Fewer NEPA Reviews Ahead — And They Won’t Need to Consider Climate Change

Fewer NEPA Reviews Ahead — And They Won’t Need to Consider Climate Change

The Trump administration is taking its war on climate to infrastructure — it is expected to propose this week a rule rollback that in effect would allow agencies to NOT take climate change into account when they assess the environmental impacts of highways, pipelines and other major federal actions and projects, according to The New York Times

Why This Matters:  Since no one pipeline or oil and gas well “causes” climate change, this rollback is designed to speed the development of many energy projects according to experts.

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Trump Administration Claims In Arctic Drilling Assessment That There Is No Climate Crisis

Trump Administration Claims In Arctic Drilling Assessment That There Is No Climate Crisis

E&E News reported on Monday that the Trump administration states it its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in favor of oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – the agency responsible for EIS – “does not agree that the proposed development is inconsistent with maintaining a livable planet (i.e., there is not a climate crisis).”

Why This Matters:  This is yet another sign that the Trump Administration is ignoring the overwhelming opinion of expert scientists — the U.N. IPCC Oceans and Cryosphere report from last week is full of examples of how the Arctic region is being severely impacted by climate change caused by fossil fuel use.

  • It is also highly likely that the BLM silenced its own scientists in the process of drafting the ANWR EIS.
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Trump Administration Delays Offshore Wind Farm To Do More Environmental Reviews

Trump Administration Delays Offshore Wind Farm To Do More Environmental Reviews

Yesterday, in his press conference at the end of the G-7 summit, the President said he would not “lose” our country’s “tremendous wealth … on dreams and windmills, which, frankly, aren’t working too well.”  It seems that his statement was more than just hot air.  Earlier this month, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it is expanding its review of the environmental impacts of the Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts to include a “more robust” analysis of the potential cumulative impact if other offshore wind farms are built.

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