Economy & Business

June 8, 2009 to June 12, 2009

Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across

The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is hosting its free Annual Public Lecture Series this week. The program will feature nationally renowned specialists in research, environmental economics and journalism.

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"EPA: Top Agency Player Entertained Industry Job Options"

"Ryan Jackson was a hot commodity throughout scandal and its aftermath at the Trump administration's EPA. The former chief of staff entertained job discussions outside EPA several times while he was the top aide to Administrator Andrew Wheeler and his predecessor, Scott Pruitt."

Source: E&E News, 10/27/2020

Revealed: The Full Extent Of Trump's Assault On US Wilderness

"Under Donald Trump, the government has auctioned off millions of acres of public lands to the fossil fuel industry, the Guardian can reveal, in the most comprehensive accounting to date of how much public land the administration has handed over to oil and gas drillers over the past four years."

Source: Guardian, 10/27/2020

Amy Coney Barrett's Addition To High Court May Undermine Climate Fight

"Barrett and five other conservative justices will wield considerable influence on climate change policy"

"The supreme court is shifting right, at a pivotal moment when it could have the last word on how much the US contributes to battling the climate crisis.

Amy Coney Barrett’s addition to the court could leave an indelible mark on how fiercely the US, and perhaps the rest of the world, can fight rising temperatures, even as scientists warn society has just years to take serious action.

Source: Guardian, 10/27/2020

"Peak Gas Is Coming to the U.S. Sooner Than Anyone Expected"

"One of the largest utilities in the U.S. put $8 billion into a bet that natural gas would dominate American electricity much like coal had before. “We really consider this to be a growth play,” Tom Fanning, chief executive officer of Southern Co., said in an interview just five years ago ... . Gas looked to be on the verge of generational dominance at the time."

Source: Bloomberg, 10/27/2020

"With Justice Barrett, a Tectonic Court Shift on the Environment"

"The accession of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court will cement a conservative majority that is likely to give polluting industries freer rein, limit the ability of citizens to sue, and call into question the very basis of the EPA to issue and enforce regulations."

Source: YaleE360, 10/26/2020

Climate Money Meets the Super PACs

Amid the frenzy of Election 2020 comes a quieter development: The emergence of Big Climate money. Green groups and climate-focused fundraisers are now starting to take their place as major players alongside Big Oil as campaign contributors. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox suggests databases and other resources to help track climate (and other election) money.

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Trump Reverses Decision to Reject California Request for Wildfire Relief

"President Trump reversed himself on Friday, approving a package of wildfire disaster relief for California hours after officials from his administration had explained why the state should not receive the aid."

Source: NYTimes, 10/19/2020

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