Energy & Fuel

In Reversal, Trump To Ban Oil Drilling Off Coasts of Fla., Ga., and S.C.

"President Trump, who barely two years ago proposed a vast expansion of oil and gas drilling in U.S. continental waters, on Tuesday made clear there is at least part of the nation’s coastline he is eager to protect: the crucial electoral battleground of Florida."

Source: Washington Post, 09/09/2020

‘The Power of Partnerships’ Helps Uncover America’s Energy Gamble

It took teams of journalists to produce an award-winning series of reports digging into environment and climate health effects of massive oil and natural gas production in the Southwestern United States. Our latest Inside Story talks with Jamie Smith Hopkins of the Center for Public Integrity about the benefits of reporting a big story jointly and the project’s sometimes surprising findings.

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Trump Cuts Oil & Gas Drillers' Royalties On Public Lands; States Suffer

"The oil and gas industry has been allowed to pay far less than usual to the government for the right to drill on public lands under a controversial Trump administration coronavirus relief policy, an analysis by a watchdog group and the Guardian reveals."

Source: Guardian, 09/04/2020

UN Urges Probe of Trump Arctic Drilling Plan for Human Rights Abuses

"The Trump administration’s plan to lease Alaska’s coastal plain for oil and gas drilling has hit a tiny snag: It could be a human rights violation. The United Nations is calling for an investigation into whether the policy violates the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination due to its impact on the Gwich’in people."

Source: Earther, 09/03/2020

"Drilling, Mines, Other Projects Hastened By Trump Order"

"The Trump administration is seeking to fast track environmental reviews of dozens of major energy and infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, including oil and gas drilling, hazardous fuel pipelines, wind farms and highway projects in multiple states, according to documents provided to The Associated Press."

Source: AP, 09/02/2020


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