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It’s the time of year that Congress passes funding bills for agencies and this year’s mashup of bills — known as a “minibus” because it only funds some parts of the government — is chock full of environmental provisions intended to reverse Trump rollbacks, take actions the Administration has blocked, and to prevent them from taking others.Politico reported that the provisions include things like blocking the Trump plan to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and curtailing hunting for bears and wolves on federal land in Alaska, providing funding international climate change efforts, and undoing numerous Trump Administration rules rolling back Obama Administration clean water and air pollution regulations.
“An amendment from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) that prohibits funds from being used for oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.”
“A measure from Don Beyer (D-Va.) to ensure the U.S. Park Police adopt body cameras.”
“One amendment from Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) that would stop funds from being used to reject any application for a grant on the basis of the terms “global warming” or “climate change” in the application.”
“An amendment from Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich) to block the Trump administration’s final rule revising the National Environmental Policy Act.”
“A measure from Rep. T.J. Cox (D-Calif.) to block EPA from increasing the compensation of non-career appointees employed in the Office of the Administrator under the Safe Drinking Water Act.”
“An amendment from Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) to prohibit EPA from taking any “backstop” action related to watershed implementation plans by Chesapeake Bay states.”
An amendment for implementation of PZP-humane fertility control to manage wild horse populations has already passed the House. A few proposals have enough bipartisan support that they are expected to pass, including, according to Politico:
An amendment from Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Dingell to require that EPA develop guidelines with limits as part of the EPA’s PFAS Action Plan
Another amendment from Hudson, Dingell and Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) to increase funding for EPA to study the relationship between PFAS exposure and susceptibility to Covid-19.
One to block a final rule allowing trophy hunting practices to kill hibernating bears and wolf pups on Alaska’s federal lands.
E&E News noted that there is a Democratic proposal to increase environmental justice funding at EPA by $2 million (is that all?) and one from Michigan’s Dan Kildee and Rashida Tlaib (both Dems) that would double the funding in the bill for replacing lead pipes to $1 billion, an issue that has hit low-income, minority communities the hardest. We understand from House staff that there is also $3B in funding for coastal resilience and restoration programs.
This week’s New York Times Magazine includes a fascinating read by Ferris Jabr (with incredible photos by Brendan George Ko) about the work of forest ecologist Suzanne Simard. Simard’s career began when studying for her Ph.D. she examined the fungal links between Douglas fir and paper birch in the forests of her childhood home in […]
The Trump administration has opened the Arctic National Wildlife refuge up for drilling and is rushing the permitting process for oil and gas companies. At the same time, Bank of America became the last major bank to say that it won’t provide project financing for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. So not even […]
by Miro Korenha, co-founder/publisher Our Daily Planet As ABC6 reported, yesterday, “declaring “America is back,” President-elect Joe Biden introduced selections for his national security team Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on foreign policy and national security experts from the Democratic establishment to be some […]
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