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50+ Mayors Vow to ‘Vigorously Resist’ ...

Attorneys general and mayors from more than 25 states have banded together to oppose the easing of auto efficiency standards proposed by Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “All Americans—not only the residents of the states, cities and counties signing this manifesto—deserve to enjoy fuel-efficient, low-emission cars and light trucks that save money on...

Stronger fuel standards make sense, even when gas ...

It’s official: The Trump administration is reversing steps its predecessor had taken to curb gasoline and diesel consumption through stricter car pollution and fuel economy standards. Rather than heed growing concerns about climate change, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has formally moved to nix the Obama administration’s carefully written rules. In 2012, the EPA set standards that aimed to halve the global warming pollution...

Methane whiplash: Enviros prep appeal as court ice...

On-again, off-again Obama-era standards for methane emissions on public lands are off, again. A federal court in Wyoming yesterday halted core parts of the Bureau of Land Management’s methane venting and flaring rule, which had been fully revived by a different court six weeks ago. “Obviously we are disappointed, and we think the ruling just simply disregards fundamental legal principles,” Earthjustice...

Toward a New Ohio – Questions Every Candidat...

In fall 2018, Ohioans will elect a new governor. For only the second time in the past 16 years, an incumbent governor will not be on the ballot. The new governor and the voters who elect her or him will need to grapple with challenges to Ohio’s future, many of which are rooted in the state’s past. This three-article series aims to help inform the gubernatorial candidates and Ohio voters on important policy choices and...

EXCLUSIVE: Newly uncovered video shows Mobil CEO a...

As oil companies face numerous climate lawsuits, archival footage contains “significant” statement, experts say. Exclusive new footage of an internal Mobil Oil meeting with employees, obtained by ThinkProgress, shows then chief executive, Lucio Noto, discussing the impact of Mobil’s product on climate change a full two decades ago. This admission occurred as the company worked externally to marginalize climate...

Trump Wants to Eliminate NASA’s Climate Research P...

   Trump Wants to Eliminate NASA’s Climate Research Programs: These Pictures Show What a Loss That Would Be  www.ecowatch.com 11 mins read By Jeremy Deaton President Trump‘s proposed 2019 budget would slash funding for NASA’s Earth Science Division, and while his budget hasn’t gained traction in Congress, it is an important statement of the administration’s priorities. In a nod to his allies in...

EPA Once Planned to Ban a Deadly Paint-Stripping C...

It might be surprising to learn that simply removing paint could be fatal, but the key ingredient in many paint-stripping products has felled dozens of people engaged in this run-of-the-mill task. In the waning days of the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to largely ban paint strippers containing the chemical methylene chloride so they would no longer sit on store shelves, widely...

Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Rule Change That...

Seven environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Ohio Citizen Action, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday, The Hill reported. The lawsuit seeks to reverse the agency’s January decision to repeal the “once-in always-in” policy, which said that all “major” sources of air pollution, like power...

IEEFA Update: An Effort in Congress to Bail Out th...

A Bill to Ostensibly Enhance National Energy Security but Would Benefit Only a Select Few Having failed to obtain bailouts for failing coal plants and mines by way of policy actions from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the coal industry has now turned to its friends in Congress. Rep. Larry Bucshon, a Republican from Indiana, is promoting House Bill HR 5270, the Electricity...

Lawmakers Pass Spending Bill With Funds for Clean ...

The industry breathes a collective sigh of relief as lawmakers clarify the budget for a handful of programs. Legislation outlined the Department of Energy’s $34.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2018. UPDATE: On Friday after threatening to veto the bill, which would have caused a government shutdown, President Trump signed the bill. “There are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill,” he...

Here’s What the EPA’s Website Looks Li...

Throughout the Trump administration’s first year in office, the Environmental Protection Agency has been quietly scrubbing mentions of climate change and tweaking related language on its website – an effort critics have decried as scientific censorship. The EPA is far from the only federal agency to get a Trump-era work over. But monitoring organizations say it has suffered the most extensive revisions over the past year....

Trump wildlife protection board defends trophy hun...

A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump’s family WASHINGTON (AP) — A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy...

Trump EPA Sued Over Refusal to Release Heartland I...

Two environmental groups filed suit Thursday to force the Environmental Protection Agency to disclose its correspondence with the Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank that has led a years-long campaign to discredit climate science. The complaint by the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) suggests that contact between the EPA and Heartland has been far more extensive than...

Mike Pompeo, Climate Policy Foe, Picked to Replace...

Mike Pompeo’s past statements indicate a far more recalcitrant stance on climate change than that of former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, who Pompeo has been nominated to replace as U.S. secretary of state. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images With Rex Tillerson’s firing, President Donald Trump’s new choice for Secretary of State—Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman currently serving as director of the...

Fracking’s Freshwater Supply and Demand in Eastern...

 Water is the key ingredient in the hydraulic fracturing process, and its usage – in total and per well – is increasing at an exponential rate. Below, FracTracker takes a look at water withdrawal and use for fracking across 23 Eastern Ohio counties between 2010 and 2016. Mapping Hydraulic Fracturing Freshwater Supply and Demand in Ohio Below is a map of annual and cumulative water withdrawal volumes by the hydraulic...