June 4, 2019

U.S. EPA Sued Over Ousting of Scientists from Advisory Committees

The Natural Resources Defense Council is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a recent order banning many scientists from panels that advise the EPA on scientific matters. The NRDC said that the directive, issued by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, upended decades of EPA practices without cause or comment from the public.

June 3, 2019

EPA Rushes Overhaul of Cancer Testing

EPA plans to quickly revamp its guidelines for evaluating whether environmental contaminants can cause cancer or other ailments, a move Trump administration critics fear is part of a broader effort to weaken the basis for regulating a wide range of pollutants. 

Army Corps Under Fire: In a Flood, It Released More Water

The Army Corps of Engineers has been struggling on two fronts — taming America's rain-swollen rivers, and taming the fallout from mass water releases and breached levees. In Oklahoma, opening a dam released a large amount of water into the Arkansas River, flooding parts of Sand Springs and other towns.

Massachusetts Looks to Beef Up Commitment to Offshore Wind

Massachusetts officials are recommending the state double its commitment to offshore wind as part of an ongoing effort to transition the state toward more renewable energy. The report argues for an additional procurement of up to 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind capacity, enough to power up to 1 million homes, on top of the 1,600 megawatts already authorized.

May 31, 2019

May 30, 2019

Exxon, Chevron Reject Shareholder Climate Resolutions

Shareholders at ExxonMobil and Chevron both rejected new climate-related resolutions during their annual meetings, though both drew significant numbers of votes in favor. The U.S.'s two largest energy companies have received mounting criticism for lagging behind their European peers, including Shell and BP.

Michigan AG Will Move to Shut Pipeline in June If No Deal

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said she will move in June to shut a troubled oil pipeline under a section of the Great Lakes if the governor cannot reach a resolution with its operator. Nessel said the state is in "great peril" the longer oil continues to flow beneath the sensitive waterway.

Cato Closes Its Climate Shop. Pat Michaels Is Out

The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank co-founded by Charles Koch, quietly shut down a program that for years sought to raise uncertainty about climate science. The move came after Pat Michaels, a climate scientist who rejects mainstream concerns about rising temperatures, left Cato earlier this year.

May 29, 2019

UN Says 80 Countries May Ramp Up Climate Pledges

About 80 countries want to expand their pledges to address climate change, advancing their action under the Paris climate accord, according to the United Nations. "We are not talking about a small incremental approach," said Luis Alfonso de Alba, a Mexican diplomat and the UN secretary-general's envoy on climate change.

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