Environmental Justice

COVID-19 Power Shift: Experts Have 'Deep Worries' About Hospital Data

"The Trump administration has taken control of COVID-19 data in the United States, leaving public health experts gravely concerned about whether anyone outside the administration will be able to access the vital information moving forward."

Source: NBC News, 07/16/2020

Trump Scales Back Landmark Environmental Law, Claims Help To Economy

"President Trump finalized a major overhaul Wednesday of one of the country’s most consequential environmental laws on the grounds that it has slowed the construction of highways, pipelines and other major projects across the country. The sweeping changes to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act, which opponents have vowed to fight in court and reverse if Democrats regain control of the executive and legislative branches this fall, underscore the stakes in this year’s election."

Source: Washington Post, 07/16/2020

Trump To Announce Rollback of Bedrock Environmental Protection Law

"President Trump plans this week to overhaul a federal law that poor and minority communities around the country have used for generations to delay or stop projects that threaten to pollute their neighborhoods — a law he says needlessly blocks good jobs, industry and public works."

Source: Washington Post, 07/15/2020

"4 Former CDC Heads Say Trump's Undermining Of Agency Puts Lives At Risk"

"Four former directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blasted the Trump administration's 'repeated efforts to subvert' agency guidelines related to reopening schools, accusing the White House in a scathing Washington Post op-ed of undermining science with 'partisan potshots.'"

Source: Axios, 07/15/2020

"Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data"

"The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all Covid-19 patient information to a central database in Washington beginning on Wednesday. The move has alarmed health experts who fear the data will be politicized or withheld from the public."

Source: NYTimes, 07/15/2020

Hunt For Battery Metals Threatens Sámi Reindeer Herders' Homeland

"Tuomas Siilasjoki and Minna Näkkäläjärvi say they were taken by surprise when a mobile drill rig one day appeared in the horizon. Nobody had asked them about exploring for minerals inside their siida, a reindeer foraging area, in northern Finland. The Sámi families here in Tarvantovaara wilderness area fear the world's hunger for metals to ramp up the green economy will destroy their indigenous way of life."

Source: Barents Observer, 07/13/2020

Court Ruling On Oklahoma Tribal Land Raises Questions For Oil Industry

"A U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing about half of Oklahoma as Native American reservation land has implications for oil and gas development in the state, raising complex regulatory and tax questions that could take years to settle, according to Oklahoma attorneys."

Source: Reuters, 07/13/2020

From Louisiana to Taiwan, Green Activists Stand Up To Plastics Giant

"Formosa Plastics, a Taiwanese plastics company, intends to build a complex St. James Parish, Louisiana, a region already known as "Cancer Alley." Environmental activist Anne Rolfes faces criminal charges for a protest action she took to call attention to the company's history of harm." "From Southeast Asia to the United States, activists have called attention in recent years to the harmful impact of chemical companies such as Formosa Plastics Corporation, a Taiwanese petrochemical company that operates throughout the world, including the US."

Source: PRI The World, 07/10/2020

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