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Last Friday, with no fanfare or boasting, the President signed a new Executive Order approving the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which had been held up in extended litigation over whether environmental reviews of the project were sufficient. The new order replaced a previous permit and executive order from early 2017 reversing the Obama Administration and green-lighting the controversial project.
Last November, a U.S. federal judge in Montana blocked construction of the pipeline because the “U.S. State Department environmental analysis ‘fell short of a ‘hard look’ at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.”
Environmental groups immediately objected to the President’s decision on Friday, arguing that he was violating “bedrock” environmental laws and doing so or a foreign pipeline company. “We will continue to pursue every available avenue to ensure that this pipeline is never built,” Michael Brune, Sierra Club’s executive director, told Reuters.
Why This Matters: Oops, he did it again. President Trump’s new XL Pipeline executive order seems to be even less likely to hold up in court than the first one. So while his disregard for the environmental laws that have made this country great is a short term problem, in the long run, we believe his efforts will fail. But in the meantime, these reckless decisions can do a huge amount of damage to our land and waters and our battle against climate change. And will be a tremendous motivator to turn out millennials and others who care about the environment to vote against the President in 2020.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Less than two weeks after being confirmed, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has announced that the Biden administration is resuming an Obama-era program that gave billions in loans to clean energy companies. Granholm, during talks at the CERAWeek energy conference on Wednesday, pointed the clean energy businesses the Department of Energy loan program […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The world desperately needs more sources of emissions-free energy, yet as these power sources are brought online, we must also contend with their impact on animals and ecosystems. In California, government officials are trying to rescue California condors, which are critically endangered, from being killed by the blades of […]
In the wake of one of the largest power losses in United States history, the conversation about green energy in Texas is back in the headlines. Emily Holden and two other investigative reporters collaborated on a story that ran in The Guardian, The Texas Observer, and San Antonio Report exposing how the Texas Gas Service was successful in significantly watering down a plan by the city of Austin to reduce the use of natural gas there in the future.
Why This Matters: The oil industry has spent billions to manipulate the national conversation around green energy.
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