Environmental Justice

"Oil Giants Help Fund Powerful Police Groups In Top US Cities"

"Big corporations accused of driving environmental and health inequalities in black and brown communities through toxic and climate-changing pollution are also funding powerful police groups in major US cities, according to a new investigation."

Source: Guardian, 07/28/2020

One Million Cambodians Under Threat From Development Of Vital Wetlands

"The destruction of critically-important wetlands by politically-connected developers in Cambodia threatens to flood more than one million Phnom Penh residents, ruin the city’s wastewater system, force hundreds of families from their homes, and trigger environmental devastation, a new report has warned."

Source: Guardian, 07/27/2020

Coal Crisis: Will Va. Be Saddled With Millions In Mine Cleanup Costs?

"As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates King Coal’s decline, Virginia could be on the hook for millions in cleanup costs if an anticipated wave of bankruptcies destabilizes its bond pool system for managing the risks of company failures."

Source: Virginia Mercury, 07/27/2020

"U.S. Senator Duckworth Floats Plan To Rescue Coal Country"

"Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth on Thursday unveiled a plan to rehabilitate communities hurt by the decline of the U.S. coal industry - an appeal to a political constituency seen as important in the November election."

Source: Reuters, 07/24/2020

Early Release of Pebble Mine EIS Draws Ire From Native, Fishing Groups

"Thursday a wide array of Alaska Native, commercial fishing, and sportfishing groups issued statements criticizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Pebble Mine after copies of the document were delivered to interested parties via USPS a day before its publication in the Federal Register."

Source: KTUU, 07/24/2020

"New Emails Show How Energy Industry Moved Fast to Undo Curbs"

"The messages, made public in a lawsuit, suggest the E.P.A. rescinded a requirement on methane at the behest of an executive just weeks after President Trump took office."

"WASHINGTON — Not long after President Trump’s inauguration, the head of a fossil fuels industry group requested a call with the president’s transition team. The subject: Barack Obama’s requirement that oil and gas companies begin collecting data on their releases of methane.

That outreach, by Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, appeared to quickly yield the desired results.

Source: NYTimes, 07/22/2020

Ohio House Speaker Charged With $61 Million in Bribes for Energy Bailout

"Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R) helped pass a controversial nuclear bailout bill in exchange for almost $61 million in bribes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday as they announced racketeering charges against the official."

Source: The Hill, 07/22/2020

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