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EPA Considers Allowing Bee-Killing Pesticide to Be...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will consider allowing the bee-killing pesticide thiamethoxam to be sprayed on the most widely grown crops in the U.S. The application, if approved, would allow the highly toxic pesticide to be sprayed directly on 165 million acres of wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, alfalfa, rice and potato. The proposal by the agrochemical giant Syngenta to dramatically escalate use of the...

700+ Employees Have Left the EPA Under Trump: Loss...

Hundreds of people have quit, retired or taken buyouts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ever since President Trump and his EPA head Scott Pruitt took office. That figure includes more than 200 scientists and 96 are environmental protection specialists that investigate important issues such as pollution levels, according to a new report from the New York Times and ProPublica. Others that have left include...

Trump Administration, Which Wants More Offshore Dr...

The Trump administration, which is trying to expand offshore oil drilling, has issued a stop-work order on an independent study aimed at making the process safer. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) ordered the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to halt its study on Dec. 7. “The National Academies are grateful to the committee members for...

New study reaches a stunning conclusion about the ...

Building new renewables is now cheaper than just running old coal and nuclear plants. In one of the fastest and most astonishing turnarounds in the history of energy, building and running new renewable energy is now cheaper than just running existing coal and nuclear plants in many areas. A widely-used yearly benchmarking study — the Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE) from the financial firm Lazard Ltd. — reached this...

Trump Administration Repeals Obama Rule Designed t...

The Trump administration is rescinding Obama-era rules designed to increase the safety of fracking. “We believe it imposes administrative burdens and compliance costs that are not justified,” the Interior Department‘s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wrote in a notice published Friday in the Federal Register. The 2015 rule required companies drilling for natural gas and oil on public lands to comply with federal...

Senate Democrats flag Trump top environment nomine...

 The Environment and Public Works Committee advanced Kathleen Hartnett White’s nomination along a party-line vote late last month. But she is strongly opposed by Democrats. (Scnreenshot) Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said Tuesday that it appears Kathleen Hartnett White, nominated for the top White House environmental post, plagiarized some answers to their written questions. In at least...

Go Green the Right Way – Complaints against ...

Complaints against rooftop solar companies have skyrocketed in recent years as more Americans have installed solar panels on their rooftops. The complaints, filed by angry customers, reveal how rooftop solar companies exploit consumers – especially low-income and elderly homeowners. Federal regulators have taken notice: The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether rooftop solar companies are playing by the...

One step forward, one step back for Ohio policy to...

Rooftop solar provides many benefits to the electric grid, like having no fuel costs and increasing electric grid resiliency – the ability to quickly recover from problems. So how can utilities recognize these benefits and reward people who install solar at their homes and businesses? A popular way is through net metering, which allows customers to send the electricity from their solar panels to the power grid and receive a...

Column: Green jobs are essential to Wisconsin̵...

Throughout 2017, Wisconsinites kept hearing an old argument: jobs versus the environment. We must choose, we are told, between a healthy environment and a strong economy. Nonsense. In fact, during this age of global warming, one of the best ways to build a robust economy is to protect the environment and promote clean energy. And ignoring the effects of climate change hurts our economy. In October, the nonpartisan Government...

Wind power blows past coal in Texas

Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last month to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy. When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it helped push the state’s wind power capacity even higher, to more 20,000 megawatts, surpassing 19,800 megawatts of...

Ex-XLThe Keystone XL pipeline has won approval in ...

That is no guarantee it will actually be built IN THE nine years since Keystone XL was first proposed it has become the most political of pipelines, pitting environmentalists, ranchers and Native Americans against oil companies, state officials and unionists. Barack Obama’s administration delayed its construction in 2011, then rejected it in November 2015. Shipping oil from Canada’s tar sands, which is one of the dirtiest...

Climate change is disappearing from government web...

Climate change is disappearing from government websites — and from research, too.  GUILLAUME SOUVANT/Getty Images The EPA’s climate change webpage was taken down for revisions in April to “reflect EPA’s priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt.” And 214 days later, the page — which explained the basics of climate science and how it affects us — is still down. Though an archived version...

One of the country’s biggest oil fields just turne...

The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield, Calif., is one of the largest in the country. It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced about 76,000 barrels a day, according to Aera Energy, its operator. But the oil field is about to become even more remarkable. Its future production operations will be partly powered by a massive solar energy project that will make the oil extraction process more...

In Michigan, study shows utility energy savings mo...

Michigan utilities spend tens of millions of dollars each year on rebates, energy audits and other programs to help customers cut their energy bills. Most of that spending isn’t helping the customers who could use the savings the most, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan. The study from the school’s Urban Energy Justice Lab found energy efficiency programs at Michigan’s two largest utilities...

Cell Phone Radiation Risks: California Issues Grou...

This week, California officially issued groundbreaking guidelines advising cell phone users to keep phones away from their bodies and limit use when reception is weak. State officials caution that studies link radiation from long-term cell phone use to an increased risk of brain cancer, lower sperm counts and other health problems, and note that children’s developing brains could be at greater risk. The state...