Environmental Politics

"Senate GOP Leadership Whipping Against Manchin Permitting Bill"

"Senate Republican leaders are urging their GOP colleagues to stay unified against a permitting reform bill sponsored by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) and to support instead a competing bill sponsored by his home-state colleague, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)."

Source: The Hill, 09/27/2022

"E.P.A. Will Make Racial Equality a Bigger Factor in Environmental Rules"

"The Environmental Protection Agency will establish a new national office of environmental justice, the Biden administration’s latest effort to rectify the disproportionate harm caused by pollution and climate change in communities of color and in low-income cities, towns and counties."

Source: New York Times, 09/26/2022

"Why Climate-Change 'Loss And Damage' Will Be A Hot Topic At COP27"

"As large parts of the planet struggle with climate-inflicted woes, from floods in Pakistan to forest fires in the United States, the thorny issue of how to address "loss and damage" driven by global warming has risen up the political agenda."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 09/26/2022

New Anti-SLAPP Bill Would Protect Activists From Abusive Lawsuits

"The bill introduced last week follows efforts in 32 states to dissuade companies and individuals from filing lawsuits that aren’t intended to prevail in court, but to be so costly for defendants that they discourage criticism."

Source: Inside Climate News, 09/26/2022

Toolbox on Nature-Based Solutions and Native/Indigenous Perspectives

As concerns over global warming, the endangerment of plant and animal species, and water rights escalate, many environmentalists are turning to Indigenous people for guidance. As part of a Society of Environmental Journalists special initiative focused on covering climate solutions, we take a closer look at nature-based solutions and Indigenous people with reporter Brian Bull. Check out a resource toolbox and stay tuned for a reporting tipsheet in coming weeks. Plus, be sure to register for a Sept. 28 webinar on covering Indigenous communities and nature-based climate solutions.

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"FERC Chair’s Renomination in Limbo, Raising Fears About Deadlock"

"Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick hasn’t yet secured Sen. Joe Manchin’s support to advance his nomination for another five-year term in Congress’ waning weeks, which risks pushing Glick’s confirmation into a post-election lame duck session."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 09/23/2022

"Embattled World Bank Leader ‘Slow-Walking’ Climate Initiatives"

"World Bank chief David Malpass tried desperately Thursday to convince global leaders that he knows climate change is caused by burning oil, gas and coal. But, by then, the bank itself was under scrutiny for propping up fossil fuel production."

Source: E&E News, 09/23/2022

"Biden Meets With U.K. Leader Under Cloud Of Climate Skepticism"

"President Joe Biden celebrated his climate victories at the United Nations on Wednesday. Then he sat down with British Prime Minister Liz Truss, who is staffing the highest ranks of her new government with officials who reject climate science.

The meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York offered Biden an international stage to tell world leaders that he had delivered on his boldest climate pledges. He called them a “global game changer.”

Source: E&E News, 09/22/2022

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