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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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CA Governor Halts Fracking Permits, NY Governor In Standoff Over Natural Gas

CA Governor Halts Fracking Permits, NY Governor In Standoff Over Natural Gas

Governors on both coasts are going to battle with oil and gas companies over climate change. Continuing his strong environmental protection agenda, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced new regulations putting in place a moratorium on fracking and curbed steam-injected oil drilling in the state, which environmentalists have long opposed.  Meanwhile, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo […]

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Investigation By Associated Press Reveals More Than 1600 Risky Dams in the U.S.

Investigation By Associated Press Reveals More Than 1600 Risky Dams in the U.S.

The results of a two-year investigation by the Associated Press (AP) were published this week and the findings were shocking — nearly 1,700 dams located in 44 states and Puerto Rico were rated as “high-hazard” dams that are in poor or unsatisfactory condition.  Experts believe the actual number of risky dams is even higher — […]

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Can Norway Build the First Floating Tunnel In the World?

Can Norway Build the First Floating Tunnel In the World?

Earlier this year, the government of Norway decided to undertake the largest infrastructure project in the world, a “highway” to connect the entire country from top to bottom — crossing under, over and through its more than 1,000 fjords.  The most futuristic part of the $40 billion dollar undertaking is the development of submerged floating tunnels that sit around 30 meters (100 feet) under the surface of the water.

Why This Matters:  This is what governments should do — massive infrastructure projects that will boost the economy and the way of life for its people — that are too big for private corporations or regional governments to undertake.

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Castro’s Climate Plan Puts “People and Planet” First

Castro’s Climate Plan Puts “People and Planet” First

It is a bold and innovative plan, with an emphasis on environmental justice.  He promises: “In my first 100 days, I will propose new civil rights legislation to address the disparate impact of environmental discrimination and dismantle structures of environmental racism.

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Clean Water Emerging as A Top Tier Campaign Issue

Clean Water Emerging as A Top Tier Campaign Issue

Last week, Senators Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand made safe drinking water a key environmental plank in their campaigns. 

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Governor Jay Inslee Rolls Out More Climate Policy

Governor Jay Inslee Rolls Out More Climate Policy

When it comes to climate policy, Governor Jay Inslee already has a plan to address nearly every element of the climate crisis, but on Monday he rolled out a new one — this time aimed at creating “Freedom from Fossil Fuels” by ending corporate welfare, holding polluters accountable, and transitioning the U.S. economy off fossil fuels. 

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The Green New Deal Gets Some Infrastructure

The Green New Deal Gets Some Infrastructure

Today the outline of the Green New Deal (GND) was filled in a bit more when Senator Ed Markey, the lead GND sponsor in the Senate, released an infrastructure white paper for a “green and climate-friendly infrastructure legislative package” because “[c]limate change has amplified existing threats to America’s infrastructure.”   

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One Million CA Residents Exposed to Dirty Drinking Water

One Million CA Residents Exposed to Dirty Drinking Water

The NY Times published a blistering exposé yesterday, in which it reported that “more than 300 public water systems in California serve unsafe drinking water, according to public compliance data compiled by the California State Water Resources Control Board” with “more than one million Californians exposed to unsafe water each year, according to public health officials.”   

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Dems Insist on Dealing With Climate Change In Infrastructure Package

Dems Insist on Dealing With Climate Change In Infrastructure Package

The Democratic leaders of Congress are expected to meet with President Trump today to talk about infrastructure legislation and will make clear that no infrastructure spending bill will move through Congress without significant funding for climate change resilience, clean energy, and other “green” projects. 

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Dirty Drinking Water Besets Coal County in Kentucky

Dirty Drinking Water Besets Coal County in Kentucky

The Governor of Kentucky, Republican Matt Bevin, is considering whether to declare a state of emergency that would unlock resources to repair the dilapidated water system in Martin County, Kentucky deep in the heart of coal country.  In the meantime, the residents there must buy bottled water or hope for donated water in order to keep from drinking the tap water while they wait for action.

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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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