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8 Senators Call for Probe of ‘Arbitrary’ Reassignment of Federal Scientists

Inside Climate News - 6 hours 30 min ago
InsideClimate News

Eight U.S. senators asked the deputy inspector general at the Interior Department to investigate the treatment of scientists there after a scientist filed a whistleblower complaint alleging the Trump administration reassigned him to an accounting post for speaking out about climate change. 

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While Oil Patch Bleeds, Gas Drillers Race to Unleash Wells

Inside Climate News - 6 hours 31 min ago
Bloomberg

Since oil prices are so low, producers are holding on to drilled wells rather than pumping crude oil out, leading to a record backlog of uncompleted wells. In the natural gas patches of the Marcellus shale, where the fracking boom took off, the opposite is happening.

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Is a Conservative Climate Movement Heating Up?

Inside Climate News - 6 hours 32 min ago
InsideClimate News

A Republican climate movement may be stirring, as conservative groups across the country move forward with climate change and renewable energy policies. But will they be able to get past the party's aversion to the words "climate change"?

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Rover Pipeline Hits Another Snag, This Time in West Virginia

Inside Climate News - 6 hours 34 min ago
Reuters

Citing environmental violations, West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection has told Energy Transfer Partners to stop work on sections of its Rover pipeline. The pipeline already faces sanctions in Ohio and an investigation by federal regulators, but the company says it doesn't anticipate changes to its construction timeline. More on its Ohio problems here.

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Has the Moment for Environmental Justice Been Lost?

Inside Climate News - 6 hours 36 min ago
ProPublica

The Office of Environmental Justice, which advocates for minorities and the poor on issues related to pollution, is on the chopping block in Trump's budget. Now, Democratic lawmakers are realizing they did little to codify the program, even when they did have the political power.

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Scientists Just Found a Surprising Possible Consequence from a Small Amount of Global Warming

Inside Climate News - 7 hours 26 min ago
The Washington Post

Even if global temperature rise is kept to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a new study says there will still be consequences. In the best case scenario, extreme El Niño events may occur more frequently for up to 100 years after the climate is stabilized.

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Trump to Tap Coal Lobbyist, Energy Industry Attorney for Top EPA Posts

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2017 - 9:25am
The Hill

President Trump is expected to nominate a coal lobbyist and an energy industry attorney to key posts at the EPA. Andrew Wheeler, a coal lobbyist for Murray Energy, is in line for deputy administrator. Bill Wehrum is the likely nominee for assistant administrator for air and radiation, which oversees some climate programs.

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FERC's Atlantic Coast Pipeline Environmental Report Shows Risks, But Still Favorable for Developers

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2017 - 9:24am
Associated Press

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will carry gas from West Virginia to North Carolina, would have adverse effects on waterways and forests and increase the potential for landslides, according to the environmental impact statement. But federal regulators say impacts could be reduced, paving the way for the controversial pipeline to be built.

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Los Angeles County Sues Over Reopening Aliso Canyon, Says Regulators Ignored Seismic Risk

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2017 - 9:23am
Southern California Public Radio

Los Angeles County is suing state regulators and Southern California Gas Company, alleging that they failed to conduct proper environmental and safety studies before reopening Aliso Canyon, which had the nation's largest methane gas leak in history in 2015.

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With More Ships in the Arctic, Fears of Disaster Rise

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2017 - 9:20am
The New York Times

As global warming melts sea ice in the Arctic, more ships will be floating in the waters. But maritime experts say there is little emergency infrastructure in U.S., Canadian or Russian waters to help in the event of a disaster.

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Climate Warrior? Champion of 'Big Oil'? Canada's Leader Wants to Be Both.

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2017 - 9:15am
Public Radio International

Justin Trudeau has proposed to end Canada's coal use, tax carbon pollution and invest in clean energy technology. But he wants to keep Canadian oil flowing with new pipelines in Alberta's tar sands region, which produces some of the dirtiest oil in the world.

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As the Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way of Life in Danger

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2017 - 8:28am
NPR

Without electricity or industrialized progress, the majority of people in Kenya rely on herding to survive. But as the climate changes, drought is threatening their centuries-old traditions. Rainfall has decreased, killing grass, and there is a drought once every three years now.

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Al Franken, David Letterman: Boiling the Frog, and a Price on Carbon

Climate Crocks - July 22, 2017 - 9:29pm
Al Franken and David Letterman: droll discussion of climate change and democracy. There are several more in this series, see below. Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Trump Administration Canceling Hundreds of Obama-Era Regulations

Inside Climate News - July 21, 2017 - 10:52am
Washington Post

The White House Office of Management and Budget detailed yesterday how it would eliminate hundreds of regulations, upending federal policies designed to protect labor, the environment and public health as part of its push to reduce restrictions on business and industry.

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Whistleblower Case Shows How Trump Tries to Silence Science

Inside Climate News - July 21, 2017 - 10:42am
InsideClimate News

The case of Joel Clement, a senior Interior Department scientist who was reassigned after speaking up about climate change, appears to be part of a pattern, a new report suggests. Clement says the administration "has abused a long list of rules and procedures to purge scientists and experts that don't agree with their political views."

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Judge Says Energy Trade Group Can Weigh in on Dakota Access Pipeline

Inside Climate News - July 21, 2017 - 10:40am
Associated Press

North Dakota's main energy trade group will be allowed to weigh in on the decision on whether to temporarily shut down the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a judge said yesterday. National energy and manufacturing groups may also be able to have a say.

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Paying People to Stop Cutting Down Trees Pays Off, Study Finds

Inside Climate News - July 21, 2017 - 10:37am
InsideClimate News

Researchers found that "payments for ecosystems services" in Ugandan villages had climate and economic benefits. In two years, where landowners were paid to leave trees standing, forests lost 4.2 percent of trees, while forests in villages where landowners received nothing lost 9.1 percent.

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What Will It Take to Reach the Climate Change Goals Set by Colorado’s Governor?

Inside Climate News - July 21, 2017 - 10:35am
Colorado Independent

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order last week calling for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025. For all the praise, there is just as much skepticism over the fact that the plan did not outline concrete steps to achieve the goal.

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Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Lax Texas Air Pollution Permits

Inside Climate News - July 21, 2017 - 10:30am
Texas Tribune

Environmental groups are suing the EPA, alleging that it isn't properly policing air pollution permits in Texas. They say a loophole in Texas law allows oil refineries and power plants to release emissions when machinery malfunctions or undergoes maintenance.

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Asia's Coal-Fired Power Boom 'Bankrolled by Foreign Governments and Banks'

Inside Climate News - July 21, 2017 - 10:25am
The Guardian

An activist group found that the coal power boom in Southeast Asia is being funded by foreign governments like Japan and China. The analysts examined 22 deals in Indonesia and found that 91 percent had backing from foreign governments.

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