June 20, 2018

June 19, 2018

How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country

Nashville, Little Rock, Phoenix — in cities across the country, the oil-billionaire Koch brothers are fueling a fight against public transit projects designed to get cars off the streets and improve access for everyone. "These are outside groups," said David Briley, mayor of Nashville, where a transit plan was targeted. "They don't represent Nashville's interests or values."

Tensions Rise in India as Water Supply Runs Dangerously Low

India is experiencing the worst water crisis in the country's history, with about half the population facing high to extreme water scarcity, according to a government report. Rising temperatures and dwindling rain and snowfall, along with leaky infrastructure and over pumping, are contributing to the crisis. Read more on the government report from Reuters.

June 18, 2018

Top Federal Ethics Officer Considers ‘Corrective Action’ for Pruitt

The head of the Office of Government Ethics says he is considering a highly unusual "corrective action proceeding" involving alleged improper behavior by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. A spokesman for the ethics office said he is unaware of any previous example of the agency starting such a proceeding against a Cabinet official.

Trump Picks Economic Winners, Guided by Nostalgia

President Trump is increasingly putting his finger on the scale to help once-iconic industries that are declining, and doing so at the expense of some of the country's fastest-growing sectors. His attempts to boost steel and coal have produced only modest job gains while injecting uncertainty into a host of other growing industries.

Coal Plants Keep Shutting Despite Trump’s Order to Rescue Them

Many power companies say President Trump's coal bailout hasn't altered their plans to retire old units. The trend has been underway for years. "I will tell you it is not a matter of if we are going to retire our coal fleet in this nation, it's just a matter of when," Xcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke said.

June 15, 2018

Global Warming Set to Exceed 1.5 Degrees by 2040, IPCC Draft Says

Global warming is on track to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040, threatening global economic growth, unless governments take drastic action, according to a draft report from the IPCC. Impacts such as increasing damage from floods, droughts and heat waves will affect national economies, it says.

Judge: BLM Must Consider Climate Impact in Gas Leases

A federal judge in New Mexico set aside oil and gas leases on more than 19,000 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest and ordered the Bureau of Land Management to conduct further analysis. The judge said federal law requires BLM to consider the "downstream" and cumulative impacts on climate change of the use of the fuel produced from oil and gas leases on public lands.

Scientists at USGS Face New Scrutiny on Research Presentations

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey must now submit their presentation titles for review by the Interior Department to get approval to attend two major conferences, and they will have to identify how their research relates to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's priorities, according to new guidelines obtained by the Washington Post.

June 14, 2018

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