Environmental Politics

"US Raises Truck, SUV Fuel Economy Rules, Much Less Than First Proposed"

"President Joe Biden's administration Friday finalized tighter vehicle fuel economy rules through 2031 that are significantly less stringent than first proposed, a win for the Detroit Three automakers who lobbied heavily for revised rules."

Source: Reuters, 06/10/2024

Paris Is Aiming For The Most Sustainable Olympics Yet. Plan Not Perfect

"Of all the decisions Paris Olympics organizers made about where to hold each sport, sending surfing competitions to the other side of the world — in the Pacific waters of Tahiti — provoked the strongest reactions. Tahitians and others railed against the building of a new viewing tower on Teahupo’o reef because of fears it would hurt marine life."

Source: AP, 06/07/2024

"EPA Balked At TVA’s Fossil Fuel Plant, Then Stepped Aside"

"Top EPA officials supported a rebuke of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s environmental review of a gas-fueled power plant this spring, but they backed off when the electric utility ignored their criticism."

Source: E&E News, 06/07/2024

Mich. Bottled Water Company Is Still Extracting Millions of Gallons Free

"Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had pledged to crack down on bottled water companies taking water at the same time Flint, Michigan, faced a water crisis. Six years later and in her second term, little has changed."

Source: ProPublica, 06/07/2024

Calif. Oil Town Chose Oil-Tied Firm to Review Impacts of a Drilling Permit

"Signal Hill Petroleum spent millions to overturn California’s landmark law protecting neighborhoods from oil drilling. Now it wants to drill dozens of new wells in a city established a century ago to avoid taxes on oil development."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/07/2024

Mich., Wisc. Govs Tout Biden’s Investments In Climate Group’s $1.4M Ad Buy

"Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) will appear in ads touting the Biden administration’s green investments in ads running in their state. The $1.4 million total buy from climate group Evergreen includes an ad with each governor, highlighting the impact of the Biden administration’s investments in their state."

Source: The Hill, 06/06/2024


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