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When it comes to environmental policy, it’s hardly “America First.” In fact, according to Yale University’s environmental performance ranking, it’s America 27th, compared with other nations. Despite this inconvenient truth, President Trump this week boasted of his team’s hard work to ensure our country has “crystal-clean” water and air. The sham event had to be moved indoors thanks to epic storms and flooding in Washington. Good thing — otherwise lightning might have struck him for all his lies.

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Trump Administration Continues to Undermine U.S. Climate Progress

In a series of actions over the last two weeks, the Trump Administration continues to reverse U.S. government rules and programs that had been contributing to U.S. progress on the climate crisis.  In addition to the rule they proposed that benefits coal power plants by allowing them more flexibility with air pollution, the Agriculture Department “buried” studies by USDA scientists on the negative impacts of climate change, proposed that environmental reviews of federal projects no longer include estimates of greenhouse gas emissions caused by projects, increased categorical exclusions of environmental reviews for projects like logging on federal lands, and rebuffed all efforts by the state of California to reach an agreement on the clean car rule rollback.  

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Massive Explosion at Philly Refinery on Friday, Toxic Gas Release Narrowly Averted

A massive explosion at an old oil refinery shook South Philadephia early Friday morning, causing the city to issue orders for nearby residents to shelter in place, and the fire, while controlled, continued to burn into Saturday and will continue until the refinery is able to turn off a valve, according to Philadelphia fire and emergency management officials.

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The New Environmental Federalism: States Taking the Lead for Better or Worse

The New Environmental Federalism: States Taking the Lead for Better or Worse

A vacuum at the federal level is leaving lots of room for state governments to lead on environmental issues, but with widely varying impacts. 

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Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Carol Browner has had a long career in public service on environmental conservation.  She was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2001 and served as President Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, and also served as a member of the Gulf Oil Spill Commission. ODP:  The […]

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American Lung Association: Forty Percent of the U.S. Breaths Unhealthy Air

American Lung Association: Forty Percent of the U.S. Breaths Unhealthy Air

The American Lung Association issued their 2019 “State of the Air” Report which found that more than 40% of Americans — 141 million — live in a county with unhealthy air, which represents an increase of 7 million people more than last year.   Despite some progress, “in 2015-2017, more cities had high days of ozone and […]

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Chicago Becomes Largest City to Commit to Renewable Energy

Chicago Becomes Largest City to Commit to Renewable Energy

In one of his final acts as Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel ushered through the city council a resolution to commit the city to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, ten years earlier than the state of Illinois requires, and making it the largest city in the U.S. to do so.

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Colorado Determined to Clear Its Air

Colorado Determined to Clear Its Air

Last summer, prior to the election for Governor in Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted the state an extension to meet the National Air Quality Standards — claiming that rapid growth was making it too difficult to come back into compliance.  Yesterday, the new Governor revoked the request and has pledged to move aggressively to get ozone air pollution under control. 

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Interview of the week: Monica and Miro close out Women’s History Month

Interview of the week: Monica and Miro close out Women’s History Month

As we come to the end of Women’s History Month, we thought it would be fun to help you get to know us by interviewing each other about our experiences as women in the environmental world, why we started ODP, and what keeps us going. We hope you enjoy! Monica’s questions for Miro: MM: How […]

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The Green New Deal: What’s In It?

The Green New Deal: What’s In It?

There has been some confusion and even disinformation about what is IN and what is not in the Green New Deal bill, H.R. 109.  We will summarize it for you here.

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EPA Enforcement Hits New Lows

EPA Enforcement Hits New Lows

The Trump Administration is not just rolling back environmental rules, it is also cutting down on inspections and enforcement according to a summary issued by the agency on Friday.  We had previously reported the drop in criminal cases brought by EPA against the worst polluters, but this new data shows the decrease in enforcement also carries over to civil cases and even to inspections, which provide the basis for enforcement actions. 

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