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Trump Shouldn’t Mess With The Clean Air Act, Ameri...

Nearly 4 in 10 Americans live in areas with dangerous levels of pollution, according to the ALA’s “State of the Air” report. WASHINGTON — A new report from the American Lung Association comes with a clear warning for the Trump administration and Congress: Continue America’s fight against pollution or jeopardize public health. On Wednesday, the ALA released its 18th annual “State of the Air” report, which found there’s been a...

Trump to Begin Reversing Obama-Era Cutbacks in Car...

The Trump administration will issue an executive order on Tuesday that begins dismantling a rule under former President Barack Obama that slashed carbon dioxide emissions and discouraged coal-fired electricity, U.S. environmental chief Scott Pruitt said. “The executive order is going to address the past administration’s effort to kill jobs across this country through the Clean Power Plan,” Pruitt said on ABC’s...

Economy grows as CO2 emissions drop, making mocker...

GDP growth decouples from carbon pollution, thanks to efficiency, natural gas, and renewables. The premise of President Donald Trump’s plan to kill the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon pollution standards is that restricting CO2 hurts the economy. But Trump’s oft-repeated claim that EPA standards kill jobs is bogus. “Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as...

Congress should make oil and gas companies pay for...

In his inaugural speech, President Trump vowed to pry the nation’s wealth and power away from Washington politicians and restore them to the American people. But this week the Senate is poised to vote on a bill – quietly passed by the House on Feb. 3 – to rob those same taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties owed by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on land that belongs to the public. The measure...

‘This … follows from the basic laws of physics’: S...

The controversy continues over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s statement Thursday questioning the most important scientific conclusion about climate change — namely, that it is driven by human beings. “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree...

The Trump administration really doesn’t want this ...

The Trump administration — and fossil fuel companies —are doing everything they can to stop a lawsuit against the federal government from going to trial. The Trump administration, joined by fossil fuel companies, is stepping up its fight against a historic federal climate lawsuit, seeking an appeal of a November decision that allowed the case to move forward to trial. The Trump administration also argued that an earlier...

Trump’s EPA Halts Request for Methane Inform...

One of Scott Pruitt’s first orders as administrator is to walk back from an effort to rein in climate-warming methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. In a strong signal of its retreat from climate change action, the Trump administration on Thursday halted an effort to gather data from the oil and gas industry that is needed to rein in leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. More than 15,000 owners and operators...

Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk of Dement...

 Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk of Dementia  Jiu-Chiuan Chen NOVA Next | Outdoor air pollution, in the form of tiny particles released from power plants and automobiles that seep into our lungs and blood, could nearly double the dementia risk in older women, according to our research. Of the leading causes of death in America, Alzheimer’s disease is the only one that we currently cannot prevent, cure or even stall....

China has abandoned 103 coal power plants. Here’s ...

In recent years, images of China often depict smog-filled cities and coal-fired power plants. It is true that a breakneck speed of development over more than three decades has led to a series of environmental challenges, with cities such as Beijing often subjected to pollution levels multiples higher than the recommended limit. Other environmental issues, including the effects of climate change, water pollution, high use of...

Study Links Childhood Leukemia With Living Near Oi...

With the rise of new technologies like fracking and horizontal drilling, oil and gas development in the U.S. has exploded over the last 15 years. As development expands, it’s also pushing ever closer into areas where people live. It’s been estimated that today more than 15 million Americans live within one mile of oil and gas development. The drilling process, of course, has the potential to emit toxic...

Scott Pruitt makes it clear that the Clean Power P...

Scott Pruitt makes it clear that the Clean Power Plan is going away In his first interview as EPA administrator, Pruitt says he wants to refocus the agency on a more narrow role. Natasha Geiling ThinkProgress | In his first interview as EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt made one thing very clear: the Clean Power Plan, the signature climate regulation of the Obama administration, is not long for this world. Pruitt told the Wall...

Air pollution may cause 21 percent of dementias wo...

Air pollution may cause about 21 percent of cases of dementia worldwide, including Alzheimer’s disease, if a study of older women can be extended to the general population. Women aged 65 to 79 are 81 percent more at risk for general cognitive decline and 92 percent more likely to develop dementia if they live where fine particle matter exceeds the U.S. Environmental Agency’s standards, according to the study, led by...

Illinois and the future of coal

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Anti-Environment Extremists Vote Against Clean Air...

Undoing limits on wasteful methane pollution would speed climate change, harm public health “It baffles the mind that anti-regulatory extremists in the House of Representatives voted to undo a win-win rule that protects public health and saves taxpayers money at the same time.” Jessica Ennis Senior Legislative Representative Washington, D.C. — Anti-environment extremists in the House of Representatives voted today [221-191]...

Trump Orders Massive Rollback of Environmental Pro...

Order Contains Dangerous, Illegal Requirement to Cut Two Rules for Every New One WASHINGTON— In a major effort to dismantle environmental protections, President Donald Trump today signed an executive order requiring all federal agencies to repeal two regulations before implementing a new rule. This unprecedented and illegal restriction would hamstring every federal agency’s efforts to implement laws and dramatically curtail...