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Regan Rescues Science, Puts Protection Back on the Docket at EPA

Regan Rescues Science, Puts Protection Back on the Docket at EPA

The newly-confirmed EPA Administrator Michael Regan did a round of interviews yesterday with The NYT, Vox, The Washington Post, and even Rolling Stone.  He told The Times his immediate priorities are rebuilding agency morale, restoring the role of science — and scientists — in developing air and water rules, and ensuring environmental justice for communities […]

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A New Secretary and a New National Park click button

A New Secretary and a New National Park

Yesterday was historic as the Senate confirmed the first Native American Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland!  When she was nominated she tweeted, “A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior. Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce […]

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Granholm Bringing the Sparkle to Energy Department

Granholm Bringing the Sparkle to Energy Department

Since her confirmation in February, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm has hit the ground running on reviving the DOE into an agency that invests in the technology of the future, champions clean energy, and supports workers. It’s a bright vision of the future and a big departure from the fossil fuel-heavy policies of the past […]

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Interview of the Week: Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog on the Supreme Court and Environmental Law click button

Interview of the Week: Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog on the Supreme Court and Environmental Law

This week we continue our month-long series of interviews with women at the top of their game – Monica talked with long-time Friend of the Planet and fellow “blogger,” Amy Howe, one of the founders of the highly regarded SCOTUSblog.  We wanted to ask her about newly appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s first opinion, which […]

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Trump Team’s Losing Streak Continues — This Time in Court

Trump Team’s Losing Streak Continues — This Time in Court

Former President Trump may have thought the judicial branch would be his salvation, but federal courts have by and large ruled against his administration’s positions in litigation, sticking to the letter of the environmental and administrative law, Marianne Lavelle writes for Inside Climate News.  Lavelle argues (persuasively) that federal judges are helping the Biden administration […]

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USDOT Announces Pedestrian Safety Plan After 2020 Spikes in Pedestrian Deaths

USDOT Announces Pedestrian Safety Plan After 2020 Spikes in Pedestrian Deaths

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a new pedestrian safety plan that will focus on safer roadway designs, stricter speed limits, and improved infrastructure like traffic lights, street lights, and crosswalks. The plan comes after years of rising pedestrian deaths, and a particularly unexpected spike during 2020 coronavirus stay-at-home orders.  Experts hope that safer […]

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