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Trump Takes Biggest Swing Yet at Obama Climate Legacy

March 28, 2017 - 6:27am
Politico

In an executive order on Tuesday, President Donald Trump will direct the federal government to begin dismantling his predecessor's most significant climate change policies, with a sweeping directive telling agencies to stop trying to reduce the carbon pollution of electric utilities, oil and gas drillers and coal miners.

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Trump May Be Offering Coal Leases That No One Wants

March 28, 2017 - 6:00am
Bloomberg

President Donald Trump is expected to lift a moratorium on federal coal-mining leases as part of an executive order on Tuesday. But the industry won't be looking to secure new reserves of the fossil fuel on federal land for years, as mining slows amid the sector's worst downturn in generations.

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Dakota Access: Oil in Pipeline Under Missouri River Reservoir

March 28, 2017 - 5:30am
AP

"Oil has been placed in the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath Lake Oahe. Dakota Access is currently commissioning the full pipeline and is preparing to place the pipeline into service," the pipeline's owner said in a filing. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes still have an unresolved lawsuit that seeks to stop the project.

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Maryland Senate Gives Final Approval to Fracking Ban

March 28, 2017 - 5:20am
Washington Post

A Maryland bill that bans fracking cleared its final hurdle Monday night when the Senate approved the measure with a 35-to-10 vote. The legislation now heads to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has vowed to sign it.

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Drought and War Heighten Threat of Not Just 1 Famine, but 4

March 28, 2017 - 5:15am
New York Times

For the first time in recent years, there is a real possibility of four famines—in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen—breaking out at once, endangering 20 million lives. Climate change has increased the frequency of droughts behind the crisis.

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Environment Canada Report Says Nation on Pace to Miss Emissions Target

March 28, 2017 - 4:00am
Toronto Star

Environment Canada, a federal agency, is projecting that the country is on pace to miss its reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, pumping out at least 30 percent more than promised that year.

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Trump Said to Issue Far-Reaching Reversal of Obama Climate Push

March 27, 2017 - 5:10am
Bloomberg

President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping executive order on Tuesday aimed at unleashing domestic fossil fuels by reversing much of President Barack Obama's climate change efforts. The order will force federal agencies to identify any actions that could burden oil, gas, coal and nuclear power, and then work to suspend, revise or rescind many of these policies. It also will toss out directives that advise agencies to factor climate change into environmental reviews as well as use the "social cost of carbon" calculation.

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Trump to Sign Executive Order Undoing Obama's Clean Power Plan

March 27, 2017 - 5:00am
Guardian

As part of President Donald Trump's executive order on Tuesday, he will state his intention to unravel the Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama's single most important initiative to rein in global warming gases, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Sunday. "This is about making sure that we have a pro-growth and pro-environment approach," said Scott Pruitt. He also called the Paris climate agreement a "bad deal" and said fuel economy standards were "counter-helpful to the environment."

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California Approves Vehicle Pollution Rules in Rebuke to Trump

March 27, 2017 - 4:55am
Reuters

The California Air Resources Board, in a unanimous vote on Friday, approved standards that the White House said still need review, setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators. The board finalized 2022-2025 vehicle pollution rules for the state, set a mandate for zero-emission sales over the same time period, and ordered its staff to start work on targets for after 2025. About a dozen states follow California's car regulations in full or part.

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Icahn Raises Ethics Flags With Dual Roles as Investor and Trump Adviser

March 27, 2017 - 4:50am
New York Times

Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and Trump adviser, has been working behind the scenes to revamp an Environmental Protection Agency rule that governs the way corn ethanol is mixed into gasoline. As majority investor in oil refiner CVR Energy, the regulatory fix would have saved him more than $200 million last year.

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Lamar Smith, Unbound, Lays Out Political Strategy at Climate Doubters' Conference

March 27, 2017 - 4:45am
Science

Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, chairman of the House science committee, acknowledged that the committee is now a tool to advance his political agenda rather than a forum to examine important issues facing the U.S. research community. "Next week we're going to have a hearing on our favorite subject of climate change and also on the scientific method, which has been repeatedly ignored by the so-called self-professed climate scientists," Smith told the Heartland Institute's conference on climate change.

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Keystone XL Approval Spells Headache for Canada's Trudeau

March 27, 2017 - 4:45am
AFP

Prime Minister Justice Trudeau has sought to strike a balance between supporting Canada's oil and gas sector and slashing greenhouse gas emissions. "I think they would have been happy to let Keystone die because of the U.S. and not have to pay the political costs for its approval," said Matthew Hoffmann, co-director of the Munk School's Environmental Governance Lab.

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Climate Change May Be Intensifying China’s Smog Crisis

March 27, 2017 - 4:30am
New York Times

Several recent studies have shown that changing weather patterns linked to the rise in global temperatures have resulted in a dearth of wind across northern China. That has exacerbated a wave of severe pollution in the country's most populous cities that has been blamed for millions of premature deaths.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Foes Rev Up Fight Again After Trump's Rubber Stamp

March 24, 2017 - 11:40am
InsideClimate News

The White House's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline Friday opens a fierce, new battle over a project that has become a front in the fight against climate change.

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Maine Lawmaker Seeks Discrimination Protection for Climate Change Deniers

March 24, 2017 - 11:20am
Guardian

Maine state Rep. Larry Lockman recently introduced a bill that would limit the state attorney general's ability to probe or prosecute people based on their political speech, including their beliefs about climate change, the Guardian reports.

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Major TV Networks Spent a Combined 50 Minutes on Climate Change in 2016

March 24, 2017 - 11:05am
Grist

A new study from Media Matters reveals evening and Sunday news programs airing on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox spent less than an hour combined covering climate change last year, Grist reports. That represents a striking 66 percent drop in coverage from 2015.

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Peabody's Bankruptcy Exit Will Leave a Cleanup Bill

March 24, 2017 - 10:54am
Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd)

Peabody Energy Corp.'s debt-cutting plan, approved last week by a federal judge, will leave taxpayers facing a big bill for cleaning up nearly two dozen hazardous mining sites across the United States, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Kenyan Met Office Predicts Rains to Fail Sparking Crisis Worse Than 2011

March 24, 2017 - 10:50am
Climate Home

The Kenyan Meteorological Department warned this week that a recent drought "is going to worsen going forward," predicting depressed rainfall during the next three months, Climate Home reports.

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Without Naming Trump, UN Acknowledges Retreat on Climate

March 23, 2017 - 7:43pm
Bloomberg

The United Nations is acknowledging that some countries may be retreating in the effort to fight climate change, recognizing an emerging fissure in the landmark Paris Agreement as U.S. President Donald Trump moves forward with plans to gut environmental programs, Bloomberg reports.

"Even if some national governments backtrack in commitments, the combined impacts of sub-national authorities, businesses and civil society will create an unstoppable momentum," Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the meeting in New York on climate change and sustainable development.

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Judge Orders Exxon to Turn Over Tillerson's 'Wayne Tracker' Climate Emails

March 23, 2017 - 7:36pm
InsideClimate News

Exxon officials have been ordered by a New York judge to explain how the company overlooked a shadow email account used by its former chief executive Rex Tillerson while the company was under subpoena by the New York attorney general's office.

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