Environmental Politics

Science Integrity Is About More Than Getting EPA Interviews

Freedom of access to government scientists is just one narrow facet in a worsening crisis in scientific integrity at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The new WatchDog Opinion argues that whether it’s about self-interested industry lobbying over climate change or the regulation of chemicals, there’s an assault on science itself  — and the news media has a role to play.

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Biden Plans to Bar New Drilling Around Major Native American Cultural Site

"After years of tribal requests, the president plans to block new oil and gas leases within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. The ban is likely to generate strong pushback from industry."

Source: NYTimes, 11/15/2021

"$1B Transmission Smack Down May Upend Northeast Renewables"

"The challenge to a $1 billion New England transmission line is raising concerns about how the region’s largest state will now reach its clean energy targets, underscoring the obstacles facing large infrastructure critical for renewables and President Biden’s decarbonization efforts."

Source: E&E News, 11/15/2021

Messonnier, Birx Detail Political Interference In Coronavirus Response

"The Trump administration repeatedly interfered with efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year to issue warnings and guidance about the evolving coronavirus pandemic, six current and former health officials told congressional investigators in recent interviews."

Source: Washington Post, 11/15/2021

"Flooding and Nuclear Waste Eat Away at a Tribe’s Ancestral Home"

"For decades, chronic flooding and nuclear waste have encroached on the ancestral lands in southeastern Minnesota that the Prairie Island Indian Community calls home, whittling them to about a third of their original size."

Source: NYTimes, 11/15/2021

Nations Strike Climate Deal, but World Remains Far From Limiting Warming

"GLASGOW — Diplomats from nearly 200 countries on Saturday struck a major agreement aimed at intensifying global efforts to fight climate change by calling on governments to return next year with stronger plans to curb their planet-warming emissions and urging wealthy nations to “at least double” funding to protect poor nations from the hazards of a hotter planet."

Source: NYTimes, 11/15/2021

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