What Can Biden Do On Day 1?  Litigate and Enforce Environmental Laws click button

What Can Biden Do On Day 1? Litigate and Enforce Environmental Laws

The incoming Biden Administration’s Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency can immediately reverse current policies directing lax enforcement of the nation’s pollution laws, which undoubtedly have resulted in decreased compliance by facilities across the country.

Why This Matters:  The likelihood of a divided government has led many legal and climate experts to worry that a Biden administration will be hamstrung on climate change.

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Key West Votes to Ban Large Cruise Ships Citing Economic and Environmental Impact

Key West Votes to Ban Large Cruise Ships Citing Economic and Environmental Impact

The environment was on the ballot this year, as we have noted.  Interestingly, last week voters in Key West, Florida voted to ban large cruise ships from docking there.

Why This Matters: The marine life of the Florida Keys — particularly its famed coral — is in crisis. A recent report showed that some of Florida’s coral reefs have only 2% of the coral populations they once did.

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Interview of the Week, Justin Onwenu, EJ Community Organizer in Detroit click button

Interview of the Week, Justin Onwenu, EJ Community Organizer in Detroit

This week we talked with Justin Onwenu, a Sierra Club community organizer in Detroit working on environmental justice and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Justin is a member of Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Environmental Justice Advisory Task Force and the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis.  Here are some of the highlights. On Environmental […]

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China and the U.S. Trade Environmental Barbs

China and the U.S. Trade Environmental Barbs

Yesterday the Chinese government released a detailed condemnation of the U.S. government’s environment and climate policies.  Labeled as a “Fact Sheet of Environmental Damage Caused by the US,” it contains a litany of U.S. environmental failures.

Why This Matters:  The U.S.’s shot at China came after the Chinese announced at the UN General Assembly that China plans to be climate neutral by 2060.

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Biden-Harris Releases New Policy Proposal On Tribal Rights

Biden-Harris Releases New Policy Proposal On Tribal Rights

Last week, during a joint visit in Arizona to the American Indian Veterans National Memorial by Vice President Biden and Senator Harris, their campaign released a strong new policy proposal on Native American tribal nations.

Why This Matters:  Like environmental issues generally, Native American issues are being elevated with the new calls for improving environmental justice and ending structural racism embodied in the high rates of pollution and lack of clean drinking water on tribal lands.

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New Pew Poll Shows Rising Global Concern Over Climate and Environment

New Pew Poll Shows Rising Global Concern Over Climate and Environment

In its annual survey of attitudes about climate change and environmental issues in countries around the world, the Pew Research Center concluded that across the board, half or more of the people surveyed consider climate change to be a very serious problem.

Why This Matters:  While some (Fox News, e.g.) might want you to think that protecting the environment and fighting climate change are in opposition to job creation and economic growth.

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