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

June 19, 2018 - 10:55am
The New York Times

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."

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EPA Shifts Oversight of Coal Waste to a State for First Time

June 19, 2018 - 10:50am
Associated Press

The EPA approved Oklahoma's permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight and something the coal industry had sought. Environmental groups say state inaction has already contributed to widespread groundwater contamination.

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Line 3 Oil Pipeline Hearing Draws Crowd as Enbridge Offers New Concessions

June 19, 2018 - 10:35am
Minnesota Public Radio

Enbridge presented its final arguments to Minnesota regulators for a new Line 3 oil pipeline, arguing that it needs to build the new pipeline to ensure safety. The company offered a concession, saying it would put in place a guarantee to ensure cleanup money would be available in the event of a spill.

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Pruitt's EPA Rescinds Its Policy of Press Aide Reviewing Grants, Adds New Review System

June 19, 2018 - 10:20am
The Hill

Scott Pruitt's EPA has rescinded its policy that had a political appointee in the press office review grants before they could be approved. It replaced the policy with a system of regional administrators or assistant administrators, most of whom are also political appointees, reviewing the grants instead.

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California Lawmakers Debate Regional Grid Amid Questions About Impact on Renewables

June 19, 2018 - 9:50am
Associated Press

A contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other western states faces a crucial test today in a state Senate committee. Supporters say regionalizing the grid would make it easier and cheaper to deploy renewable energy across the western U.S., but critics worry it could jeopardize California's efforts to require the expansion of renewables.

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Purchases, Permits and Route Hearings Could Stall Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, Legal Experts Say

June 19, 2018 - 9:18am
Toronto Star

With over 1,000 permits unresolved, no determined basic route and as many as 25 hearings yet to be conducted, environmental law experts say completing Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could take years. Communities worry the federal government may bypass the process and impose a route. Read more from ICN on the government's purchase of the pipeline.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Cited for More Water Pollution Violations

June 19, 2018 - 9:12am
Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia has cited the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline project four times now for breaking water pollution rules. Last month, Rover Pipeline, another natural gas pipeline, agreed to pay the state $430,000 for water pollution violations, according to a consent order. 

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Tensions Rise in India as Water Supply Runs Dangerously Low

June 19, 2018 - 9:10am
The New York Times

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.

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Coastal Real Estate Worth Billions at Risk of Chronic Flooding as Sea Level Rises

June 18, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

U.S. property losses could run into the hundreds of billions of dollars unless rapid action is taken on climate change, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. More than 150,000 homes and businesses could face frequent high-tide flooding within 15 years, and that could double by 2045.

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We Were Warned: Global Warming Cooks Up a Different World

June 18, 2018 - 10:40am
Associated Press

Thirty years since James Hansen's groundbreaking testimony before Congress about the threat of climate change, Earth is noticeably hotter, the weather is more extreme, polar regions have lost billions of tons of ice, and sea levels have risen. 

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Top Federal Ethics Officer Considers ‘Corrective Action’ for Pruitt

June 18, 2018 - 10:35am
Politico

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.

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For Pruitt Aides, the Boss’s Personal Life Was Part of the Job

June 18, 2018 - 10:10am
The New York Times

EPA staff frequently felt pressured by Administrator Scott Pruitt to obtain special favors for his family, The New York Times reports. Staff say Pruitt indicated he expected staff members' assistance with matters outside the purview of government, including helping his daughter obtain a summer internship at the White House.

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Trump Picks Economic Winners, Guided by Nostalgia

June 18, 2018 - 9:40am
The New York Times

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.

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

June 18, 2018 - 9:32am
Bloomberg

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.

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China to Impose U.S. Coal Tariffs Weeks After Saying It Would Buy More

June 18, 2018 - 9:28am
Bloomberg

China is including coal among the products it would hit with tariffs in retaliation for the Trump administration's trade actions, just weeks after China said it would increase purchases of U.S. coal. The tariffs would strike at the heart of President Trump's campaign promise to revive the coal industry.

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Tar Sands Pipeline Trial to Begin in South Portland, Maine

June 18, 2018 - 9:24am
Portland Press Herald

A trial is set to start today in the Portland Pipe Line Corp.'s federal lawsuit challenging South Portland, Maine's 2014 ban on shipping crude oil from the city's waterfront, including controversial tar sands oil produced in western Canada. Read more from ICN on the David-and-Goliath battle underway.

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Enbridge Proposes Tunnel Under Great Lakes for Line 5 Pipeline

June 18, 2018 - 9:22am
Detroit Free Press

Enbridge has submitted alternative proposals for its troubled Line 5 oil pipeline through Michigan, and they include building a tunnel below the Straits of Mackinac. A tunnel would cost as much as $500 million. Read more from ICN about problems on the pipeline.

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Pruitt Plans to Initiate a Big Environmental Rollback of Clean Water Rules

June 15, 2018 - 10:58am
The New York Times

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to send President Trump a proposal today to dramatically scale back water pollution regulations. He also intends to publish his plan to gut vehicle emissions standards next week, an EPA official says. Read more from ICN on what weaker auto standards would mean.

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

June 15, 2018 - 10:50am
Reuters

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.

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Pollinators, but No Pollen: Spring Heat Left Europe's Plants, Insects Out of Sync

June 15, 2018 - 10:45am
InsideClimate News

Two months of unusually high spring temperatures in Europe have thrown pollinators and the plants that rely on them out of sync. It's giving scientists a chance to study in real time how climate change can affect these complex, critical interactions.

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