Environmental Politics

Warnock Brings a History of Black Faith Leaders’ Environmental Activism

"Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  served as pastor and his funeral was held, has been a leader in a growing movement among American Black churches to embrace environmental activism."

Source: Inside Climate News, 12/31/2020

Whitmer Signs Bills Funding $641 Million Settlement In Flint Water Cases

"Flint residents will have a measure of justice, more than six years after the city's drinking water was contaminated with toxic lead, thanks to two bipartisan bills signed Wednesday."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 12/31/2020

Sale of Arctic Leases Draws an Unusual Taker. It May Be the Only One.

"After a three-year push by the Trump administration to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling — an effort that culminated in a rush to sell leases before the White House changes hands — in the end the only taker may be the state of Alaska itself."

Source: NYTimes, 12/31/2020

"U.S. Likely Will Miss Goal Of Vaccinating 20 Million By The New Year"

"Snowstorms, holidays, and general inexperience in handling a pandemic response is to blame for a "lag" in the number of Americans so far vaccinated for the coronavirus, according to U.S. officials."

Source: NPR, 12/31/2020

"Stimulus Law Program to Scrub Carbon From Air Draws Skeptics"

"Congress has prioritized scrubbing the atmosphere of carbon dioxide as a way to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, earmarking $447 million for carbon removal research and development in the stimulus bill signed into law. But climate scientists and decarbonization advocates disagree about the need for such a program, and the extent to which the money Congress appropriated for it will make a difference for scaling up carbon capture technology."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 12/30/2020

Greens Sue Over Trump Rule Exempting Quick Dishwashers From Efficiency Stds

"A coalition of environmental and consumer groups is suing the Department of Energy after it exempted quick-wash dishwashers from energy efficiency requirements.

The October rule creates a new category of dishwashers, one that lets companies meet less efficient water and energy standards if the machines wash and dry within an hour.

Source: The Hill, 12/30/2020

Restoring Wildlife Protections Erased by Trump Could Take Biden Years

"When President-elect Joe Biden walks through the door of the White House with his rescue dog, Major, he will inherit a Migratory Bird Treaty Act that no longer protects birds, a watered-down Endangered Species Act, and a policy that allows hunters in Alaska to crawl into bear and wolf dens to shoot mothers and their babies."

Source: Washington Post, 12/29/2020

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