry Brown of California, Jay Inslee of Washington and Katherine Brown of Oregon warn that climate change is harming the Pacific Ocean, and plan to fight climate change in the face of the incoming administration of Donald Trump, who has dismissed global warming as a hoax.

December 14, 2016