Environment 

The numbers just don’t add up to justify drilling in the Arctic Refuge

Congress is on the verge of selling off Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling, and its members don’t seem to know they’re being conned. They have been sold a $1 billion bill of goods.  A recent Alaska lease sale was a humiliating blow for the Trump administration. The industry simply wasn’t all that interested in expensive, high-risk Arctic oil. This exposes the folly of Congress’ Arctic Refuge scheme. Senate Republicans attached a drilling provision to the federal budget, claiming that lease sales in the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain—which…

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Environmental scorecard highlights need for Congress to better protect our environment & health

Environment America today released its 2017 Environmental Scorecard tracking how the U.S. Congress voted on bills that could protect our air, water, landscapes and the health of the planet.  Absences count against a member’s score. Environment America’s Washington D.C. Office Director Anna Aurilio said the following: “Sadly, Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much these days, including the need to protect our environment. It shouldn’t be this way, it didn’t used to be and we’re doing all we can to make sure it’s not this way in the future. “But, as we…

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Blog congress Environment Epa Scott Pruitt 

The Mission of E. Scott Pruitt

by Lukas Ross, climate and energy campaigner This morning EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is headed to Congress. He is scheduled to testify before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on the environment. The topic of the hearing? “The Mission of the US EPA.” Since Pruitt has been incredibly sparing in his appearances on Capitol Hill, this is a rare chance to ask hard questions of the most controversial administrator in the history of the EPA. Here are three areas where Scott Pruitt badly needs some accountability. Budgets and Buyouts. Since…

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WWF calls on WTO to end subsidized overfishing and illegal fishing

WWF is calling for member governments of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to agree to end the environmental harm and trade distortions caused by fisheries subsidies. Fisheries subsidies is one of the key issues up for negotiation during the 11th Ministerial Conference beginning this Sunday, December 10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has provided a much needed focus and urgency to these discussions as the UN Sustainable Development Goals also include a target to “prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and…

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Environment 

Blowback: Why the Once-Inevitable Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s Future Is in Doubt

The Huffington Post recently reported how controversial the fracked gas Mountain Valley (MVP) and Atlantic Coast Pipelines (ACP) have become. Dubbing the ACP the Atlantic “Trump” Pipeline because this is the only pipeline on President Trump’s  “Top 50” domestic priorities, this $5.5+ billion project has sparked a sea of resistance along the proposed route and throughout Appalachia. Though the publicly disclosed route ran from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina, leaked audio revealed the pipeline’s investors—including Duke Energy and Dominion Energy and their subsidiaries—plan to run the project into South Carolina, too….

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Why Trump’s Tax Plan Spells Climate Disaster

by Erich Pica, President Originally posted on AlterNet. For all of the terrible elements in the Republican’s new tax plan – the extreme giveaways to the rich, tax increases for the middle class, major breaks for corporations that pollute our air and water – the reality is that this isn’t a plan to reform the tax code. This is a plan to end government as we know it.  When Trump released his budget last spring, all reasonable people across the country declared in unison that it could not possibly be…

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