October 25, 2018

Trump Switches Out Energy Commission Chairman

President Trump named a new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday. Neil Chatterjee, a commission member and former top energy adviser to pro-coal Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, replaces the previous chairman, Kevin McIntyre, who cited "health issues" as a reason for stepping down.

October 24, 2018

How the Farm Bureau’s Climate Agenda Is Failing Farmers

A new InsideClimate News series launched today exploring how the farm lobby has wielded its extraordinary influence to undermine U.S. climate policy while sowing uncertainty about the causes of global warming and the urgency to bring it under control. The result has left farmers less prepared to cope with the effects of climate change and missing opportunities.

October 23, 2018

New Climate Change Lawsuit Filed as 'Climate Kids' Effort Stalls

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit to compel the federal government to act on climate change as a similar lawsuit filed by a group of young activists is on hold. They're asking a federal judge to declare that the U.S. government is violating their rights by contributing to a rising concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Willa Closing In on Mexico Coast

Hurricane Willa was headed toward a stretch of Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned it was likely to bring "life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall" to parts of west-central and southwestern Mexico. The State has more on Willa's potential impact as it cross into the U.S. this week toward the storm-ravaged Carolinas.

October 22, 2018

Supreme Court Temporarily Stops Youth Climate Lawsuit Days Before Trial

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that exacerbate climate change. Chief Justice John Roberts asked the plaintiffs to respond by Wednesday to the federal government's latest attempt to get the case thrown out. The Supreme Court had refused to toss the case in July. 

October 19, 2018

Kinder Morgan Cancels Fracked Liquids Pipeline Plan, and Pursues Another

In a win for local environmentalists, Kinder Morgan has abandoned a plan to reverse and repurpose an old pipeline to carry natural gas liquids across six states. Pipeline safety advocates consider natural gas liquids more dangerous than natural gas because they not only carry an explosion risk, but can pollute ground or surface water supplies. The fight is not over:  The company will instead seek to ship fracked natural gas through the line.

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