Government

Biden’s Public Lands Nominee Advances With Key Senate Vote

"Tracy Stone-Manning, President Biden’s pick to be the top public lands manager, moved one step closer to becoming director of the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced her nomination solely with Democratic support."

Source: Washington Post, 07/23/2021
July 28, 2021

SEJ Webinar: Can We Talk? Getting the Story From Biden’s Interior Department

Join SEJ July 28 for a conversation with top aides to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland as we explore what access journalists have now to experts and information at Interior and its many bureaus and offices. 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. SEJ members only. Not a member? Join us (eligibility requirements apply).

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Reporters Reveal True Toll From Texas Winter Storm, Outages

A reporting team at BuzzFeed used a powerful array of data analysis techniques to arrive at a disturbing conclusion about the wintery devastation in Texas — there were far more deaths than acknowledged. But their investigation didn’t stop there. They tracked down families of the deceased to understand the human toll and pressured government over its accountability. How they got the story for “The Graveyard Doesn’t Lie.”

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As Western Wildfires Worsen, FEMA Is Denying Most People Who Ask For Help

"Brenda and Francis Dairy's small ranch house, tucked into the Oregon woods, was built to withstand a wildfire. The siding was concrete, the roof metal. It didn't matter. On Sept. 7 of last year, as the sky turned dark orange and the air grew thick with smoke, flames tore through nearby trees and engulfed the house entirely."

Source: NPR, 07/01/2021

"In Video, Exxon Lobbyist Describes Efforts to Undercut Climate Action"

"On the tape, made in a Greenpeace sting, he described working with “shadow groups” to fight climate science, and detailed efforts to weaken President Biden’s proposals to burn less oil."

Source: NYTimes, 07/01/2021

Solar Panel Stories Can Shine for Local, Regional Reporters

As the solar panel business resurges, the wide scope of possible regional and local story angles — climate, tech, consumer, business, jobs, air quality and grid reliability — make bright prospects for journalists. The latest TipSheet sets out recent political and market developments, along with more than a dozen story ideas and reporting resources.

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"EPA Watchdog Says Trump Appointees Kept Fired Employees On Payroll"

"Two high-ranking Trump political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency arranged for a pair of agency employees to reap tens of thousands of dollars in salaries even after they were fired, according to a report from EPA’s Office of Inspector General."

Source: Politico, 06/28/2021

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