Environmental Politics

"Trump Environmental Record Marked by Big Losses, Undecided Cases"

"In October 2017, President Donald Trump’s critics were celebrating. They’d won their latest fight against the new administration’s industry-friendly environmental agenda, and were confident in racking up more victories. ...Fast forward to 2021, and the story of the Trump team’s legal scorecard is more complicated, showing a mixed record of success, failure, and unresolved cases."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 01/11/2021

"Oil Companies Stockpile Drilling Permits, Challenging Biden On Climate"

"In the closing months of the Trump administration, energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years and undercut President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to curb new drilling because of climate change, according to public records and industry analysts."

Source: AP, 01/11/2021

"Trump Moves To Loosen Mining Regulations, Approve Projects As He Exits"

"Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is moving to loosen mining regulations and green light new mineral projects before leaving office this month, with successor Joe Biden unable to reverse some of the changes."

Source: Reuters, 01/11/2021

‘Red Flag’: How An Ethanol Plant Is Dangerously Polluting A US Village

"For the residents of Mead, Nebraska, the first sign of something amiss was the stench, the smell of something rotting. People reported eye and throat irritation and nosebleeds. Then colonies of bees started dying, birds and butterflies appeared disoriented and pet dogs grew ill, staggering about with dilated pupils."

Source: Guardian, 01/11/2021

Public Health Infrastructure Emerges As Critical Environmental Story

A pandemic and a weakened public health framework underscore how essential is the public health reporting function of environmental journalism. The latest TipSheet entry in our ongoing special report, “2021 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment,” explores what’s ahead and asks are health agencies too hollowed out to serve? Plus, story ideas and extensive reporting resources.

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Multiple Tribes Protest Drilling Of 5,000 Oil And Gas Wells In Wyoming

"A landmark decision delivered by the Trump administration late last month gives five oil and gas companies the green light to forge ahead in drilling 5,000 wells over the next decade in northeastern Wyoming. Though cheered by state officials and industry groups, leaders of several tribal nations with enduring ties to the land remain concerned the development will compromise air and water quality, violate existing treaty rights and destroy cultural resources."

Source: Casper Star-Tribune, 01/08/2021


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