Biden Administration Moves to Reverse Trump Rollbacks of Clean Water Act

Biden Administration Moves to Reverse Trump Rollbacks of Clean Water Act

One more of the Trump administration’s rollbacks will meet its demise as EPA Administrator Michael Regan and the Biden administration are planning to reinstate protections for many marshes, streams, and wetlands — expanding again the coverage of the Clean Water Act under the “Waters of the U.S.” or “WOTUS” rule. 

Why This Matters: Since the late 1700s, 221 million acres of wetlands have been drained in the U.S. for agricultural use. This development has had severe consequences, including fertilizer and pollution runoff threatening drinking water for millions of people.

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Trump Rolls Back Endangered Species Protections (Again)

Trump Rolls Back Endangered Species Protections (Again)

This week, the Trump administration adopted a new rule that narrows the definition of what qualifies as a habitat under the Endangered Species Act. The new definition only allows “critical habitat” for plants and animals at risk to be protected under the Act.

Why This Matters: By slicing away at the places that the Endangered Species Act applies, more activities that further degrade the habitat will likely be able to proceed.

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Ford Urges Unity, While GM Gets Stung By The Bee

Ford Urges Unity, While GM Gets Stung By The Bee

Ford Motors is urging the other major car companies that had backed President Trump’s looser tailpipe standards to instead embrace the clean air standards set by California, according to The Detroit News President Trump’s policy split the automakers into two camps — but the Biden administration is expected to tighten emissions standards again.

Why This Matters:  Some may forgive GM for its wrong turn following the Trump administration, but others won’t forget. 

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Trump Takes Aim at Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Reduces Protections for Nations Birds

Trump Takes Aim at Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Reduces Protections for Nations Birds

On Friday, the Trump administration moved another step closer to cutting federal protections for birds despite opposition from conservation groups and experts. Former federal officials have come forward to say that cuts will severely endanger the U.S. bird population.

 

Why This Matters: There are approximately 7 billion birds in North America. Harmful industrial practices in the U.S. kill an estimated 450 million to 1.1 billion birds each year in the U.S., according to estimates by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Post-Debate Poll Finds 57% of Registered Voters Support Phasing Out Fossil Fuels

Post-Debate Poll Finds 57% of Registered Voters Support Phasing Out Fossil Fuels

During the final presidential debate, Joe Biden affirmed that he supports phasing out the fossil fuel industry over time to make way for sustainable energy. A new Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 3 out of 5 voters support the idea.

Why This Matters: As Election Day draws near, new polls by Pew Research found that 68% of registered voters consider climate change to be a “very important” or “somewhat” important issue.

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Trump Administration OKs Draining the Swamp — The Okefenokee Swamp

Trump Administration OKs Draining the Swamp — The Okefenokee Swamp

Companies have been trying to mine near Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge for decades without success, but last August the Army Corps of Engineers determined that now it needs no federal Clean Water Act permit because there are no water bodies that are covered by the law that will be impacted. 

Why This Matters:  The president of Twin Pines claims that the mining operation won’t affect the swamp.

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