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The First 100 Days of Energy Policy in the Trump A...

“President Trump will become the first president to achieve American energy independence.” In late May, Donald Trump (with policy input from fracking billionaire Harold Hamm) laid out his 100-day energy action plan: “Rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the United States rule.” “We’re going to save the coal industry, we’re...

GOP platform, which calls coal ‘clean’, would reve...

The Republican Party platform adopted Monday night would bring a total about-face on U.S. energy and climate policy, declaring that the priority placed on combating climate change under President Obama “the triumph of extremism over common sense, and Congress must stop it.” The GOP platform calls coal “clean,” pledges to reverse a Supreme Court ruling on the scope of the Clean Air Act, seeks to open vast amounts of...

Insurers, banks, and pension funds could all be hu...

Is climate change bad for business? According to the Global Risk Institute (GRI), a nonprofit based in Toronto, it may be. In a new report, GRI warned that global warming could present significant risks for financial institutions. “Given the financial service industry’s heavily integrated role in society, it is particularly susceptible to the risks associated with climate change,” GRI wrote in its report. “It must...

Even States That Oppose U.S. Pollution Controls Ar...

Matt Mead, the governor of Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal-producing state, fiercely opposes President Obama’s climate change regulations, which could shutter hundreds of coal plants and deeply wound his state, one of 27 that are suing to block the plan. Mead, a Republican, has ordered his top environmental officials to prepare to comply with the president’s effort, known as the Clean Power Plan — to prepare for a...

Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges...

This issue guide was prepared for the National Issues Forums Institute in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation and the North American Association for Environmental Education. The Environment and Society Series is designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation, convened locally and online, about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities. All around is evidence that the climate is changing....

Fracking’s Total Environmental Impact Is Staggerin...

The body of evidence is growing that fracking is not only bad for the global climate, it is also dangerous for local communities. And affected communities are growing in number. A new report, released Thursday, details the sheer amount of water contamination, air pollution, climate impacts, and chemical use in fracking in the United States. “For the past decade, fracking has been a nightmare for our drinking water, our open...

Fiduciary Duty Rule Change to the Rescue: Should M...

Co-Authored by Perry Goldschein, a corporate sustainability consultant, and former environmental and regulatory lawyer, with 15 years of experience helping organizations create value through sustainability. It’s not often that fiduciary duty makes the news. But when the Department of Labor (DOL) — which oversees pensions and retirement accounts — recently announced rules that will require financial advisors to act in...

Scientists say Lake Erie’s annual algae bloo...

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — After a monster toxic algae bloom blanketed Lake Erie last year, scientists are forecasting a more moderate bloom this summer. But while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual prediction calls for a smaller bloom this year, some scientists and environmental advocacy groups say it does not mean the problem behind the toxic mess has been solved. “We do expect there to be a...