Previous Legal and Political News 2019

Maryland Department of the Environment and Delmarva Poultry Industry Partner for New Air Quality Project 05-12-19

For a variety of reasons, the meeting ultimately pitted growers against community members and environmentalists, a frustratingly consistent pattern on the Eastern Shore. Read more at Rachel Carson Council


Notes from a Remarkable Political Moment for Climate Change 05-01-19

On Wednesday, the British House of Commons, led by the Conservative Party, voted to declare that the planet was in a “climate emergency.” Read more at The New Yorker


The Energy 202: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doubling down on Green New Deal 04-18-19

Even after recent setbacks in Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is expanding her push for her Green New Deal. Read more at The Washington Post


Interior Nominee Intervened to Block Report on Endangered Species 03-26-19

After years of effort, scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Service had a moment of celebration as they wrapped up a comprehensive analysis of the threat that three widely used pesticides present to hundreds of endangered species, like the kit fox and the seaside sparrow. Read more at The New York Times


Can New York have a Green New Deal and a new fracked gas pipeline? 03-21-19

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment Dale Bryk faced a riled up crowd Wednesday night in New York City. Nearly two dozen local advocacy groups organized an accountability forum on the state’s own version of a Green New Deal, calling on the governor to get even tougher on fossil fuels. Read more at Grist 


US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling 03-20-19

In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered. Read more at The Guardian


Senate Votes to Overturn Trump’s Emergency Declaration to Fund Wildlife-Harming Border Wall 03-15-19

The U.S. Senate voted 59 to 41 Thursday to overturn President Donald Trump‘s emergency declaration to fund a border wall that would threaten 93 endangered species and devastate the environment and communities of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Read more at EcoWatch 


How America’s food giants swallowed the family farms 03-09-19

Across the midwest, the rise of factory farming is destroying rural communities. And the massive corporations behind this devastation are now eyeing a post-Brexit UK market. hollowed out. Read more at The Guardian


How Much Would Trump’s Climate Rule Rollbacks Worsen Health and Emissions? 03-06-19

Using government data, a new analysis adds up the harm to humans and the climate from scrapping 6 greenhouse gas rules involving cars, power plants and oil and gas. Read more at Inside Climate News


Facing Pushback, Markey Makes the Case for the Green New Deal 03-05-19

Senator Ed Markey has heard the criticism of the Green New Deal as overly broad and unrealistic. But in an e360 interview, Markey, who co-introduced the proposal in Congress, explains why he believes it will spark a much-needed debate about how to confront the climate crisis. Read more at Yale Environment 360


A look into Big Oil’s fight against electric cars 03-04-19

Last November, oil industry representatives huddled with conservative state lawmakers at a hotel a few blocks from the White House. Read more at E&E News


A bunch of representatives got Fs on their environment report cards 02-27-19

Every year since 1970, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) tallies how members of Congress vote on environment and public health-related legislation and has released a scorecard that shows where they stand on all things environment. Read more at Grist


Scientist who resisted censorship of climate report lost her job 02-17-19

For several years, climate change scientist Maria Caffrey led a trailblazing study outlining the risks of rising seas at national parks. After Friday, she’ll be out of a job. Read more at Grist


GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats 02-17-19

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) decision to put the Green New Deal resolution to a Senate vote will backfire. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has quickly pounced, urging the GOP leader to “bring it on.” Read more at The Hill


The Energy 202: The Senate just saved a popular park conservation fund 02-13-19

The Senate just passed the largest public lands bill in a decade on Tuesday, a rare bipartisan package that will impose more stringent federal protections for millions of acres and hundreds of miles of wild rivers across the country. Read more at The Washington Post


How the Trump Admin Pulled Back on Regulating Toxic Chemicals 02-10-19

The Trump administration has halted bans on toxic chemicals that are known to cause serious health threats. These moves, led by an ex-industry group executive now at the EPA, have allowed the continued use of products found to cause cancer, birth defects, and other ailments. Read more at Yale Environment 360


The Energy 202: Ocasio-Cortez, Markey unveil Green New Deal with backing of four presidential candidates 02-07-19

For months, the term Green New Deal has been bandied about by Democrats in Congress and on the campaign trail for president as their catchall phrase for a sweeping effort to halt runaway climate change. Read more at The Washington Post


What the New Green Deal Means for the Food on Your Plate 02-07-19

The long-awaited policy proposal from Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey has finally surfaced—and it aims to turn U.S. agriculture into a positive force for climate change and social justice. Read more at Civil Eats


The House Natural Resource Committee’s climate change hearing turned into a heated conversation about race 02-06-19

On Wednesday, while the rest of the nation was busy scrolling through Pelosi State of the Union golf clap memes, two major panels — the House Natural Resources Committee and a separate subcommittee on energy and commerce — met to discuss the impact of global warming on the nation as a whole. Read more at Grist


House Committees Hold Hearings on Climate Change for First Time in Years 02-05-19

Climate change is back in the House. Emboldened under a new Democratic majority, two main energy and environment committees are holding simultaneous hearings Wednesday to discuss rising global temperatures and averting climate catastrophe, Roll Call reported. Read more at EcoWatch


The Only National Park Site Reopening Amid Shutdown Is a in Trump Hotel 01-03-19

Although the government shutdown is expected to continue into next week at least, the tower is set to reopen by the end of this week, according to a report by E&E News. Read more at EcoWatch