Week 8

The Headlines

Scott Pruitt’s office deluged with angry callers after he questions the science of global warming

March 11, 2017 | The Washington Post

“Pruitt’s comments put him at odds with the overwhelming majority of scientists, most world leaders and even his predecessors at the agency.”

Trump is poised to issue a sweeping order dismantling Obama’s climate plan this week

March 14, 2017 | The Washington Post

“It will also reverse an executive order former president Obama issued that instructs agencies to incorporate climate change into the National Environmental Policy Act reviews it applies to federal actions, according to individuals briefed on the order.”

Exxon Concealed Tillerson’s ‘Alias’ Emails From NY Climate Fraud Probe, AG Claims

March 14, 2017 | InsideClimate News

“Tillerson, whose middle name is Wayne, used an email address on the Exxon system under the pseudonym “Wayne Tracker” from at least 2008 through 2015, investigators say. The company has turned over a handful of the emails, but New York authorities believe a much larger trove exists.”

Trump and Automakers Target EPA Mileage Rules

March 15, 2017 | Climate Central

“Trump announced in Michigan on Wednesday that the EPA would review federal mileage standards for 2022 to 2025. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers filed a lawsuit this week challenging the same standards, several weeks after it asked EPA to conduct the review.”

Trump seeks input from U.S. energy companies on Paris climate pact

March 15, 2017 | Reuters

“One of the sources said the companies were “publicly traded fossil fuel companies,” and added the White House would consider their input in making a decision on the Paris accord shortly. The source said the White House has been leading the discussions with the fossil fuel companies and the State Department, which represents the United States in climate negotiations, had not taken part.”

Interior Department to withdraw Obama-era fracking rule, filings reveal

March 15, 2017 | The Washington Post

“Under the proposal, companies that drill on federal and tribal lands would be subject to stricter design standards for wells and for holding tanks and ponds where liquid wastes are stored. They also would be forced to report which chemicals they were pumping into the ground.”

Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge

March 16, 2017 | ProPublica

“Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves.”

White House calls climate change funding ‘a waste of your money’ – video

March 16, 2017 | The Guardian

“White House budget director Mick Mulvaney confirmed on Thursday that the new administration had no interest in funding to combat climate change, saying: ‘We’re not spending money on that any more. We consider that to be a waste of your money’”

These Climate Programs Would Be Axed Under Trump’s Budget

March 16, 2017 | InsideClimate News

“The agency would see the largest cuts in its history: $2.6 billion, or 31.4 percent of its budget. The planned cut of 3,200 positions would put staffing at its lowest level since 1978. About $100 million would be saved by discontinuing funding for the Clean Power Plan and any international climate change, climate change research and partnership programs.”

Trump Budget Would Cripple U.S. International Climate Change Work

March 17, 2017 | InsideClimate News

“The White House in its 2018 budget proposal released Thursday called for combined cuts of $10.1 billion, or 28 percent, to the two leading agencies on international climate work—the State Department and U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). This is on top of even deeper cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments with domestic climate programs.”


State Response

Can the Golden State go 100% green?

March 13, 2017 | E&E News

“The nation’s most populous state switching to fully renewable electricity sounds idealistic. But several experts said it can be done — with a lot depending on definitions, technological advancements and acceptable price tags.”

INTERVIEW-Despite city’s newest resident, Washington D.C. pushes climate action

March 14, 2017 | Thomson Reuters Foundation

“”We know in cities we can use our procurement power, our power in building codes and our bully pulpit to say we must fight climate change. And there are some very real effects on our bottom line,” she said in a telephone interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”


In Other Congressional News…

House Republicans’ Group Launches Effort to Tackle Climate Change

March 15, 2017 | InsideClimate News

“The resolution makes the argument that it is a conservative principle to “protect, conserve and be good stewards of the environment, responsibility plan for all market factors, and base our policy decisions in science and quantifiable fact.””


A Look Back

The 6 most important parts of Donald Trump’s energy policy

May 26, 2016 | Vox

“The United States is currently the largest producer of petroleum and natural gas in the world, thanks in part to the massive fracking boom that’s been taking place around the country since the 2000s:

But to hear Trump tell it, we’re barely producing anything at all. He wants more — much more. On his first day in office, “American energy dominance will be declared a strategic, economic, and foreign policy goal of the United States,” he said. “It’s about time!””

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