Trump Team’s Losing Streak Continues — This Time in Court

Trump Team’s Losing Streak Continues — This Time in Court

Former President Trump may have thought the judicial branch would be his salvation, but federal courts have by and large ruled against his administration’s positions in litigation, sticking to the letter of the environmental and administrative law, Marianne Lavelle writes for Inside Climate News.  Lavelle argues (persuasively) that federal judges are helping the Biden administration […]

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Federal Environmental Enforcement Is Back, While Trump Hotel Violates IL State Laws

Federal Environmental Enforcement Is Back, While Trump Hotel Violates IL State Laws

The Justice Department’s Environmental lawyers last week reversed numerous Trump administration policies, including one that allows companies to do environmental restoration and remediation projects as part of their fines and penalties.  At the same time, a state court in Illinois held the Trump International Hotel in Chicago had violated state environmental laws because it was using river water without a valid permit.

Why This Matters:  Our environmental laws are only effective if there is a credible threat of enforcement to ensure compliance, and when it is clear that no one — even a former-President — is above the law.

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‘Drill Baby Drill’ is So 2008

‘Drill Baby Drill’ is So 2008

The Trump administration has opened the Arctic National Wildlife refuge up for drilling and is rushing the permitting process for oil and gas companies. At the same time, Bank of America became the last major bank to say that it won’t provide project financing for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. So not even […]

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Trump Administration Proposes List of Conservation Projects After Deadline

Trump Administration Proposes List of Conservation Projects After Deadline

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer On Monday, the Trump administration submitted an index of projects that will get funding under a conservation program, which could help protect a number of important national parks throughout the nation. The only issue is that the administration submitted this list a week after it was due to Congress.  […]

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Election Results 2020 (So Far)

Election Results 2020 (So Far)

There’s still a lot that we don’t know about the results of this election and while it was a long night, here’s what we do know as of very early this morning: It was not a wave election and even if Biden does win, he will have to govern a very divided nation that rejected […]

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End of Protections for Endangered Gray Wolves

End of Protections for Endangered Gray Wolves

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Last week, the Trump administration removed Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states. The move was criticized by environmental groups, with some planning to sue over the delisting. “This is no ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment for wolf recovery,” said Kristen Boyles, an Earthjustice attorney, in […]

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