Previous Legal and Political News 2020

Joe Biden’s Climate Team Actually Cares About Climate 12-28-20

His administration’s staffing shows how seriously the incoming president takes this issue. Read more at The New York Times


Congress takes action against ‘super greenhouse gases’ in coronavirus stimulus 12-22-20

This week, with Americans distracted by tinsel, wrapping paper, and the prospect of a much-needed $600 stimulus check, Congress achieved something that in recent years has seemed impossible: It passed legislation that will cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost clean energy spending at the same time. Read more at Grist


Ahead of Georgia’s runoff elections for US Senate, what do young climate activists think? 12-20-20

On January 5, voters in Georgia will decide which political party controls the US Senate and, in turn, how far President-elect Joe Biden will be able to take his ambitious $2 trillion climate plan. Read more at Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


Biden to Pick Brenda Mallory to Run White House Environment Office 12-16-20

The office, the Council on Environmental Quality, is expected to have an expanded focus on environmental justice under Ms. Mallory, an environmental lawyer. Read more at The New York Times


Gina McCarthy will be Biden’s ‘climate czar.’ What the heck is a climate czar?? 12-16-20

President-elect Joe Biden will name Gina McCarthy as his domestic “climate czar,” multiple outlets reported on Tuesday, elevating the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to a Cabinet-level position in the White House. Read more at Grist


As leaders set fresh climate goals, Biden pledges US support 12-12-20

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden pledged Saturday to rejoin the Paris climate accord on the first day of his presidency, as world leaders staged a virtual gathering to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the international pact aimed at curbing global warming. Read more at AP News


Learning how to talk: What climate activists must do in the Biden era 11-29-20

For four years the country has been governed by the GOP and only one guy has gotten to talk — disagree with him and you became a non-person. Read more at Grist


In Obama’s new memoir, a warning for Biden’s climate plans 11-27-20

President Barack Obama wanted to do something big to combat climate change. He just couldn’t. Read more at Grist 


Alaska’s Controversial Pebble Mine Fails to Win Critical Permit, Likely Killing It 11-25-20

The Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, likely dealing a death blow to a long-disputed project that aimed to extract one of the world’s largest deposits of copper and gold ore, but which threatened breeding grounds for salmon in the pristine Bristol Bay region. Read more at The New York Times


A record 6 Native Americans were elected to Congress. Here’s where they stand on climate. 11-18-20

Indigenous peoples have a critical role to play in the fight against climate change. Read more at Grist


How a Biden administration could push companies further on climate 11-13-20

Over the past year or so, as the Trump administration continued to roll back or weaken as many climate regulations in the United States as it could get its hands on, the corporate world seemed to be doing the opposite. Read more at Grist


Post-election, youth climate activists celebrate, recuperate, and organize 11-13-20

Now that President-elect Joe Biden has won the White House, Claire Hedburg is ready to finally get back to her chemistry homework. Read more at Grist


The Biggest Environmental Wins and Losses of the 2020 Election 11-09-20

Election Day 2020 — the day before the United States officially left the Paris climate agreement — didn’t deliver an immediate rebuke to President Trump or relief for environmentalists. Read more at The Revelator


Biden won the election. Now can he save the planet? 11-07-20

After five days of nail-biting, anxiety-inducing ballot counting in half a dozen key swing states, Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Read more at Grist 


The U.S. just left the Paris climate accord, even as the presidential race is undecided 11-04-20

On Wednesday morning, the result in the race between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden remains unclear. Read more at The Washington Post


Moby Dick is a perfect parable for what’s at stake in the 2020 election 11-03-20

The lines of voters stretch as far as the eye can see, winding their way to polling booths across the country despite a life-threatening pandemic, an economic crisis, and a year that’s been filled with upheaval and uncertainty as the United States heads into an exceptionally heated presidential election. Read more at Grist 


Joe Biden makes a final pitch to Americans in 2 new climate ads 10-31-20

As you read this, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are making their way through crucial swing states broadcasting one last pitch to Americans ahead of the general election on Tuesday. Read more at Grist


Can climate change win Florida Latinos for Biden? 10-30-20

The “Latino vote” is complicated. More than half of U.S. population growth in the last decade has been among Latinos, and conventional wisdom holds that this trend is a boon for the Democratic party. Read more at Grist


Trump to strip protections from Tongass National Forest, one of the biggest intact temperate rainforests 10-28-20

President Trump will open up more than half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and other forms of development, according to a notice posted Wednesday, stripping protections that had safeguarded one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests for nearly two decades.  Read more at The Washington Post


Climate change is on the ballot in 7 cities and states 10-28-20

On election night, as you scan for updates on your phone, keep half an eye on the television in the background, and click refresh on a series of tabs, you are going to want something else to check on besides presidential and congressional results. Read more at Grist


Alaska’s oil tax 10-28-20

The Alaskan state government gets most of its tax revenue from oil. The state was once so rich with oil money that it created a giant trust fund that pays out to residents every year. Read more at Grist


Environmental Voters Show Up Strong in Early Voting 10-27-20

At least 62 million Americans have already cast their ballots nationwide, with Election Day still more than 10 days away. Read more at Our Daily Planet


With Justice Barrett, a Tectonic Court Shift on the Environment 10-26-20

The accession of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court will cement a conservative majority that is likely to give polluting industries freer rein, limit the ability of citizens to sue, and call into question the very basis of the EPA to issue and enforce regulations. Read more at Yale Environment 360


Farmers Have Long Memories: Trump’s Climate Record Could Hurt Him in Iowa 10-24-20

Keith Puntenney never gave his permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cut through his Iowa farmland. Read more at Capital and Main


Biden schools Trump on environmental justice during debate 10-23-20

There was a first in the second and final presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle: NBC News White House correspondent and Thursday’s moderator Kristen Welker asked a question about environmental justice. Read more at Grist


Dear Gen Z, to protect your right to protest, you must exercise your right to vote 10-23-20

If people don’t vote, they’ll be playing right into the hands of the fossil fuel industry. Read more at Grist


Sen. Merkley Introduces Bills to Stop Banks From Funding Fossil Fuels 10-22-20

“We need to hit the ground running undoing the damage of the Trump administration” -Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) Read more at EcoWatch


Not up for debate: It’s time to ask Trump and Biden some serious questions on climate. 10-22-20

After a total shutout of the topic of climate change throughout the 2016 presidential and vice-presidential debates, moderator Chris Wallace asked President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden for their positions on the issue in their first tilt last month. Read more at Grist 


How Should the Media Talk About Climate Change? 10-17-20

It is now October of 2020, the homestretch or—God help us—the halfway point of the Donald Trump years. Read more at The New Yorker


Kamala Harris makes Amy Coney Barrett’s climate views a campaign issue 10-15-20

Questions about how the Supreme Court would rule on climate cases are now officially a campaign issue. Read more at The Washington Post


Feeling the Heat 10-14-20

“We should be a little nervous,” U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California said to a room full of his fellow conservatives at a political conference in Georgia last October. Read more at Grist 


Why voting rights are climate rights: Two experts talk GOTV 10-12-20

The jury is in: Most Americans agree that climate change is a problem and would like to see the government do more to reduce carbon and protect our air and water. Read more at Grist 


Indigenous Peoples’ Day 10-12-20

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an important reminder that we cannot hope to preserve nature and fight climate change without the inclusion of native people. Read more at Our Daily Planet


How Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Might Hinder Climate Action 10-08-20

Environmental law likely won’t get the same attention as abortion or health care at next week’s Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Read more at National Public Radio 


Kamala Harris and the Push to Cut Hospital Bills in California 10-06-20

She took on the drug and hospital industry as California attorney general, seeking consumer relief from anti-competitive pricing. Read more at The New York Times


Biden Makes Campaign History With Climate Ad 10-06-20

Past Democratic presidential nominees have certainly acknowledged the threat of climate change in their campaigns, though the issue has never been one to run on in and of itself. Read more at Our Daily Planet


Worry Wards 10-05-20

Climate change could tip the scales in these 6 toss-up House races. Read more at Grist


Black voters could swing the election for the environment 10-03-20

It’s not only been a summer season (now autumn) of a deadly pandemic, toxic politics, and social unrest, but the nation has also been rocked by a nonstop series of environmental calamities triggered by the human-pressed climate crisis. Read more at Grist 


Live on K Street and work for an oil company? Team Biden doesn’t want you. 10-02-20

If Joe Biden wins the White House in November, the former vice president has pledged that his advisers won’t be taking orders from the fossil fuel industry. Read more at Grist


Oil search in Atlantic on hold as Trump administration permits expire 10-01-20

A major court battle over the Trump administration’s plan to use deafening blasts to search for oil under the sea is ending with a whimper. Read more at The Washington Post


Four Environmental Fights on the 2020 Ballot 09-30-20

Maybe we can blame COVID-19 for making it hard to hit the streets and gather signatures to get initiatives on state ballots. Read more at EcoWatch 


Trump was forced to talk about climate at the first presidential debate 09-29-20

“I’d like to talk about climate change,” Chris Wallace said in the last 10 minutes of the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday. Read more at Grist


How long has it been since debate moderators asked about climate change? 09-29-20

The year was 2008. The first Iron Man movie was in theaters, California had just become the second state to legalize same-sex marriage, and — oh yeah — presidential debate moderators asked candidates two questions about climate change. Read more at Grist


Kentucky’s climate is changing. Will its politics? 09-25-20

April 15. That’s the traditional frost-free date in Schochoh, the small community in south-central Kentucky, where Sam Halcomb and his family own and operate Walnut Grove Farms. Read more at Grist


Want the Youth Vote? Prioritize Climate Change 09-23-20

In the speech she gave at the People’s Climate March in Washington in 2017, Jansikwe Medina-Tayac, then 15, told a crowd of thousands, “This [climate change] is not just an environmental issue. This is a race issue, this is an immigration issue, this is a feminist issue.” Read more at EcoWatch


Ginsburg left a long environmental legacy 09-19-20

Ginsburg was also a reliable vote over the decades in favor of environmental protections. Read more at Politico


Senate 2020: In Kansas, a Democratic Climate Hawk Closes in on a Republican Climate Skeptic 09-16-20

State Sen. Barbara Bollier says climate change is an urgent threat. U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, close to Trump, questions whether it’s even real. Read more at Inside Climate News


Conn. Sues ExxonMobil, Claims Company Deceived Public on Climate Change 09-14-20

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong Monday announced a lawsuit filed against ExxonMobil alleging the oil giant has known for decades that burning fossil fuels contributes to climate change, but that the company deceived the public about the connection. Read more at NBC Connecticut


The Energy 202: Top green group aims record $100 million at defeating Trump and Republicans 09-10-20

To defeat President Trump, a big-spending green group is planning to drop more money than ever on the 2020 election. Read more at The Washington Post


Who’s advising Joe Biden on climate? His former rivals. 09-03-20

Over the past several months, Joe Biden has assumed the herculean task of bringing the progressive left under his banner while maintaining the support of the more moderate liberals who form his base. Read more at Grist


145 Progressive Groups Urge Biden to Shun Fossil Fuel Execs and Lobbyists 09-01-20

A diverse coalition of nearly 150 progressive advocacy groups is demanding that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ban fossil fuel executives and lobbyists from his 2020 campaign. Read more at EcoWatch


A Climate Change Skeptic, Mike Pence Brought to the Vice Presidency Deep Ties to the Koch Brothers 08-31-20

Pence’s record on climate is built on ironclad support for oil, gas and coal, and an abiding antipathy for the ‘job-killing’ Paris climate accord. Read more at EcoWatch


Democrats’ climate plan takes aim at the fossil fuel industry’s political power 08-24-20

Senate Democrats are set to release a 200-page plan arguing that significant U.S. climate action will require stripping the fossil fuel industry of its influence over the government and the public’s understanding of the crisis. Read more at Grist


“The Proof Is In The Pudding.” Coal Country Responds To Democrats’ Clean Energy Transition 08-21-20

Democrats made their pitch to the American people during a largely virtual Democratic National Convention and addressing climate change emerged as a central tenet of the party’s plan. Read more at Ohio Valley Resource


New Trump Rule Could Create ‘Bomb Trains,’ Environmentalists Say 08-20-20

The administration has a ‘wildly unsafe’ plan to transport liquified natural gas on railroads, with tanks carrying enough explosive power to level a city, according to a new lawsuit. Read more at Rolling Stone 


Lujan Grisham touts clean energy jobs in convention speech 08-19-20

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham took center stage Wednesday at the top of a lineup of party heavy hitters on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, stressing the need to invest in clean energy jobs. Read more at The Santa Fe New Mexican


Trump Eliminates Major Methane Rule, Even as Leaks Are Worsening 08-13-20

The weakening of Obama-era efforts to fight climate change amounts to a gift to many oil companies. Researchers warn that the decision ignores science. Read more at The New York Times 


On Climate, Kamala Harris Has a Record and Profile for Action 08-12-20

As Joe Biden’s running mate, the California senator will draw in the activist community that Biden hopes to have behind his candidacy. Read more at Inside Climate News


The Environmental Legacy of Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s Newly-Announced Running Mate 08-12-20

Former Vice President Joe Biden made a historic announcement Tuesday when he named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 presidential election. Read more at EcoWatch


Memo: Battleground Senate Voters Support Bold Climate Action 08-06-20

Voters in the key senate battleground states of Arizona, Iowa, Maine, and North Carolina support a broad range of climate policies and are more likely to support candidates that pledge bold climate action Read more at Data for Progress


Democratic Bill Banning Toxic Pesticides Applauded as ‘Much-Needed’ Step to Protect Kids and Planet 08-05-20

Democrats in the House and Senate on Tuesday introduced sweeping legislation that would ban some of the most toxic pesticides currently in use in the U.S. Read more at EcoWatch


Why Biden’s car plan might not be a ‘clunker’ 08-04-20

Former Vice President Joe Biden wants millions of Americans to trade in their older, polluting cars for shiny new electric vehicles. Read more at E & E News


Inside the rise of the green super PACs 07-29-20

Conservative outside groups spent nearly a year airing ads in Michigan attacking Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and boosting his main Republican rival, John James. Read more at E & E News


EPA Watchdog to Investigate Trump’s Tailpipe Emissions Rollback 07-28-20

The inspector general for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will look into one of the Trump administration’s hallmark environmental rollbacks: the weakening of Obama-era emissions standards. Read more at Ecowatch 


The curse of ‘both-sidesism’: How climate denial skewed media coverage for 30 years 07-28-20

Ever wonder why Americans have been so slow to support climate action? A new study lays some of the blame on media bias —for 30 years, three of the country’s most influential sources of news gave too much credence to arguments that the world shouldn’t take decisive action to mitigate climate change. Read more at Grist


House passes major conservation package with bipartisan support 07-23-20

A major piece of land conservation legislation is making its way to President Trump’s desk after overwhelmingly passing the House late Wednesday. Read more at The Washington Post


Political, Not Partisan: Covering the 2020 Elections as a Climate Story 07-17-20

Every presidential election is critical in its way. Even so, 2020 manages to feel unique. With a deadly virus stalking the land and crashing the economy and political polarization so high that the truth itself is often in question, this November will certainly mark a turning point in American history. Read more at EcoWatch


Court strikes down Trump administration’s methane rollback 07-16-20

A federal court late Wednesday struck down a Trump administration rule that weakened restrictions on methane gas releases from drilling on public land, restoring an Obama-era rule. Read more at The Hill 


The BREATHE Act would defund police — and fund environmental justice 07-10-20

As the U.S. enters another month of sustained protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality, organizers are working to turn the protests’ energy into legislative action. Read more at Grist


The House Select Committee’s “Blueprint” for Solving the Climate Crisis 07-10-20

Historically, the ocean has been overlooked in the climate debate. That makes no sense. Read more at Our Daily Planet


Biden consolidates support from mainstream environmentalists with new endorsement 06-25-20

Joe Biden further consolidated the support of mainstream environmentalists by scoring the endorsement of a major green group on Wednesday. Read more at The Washington Post


The Energy 202: Senate passes big conservation bill to spend billions on national parks and other public lands 06-18-20

Backers of the bill, called the Great American Outdoors Act, hailed it as one of the most significant pieces of conservation legislation in decades. Read more at The Washington Post


Big Money Bought the Forests. Small Logging Communities Are Paying the Price 06-11-20

Its surrounding forests are still being logged. But Falls City isn’t seeing the profits. Read more at ProPublica


Trump trashes 50-year-old environmental law, blames coronavirus 06-10-20

With the nation’s eyes on ongoing protests for racial justice (not to mention a seemingly endless public health crisis), last week President Trump signed an executive order that would waive key requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Read more at Grist


A Powerful Petrochemical Lobbying Group Advanced Anti-Protest Legislation in the Midst of the Pandemic 06-07-20

Analysis by Yale and Columbia universities shows US lagging far behind other industrialized countries in a range of categories. Read more at The Intercept


US ranks 24th in the world on environmental performance 06-04-20

Analysis by Yale and Columbia universities shows US lagging far behind other industrialized countries in a range of categories Read more at The Guardian


At last, a climate policy platform that can unite the left 05-27-20

The factions of the Democratic coalition have come into alignment on climate change. Read more at Vox


The Most Anti-Nature President in U.S. History 05-21-20

President Donald Trump has thrown in reverse the United States’ proud, bipartisan record of nature conservation. Read more at American Progress


Big Oil Taking $1.9 Billion in CARES Act Tax Breaks 05-17-20

A federal judge upheld his April 15 ruling Monday, tossing a key permit required by the Keystone XL and other pipeline projects to cross streams and wetlands. Read more at EcoWatch


House Democrats don’t touch oil and gas company aid in new coronavirus bill 05-13-20

House Democrats unveiled a huge, new coronavirus relief package that would inject more than $3 trillion into state and local governments, health systems and other parts of the economy rocked by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more at The Washington Post


Federal Judge: Pipelines Must Not Cross Streams Without Considering Endangered Species 05-12-20

A federal judge upheld his April 15 ruling Monday, tossing a key permit required by the Keystone XL and other pipeline projects to cross streams and wetlands. Read more at EcoWatch


Plastic recycling is broken. So why does Big Plastic want $1 billion to fix it? 05-11-20

As the coronavirus pandemic cripples the U.S. economy, corporate giants are turning to Congress for help. Polluting industries have been among the first in line: Congress has already bailed out airlines, and coal companies have snagged over $30 million in federal small-business loans. Read more at Grist


The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List. 05-06-20

After three years in office, the Trump administration has dismantled most of the major climate and environmental policies the president promised to undo. Read more at The New York Times


GOP lawmakers target banks’ refusal to fund fossil fuel projects 05-05-20

“You think this is a cost-free action? Let’s see about that,” Alaska’s Dan Sullivan said in an interview. Read more at Politico


‘A big deal’: Keystone XL ruling could threaten other pipelines 04-22-20

A sweeping court ruling last week that halted construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through waterways set off alarm bells for some energy industry analysts. Read more at E&E News


How Earth Day gave birth to environmental movement 04-22-20

Denis Hayes, one of the event’s founders, recalls the first and how its influence spread. Read more at Environmental Health News


How did you first become interested in environmentalism? 04-22-20

When I grew up, in a [Washington state] paper-mill community, there was no form of pollution control on the smokestacks. The stench from sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide was pervasive. Read more at Environmental Health News 


The Energy 202: Biden says he’s open to ‘expanding’ his climate plan to win over young voters 04-20-20

Joe Biden, who picked up an endorsement from a big-spending green group this morning, says he will expand his climate plan as part of an effort win over young voters who see rising global temperatures as a generational crisis. Read more at The Washington Post 


How will Earth Day celebrate its 50th birthday? Not as planned. 04-19-20

Picture the biggest protest you’ve ever seen. Crowds stretch on for miles between downtown skyscrapers on streets normally bustling with cars. From a birds-eye view, the moving bodies form a glittering mosaic. Zoom in, and the mass of chanting people brims with bright signs and unmistakable enthusiasm. Read more at Grist


Republicans Are Planning to Use Coronavirus to Gut Renewable Energy 04-13-20

Conservative groups aligned with the oil industry hope to block any aid for the solar and wind industries, which have been decimated by the pandemic. Read more at Vice


U.S. to Announce Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules, a Key Effort to Fight Climate Change 03-30-20

The Trump administration is expected on Tuesday to announce its final rule to rollback Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards, relaxing efforts to limit climate-warming tailpipe pollution and virtually undoing the government’s biggest effort to combat climate change. Read more at The New York Times


DOI Is Using Coronavirus as a Smoke Screen 03-26-20

With the public distracted, Secretary Bernhardt is advancing environmental harm Read more at Outside


How Washington allows clear-cut logging in cities that don’t want it 03-19-20

When the community of Newcastle protected a critical salmon watershed, they didn’t know state regulations would undermine them decades later. Read more at Crosscut


EPA Is Hiding Information About New Chemicals: Green Groups Sue to Stop the Secrecy 03-18-20

When Congress updated the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 2016 for the first time in 40 years, public health and environmental advocates hoped it would be a game-changer for protecting Americans from dangerous chemicals, enabling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finally ban harmful substances like asbestos. Read more at EcoWatch


Judge Rules Against Trump’s Attempt to Log in America’s Largest National Forest 03-13-20

A federal judge in Alaska ruled late Wednesday against a Trump administration plan to open 1.8 million acres of America’s largest national forest to logging. Read more at EcoWatch


Holding the Bill 03-04-20

Insurance companies and lenders are responding to climate change — by shifting risk to taxpayers. Read more at Grist


The Energy 202: How a powerful lobbying group got stricter energy efficiency codes out of a big Senate energy bill 03-04-20

Making new homes and businesses more energy efficient has long been recognized as a key way of curbing climate change. Read more at The Washington Post


Trump’s environmental rollbacks are deeply unpopular with swing voters 02-26-20

It may be hard to tell, but in between jabs at climate science, federal science agencies, and stalwart environmental regulations, President Trump has been trying to position himself as an environmentalist. Read more at Grist


Op-ed: Trump’s polluted policies leave children in bad air 02-27-20

Children get a vicious message from President Trump in his proposed budget cuts for 2021 Read more at Environmental Health News


How Republican Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan teamed with a climate-crusading Democrat to pass an ocean cleanup bill 02-23-20

An unlikely friendship between a climate change champion from the East Coast and Alaska’s junior U.S. senator paved the way for a bipartisan effort. Read more at Anchorage Daily News


This Is Why the GOP Can’t Have Nice Climate Plans 02-14-20

Some Republicans want to respond to moderates’ concerns about global warming. Others are appalled by any concessions at all. Read more at The New Republic


Makers of plastic products tell Democrats to back off 02-12-20

Democrats’ wide-ranging anti-plastics bill garnered a severe reaction from the plastic industry after Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California introduced the legislation yesterday. Read more at E & E News


A federal appeals court judge’s remarkable speech is the latest surprise in NC’s hog nuisance lawsuits 02-03-20

Over the last two years, juries at the federal district court level have awarded 34 eastern North Carolina plaintiffs $97.9 million in compensatory and punitive damages for nuisance claims. Read more at NC Policy Watch


EPA’s new water rule is a mockery of science and the Clean Water Act 01-27-20

If the Trump administration’s own scientific advisory board, a host of biological societies, and scores of former government agency officials are disappointed, the rest of America should be fearful and angry. Read more at Environmental Health News


‘This Will Be the Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the Country Has Ever Seen’: Trump Finalizes Clean Water Rule Replacement 01-23-20

Today, the Trump administration will finalize its replacement for the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in a move that will strip protections from more than half of the nation’s wetlands and allow landowners to dump pesticides into waterways, or build over wetlands, for the first time in decades. Read more at EcoWatch


Republicans’ Climate Change Plan Is Big Oil’s Climate Change Plan 01-21-20

Three GOP legislators have proposed a set of policies that look mighty familiar. Read more at The New Republic


Energy Companies Have a Great Friend At Trump’s Interior Department: Their Former Lobbyist 01-16-20

They’ve spent $30 million lobbying the government since Trump arrived. Read more at Mother Jones


New emails show the Justice Department is helping Big Oil fight climate lawsuits 01-14-20

Three years ago, a first-of-its-kind legal case argued that fossil fuel companies were liable for climate change — and should pay up to help cities adapt. Read more at Grist