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#WeCanSolveThis: Puerto Rico’s Solar Powered School

It’s been nearly a year since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and power on some parts of the island still hasn’t been restored. But thanks to the power of solar, this school is lighting its halls and the path to a new future.

SOURCES:
[i] Citylab.com. Why Puerto Rico Is Pushing to Privatize Its Schools. Feb. 27th. 2018. https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/02/why-puerto-rico-is-pushing-to-privatize-its-schools/554198/
[ii] LiveScience.com. The Entire Island of Puerto Rico Just Lost Power Again — Here’s Why. Apr. 18th. 2018. https://www.livescience.com/62339-puerto-rico-power-blackout-april.html
[iii] Bloomberg.com. After Months Without Power, Puerto Rico School Ditches Grid. Feb. 15th. 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/after-months-without-power-one-puerto-rico-school-ditches-grid
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Citylab.com. Why Puerto Rico Is Pushing to Privatize Its Schools. Feb. 27th. 2018. https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/02/why-puerto-rico-is-pushing-to-privatize-its-schools/554198/
[vi] TheHill.com. Puerto Rico needs a weatherized mini-grid network to survive the next Maria. Dec. 10th. 2017.http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/364112-puerto-rico-needs-a-weatherized-mini-grid-network-to-survive-the

#WeCanSolveThis: Puerto Rico’s Solar Powered School

It’s been nearly a year since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and power on some parts of the island still hasn’t been restored. But thanks to the power of solar, this school is lighting its halls and the path to a new future.

SOURCES:
[i] Citylab.com. Why Puerto Rico Is Pushing to Privatize Its Schools. Feb. 27th. 2018. https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/02/why-puerto-rico-is-pushing-to-privatize-its-schools/554198/
[ii] LiveScience.com. The Entire Island of Puerto Rico Just Lost Power Again — Here’s Why. Apr. 18th. 2018. https://www.livescience.com/62339-puerto-rico-power-blackout-april.html
[iii] Bloomberg.com. After Months Without Power, Puerto Rico School Ditches Grid. Feb. 15th. 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/after-months-without-power-one-puerto-rico-school-ditches-grid
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Citylab.com. Why Puerto Rico Is Pushing to Privatize Its Schools. Feb. 27th. 2018. https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/02/why-puerto-rico-is-pushing-to-privatize-its-schools/554198/
[vi] TheHill.com. Puerto Rico needs a weatherized mini-grid network to survive the next Maria. Dec. 10th. 2017.http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/364112-puerto-rico-needs-a-weatherized-mini-grid-network-to-survive-the

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Can Costa Rica Go 100% Renewable?

Can Costa Rica, already a renewable energy champion, completely eliminate fossil fuels? New President Carlos Alvarado Quesada thinks so, and he has a plan to do it by 2021.

SOURCES:
[i] CommonDreams.org. Costa Rica Will Become World’s First Carbon-Free Country by 2021, New President Says. Mar. 10th. 2018. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/10/costa-rica-will-become-worlds-first-carbon-free-country-2021-new-president-says
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] Reuters.com. Costa Rica’s new president promises plan to speed clean transport. Apr. 30th. 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-costa-rica-politics-renewables/costa-ricas-new-president-promises-plan-to-speed-clean-transport-idUSKBN1I11M5
[v] Independent.co.uk. Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world’s first decarbonised society. May. 10th. 2018. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/costa-rica-fossil-fuels-ban-president-carlos-alvarado-climate-change-global-warming-a8344541.html

Can Costa Rica Go 100% Renewable?

Can Costa Rica, already a renewable energy champion, completely eliminate fossil fuels? New President Carlos Alvarado Quesada thinks so, and he has a plan to do it by 2021.

SOURCES:
[i] CommonDreams.org. Costa Rica Will Become World’s First Carbon-Free Country by 2021, New President Says. Mar. 10th. 2018. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/10/costa-rica-will-become-worlds-first-carbon-free-country-2021-new-president-says
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] Reuters.com. Costa Rica’s new president promises plan to speed clean transport. Apr. 30th. 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-costa-rica-politics-renewables/costa-ricas-new-president-promises-plan-to-speed-clean-transport-idUSKBN1I11M5
[v] Independent.co.uk. Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world’s first decarbonised society. May. 10th. 2018. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/costa-rica-fossil-fuels-ban-president-carlos-alvarado-climate-change-global-warming-a8344541.html

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Memo From the White House: Ignore Climate Science

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to prop up fossil fuels, but his own government agencies keep reporting on the climate change threat. A newly obtained memo reveals one of his solutions: Just ignore them.

SOURCES:
[i] WashingtonPost.com. In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research. May. 23rd. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/23/in-an-internal-memo-the-white-house-considered-whether-to-simply-ignore-federal-climate-research/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2bf7f7a5cf9a
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] NASA.gov. Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA. Jan. 18th. 2018. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/long-term-warming-trend-continued-in-2017-nasa-noaa
[iv] WashingtonPost.com. In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research. May. 23rd. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/23/in-an-internal-memo-the-white-house-considered-whether-to-simply-ignore-federal-climate-research/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2bf7f7a5cf9a
[v] Science2017.globalchange.gov. Climate Science Special Report. https://science2017.globalchange.gov/

Memo From the White House: Ignore Climate Science

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to prop up fossil fuels, but his own government agencies keep reporting on the climate change threat. A newly obtained memo reveals one of his solutions: Just ignore them.

SOURCES:
[i] WashingtonPost.com. In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research. May. 23rd. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/23/in-an-internal-memo-the-white-house-considered-whether-to-simply-ignore-federal-climate-research/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2bf7f7a5cf9a
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] NASA.gov. Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA. Jan. 18th. 2018. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/long-term-warming-trend-continued-in-2017-nasa-noaa
[iv] WashingtonPost.com. In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research. May. 23rd. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/23/in-an-internal-memo-the-white-house-considered-whether-to-simply-ignore-federal-climate-research/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2bf7f7a5cf9a
[v] Science2017.globalchange.gov. Climate Science Special Report. https://science2017.globalchange.gov/

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Fossil Fuel Handouts

You won’t believe how much taxpayer money the U.S. government is spending to prop up fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas.

Fossil Fuel Handouts

You won’t believe how much taxpayer money the U.S. government is spending to prop up fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas.

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17 States Sue Trump’s EPA

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is trying to make cars less fuel efficient. But California and 16 other states are stepping up to stop him, by suing the EPA to keep clean fuel efficiency standards.

SOURCES:
[i] OAG.CA.GOV. Petition for Review. May. 1st. 2018. https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press_releases/2018-05-01%20Petition%20Revised%20MTE.pdf
[ii] NPR.org. States Sue The EPA To Protect Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Standards. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/01/607447344/states-sue-the-epa-to-protect-obama-era-fuel-efficiency-standards
[iii] NBCNews.com. 17 states and D.C. sue Trump administration to maintain vehicle fuel-efficiency standards. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/17-states-d-c-sue-trump-administration-maintain-vehicle-fuel-n870531
[iv] OAG.CA.GOV. Petition for Review. May. 1st. 2018. https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press_releases/2018-05-01%20Petition%20Revised%20MTE.pdf
[v] EPA.GOV. Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025. 2017 https://www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas#previoussteps
[vi] Ibid.

17 States Sue Trump’s EPA

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is trying to make cars less fuel efficient. But California and 16 other states are stepping up to stop him, by suing the EPA to keep clean fuel efficiency standards.

SOURCES:
[i] OAG.CA.GOV. Petition for Review. May. 1st. 2018. https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press_releases/2018-05-01%20Petition%20Revised%20MTE.pdf
[ii] NPR.org. States Sue The EPA To Protect Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Standards. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/01/607447344/states-sue-the-epa-to-protect-obama-era-fuel-efficiency-standards
[iii] NBCNews.com. 17 states and D.C. sue Trump administration to maintain vehicle fuel-efficiency standards. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/17-states-d-c-sue-trump-administration-maintain-vehicle-fuel-n870531
[iv] OAG.CA.GOV. Petition for Review. May. 1st. 2018. https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press_releases/2018-05-01%20Petition%20Revised%20MTE.pdf
[v] EPA.GOV. Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025. 2017 https://www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas#previoussteps
[vi] Ibid.

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Scott Pruitt’s Legacy

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testified to Congress to defend himself amid mounting allegations of waste, cronyism, and corruption. But his political scandals might not be the worst legacy Mr. Pruitt leaves behind.

SOURCES:
[i] NYTimes.com. Scott Pruitt Met With Lobbyist Whose Wife Rented Him a $50-a-Night Condo. Apr. 21st. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/21/climate/pruitt-hart-condo-epa-lobbying.html
[ii] WashingtonPost.com. First-class travel distinguishes Scott Pruitt’s EPA tenure. Feb. 11th. 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/first-class-travel-distinguishes-scott-pruitts-epa-tenure/2018/02/11/5bb89afc-0b7d-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html?utm_term=.a5a0fb8f8d0f
[iii] TheHill.com. Pruitt flew coach when taxpayers were not paying for his travel: report. Apr. 6th. 2018. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/382060-pruitt-flew-coach-when-taxpayers-were-not-paying-for-his-travel
[iv] TheHill.com. Internal email contradicts Pruitt’s story on raises: report. Apr. 9th. 2018. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/382331-internal-email-contradicts-pruitts-story-on-raises-report
[v] NYTimes.com. E.P.A. Officials Sidelined After Questioning Scott Pruitt. Apr. 5th. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/05/business/epa-officials-questioned-scott-pruitt.html
[vi] Newsweek.com. pruitt directly oversaw efforts to erase climate change info from epa website, emails reveal. Feb. 2nd. 2018. http://www.newsweek.com/scott-pruitt-personally-oversaw-efforts-erase-climate-change-information-epa-798069
[vii] WashingtonPost.com. EPA’s new science advisers add more industry experts, conservatives to the mix. Nov. 14th. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/11/04/pruitts-new-science-advisers-add-more-industry-experts-conservatives-to-the-mix/
[viii] WashingtonPost.com. Scott Pruitt calls for an ‘exit’ from the Paris accord, sharpening the Trump White House’s climate rift. Apr. 14th. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/14/trumps-epa-chief-scott-pruitt-calls-for-an-exit-to-the-paris-climate-agreement/?utm_term=.c0ab7e4c2357
[ix] Insideclimatenews.org. Trump’s EPA Starts Process for Replacing Clean Power Plan. Dec. 18th. 2017. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18122017/clean-power-plan-trump-epa-repeal-replace-obama-climate-change-power-plant-emissions
[x] TheHill.com. EPA loosens rules on some ‘major’ air pollution sources. Jan. 25th. 2018. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/370786-epa-loosens-rules-on-some-major-air-pollution-sources
[xi] NYTimes.com.Calling Car Pollution Standards ‘Too High,’ E.P.A. Sets Up Fight With California
Image. Apr. 2nd. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/climate/trump-auto-emissions-rules.html

Scott Pruitt’s Legacy

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testified to Congress to defend himself amid mounting allegations of waste, cronyism, and corruption. But his political scandals might not be the worst legacy Mr. Pruitt leaves behind.

SOURCES:
[i] NYTimes.com. Scott Pruitt Met With Lobbyist Whose Wife Rented Him a $50-a-Night Condo. Apr. 21st. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/21/climate/pruitt-hart-condo-epa-lobbying.html
[ii] WashingtonPost.com. First-class travel distinguishes Scott Pruitt’s EPA tenure. Feb. 11th. 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/first-class-travel-distinguishes-scott-pruitts-epa-tenure/2018/02/11/5bb89afc-0b7d-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html?utm_term=.a5a0fb8f8d0f
[iii] TheHill.com. Pruitt flew coach when taxpayers were not paying for his travel: report. Apr. 6th. 2018. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/382060-pruitt-flew-coach-when-taxpayers-were-not-paying-for-his-travel
[iv] TheHill.com. Internal email contradicts Pruitt’s story on raises: report. Apr. 9th. 2018. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/382331-internal-email-contradicts-pruitts-story-on-raises-report
[v] NYTimes.com. E.P.A. Officials Sidelined After Questioning Scott Pruitt. Apr. 5th. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/05/business/epa-officials-questioned-scott-pruitt.html
[vi] Newsweek.com. pruitt directly oversaw efforts to erase climate change info from epa website, emails reveal. Feb. 2nd. 2018. http://www.newsweek.com/scott-pruitt-personally-oversaw-efforts-erase-climate-change-information-epa-798069
[vii] WashingtonPost.com. EPA’s new science advisers add more industry experts, conservatives to the mix. Nov. 14th. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/11/04/pruitts-new-science-advisers-add-more-industry-experts-conservatives-to-the-mix/
[viii] WashingtonPost.com. Scott Pruitt calls for an ‘exit’ from the Paris accord, sharpening the Trump White House’s climate rift. Apr. 14th. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/14/trumps-epa-chief-scott-pruitt-calls-for-an-exit-to-the-paris-climate-agreement/?utm_term=.c0ab7e4c2357
[ix] Insideclimatenews.org. Trump’s EPA Starts Process for Replacing Clean Power Plan. Dec. 18th. 2017. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18122017/clean-power-plan-trump-epa-repeal-replace-obama-climate-change-power-plant-emissions
[x] TheHill.com. EPA loosens rules on some ‘major’ air pollution sources. Jan. 25th. 2018. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/370786-epa-loosens-rules-on-some-major-air-pollution-sources
[xi] NYTimes.com.Calling Car Pollution Standards ‘Too High,’ E.P.A. Sets Up Fight With California
Image. Apr. 2nd. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/climate/trump-auto-emissions-rules.html

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Ryan Zinke is for the Birds

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a group of fossil fuel executives that wind power kills too many birds to be environmentally friendly. We put together a list of things that kill more birds than wind turbines to put that in perspective.

SOURCES:
[i] Axios.com. Fact-checking Zinke’s claim that wind turbines kill 750,000 birds a year. Mar. 2018. https://www.axios.com/fact-checking-zinkes-bird-death-claim-1520379825-0dbede05-9934-42f6-988b-58c9e3fbe280.html
[ii] ThinkProgress.org. CHART: How Many Birds Are Killed By Wind, Solar, Oil, And Coal?. Aug. 26th. 2014. https://thinkprogress.org/chart-how-many-birds-are-killed-by-wind-solar-oil-and-coal-230d2a939bbb/

Ryan Zinke is for the Birds

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a group of fossil fuel executives that wind power kills too many birds to be environmentally friendly. We put together a list of things that kill more birds than wind turbines to put that in perspective.

SOURCES:
[i] Axios.com. Fact-checking Zinke’s claim that wind turbines kill 750,000 birds a year. Mar. 2018. https://www.axios.com/fact-checking-zinkes-bird-death-claim-1520379825-0dbede05-9934-42f6-988b-58c9e3fbe280.html
[ii] ThinkProgress.org. CHART: How Many Birds Are Killed By Wind, Solar, Oil, And Coal?. Aug. 26th. 2014. https://thinkprogress.org/chart-how-many-birds-are-killed-by-wind-solar-oil-and-coal-230d2a939bbb/

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China Deploys Its Military to Plant Forests

Climate change is one of the biggest global security threats out there, so China is deploying its military to fight it…with trees.

SOURCES:
[i] Independent.co.uk. China reassigns 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in bid to fight pollution. Feb. 13th. 2018. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-tree-plant-soldiers-reassign-climate-change-global-warming-deforestation-a8208836.html
[ii]Futurism.com. China Will Plant 32,400 Square Miles of Trees to Combat Air Pollution. Feb. 16th. 2018. https://futurism.com/china-plant-32400-square-miles-trees-combat-air-pollution/
[iii] Census.gov. United States Summary: 2000. April 2004. https://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/phc3-us-pt1.pdf
[iv] Arborenvironmentalalliance.com. Carbon and Tree Facts. 2008. http://www.arborenvironmentalalliance.com/carbon-tree-facts.asp
[v] News.Vice.com. 60,000 chinese troops are about to plant enough trees to cover utah. Feb. 16th. 2018. https://news.vice.com/en_ca/article/j5bjvx/china-soldiers-trees-planting-beijing-pollution
[vi]Forest area (% of land area). https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/AG.LND.FRST.ZS?year_high_desc=true
[vii] Stars and Stripes. Trump Differ on Climate Change. July. 1st. 2017.
http://slite.dma.mil/issues/july2017/20170701.pdf
[viii] Ibid.
[ix] BusinessInsider.com. These are the 25 most powerful militaries in the world — and there’s a clear winner. Feb. 16th. 2018. http://www.businessinsider.com/most-powerful-militaries-in-the-world-ranked-2018-2#1-united-states-25

China Deploys Its Military to Plant Forests

Climate change is one of the biggest global security threats out there, so China is deploying its military to fight it…with trees.

SOURCES:
[i] Independent.co.uk. China reassigns 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in bid to fight pollution. Feb. 13th. 2018. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-tree-plant-soldiers-reassign-climate-change-global-warming-deforestation-a8208836.html
[ii]Futurism.com. China Will Plant 32,400 Square Miles of Trees to Combat Air Pollution. Feb. 16th. 2018. https://futurism.com/china-plant-32400-square-miles-trees-combat-air-pollution/
[iii] Census.gov. United States Summary: 2000. April 2004. https://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/phc3-us-pt1.pdf
[iv] Arborenvironmentalalliance.com. Carbon and Tree Facts. 2008. http://www.arborenvironmentalalliance.com/carbon-tree-facts.asp
[v] News.Vice.com. 60,000 chinese troops are about to plant enough trees to cover utah. Feb. 16th. 2018. https://news.vice.com/en_ca/article/j5bjvx/china-soldiers-trees-planting-beijing-pollution
[vi]Forest area (% of land area). https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/AG.LND.FRST.ZS?year_high_desc=true
[vii] Stars and Stripes. Trump Differ on Climate Change. July. 1st. 2017.
http://slite.dma.mil/issues/july2017/20170701.pdf
[viii] Ibid.
[ix] BusinessInsider.com. These are the 25 most powerful militaries in the world — and there’s a clear winner. Feb. 16th. 2018. http://www.businessinsider.com/most-powerful-militaries-in-the-world-ranked-2018-2#1-united-states-25

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Scott Pruitt Gets Sweet Deal on Rent from Fossil Fuel Lobbyist

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is so cozy with the fossil fuel lobby, they’re basically living together. But his way-below-market apartment rental in D.C. is just the tip of his unethical spending iceberg.

SOURCES:
[i] ABCNews.go.com. Pruitt arranged condo deal through energy lobbyist, source says. Mar. 30th. 2018. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pruitt-arranged-condo-deal-energy-lobbyist-source/story?id=54121795
[ii] ibid.
[iii] ABCNews.go.com. EXCLUSIVE: EPA chief Pruitt joined by family in condo tied to lobbyist ‘power couple’. Mar. 30th. 2018.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/exclusive-epa-chief-pruitt-joined-family-condo-tied/story?id=54125092
[iv] ABCNews.go.com. Pruitt arranged condo deal through energy lobbyist, source says. Mar. 30th. 2018. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pruitt-arranged-condo-deal-energy-lobbyist-source/story?id=54121795
[v] Ibid.
[vi] NYTimes.com.E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule. Oct. 9th. 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/climate/clean-power-plan.html
[vii] CNBC.com. EPA chief Scott Pruitt took first-class, military, charter flights that cost taxpayers more than $163,000 in first year alone: Report. Mar. 21st. 2018. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/21/epa-chief-scott-pruitt-took-flights-costing-taxpayers-163000.html
[viii] Ecowatch.com.Report: EPA Hires 12 More Bodyguards for Pruitt, Costing $2M Annually for Full Security Team. Oct. 23rd. 2017. https://www.ecowatch.com/epa-pruitt-bodyguards-2500198933.html
[ix] Newsweek.com. scott pruitt spent more than $40,000 on epa private phone booth. Mar. 14th. 2018. http://www.newsweek.com/scott-pruitt-phone-booth-epa-expenditure-844989
[x] USAToday.com. EPA ethics counsel: Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night room deal wasn’t ‘prohibited gift at all’. Mar. 30th. 2018. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/03/30/reports-epas-scott-pruitt-made-50-night-room-deal-energy-lobbyists-wife/472670002/

Scott Pruitt Gets Sweet Deal on Rent from Fossil Fuel Lobbyist

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is so cozy with the fossil fuel lobby, they’re basically living together. But his way-below-market apartment rental in D.C. is just the tip of his unethical spending iceberg.

SOURCES:
[i] ABCNews.go.com. Pruitt arranged condo deal through energy lobbyist, source says. Mar. 30th. 2018. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pruitt-arranged-condo-deal-energy-lobbyist-source/story?id=54121795
[ii] ibid.
[iii] ABCNews.go.com. EXCLUSIVE: EPA chief Pruitt joined by family in condo tied to lobbyist ‘power couple’. Mar. 30th. 2018.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/exclusive-epa-chief-pruitt-joined-family-condo-tied/story?id=54125092
[iv] ABCNews.go.com. Pruitt arranged condo deal through energy lobbyist, source says. Mar. 30th. 2018. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pruitt-arranged-condo-deal-energy-lobbyist-source/story?id=54121795
[v] Ibid.
[vi] NYTimes.com.E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule. Oct. 9th. 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/climate/clean-power-plan.html
[vii] CNBC.com. EPA chief Scott Pruitt took first-class, military, charter flights that cost taxpayers more than $163,000 in first year alone: Report. Mar. 21st. 2018. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/21/epa-chief-scott-pruitt-took-flights-costing-taxpayers-163000.html
[viii] Ecowatch.com.Report: EPA Hires 12 More Bodyguards for Pruitt, Costing $2M Annually for Full Security Team. Oct. 23rd. 2017. https://www.ecowatch.com/epa-pruitt-bodyguards-2500198933.html
[ix] Newsweek.com. scott pruitt spent more than $40,000 on epa private phone booth. Mar. 14th. 2018. http://www.newsweek.com/scott-pruitt-phone-booth-epa-expenditure-844989
[x] USAToday.com. EPA ethics counsel: Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night room deal wasn’t ‘prohibited gift at all’. Mar. 30th. 2018. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/03/30/reports-epas-scott-pruitt-made-50-night-room-deal-energy-lobbyists-wife/472670002/

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Driving Towards Denial

President Donald Trump’s EPA is preparing to rollback federal regulations requiring cars to be cleaner and more fuel efficient. This, amid auto-industry lobbying to cast doubt on the proven scientific links between tailpipe pollution, human health, and climate change.

SOURCES:
[i] TIME.com. How Drivers Will Decide the Fate of the Climate. Dec. 1st. 2017. http://time.com/5039882/donald-trump-carbon-emissions-auto-industry/
[ii] NYTimes.com.U.S. Sets Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards. Aug. 28th. 2012.
https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/business/energy-environment/obama-unveils-tighter-fuel-efficiency-standards.html?smid=pl-share
[iii] Blog.UCSUSA.org. Automakers Turn to Climate Deniers in Quest to Lower Fuel Economy Regulations. Mar. 19th. 2018. https://blog.ucsusa.org/dave-cooke/automakers-turn-to-climate-deniers-in-quest-to-lower-fuel-economy-regulations?_ga=2.248397447.1694123490.1522339611-672865297.1521077822&_gac=1.37474324.1521077822.EAIaIQobChMIoKv-t5jt2QIVgYTICh3clQzUEAAYASAAEgITk_D_BwE
[iv] Ibid.
[v] ThinkProgress.com. Car companies hire climate science denier to do hit job on clean cars. Mar. 22nd. 2018. https://thinkprogress.org/car-companies-hire-climate-denier-to-attack-clean-cars-e533fd00420c/
[vi] Blog.UCSUSA.org. Automakers Turn to Climate Deniers in Quest to Lower Fuel Economy Regulations. Mar. 19th. 2018. https://blog.ucsusa.org/dave-cooke/automakers-turn-to-climate-deniers-in-quest-to-lower-fuel-economy-regulations?_ga=2.248397447.1694123490.1522339611-672865297.1521077822&_gac=1.37474324.1521077822.EAIaIQobChMIoKv-t5jt2QIVgYTICh3clQzUEAAYASAAEgITk_D_BwE
[vii] NYTimes.com. Automakers Shift Gears on Climate Change. Mar. 22nd. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/climate/climate-change-sylvia-earle.html
[viii] VOX.com. Power plants are no longer America’s biggest climate problem. Transportation is. June. 13th. 2016. https://www.vox.com/2016/6/13/11911798/emissions-electricity-versus-transportation
[ix] UCSUSA.org. Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards for Cars and Trucks, Model Years 2017 to 2025. June. 2016. https://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2016/06/Fuel-Economy-Standards-2017-2025-summary.pdf
[x] Bloomberg.com. California’s Ready to Retaliate If Trump Cuts Auto Rules, Sources Say. Mar. 27th. 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-30/epa-chief-s-50-a-night-rental-said-to-raise-white-house-angst

Driving Towards Denial

President Donald Trump’s EPA is preparing to rollback federal regulations requiring cars to be cleaner and more fuel efficient. This, amid auto-industry lobbying to cast doubt on the proven scientific links between tailpipe pollution, human health, and climate change.

SOURCES:
[i] TIME.com. How Drivers Will Decide the Fate of the Climate. Dec. 1st. 2017. http://time.com/5039882/donald-trump-carbon-emissions-auto-industry/
[ii] NYTimes.com.U.S. Sets Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards. Aug. 28th. 2012.
https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/business/energy-environment/obama-unveils-tighter-fuel-efficiency-standards.html?smid=pl-share
[iii] Blog.UCSUSA.org. Automakers Turn to Climate Deniers in Quest to Lower Fuel Economy Regulations. Mar. 19th. 2018. https://blog.ucsusa.org/dave-cooke/automakers-turn-to-climate-deniers-in-quest-to-lower-fuel-economy-regulations?_ga=2.248397447.1694123490.1522339611-672865297.1521077822&_gac=1.37474324.1521077822.EAIaIQobChMIoKv-t5jt2QIVgYTICh3clQzUEAAYASAAEgITk_D_BwE
[iv] Ibid.
[v] ThinkProgress.com. Car companies hire climate science denier to do hit job on clean cars. Mar. 22nd. 2018. https://thinkprogress.org/car-companies-hire-climate-denier-to-attack-clean-cars-e533fd00420c/
[vi] Blog.UCSUSA.org. Automakers Turn to Climate Deniers in Quest to Lower Fuel Economy Regulations. Mar. 19th. 2018. https://blog.ucsusa.org/dave-cooke/automakers-turn-to-climate-deniers-in-quest-to-lower-fuel-economy-regulations?_ga=2.248397447.1694123490.1522339611-672865297.1521077822&_gac=1.37474324.1521077822.EAIaIQobChMIoKv-t5jt2QIVgYTICh3clQzUEAAYASAAEgITk_D_BwE
[vii] NYTimes.com. Automakers Shift Gears on Climate Change. Mar. 22nd. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/climate/climate-change-sylvia-earle.html
[viii] VOX.com. Power plants are no longer America’s biggest climate problem. Transportation is. June. 13th. 2016. https://www.vox.com/2016/6/13/11911798/emissions-electricity-versus-transportation
[ix] UCSUSA.org. Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards for Cars and Trucks, Model Years 2017 to 2025. June. 2016. https://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2016/06/Fuel-Economy-Standards-2017-2025-summary.pdf
[x] Bloomberg.com. California’s Ready to Retaliate If Trump Cuts Auto Rules, Sources Say. Mar. 27th. 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-30/epa-chief-s-50-a-night-rental-said-to-raise-white-house-angst

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VW Beyond Dieselgate

Volkswagen, rocked by a massive emissions cheating scandal, has announced plans to create the largest electric car fleet in the world. Do you think the company can turn over a new leaf? 

SOURCES:
[i] Bloomberg.com. VW Just Gave Tesla a $25 Billion Battery Shock. Mar. 13th. 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-13/vw-secures-25-billion-battery-supplies-in-electric-car-surge
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] TheGuardian.com. VW scandal: emissions cheats could face criminal charges. Feb. 2nd. 2018. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/feb/02/vw-scandal-emissions-cheats-could-face-criminal-charges
[v] TheGuardian.com. W scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows. Sept. 23rd. 2015. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/22/vw-scandal-caused-nearly-1m-tonnes-of-extra-pollution-analysis-shows
[vi] NBCNews.com. Volkswagen Slapped With Largest Ever Fine for Automakers. Apr. 21st. 2017. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/judge-approves-largest-fine-u-s-history-volkswagen-n749406

VW Beyond Dieselgate

Volkswagen, rocked by a massive emissions cheating scandal, has announced plans to create the largest electric car fleet in the world. Do you think the company can turn over a new leaf? 

SOURCES:
[i] Bloomberg.com. VW Just Gave Tesla a $25 Billion Battery Shock. Mar. 13th. 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-13/vw-secures-25-billion-battery-supplies-in-electric-car-surge
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] TheGuardian.com. VW scandal: emissions cheats could face criminal charges. Feb. 2nd. 2018. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/feb/02/vw-scandal-emissions-cheats-could-face-criminal-charges
[v] TheGuardian.com. W scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows. Sept. 23rd. 2015. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/22/vw-scandal-caused-nearly-1m-tonnes-of-extra-pollution-analysis-shows
[vi] NBCNews.com. Volkswagen Slapped With Largest Ever Fine for Automakers. Apr. 21st. 2017. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/judge-approves-largest-fine-u-s-history-volkswagen-n749406

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Monumental Disinformation

As President Donald Trump prepares to auction off huge swathes of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments, new documents have come to light revealing the truth behind his decision to shrink them.

Monumental Disinformation

As President Donald Trump prepares to auction off huge swathes of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments, new documents have come to light revealing the truth behind his decision to shrink them.

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Disaster Unpreparedness Agency

The agency tasked with preparing U.S. for disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), just left the country woefully unprepared for climate change.

SOURCES:
[i] NPR. FEMA Drops ‘Climate Change’ From Its Strategic Plan. Mar. 15, 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/15/594140026/fema-drops-climate-change-from-its-strategic-plan
[ii]Globalchange.gov. National Climate Assessment
https://nca2014.globalchange.gov/
[iii] NPR. FEMA Drops ‘Climate Change’ From Its Strategic Plan. Mar. 15, 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/15/594140026/fema-drops-climate-change-from-its-strategic-plan
[iv] Ibid
[v] Bloomberg. FEMA Strips Mention of ‘Climate Change’ From Its Strategic Plan. Mar. 15th. 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-15/fema-strips-mention-of-climate-change-from-its-strategic-plan

Disaster Unpreparedness Agency

The agency tasked with preparing U.S. for disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), just left the country woefully unprepared for climate change.

SOURCES:
[i] NPR. FEMA Drops ‘Climate Change’ From Its Strategic Plan. Mar. 15, 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/15/594140026/fema-drops-climate-change-from-its-strategic-plan
[ii]Globalchange.gov. National Climate Assessment
https://nca2014.globalchange.gov/
[iii] NPR. FEMA Drops ‘Climate Change’ From Its Strategic Plan. Mar. 15, 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/15/594140026/fema-drops-climate-change-from-its-strategic-plan
[iv] Ibid
[v] Bloomberg. FEMA Strips Mention of ‘Climate Change’ From Its Strategic Plan. Mar. 15th. 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-15/fema-strips-mention-of-climate-change-from-its-strategic-plan

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Plans to Sue the Oil Industry

“They know they are killing people and they continue doing the same thing over and over,” says Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the Executive Producers of Years of Living Dangerously. The fossil fuel industry has been hiding the truth about their product for years. That’s why he is suing to hold them accountable.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Plans to Sue the Oil Industry

“They know they are killing people and they continue doing the same thing over and over,” says Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the Executive Producers of Years of Living Dangerously. The fossil fuel industry has been hiding the truth about their product for years. That’s why he is suing to hold them accountable.

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Mike Pompeo: The Congressman From Koch

Does it matter that Rex Tillerson is out as Secretary of State? It does when you meet his replacement, the so-called Congressman from Koch Mike Pompeo, a climate change denier.

SOURCES:
[i] The New York Times. Rex Tillerson Out as Trump’s Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo. Mar 13th, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/us/politics/trump-tillerson-pompeo.html
[ii] The Nation. The Koch Brothers’ Favorite Congressman Will Be in Charge of the CIA. Nov 18, 2016 https://www.thenation.com/article/the-koch-brothers-favorite-congressman-will-be-in-charge-of-the-cia/
[iii] Ibid
[iv] Motherboard. A Secretary of State Pompeo Would Be Bad for Climate Issues. Dec 1, 2017 https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbzg93/secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo-climate-change-denier
[v] OpenSecrets.Org. Mike Pompeo, Kansas. https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/summary?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00030744&newMem=N
[vi] League of Conservation Voters. National Environmental Scorecard: Mike Pompeo. http://scorecard.lcv.org/moc/mike-pompeo
[vii] The Kansas City Star/McClatchy. Pentagon, Trump are at odds on climate change — and Democrats are taking advantage. Jun 29, 2017
http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article158716619.html
[viii] E & E News. Tillerson exit might bring climate disbelief to State. Nov 30, 2017
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060067727
[ix] Ibid.
[x] Ibid.
[xi] Politico. Trump’s climate science doubters. Mar 6, 2018 https://www.politico.com/interactives/2018/climate-science-doubters/
[xii] E & E News. Tillerson exit might bring climate disbelief to State. Nov 30, 2017
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060067727

Mike Pompeo: The Congressman From Koch

Does it matter that Rex Tillerson is out as Secretary of State? It does when you meet his replacement, the so-called Congressman from Koch Mike Pompeo, a climate change denier.

SOURCES:
[i] The New York Times. Rex Tillerson Out as Trump’s Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo. Mar 13th, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/us/politics/trump-tillerson-pompeo.html
[ii] The Nation. The Koch Brothers’ Favorite Congressman Will Be in Charge of the CIA. Nov 18, 2016 https://www.thenation.com/article/the-koch-brothers-favorite-congressman-will-be-in-charge-of-the-cia/
[iii] Ibid
[iv] Motherboard. A Secretary of State Pompeo Would Be Bad for Climate Issues. Dec 1, 2017 https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbzg93/secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo-climate-change-denier
[v] OpenSecrets.Org. Mike Pompeo, Kansas. https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/summary?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00030744&newMem=N
[vi] League of Conservation Voters. National Environmental Scorecard: Mike Pompeo. http://scorecard.lcv.org/moc/mike-pompeo
[vii] The Kansas City Star/McClatchy. Pentagon, Trump are at odds on climate change — and Democrats are taking advantage. Jun 29, 2017
http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article158716619.html
[viii] E & E News. Tillerson exit might bring climate disbelief to State. Nov 30, 2017
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060067727
[ix] Ibid.
[x] Ibid.
[xi] Politico. Trump’s climate science doubters. Mar 6, 2018 https://www.politico.com/interactives/2018/climate-science-doubters/
[xii] E & E News. Tillerson exit might bring climate disbelief to State. Nov 30, 2017
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060067727

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War On Our Future: Should Houston Sue

Should the oil capital of the world be taking the oil companies to court? The city of Houston has a powerful case.

SOURCES:
[i] LATimes.com. L.A. lawmakers look to sue big oil companies over climate change — and the costs that stem from it. Jan. 13th. 2018. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-climate-change-lawsuit-20180113-story.html
[ii] KSAT.com. By the numbers: Report details Hurricane Harvey’s massive punch. Jan. 25th. 2018. https://www.ksat.com/news/by-the-numbers-inside-the-national-hurricane-center-s-hurricane-harvey-report
[iii] Coast.NOAA.Gov. Hurricane Costs. Jan. 1st. 2018.  https://coast.noaa.gov/states/fast-facts/hurricane-costs.html
[iv] TheGuardian.com. Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says. July. 10th. 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change
[v] EPA.gov. Climate Change Indicators.
https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/oceans
[vi] Climate.Gov. Reviewing Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic rain and flooding. Sept. 18th. 2017. https://www.climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/reviewing-hurricane-harveys-catastrophic-rain-and-flooding
[vii] NYTimes.com.Scientists Link Hurricane Harvey’s Record Rainfall to Climate Change. Dec. 13th. 2017.   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/13/climate/hurricane-harvey-climate-change.html
[viii] WashingtonPost.com. Fossil fuel emissions will reach an all-time high in 2017, scientists say — dashing hopes of progress. Nov. 13th. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/11/13/fossil-fuel-emissions-projected-to-reach-an-all-time-high-in-2017-dashing-hopes-of-progress/
[ix] Apps.PublicIntegrity.org. A Century of Influence: The unlikely partnership between Big Oil and the White House. Dec. 12th. 2017. https://apps.publicintegrity.org/united-states-of-petroleum/century-of-influence/
[x] Ibid.

War On Our Future: Should Houston Sue

Should the oil capital of the world be taking the oil companies to court? The city of Houston has a powerful case.

SOURCES:
[i] LATimes.com. L.A. lawmakers look to sue big oil companies over climate change — and the costs that stem from it. Jan. 13th. 2018. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-climate-change-lawsuit-20180113-story.html
[ii] KSAT.com. By the numbers: Report details Hurricane Harvey’s massive punch. Jan. 25th. 2018. https://www.ksat.com/news/by-the-numbers-inside-the-national-hurricane-center-s-hurricane-harvey-report
[iii] Coast.NOAA.Gov. Hurricane Costs. Jan. 1st. 2018.  https://coast.noaa.gov/states/fast-facts/hurricane-costs.html
[iv] TheGuardian.com. Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says. July. 10th. 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change
[v] EPA.gov. Climate Change Indicators.
https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/oceans
[vi] Climate.Gov. Reviewing Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic rain and flooding. Sept. 18th. 2017. https://www.climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/reviewing-hurricane-harveys-catastrophic-rain-and-flooding
[vii] NYTimes.com.Scientists Link Hurricane Harvey’s Record Rainfall to Climate Change. Dec. 13th. 2017.   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/13/climate/hurricane-harvey-climate-change.html
[viii] WashingtonPost.com. Fossil fuel emissions will reach an all-time high in 2017, scientists say — dashing hopes of progress. Nov. 13th. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/11/13/fossil-fuel-emissions-projected-to-reach-an-all-time-high-in-2017-dashing-hopes-of-progress/
[ix] Apps.PublicIntegrity.org. A Century of Influence: The unlikely partnership between Big Oil and the White House. Dec. 12th. 2017. https://apps.publicintegrity.org/united-states-of-petroleum/century-of-influence/
[x] Ibid.

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We Need More Climate Candidates

It’s one of the biggest crises facing America today but only one member of Congress is giving it the prominence it deserves: Sheldon Whitehouse. Why don’t other leaders care as much?

You can help change this. Take the pledge here: http://theyearsproject.com/learn/news/take-the-pledge-to-vote-for-the-environment/

We Need More Climate Candidates

It’s one of the biggest crises facing America today but only one member of Congress is giving it the prominence it deserves: Sheldon Whitehouse. Why don’t other leaders care as much?

You can help change this. Take the pledge here: http://theyearsproject.com/learn/news/take-the-pledge-to-vote-for-the-environment/

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Trump’s Renewable Energy Budget Cuts

President Donald Trump has called for a 72% cut in renewable and energy efficiency spending, which would seriously hinder the U.S.’s ability to keep up with cutting-edge energy technology. Will Congress approve this plan?

SOURCES:
[i] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook: Fastest Growing Occupations 2016-26. Jan 30, 2018. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm
[ii] WashingtonPost.com. White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels. Feb. 1st. 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/white-house-seeks-72-percent-cut-to-clean-energy-research-underscoring-administrations-preference-for-fossil-fuelsv/2018/01/31/c2c69350-05f3-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html?utm_term=.d34df9ac0b77
[iii] Energy.Gov. About the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. https://energy.gov/eere/about-office-energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy
[iv] VOX.com. Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money. Aug. 18th. 2017. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/8/18/16160456/wind-solar-power-saving-money
[v] EESI.org. Fact Sheet – Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2017). Feb. 15th. 2017. http://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-jobs-in-renewable-energy-and-energy-efficiency-2017
[vi] Ibid.
[vii] Energy.Gov. Department of Energy FY 2017 Congressional Budget Request. Feb. 2016. https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/02/f29/FY2017BudgetinBrief_0.pdf
[viii]CNBC.com. Trump once again seeks to slash funding for clean energy in 2019 budget. Jan. 31. 2018.https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/31/trump-again-seeks-to-slash-funding-for-clean-energy-in-2019-budget.html
[ix] Ibid.

Trump’s Renewable Energy Budget Cuts

President Donald Trump has called for a 72% cut in renewable and energy efficiency spending, which would seriously hinder the U.S.’s ability to keep up with cutting-edge energy technology. Will Congress approve this plan?

SOURCES:
[i] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook: Fastest Growing Occupations 2016-26. Jan 30, 2018. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm
[ii] WashingtonPost.com. White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels. Feb. 1st. 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/white-house-seeks-72-percent-cut-to-clean-energy-research-underscoring-administrations-preference-for-fossil-fuelsv/2018/01/31/c2c69350-05f3-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html?utm_term=.d34df9ac0b77
[iii] Energy.Gov. About the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. https://energy.gov/eere/about-office-energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy
[iv] VOX.com. Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money. Aug. 18th. 2017. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/8/18/16160456/wind-solar-power-saving-money
[v] EESI.org. Fact Sheet – Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2017). Feb. 15th. 2017. http://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-jobs-in-renewable-energy-and-energy-efficiency-2017
[vi] Ibid.
[vii] Energy.Gov. Department of Energy FY 2017 Congressional Budget Request. Feb. 2016. https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/02/f29/FY2017BudgetinBrief_0.pdf
[viii]CNBC.com. Trump once again seeks to slash funding for clean energy in 2019 budget. Jan. 31. 2018.https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/31/trump-again-seeks-to-slash-funding-for-clean-energy-in-2019-budget.html
[ix] Ibid.

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During his State of The Union speech, President Trump told Americans, that we have endured floods and fires and storms. He just never explained why.

SOURCES:
[i] Reuters, 2017 was second hottest year on record, after sizzling 2016: report, Jan, 4th 2017
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-temperatures/2017-was-second-hottest-year-on-record-after-sizzling-2016-report-idUSKBN1ET1JF
[ii] LaTimes.com. San Francisco sets all-time heat record downtown at 106 degrees during state’s hottest recorded summer. Sep. 1st. 2017. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-heat-wave-weekend-20170901-story.html
[iii] WashingtonPost.com.The grim scope of 2017’s California wildfire season is now clear. The danger’s not over. Jan. 4th. 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/california-wildfires-comparison/
[iv] WashingtonPost.com.Harvey unloaded 33 trillion gallons of water in the U.S.. Sept. 2nd. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/30/harvey-has-unloaded-24-5-trillion-gallons-of-water-on-texas-and-louisiana
[v] NPR.org. One-Third Of Florida Residents Told To Evacuate Before Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall. Sept. 9th. 2017. https://www.npr.org/2017/09/09/549802448/one-third-of-florida-residents-told-to-evacuate-before-hurricane-irma-makes-land
[vi] BBC.com. Hurricane Irma: Two-thirds of Florida without power. Sept. 12th. 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41234292
[vii] TheAtlantic.com. After Four Months, Much of Puerto Rico Still Dark and Damaged. Jan. 29th. 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/01/after-four-months-much-of-puerto-rico-still-dark-and-damaged/551756/
[viii] Time.com. Hurricanes, Floods and Wildfires Cost the U.S. a Record Amount of Money in 2017. Jan. 8th. 2018. http://time.com/5093043/natural-disasters-cost-us/
[ix] TheHill.com. Trump: We are getting out of Paris climate deal. June. 1st. 2017.
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/335955-trump-pulls-us-out-of-paris-climate-deal
[x] TheAtlantic.com. Trump’s Coal Bailout Is Dead. Jan. 9th. 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/trumps-coal-bailout-is-dead/550037/

During his State of The Union speech, President Trump told Americans, that we have endured floods and fires and storms. He just never explained why.

SOURCES:
[i] Reuters, 2017 was second hottest year on record, after sizzling 2016: report, Jan, 4th 2017
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-temperatures/2017-was-second-hottest-year-on-record-after-sizzling-2016-report-idUSKBN1ET1JF
[ii] LaTimes.com. San Francisco sets all-time heat record downtown at 106 degrees during state’s hottest recorded summer. Sep. 1st. 2017. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-heat-wave-weekend-20170901-story.html
[iii] WashingtonPost.com.The grim scope of 2017’s California wildfire season is now clear. The danger’s not over. Jan. 4th. 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/california-wildfires-comparison/
[iv] WashingtonPost.com.Harvey unloaded 33 trillion gallons of water in the U.S.. Sept. 2nd. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/30/harvey-has-unloaded-24-5-trillion-gallons-of-water-on-texas-and-louisiana
[v] NPR.org. One-Third Of Florida Residents Told To Evacuate Before Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall. Sept. 9th. 2017. https://www.npr.org/2017/09/09/549802448/one-third-of-florida-residents-told-to-evacuate-before-hurricane-irma-makes-land
[vi] BBC.com. Hurricane Irma: Two-thirds of Florida without power. Sept. 12th. 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41234292
[vii] TheAtlantic.com. After Four Months, Much of Puerto Rico Still Dark and Damaged. Jan. 29th. 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/01/after-four-months-much-of-puerto-rico-still-dark-and-damaged/551756/
[viii] Time.com. Hurricanes, Floods and Wildfires Cost the U.S. a Record Amount of Money in 2017. Jan. 8th. 2018. http://time.com/5093043/natural-disasters-cost-us/
[ix] TheHill.com. Trump: We are getting out of Paris climate deal. June. 1st. 2017.
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/335955-trump-pulls-us-out-of-paris-climate-deal
[x] TheAtlantic.com. Trump’s Coal Bailout Is Dead. Jan. 9th. 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/trumps-coal-bailout-is-dead/550037/

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Trump Debunked on Climate Change

President Donald Trump finally articulated his position on climate change in an interview with Piers Morgan…and it couldn’t be more divorced from reality. Here’s a much needed fact check.

SOURCES:
[i] ChicagoTribune.com. AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s half-baked claims on climate, economy. Jan. 29th. 2018. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-us–fact-check-week-20180129-story.html
[ii] PMM.Nasa.Gov. What’s in a Name? Global Warming vs. Climate Change. Dec. 5th. 2008. https://pmm.nasa.gov/education/articles/whats-name-global-warming-vs-climate-change
[iii] Climate.Gov. NOAA Climate.gov Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Global Warming. Feb. 25th. 2014. https://www.climate.gov/sites/default/files/Climate_gov_GlobalWarming_FAQ_15Aug13.pdf
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Ibid.
[vi] ChicagoTribune.com. AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s half-baked claims on climate, economy. Jan. 29th. 2018. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-us–fact-check-week-20180129-story.html
[vii] NSIDC.org. Arctic sea ice at minimum extent. Sep. 19th. 2017. http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2017/09/arctic-sea-ice-at-minimum-extent-2/
[viii] Climate.Nasa.Gov. Arctic Sea Ice Minimum. https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/arctic-sea-ice/
[ix] ChicagoTribune.com. AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s half-baked claims on climate, economy. Jan. 29th. 2018. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-us–fact-check-week-20180129-story.html

Trump Debunked on Climate Change

President Donald Trump finally articulated his position on climate change in an interview with Piers Morgan…and it couldn’t be more divorced from reality. Here’s a much needed fact check.

SOURCES:
[i] ChicagoTribune.com. AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s half-baked claims on climate, economy. Jan. 29th. 2018. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-us–fact-check-week-20180129-story.html
[ii] PMM.Nasa.Gov. What’s in a Name? Global Warming vs. Climate Change. Dec. 5th. 2008. https://pmm.nasa.gov/education/articles/whats-name-global-warming-vs-climate-change
[iii] Climate.Gov. NOAA Climate.gov Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Global Warming. Feb. 25th. 2014. https://www.climate.gov/sites/default/files/Climate_gov_GlobalWarming_FAQ_15Aug13.pdf
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Ibid.
[vi] ChicagoTribune.com. AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s half-baked claims on climate, economy. Jan. 29th. 2018. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-us–fact-check-week-20180129-story.html
[vii] NSIDC.org. Arctic sea ice at minimum extent. Sep. 19th. 2017. http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2017/09/arctic-sea-ice-at-minimum-extent-2/
[viii] Climate.Nasa.Gov. Arctic Sea Ice Minimum. https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/arctic-sea-ice/
[ix] ChicagoTribune.com. AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s half-baked claims on climate, economy. Jan. 29th. 2018. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-us–fact-check-week-20180129-story.html

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#ClimateFacts: Climate Migrants

Leaders are rising to power in the US and Europe on a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment. They’ve called these migrants a lot of undue names, but they neglect one of the most accurate: victims of climate change.

SOURCES
[i] Politico.Eu.Viktor Orbán: Hungary doesn’t want ‘Muslim invaders’. Jan. 8th. 2018. https://www.politico.eu/article/viktor-orban-hungary-doesnt-want-muslim-invaders/
[ii] TheNews.PL. Terrorism linked to migration: Polish president. Sep. 9th. 2017. http://thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/325885,Terrorism-linked-to-migration-Polish-president
[iii] TheHill.com.Report: Trump suggested Haitian immigrants to US ‘all have AIDS’. Dec. 23rd. 2017.  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/366304-report-trump-suggested-haitian-immigrants-to-us-all-have-aids
[iv] Internal-Displacement.org. Key findings Disaster-related displacement risk: Measuring the risk and addressing its drivers. http://www.internal-displacement.org/assets/library/Media/201503-SendaiReport/Meta-Analysis-Key-findings-English2.pdf
[v] NYTimes.com. Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’. May. 3rd. 2016. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/us/resettling-the-first-american-climate-refugees.html

#ClimateFacts: Climate Migrants

Leaders are rising to power in the US and Europe on a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment. They’ve called these migrants a lot of undue names, but they neglect one of the most accurate: victims of climate change.

SOURCES
[i] Politico.Eu.Viktor Orbán: Hungary doesn’t want ‘Muslim invaders’. Jan. 8th. 2018. https://www.politico.eu/article/viktor-orban-hungary-doesnt-want-muslim-invaders/
[ii] TheNews.PL. Terrorism linked to migration: Polish president. Sep. 9th. 2017. http://thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/325885,Terrorism-linked-to-migration-Polish-president
[iii] TheHill.com.Report: Trump suggested Haitian immigrants to US ‘all have AIDS’. Dec. 23rd. 2017.  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/366304-report-trump-suggested-haitian-immigrants-to-us-all-have-aids
[iv] Internal-Displacement.org. Key findings Disaster-related displacement risk: Measuring the risk and addressing its drivers. http://www.internal-displacement.org/assets/library/Media/201503-SendaiReport/Meta-Analysis-Key-findings-English2.pdf
[v] NYTimes.com. Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’. May. 3rd. 2016. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/us/resettling-the-first-american-climate-refugees.html

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Mercer & the Museum of Natural History

Rebekah Mercer’s foundation may have given $4 million to the American Museum of Natural History, but over 200 climate scientists are demanding she step down from the Museum’s board.

SOURCES:
[i] NYTimes.com. Scientists Rebel Over a Trump Ally at the Natural History Museum. Jan 25th. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/climate/rebekah-mercer-natural-history-museum.html?login=email&auth=login-email
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] DeSmog Blog. How Donald Trump Kingmaker-Billionaires Robert and Rebekah Mercer Have Poured Millions Into Climate Science Denial. Jan 12, 2017. https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/01/12/trump-kingmaker-billionaires-robert-rebekah-mercer-pouring-millions-climate-science-denial
[iv] NYTimes.com. Scientists Rebel Over a Trump Ally at the Natural History Museum. Jan 25th. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/climate/rebekah-mercer-natural-history-museum.html?login=email&auth=login-email
[v] NewYorker.com. Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency. Mar. 27th. 2017. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/27/the-reclusive-hedge-fund-tycoon-behind-the-trump-presidency
[vi] Press Release. 200 Top Scientists Urge American Museum of Natural History to Kick Climate Denial Funder Rebekah Mercer off its Board. Jan 26th. 2018. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aFKocbQgxYTXPloaARAN-AcWizLL06n0kcZhJuABQd0/edit?usp=sharing
[vii] NYTimes.com. Scientists Rebel Over a Trump Ally at the Natural History Museum. Jan 25th. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/climate/rebekah-mercer-natural-history-museum.html?login=email&auth=login-email

Mercer & the Museum of Natural History

Rebekah Mercer’s foundation may have given $4 million to the American Museum of Natural History, but over 200 climate scientists are demanding she step down from the Museum’s board.

SOURCES:
[i] NYTimes.com. Scientists Rebel Over a Trump Ally at the Natural History Museum. Jan 25th. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/climate/rebekah-mercer-natural-history-museum.html?login=email&auth=login-email
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] DeSmog Blog. How Donald Trump Kingmaker-Billionaires Robert and Rebekah Mercer Have Poured Millions Into Climate Science Denial. Jan 12, 2017. https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/01/12/trump-kingmaker-billionaires-robert-rebekah-mercer-pouring-millions-climate-science-denial
[iv] NYTimes.com. Scientists Rebel Over a Trump Ally at the Natural History Museum. Jan 25th. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/climate/rebekah-mercer-natural-history-museum.html?login=email&auth=login-email
[v] NewYorker.com. Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency. Mar. 27th. 2017. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/27/the-reclusive-hedge-fund-tycoon-behind-the-trump-presidency
[vi] Press Release. 200 Top Scientists Urge American Museum of Natural History to Kick Climate Denial Funder Rebekah Mercer off its Board. Jan 26th. 2018. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aFKocbQgxYTXPloaARAN-AcWizLL06n0kcZhJuABQd0/edit?usp=sharing
[vii] NYTimes.com. Scientists Rebel Over a Trump Ally at the Natural History Museum. Jan 25th. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/climate/rebekah-mercer-natural-history-museum.html?login=email&auth=login-email

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Trump’s Solar Trade War

President Donald Trump slapped a huge tax on foreign made solar panels. He claims it will create jobs but it won’t. Instead it could stop the thriving American solar industry in its tracks.

SOURCES:
[i] https://www.seia.org/news/presidents-decision-solar-tariffs-loss-america
[ii] https://www.seia.org/news/seia-opposes-section-201-petition
[iii] https://www.seia.org/blog/solar-installer-fastest-growing-job-america
[iv] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-china-is-dominating-the-solar-industry/
[v]https://www.seia.org/sites/default/files/2017-09/Profiles%20in%20Manufacturing_09-07-17.compressed.pdf
[vi] https://www.seia.org/sites/default/files/2017-12/SEIA-USTR-Testimony-Packaged-Full.pdf
[vii] https://www.seia.org/blog/solar-installer-fastest-growing-job-america
[viii] https://www.seia.org/news/presidents-decision-solar-tariffs-loss-america
[ix] https://www.eenews.net/assets/2017/10/02/document_gw_02.pdf
[x] https://www.seia.org/research-resources/seia-prehearing-remedy-brief
[xi]Ibid.

Trump’s Solar Trade War

President Donald Trump slapped a huge tax on foreign made solar panels. He claims it will create jobs but it won’t. Instead it could stop the thriving American solar industry in its tracks.

SOURCES:
[i] https://www.seia.org/news/presidents-decision-solar-tariffs-loss-america
[ii] https://www.seia.org/news/seia-opposes-section-201-petition
[iii] https://www.seia.org/blog/solar-installer-fastest-growing-job-america
[iv] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-china-is-dominating-the-solar-industry/
[v]https://www.seia.org/sites/default/files/2017-09/Profiles%20in%20Manufacturing_09-07-17.compressed.pdf
[vi] https://www.seia.org/sites/default/files/2017-12/SEIA-USTR-Testimony-Packaged-Full.pdf
[vii] https://www.seia.org/blog/solar-installer-fastest-growing-job-america
[viii] https://www.seia.org/news/presidents-decision-solar-tariffs-loss-america
[ix] https://www.eenews.net/assets/2017/10/02/document_gw_02.pdf
[x] https://www.seia.org/research-resources/seia-prehearing-remedy-brief
[xi]Ibid.

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Trump’s Offshore Drilling Announcement

President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have announced plans to open up nearly all US waters to offshore drilling, raising widespread opposition on both sides of the aisle. What do you think?

SOURCES:
[i] The New York Times. “ Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling.” Jan. 4, 2018.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/climate/trump-offshore-drilling.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=66316222&pgtype=Homepage&_r=0
[ii] Ibid
[iii] Huffington Post. Trump Administration Proposes Massive Expansion Of Offshore Drilling Jan. 4, 2018.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-turmp-offshore-oil_us_5a2fe66ae4b078950283bee3
[iv]The New York Times. “ Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling.” Jan. 4, 2018.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/climate/trump-offshore-drilling.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=66316222&pgtype=Homepage&_r=0
[v] The Washington Post. “Trump administration plans to allow drilling off all U.S. Waters” Jan. 4th 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/01/04/trump-administration-plans-to-allow-drilling-off-all-u-s-waters/?hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar&tidr=a_breakingnews&utm_term=.ab0baa253c37
[vi] Ibid
[vii] Ibid
[viii] Ibid

Trump’s Offshore Drilling Announcement

President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have announced plans to open up nearly all US waters to offshore drilling, raising widespread opposition on both sides of the aisle. What do you think?

SOURCES:
[i] The New York Times. “ Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling.” Jan. 4, 2018.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/climate/trump-offshore-drilling.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=66316222&pgtype=Homepage&_r=0
[ii] Ibid
[iii] Huffington Post. Trump Administration Proposes Massive Expansion Of Offshore Drilling Jan. 4, 2018.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-turmp-offshore-oil_us_5a2fe66ae4b078950283bee3
[iv]The New York Times. “ Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling.” Jan. 4, 2018.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/climate/trump-offshore-drilling.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=66316222&pgtype=Homepage&_r=0
[v] The Washington Post. “Trump administration plans to allow drilling off all U.S. Waters” Jan. 4th 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/01/04/trump-administration-plans-to-allow-drilling-off-all-u-s-waters/?hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar&tidr=a_breakingnews&utm_term=.ab0baa253c37
[vi] Ibid
[vii] Ibid
[viii] Ibid

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Climate Change: National Security Threat?

President Donald J. Trump has announced a new national security strategy for the United States, removing climate change from the list of global threats. Maybe he should have consulted with the U.S. Military first?

SOURCES:
[i] Propublica, Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge. Mar 14, 2017. https://www.propublica.org/article/trumps-defense-secretary-cites-climate-change-national-security-challenge
[iia] Congressional Record, 115th Congress, 1st Session Issue: Vol. 163, No. 177. Nov 1, 2017.
https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2017/11/1/house-section/article/H8374-1
[iib] Stars and Stripes. Trump Differ on Climate Change. July 1, 2017.
http://slite.dma.mil/issues/july2017/20170701.pdf
[iii] Climate Security Consensus Project, Statement, Sept 2016. https://climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/climate-and-security-consensus-project-statement-2016_09.pdf
[iv] U.S. Department of Defense. Quadrennial Defense Review 2014. Mar 4, 2014. https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/features/defenseReviews/QDR/2014_Quadrennial_Defense_Review.pdf
[v] Washington Post. Drought helped cause Syria’s war. Will climate change bring more like it? Sept 10, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/09/10/drought-helped-caused-syrias-war-will-climate-change-bring-more-like-it/?utm_term=.7cdbbb7a06aa
[vi] Inside Climate News. Rising Seas Are Flooding Virginia’s Naval Base, and There’s No Plan to Fix It. Oct 25, 2017. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10252017/military-norfolk-naval-base-flooding-climate-change-sea-level-global-warming-virginia
[vii] Time. A Melting Arctic Could Spark a New Cold War. May 12, 2017. http://time.com/4773238/russia-cold-war-united-states-artic-donald-trump-barack-obama-vladimir-putin/

Climate Change: National Security Threat?

President Donald J. Trump has announced a new national security strategy for the United States, removing climate change from the list of global threats. Maybe he should have consulted with the U.S. Military first?

SOURCES:
[i] Propublica, Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge. Mar 14, 2017. https://www.propublica.org/article/trumps-defense-secretary-cites-climate-change-national-security-challenge
[iia] Congressional Record, 115th Congress, 1st Session Issue: Vol. 163, No. 177. Nov 1, 2017.
https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2017/11/1/house-section/article/H8374-1
[iib] Stars and Stripes. Trump Differ on Climate Change. July 1, 2017.
http://slite.dma.mil/issues/july2017/20170701.pdf
[iii] Climate Security Consensus Project, Statement, Sept 2016. https://climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/climate-and-security-consensus-project-statement-2016_09.pdf
[iv] U.S. Department of Defense. Quadrennial Defense Review 2014. Mar 4, 2014. https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/features/defenseReviews/QDR/2014_Quadrennial_Defense_Review.pdf
[v] Washington Post. Drought helped cause Syria’s war. Will climate change bring more like it? Sept 10, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/09/10/drought-helped-caused-syrias-war-will-climate-change-bring-more-like-it/?utm_term=.7cdbbb7a06aa
[vi] Inside Climate News. Rising Seas Are Flooding Virginia’s Naval Base, and There’s No Plan to Fix It. Oct 25, 2017. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10252017/military-norfolk-naval-base-flooding-climate-change-sea-level-global-warming-virginia
[vii] Time. A Melting Arctic Could Spark a New Cold War. May 12, 2017. http://time.com/4773238/russia-cold-war-united-states-artic-donald-trump-barack-obama-vladimir-putin/

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War on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Congress is trying to sell off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to pay for America’s latest round of tax cuts. But their math doesn’t add up, leaving the taxpayer short over $950 million, and one irreplaceable wilderness.

SOURCES:
[i] The Hill. GOP on verge of opening Arctic refuge to drilling 12/03/17 http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/362881-gop-on-verge-of-opening-arctic-refuge-to-drilling
[ii] The Washington Examiner. Murkowski confident Arctic drilling can raise $1 billion 11/02/17 http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/daily-on-energy-murkowski-confident-arctic-drilling-can-raise-1-billion/article/2176964
[iii] Anchorage Daily News. Small bidders snatch up land near ANWR in state oil lease sale 12/07/17 https://www.adn.com/business-economy/energy/2017/12/06/small-bidders-snatch-up-land-near-anwr-in-state-lease-sale/

[iv] Bureau of Land Management. BLM Offers Largest Number of Tracts Ever for Oil and Gas Lease Sale Within the NPR-A https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-offers-largest-number-tracts-ever-oil-gas-lease-sale-within-npr
[v] Anchorage Daily News. Small bidders snatch up land near ANWR in state oil lease sale 12/07/17 https://www.adn.com/business-economy/energy/2017/12/06/small-bidders-snatch-up-land-near-anwr-in-state-lease-sale/
[vi] Center for American Progress. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 101. 10/10/2017 https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2017/10/10/440559/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-101/
[vii]Slate. I Want My Oil Yesterday! Why It Takes So Long to Drill in Alaska 11/10/05
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2005/11/i_want_my_oil_yesterday.html
[viii] Center for American Progress. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 101. 10/10/2017 https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2017/10/10/440559/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-101/
[ix] Ibid

War on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Congress is trying to sell off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to pay for America’s latest round of tax cuts. But their math doesn’t add up, leaving the taxpayer short over $950 million, and one irreplaceable wilderness.

SOURCES:
[i] The Hill. GOP on verge of opening Arctic refuge to drilling 12/03/17 http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/362881-gop-on-verge-of-opening-arctic-refuge-to-drilling
[ii] The Washington Examiner. Murkowski confident Arctic drilling can raise $1 billion 11/02/17 http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/daily-on-energy-murkowski-confident-arctic-drilling-can-raise-1-billion/article/2176964
[iii] Anchorage Daily News. Small bidders snatch up land near ANWR in state oil lease sale 12/07/17 https://www.adn.com/business-economy/energy/2017/12/06/small-bidders-snatch-up-land-near-anwr-in-state-lease-sale/

[iv] Bureau of Land Management. BLM Offers Largest Number of Tracts Ever for Oil and Gas Lease Sale Within the NPR-A https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-offers-largest-number-tracts-ever-oil-gas-lease-sale-within-npr
[v] Anchorage Daily News. Small bidders snatch up land near ANWR in state oil lease sale 12/07/17 https://www.adn.com/business-economy/energy/2017/12/06/small-bidders-snatch-up-land-near-anwr-in-state-lease-sale/
[vi] Center for American Progress. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 101. 10/10/2017 https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2017/10/10/440559/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-101/
[vii]Slate. I Want My Oil Yesterday! Why It Takes So Long to Drill in Alaska 11/10/05
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2005/11/i_want_my_oil_yesterday.html
[viii] Center for American Progress. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 101. 10/10/2017 https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2017/10/10/440559/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-101/
[ix] Ibid

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President Donald Trump just eliminated 2 million acres of protected federal lands from Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Is that even legal?

President Donald Trump just eliminated 2 million acres of protected federal lands from Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Is that even legal?

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ALEC

Is renewable energy being held down where you live? It might be because fossil fuel companies are literally writing the laws, with help from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

SOURCES:
[i] Center for Media and Democracy. ALEC Exposed. https://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/What_is_ALEC%3F
[ii] ALEC’s Climate Change Denial. http://alecclimatechangedenial.org/corporate-funders/
[iiia] The New York Times. Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists. July 8, 2017. https://nyti.ms/2tUYma2
[iiib] Center for American Progress. The Latest Threat to Electric Cars. March 31, 2017. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2017/03/31/429641/latest-threat-electric-cars/
[iv] Bloomberg. Koch-Funded Group Prods Trump’s EPA to Say Climate Change Not a Risk. November 15, 2017.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-15/coal-funded-alec-prods-trump-to-say-climate-change-not-a-risk
[v] The Natural Resources Defense Council. EPA’s Endangerment Finding: The Legal And Scientific Foundation For Climate Action. May 2017. https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/epa-endangerment-finding-fs.pdf
[vi] Scientific American. One Big Legal Obstacle Keeps Trump from Undoing Greenhouse Gas Regulation. April 26, 2017. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/one-big-legal-obstacle-keeps-trump-from-undoing-greenhouse-gas-regulation/
[vii] Center for Media and Democracy. Corporations that Have Cut Ties to ALEC. https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Corporations_that_Have_Cut_Ties_to_ALEC
[viii] ALEC’s Climate Change Denial. http://alecclimatechangedenial.org/corporate-funders/

ALEC

Is renewable energy being held down where you live? It might be because fossil fuel companies are literally writing the laws, with help from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

SOURCES:
[i] Center for Media and Democracy. ALEC Exposed. https://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/What_is_ALEC%3F
[ii] ALEC’s Climate Change Denial. http://alecclimatechangedenial.org/corporate-funders/
[iiia] The New York Times. Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists. July 8, 2017. https://nyti.ms/2tUYma2
[iiib] Center for American Progress. The Latest Threat to Electric Cars. March 31, 2017. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2017/03/31/429641/latest-threat-electric-cars/
[iv] Bloomberg. Koch-Funded Group Prods Trump’s EPA to Say Climate Change Not a Risk. November 15, 2017.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-15/coal-funded-alec-prods-trump-to-say-climate-change-not-a-risk
[v] The Natural Resources Defense Council. EPA’s Endangerment Finding: The Legal And Scientific Foundation For Climate Action. May 2017. https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/epa-endangerment-finding-fs.pdf
[vi] Scientific American. One Big Legal Obstacle Keeps Trump from Undoing Greenhouse Gas Regulation. April 26, 2017. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/one-big-legal-obstacle-keeps-trump-from-undoing-greenhouse-gas-regulation/
[vii] Center for Media and Democracy. Corporations that Have Cut Ties to ALEC. https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Corporations_that_Have_Cut_Ties_to_ALEC
[viii] ALEC’s Climate Change Denial. http://alecclimatechangedenial.org/corporate-funders/

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Bears Ears National Monument

President Donald J. Trump has just announced that he is shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 90 percent and the Grand Staircase-Escalante monument by nearly 50 percent. 

SOURCES:
[ia] https://twitter.com/JenniferJJacobs/status/937765325252255744
[ib] http://wapo.st/2AuV6CS?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.b7394da96392
[ii] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-10/trump-takes-aim-at-western-monuments-that-may-hold-oil-riches
[iii] http://wapo.st/2AuV6CS?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.b7394da96392
[iv] http://westernvaluesproject.org/zinke-releases-energy-burdens-report-full-of-special-interests-giveaways/
[v] http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2017/11/17/businesses-ask-trump-administration-to-leave-national-monuments-intact
[vi] Ibid.
[viia] Ibid.
[viib] http://www.theoutdoorwire.com/story/1508800071cax86xesbqk
[viii] http://westernvaluesproject.org/statement-trump-bets-again-on-scandal-plagued-interior-secretary/
[ixa] http://wapo.st/2fphB2X?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.7964beaa1a28
[ixb]
https://www.nrdc.org/trump-watch/trump-administration-review-ban-uranium-mining-near-grand-canyon

Bears Ears National Monument

President Donald J. Trump has just announced that he is shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 90 percent and the Grand Staircase-Escalante monument by nearly 50 percent. 

SOURCES:
[ia] https://twitter.com/JenniferJJacobs/status/937765325252255744
[ib] http://wapo.st/2AuV6CS?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.b7394da96392
[ii] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-10/trump-takes-aim-at-western-monuments-that-may-hold-oil-riches
[iii] http://wapo.st/2AuV6CS?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.b7394da96392
[iv] http://westernvaluesproject.org/zinke-releases-energy-burdens-report-full-of-special-interests-giveaways/
[v] http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2017/11/17/businesses-ask-trump-administration-to-leave-national-monuments-intact
[vi] Ibid.
[viia] Ibid.
[viib] http://www.theoutdoorwire.com/story/1508800071cax86xesbqk
[viii] http://westernvaluesproject.org/statement-trump-bets-again-on-scandal-plagued-interior-secretary/
[ixa] http://wapo.st/2fphB2X?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.7964beaa1a28
[ixb]
https://www.nrdc.org/trump-watch/trump-administration-review-ban-uranium-mining-near-grand-canyon

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Climate Candidate for President

It’s time for a climate candidate for President of the United States. Would they have your vote?

It’s time to vote on climate.

SOURCES:
[ia] The Verge, “Fires, heat waves, and hurricanes: why this summer’s extreme weather is here to stay.” Sep 12, 2017.
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/12/16295000/extreme-weather-climate-change-wildfires-heat-waves-hurricanes
[ib] The Weather Channel, “Hurricane Maria Was One of the 10 Most Intense Atlantic Basin Hurricanes on Record.” Sep 20, 2017.
https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-maria-one-of-most-intense-atlantic-hurricanes
[ii] New York Times, “How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science.” June 3, 2017.
https://nyti.ms/2rDMtna
[iii] The Atlantic, “Democrats Are Shockingly Unprepared to Fight Climate Change.” Nov 15, 2017.
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/there-is-no-democratic-plan-to-fight-climate-change/543981/
[iv] Huffington Post, “Early Signs That 2018 Will Be The Year Of The Climate Voter.” Nov 17, 2017.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/early-signs-that-2018-will-be-the-year-of-the-climate_us_5a0da03be4b006a16baf1f7f

Climate Candidate for President

It’s time for a climate candidate for President of the United States. Would they have your vote?

It’s time to vote on climate.

SOURCES:
[ia] The Verge, “Fires, heat waves, and hurricanes: why this summer’s extreme weather is here to stay.” Sep 12, 2017.
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/12/16295000/extreme-weather-climate-change-wildfires-heat-waves-hurricanes
[ib] The Weather Channel, “Hurricane Maria Was One of the 10 Most Intense Atlantic Basin Hurricanes on Record.” Sep 20, 2017.
https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-maria-one-of-most-intense-atlantic-hurricanes
[ii] New York Times, “How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science.” June 3, 2017.
https://nyti.ms/2rDMtna
[iii] The Atlantic, “Democrats Are Shockingly Unprepared to Fight Climate Change.” Nov 15, 2017.
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/there-is-no-democratic-plan-to-fight-climate-change/543981/
[iv] Huffington Post, “Early Signs That 2018 Will Be The Year Of The Climate Voter.” Nov 17, 2017.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/early-signs-that-2018-will-be-the-year-of-the-climate_us_5a0da03be4b006a16baf1f7f

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Inside the Heartland Institute

The climate change denial movement didn’t happen by accident. We take you inside a secret meeting where powerful interests plan to make the biggest issue of our time one that politicians are afraid to talk about.

Inside the Heartland Institute

The climate change denial movement didn’t happen by accident. We take you inside a secret meeting where powerful interests plan to make the biggest issue of our time one that politicians are afraid to talk about.

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Election Day 2017

This year’s election was a big win for climate change advocates. It’s time to #VoteOnClimate.

Election Day 2017

This year’s election was a big win for climate change advocates. It’s time to #VoteOnClimate.

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Super Enviros Don’t Vote

20 million Americans say the environment is incredibly important to them. Guess how many show up to vote?

SOURCES:
[i] Nathaniel Stinnett, The Environmental Voter Project
[ii] The Environmental Voter Project
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] Nathaniel Stinnett, The Environmental Voter Project

Super Enviros Don’t Vote

20 million Americans say the environment is incredibly important to them. Guess how many show up to vote?

SOURCES:
[i] Nathaniel Stinnett, The Environmental Voter Project
[ii] The Environmental Voter Project
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] Nathaniel Stinnett, The Environmental Voter Project

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Clean Car Cover-Up

Toyota, Volvo and Volkswagen all announced big plans to build electric cars. But if they want to be green, why are they also trying fight the efforts to lower pollution from cars?

Tell these manufacturers to pull out of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ campaign to weaken fuel-efficiency standards. Call or tweet them TODAY:
Toyota: (800) 331-4331 / Tweet @Toyota
Volvo: (800) 550-5658 / Tweet @VolvoCarUSA
Volkswagen: (800) 822-8987 / Tweet @VW

SOURCES:
[i] https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/27/toyota-mazda-denso-to-form-joint-venture-to-develop-electric-vehicles.html, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/business/energy-environment/volvo-hybrid-electric-car.html, https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/11/volkswagen-to-offer-electric-versions-of-all-of-its-vehicles-by-2030/
[ii] https://autoalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Letter-to-EPA-Admin.-Pruitt-Feb.-21-2016-Signed.pdf
[iii] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/auto-sales-hit-new-record-as-americans-buy-more-gas-guzzling-cars/
[iv] https://www.vox.com/2016/6/13/11911798/emissions-electricity-versus-transportation
[v] https://www.consumerreports.org/consumer-protection/building-a-better-world-together-september-2016/

Clean Car Cover-Up

Toyota, Volvo and Volkswagen all announced big plans to build electric cars. But if they want to be green, why are they also trying fight the efforts to lower pollution from cars?

Tell these manufacturers to pull out of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ campaign to weaken fuel-efficiency standards. Call or tweet them TODAY:
Toyota: (800) 331-4331 / Tweet @Toyota
Volvo: (800) 550-5658 / Tweet @VolvoCarUSA
Volkswagen: (800) 822-8987 / Tweet @VW

SOURCES:
[i] https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/27/toyota-mazda-denso-to-form-joint-venture-to-develop-electric-vehicles.html, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/business/energy-environment/volvo-hybrid-electric-car.html, https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/11/volkswagen-to-offer-electric-versions-of-all-of-its-vehicles-by-2030/
[ii] https://autoalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Letter-to-EPA-Admin.-Pruitt-Feb.-21-2016-Signed.pdf
[iii] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/auto-sales-hit-new-record-as-americans-buy-more-gas-guzzling-cars/
[iv] https://www.vox.com/2016/6/13/11911798/emissions-electricity-versus-transportation
[v] https://www.consumerreports.org/consumer-protection/building-a-better-world-together-september-2016/

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Virginia Governor’s Race

Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie are running to be Virginia’s next Governor. Here’s where they stand on climate change, the clean power plan and pipelines.

SOURCES:
[i] http://home.ivoterguide.com/vote-informed-virginia-nov-7/
[ii] https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/poll-northam-leads-in-virginia-governors-race-k-12-education-tops-voter-concerns/2017/09/24/40a3dc9c-a14a-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.2e77e4120de6
[iii] http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-gillespie-offers-more-details-than-northam-does/article_9c9ef083-dc87-5201-a651-2a8405327c1b.html
[iv] http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2017/Energy-and-the-environment-will-be-front-line-issues-in-this-year-s-battle-for-governor-of-Virginia-a-state-that-stretches-from-Appalachian-coal-fields-to-the-Chesapeake-Bay/id-21507828d38d4ca68b439be3cdbd3633
[v] Ibid.
[vi] https://ralphnortham.com/issue/environment/
[vii] https://ralphnortham.com/2017/03/24/environmental-policy/

Virginia Governor’s Race

Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie are running to be Virginia’s next Governor. Here’s where they stand on climate change, the clean power plan and pipelines.

SOURCES:
[i] http://home.ivoterguide.com/vote-informed-virginia-nov-7/
[ii] https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/poll-northam-leads-in-virginia-governors-race-k-12-education-tops-voter-concerns/2017/09/24/40a3dc9c-a14a-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.2e77e4120de6
[iii] http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-gillespie-offers-more-details-than-northam-does/article_9c9ef083-dc87-5201-a651-2a8405327c1b.html
[iv] http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2017/Energy-and-the-environment-will-be-front-line-issues-in-this-year-s-battle-for-governor-of-Virginia-a-state-that-stretches-from-Appalachian-coal-fields-to-the-Chesapeake-Bay/id-21507828d38d4ca68b439be3cdbd3633
[v] Ibid.
[vi] https://ralphnortham.com/issue/environment/
[vii] https://ralphnortham.com/2017/03/24/environmental-policy/

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Draining the swamp?

During his campaign, Trump promised to ‘drain the swamp.’ But instead, he’s appointed many fossil fuel lobbyists to staff important agencies. Meet the swamp family.

SOURCES:
[i] http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/334073-dems-prod-trump-interior-nominee-over-lobbying-history
[ii] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/02/trump-appoints-critic-of-renewable-subsidies-as-acting-head-of-doe-renewable-energy-office/?utm_term=.648735593b9e
[iii] http://www.energyandpolicy.org/edison-electric-institute-brian-mccormack-rooftop-solar/
[iv] http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/assistant-secretary-of-interior-for-insular-affairs-who-is-doug-domenech-170807?news=860269
[v] http://nmpoliticalreport.com/228364/meet-trump-staffers-doi-en/
[vi] https://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/09/12244/revealed-extensive-koch-links-new-right-wing-250-million-mega-fund
[vii] https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-chief-staff
[viii] https://thinkprogress.org/epa-loves-coal-fb91af401934/
[ix] https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060054069
[x] https://www.ecowatch.com/pruitt-patrick-traylor-2440855827.html
[xi] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/13/trumps-expected-choice-for-the-leading-usda-science-job-isnt-a-trained-scientist/?utm_term=.7b0fedc301ac
[xii] http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/politicos-weekly-transition-blast/2017/04/major-developments-in-trumpworld-this-week-219912
[xiii] https://www.desmogblog.com/heritage-foundation
[xiv] https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/6/13/15681498/trump-government-fossil-fuels
[xv] https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13102017/trump-kathleen-hartnett-white-ceq-nominee-climate-change-fossil-fuels-supporter-texas
[xvi] https://dirtydeputies.org/

Draining the swamp?

During his campaign, Trump promised to ‘drain the swamp.’ But instead, he’s appointed many fossil fuel lobbyists to staff important agencies. Meet the swamp family.

SOURCES:
[i] http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/334073-dems-prod-trump-interior-nominee-over-lobbying-history
[ii] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/02/trump-appoints-critic-of-renewable-subsidies-as-acting-head-of-doe-renewable-energy-office/?utm_term=.648735593b9e
[iii] http://www.energyandpolicy.org/edison-electric-institute-brian-mccormack-rooftop-solar/
[iv] http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/assistant-secretary-of-interior-for-insular-affairs-who-is-doug-domenech-170807?news=860269
[v] http://nmpoliticalreport.com/228364/meet-trump-staffers-doi-en/
[vi] https://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/09/12244/revealed-extensive-koch-links-new-right-wing-250-million-mega-fund
[vii] https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-chief-staff
[viii] https://thinkprogress.org/epa-loves-coal-fb91af401934/
[ix] https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060054069
[x] https://www.ecowatch.com/pruitt-patrick-traylor-2440855827.html
[xi] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/13/trumps-expected-choice-for-the-leading-usda-science-job-isnt-a-trained-scientist/?utm_term=.7b0fedc301ac
[xii] http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/politicos-weekly-transition-blast/2017/04/major-developments-in-trumpworld-this-week-219912
[xiii] https://www.desmogblog.com/heritage-foundation
[xiv] https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/6/13/15681498/trump-government-fossil-fuels
[xv] https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13102017/trump-kathleen-hartnett-white-ceq-nominee-climate-change-fossil-fuels-supporter-texas
[xvi] https://dirtydeputies.org/

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Utility companies knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change for decades. But instead of sound the alarm bells, they’ve worked hard to make sure you say in the dark about the facts.

SOURCES:
[i] http://www.energyandpolicy.org/utilities-knew-about-climate-change/
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3537700-ViewScan-0002.html
[v]  http://www.energyandpolicy.org/utilities-knew-about-climate-change/

Utility companies knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change for decades. But instead of sound the alarm bells, they’ve worked hard to make sure you say in the dark about the facts.

SOURCES:
[i] http://www.energyandpolicy.org/utilities-knew-about-climate-change/
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3537700-ViewScan-0002.html
[v]  http://www.energyandpolicy.org/utilities-knew-about-climate-change/

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The NRA & Climate

What can the gun issue teach us about climate action?

The NRA & Climate

What can the gun issue teach us about climate action?

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What is the FERC?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is a little known government agency, but it has tremendous power to determine how Americans get their power for years to come. And it’s and badly in need of reform. #WarOnOurKidsFuture #YEARSproject

SOURCES:
[i] http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/blackout/regulation/ferc.html
[ii] http://www.npr.org/2017/07/17/536708576/natural-gas-building-boom-fuels-climate-worries-enrages-landowners
[iii]    https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/09/20/stories/1060061139
[iv] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/opinion/trump-oil-public-lands.html
[v] https://thinkprogress.org/more-bad-news-for-fracking-ipcc-warns-methane-traps-much-more-heat-than-we-thought-9c2badf392df/
[vi] https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07092017/new-york-pipeline-permit-rejected-natural-gas-valley-lateral-ferc-climate-change
[vii] http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/blackout/regulation/ferc.html
[viiia] https://www.desmogblog.com/2016/05/20/exposed-spectra-energy-funded-nec-lobbied-ferc-commissioner-lafleur-s-reappointment-then-ferc-approved-spectra-s-gas   
[viiib] https://energy-dialogues.com/nagf/speaker/neil-chatterjee/
[viiic] https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/08/15/trump-ferc-commissioner-rob-powelson-accepted-gifts-energy-industry-state-regulator
[ix] http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-names-energy-industry-adviser-to-chair-ferc/article/2628679
[x] https://thinkprogress.org/federal-agency-with-power-to-buck-trump-on-climate-e531eb29da1d/
[xi] https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=04c09f42-76f4-4fbd-a127-fd13c502ea6f

What is the FERC?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is a little known government agency, but it has tremendous power to determine how Americans get their power for years to come. And it’s and badly in need of reform. #WarOnOurKidsFuture #YEARSproject

SOURCES:
[i] http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/blackout/regulation/ferc.html
[ii] http://www.npr.org/2017/07/17/536708576/natural-gas-building-boom-fuels-climate-worries-enrages-landowners
[iii]    https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/09/20/stories/1060061139
[iv] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/opinion/trump-oil-public-lands.html
[v] https://thinkprogress.org/more-bad-news-for-fracking-ipcc-warns-methane-traps-much-more-heat-than-we-thought-9c2badf392df/
[vi] https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07092017/new-york-pipeline-permit-rejected-natural-gas-valley-lateral-ferc-climate-change
[vii] http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/blackout/regulation/ferc.html
[viiia] https://www.desmogblog.com/2016/05/20/exposed-spectra-energy-funded-nec-lobbied-ferc-commissioner-lafleur-s-reappointment-then-ferc-approved-spectra-s-gas   
[viiib] https://energy-dialogues.com/nagf/speaker/neil-chatterjee/
[viiic] https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/08/15/trump-ferc-commissioner-rob-powelson-accepted-gifts-energy-industry-state-regulator
[ix] http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-names-energy-industry-adviser-to-chair-ferc/article/2628679
[x] https://thinkprogress.org/federal-agency-with-power-to-buck-trump-on-climate-e531eb29da1d/
[xi] https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=04c09f42-76f4-4fbd-a127-fd13c502ea6f

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Can Solar Survive Under Trump?

President Donald J. Trump now has the power to upend the $29 billion solar industry, putting hundreds of thousands of American jobs at risk. The question is will he choose to use it?

SOURCES:
[i] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-18/little-known-lender-s-stand-threatens-a-29-billion-solar-market
[ii] http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/324334-solar-has-become-americas-fastest-growing-non-partisan
[iii] https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/09/21/stories/1060061281
[iv] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/solar-jobs-2016_us_5898f826e4b0c1284f27bc43
[v] http://www.utilitydive.com/news/solar-sector-steels-for-tariff-fight-after-itc-harm-ruling/505668/

Can Solar Survive Under Trump?

President Donald J. Trump now has the power to upend the $29 billion solar industry, putting hundreds of thousands of American jobs at risk. The question is will he choose to use it?

SOURCES:
[i] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-18/little-known-lender-s-stand-threatens-a-29-billion-solar-market
[ii] http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/324334-solar-has-become-americas-fastest-growing-non-partisan
[iii] https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/09/21/stories/1060061281
[iv] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/solar-jobs-2016_us_5898f826e4b0c1284f27bc43
[v] http://www.utilitydive.com/news/solar-sector-steels-for-tariff-fight-after-itc-harm-ruling/505668/

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Would a Pence Presidency Be Better for the Environment?

As the investigations continue, some have called for President Trump’s resignation or impeachment. But would Mike Pence be better for the environment?

SOURCES:
[i] http://scorecard.lcv.org/moc/mike-pence
[ii] ibid
[iii] http://midwestenergynews.com/2015/06/26/before-being-dismantled-indianas-efficiency-program-was-effective-2/
[iv] http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/07/23/vice-president-mike-pence-trumps-triumphs-are-many-after-only-six-months-and-hes-just-getting-started.html
[v] http://www.indianadg.net/gov-pence-finishes-extreme-makeover-of-ind-efficiency-rules-the-real-story-behind-sea-412/ https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/senate/412
[vi] https://www.thenation.com/article/vice-president-mike-pence-would-be-a-dream-for-the-koch-brothers/
[vii] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-s-vp-doubts-climate-change1/
[viii]https://www.desmogblog.com/mike-pence
[ix]ibid

Would a Pence Presidency Be Better for the Environment?

As the investigations continue, some have called for President Trump’s resignation or impeachment. But would Mike Pence be better for the environment?

SOURCES:
[i] http://scorecard.lcv.org/moc/mike-pence
[ii] ibid
[iii] http://midwestenergynews.com/2015/06/26/before-being-dismantled-indianas-efficiency-program-was-effective-2/
[iv] http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/07/23/vice-president-mike-pence-trumps-triumphs-are-many-after-only-six-months-and-hes-just-getting-started.html
[v] http://www.indianadg.net/gov-pence-finishes-extreme-makeover-of-ind-efficiency-rules-the-real-story-behind-sea-412/ https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/senate/412
[vi] https://www.thenation.com/article/vice-president-mike-pence-would-be-a-dream-for-the-koch-brothers/
[vii] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-s-vp-doubts-climate-change1/
[viii]https://www.desmogblog.com/mike-pence
[ix]ibid

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When Hurricane Harvey hit the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, they were running up to 7°F above normal. Will this be the storm that changes the climate debate?

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When Hurricane Harvey hit the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, they were running up to 7°F above normal. Will this be the storm that changes the climate debate?

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How We Build After Harvey

Hurricane Harvey serves as a powerful lesson for a world adjusting to climate change. We need to start planning for more flooding, in more places, and that means our leaders need to get it right.

SOURCES:
[i] 8/28/2017 press conference
[ii] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-infrastructure-idUSKCN1AV1ZI
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/8/28/16213268/harvey-climate-change
[v] http://www.npr.org/2017/02/07/513905161/trumps-energy-shift-could-bring-higher-gas-prices-analysts-say
[vi] https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/trump-says-environmental-reports-should-shrink-to-a-few-simple-pages/2017/06/09/ee63b5b8-4d31-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html
[vii] http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/21/politics/white-house-climate-change-committee-dismantled/index.html
[viii]  https://projects.propublica.org/houston-cypress/
[ix]  https://medium.com/living-beyond-floods/71-properties-uninsured-in-areas-impacted-by-hurricane-harvey-f70f91ab0323

How We Build After Harvey

Hurricane Harvey serves as a powerful lesson for a world adjusting to climate change. We need to start planning for more flooding, in more places, and that means our leaders need to get it right.

SOURCES:
[i] 8/28/2017 press conference
[ii] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-infrastructure-idUSKCN1AV1ZI
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/8/28/16213268/harvey-climate-change
[v] http://www.npr.org/2017/02/07/513905161/trumps-energy-shift-could-bring-higher-gas-prices-analysts-say
[vi] https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/trump-says-environmental-reports-should-shrink-to-a-few-simple-pages/2017/06/09/ee63b5b8-4d31-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html
[vii] http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/21/politics/white-house-climate-change-committee-dismantled/index.html
[viii]  https://projects.propublica.org/houston-cypress/
[ix]  https://medium.com/living-beyond-floods/71-properties-uninsured-in-areas-impacted-by-hurricane-harvey-f70f91ab0323

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President Trump proposed a major infrastructure plan that ignores climate change in a dangerous way.

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President Trump proposed a major infrastructure plan that ignores climate change in a dangerous way.

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Trump’s Plan to Green America

Trump promised Americans that his administration would protect the environment. But he’s not keeping his word.

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Trump promised Americans that his administration would protect the environment. But he’s not keeping his word.

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Donald Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement

After President Donald J. Trump announced he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, the governors of Washington, New York, and California announced they were forming the United States Climate Alliance, keeping their states on track to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

If you live in one of these states, call your governor and thank them. If you don’t live in one of these states, ask your governor to join the alliance.

Donald Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement

After President Donald J. Trump announced he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, the governors of Washington, New York, and California announced they were forming the United States Climate Alliance, keeping their states on track to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

If you live in one of these states, call your governor and thank them. If you don’t live in one of these states, ask your governor to join the alliance.

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President Donald J. Trump and Xi Jinping lead the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters. But they have two very different climate change policies.

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President Trump signed an Executive Order rolling back the Clean Power Plan, one of President Obama’s signature efforts to fight climate change. But will it bring back coal jobs?

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President Trump signed an Executive Order rolling back the Clean Power Plan, one of President Obama’s signature efforts to fight climate change. But will it bring back coal jobs?