US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

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25 Dec 2018

Trump ignores climate change, offers handouts to timber industry in wildfire executive order

Nowhere in an 1,800-word executive order to address forest management and wildfires — quietly issued on Friday — does President Donald Trump draw a connection between climate change and increased wildfire risk. Instead, critics say it looks like a potential handout to the logging industry. The executive order, titled “Promoting Active Management of America’s Forests, Rangelands, and other Federal Lands to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk,” calls on the secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to reduce “regulatory barriers” to getting rid of “hazardous fuels” that contribute to wildfires.
Nowhere in an 1,800-word executive order to address forest management and wildfires — quietly issued on Friday...

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21 Aug 2018

Zinke caught red-handed trying to sell off public lands

Environmental groups caught the Department of the Interior trying to sell off part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, despite a pledge by Secretary Ryan Zinke never to put public lands up for sale After massive backlash from environmental groups and the public, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) late Friday canceled all plans to sell off the land.
Environmental groups caught the Department of the Interior trying to sell off part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante...

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27 Dec 2017

Trump to slash safety regulations put in place after nation’s worst environmental disaster

During the Obama administration, the federal government took action to prevent another Deepwater Horizon-sized oil spill, widely viewed as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. After taking office, the Trump administration immediately began making plans to relax certain offshore drilling rules implemented after the 2010 disaster.
During the Obama administration, the federal government took action to prevent another Deepwater Horizon-sized oil...

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14 Oct 2017

Trump’s pick to run White House environmental office says more CO2 is good for humanity

President Donald Trump nominated Kathleen Hartnett White, a fringe player in the climate debate who promotes the idea that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is good for humanity, to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality on Thursday. Hartnett White, a senior fellow and director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the fossil-fuel funded Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), has questioned the scientific consensus that human activities are the major driver of catastrophic climate change. She has described efforts to combat climate change as primarily an attack on the fossil fuel industry.
President Donald Trump nominated Kathleen Hartnett White, a fringe player in the climate debate who promotes the...

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29 Jul 2017

House slashes funding for clean energy, restores funding for fossil fuel research

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a large spending  bill for fiscal year 2018 that slashes clean energy spending and  approves keeping fossil fuel research at current levels.
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a large spending  bill for fiscal year 2018 that slashes...

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21 Jul 2017

Repeal of Obama-era environmental rules dominates Trump’s regulatory agenda

This week, the Trump administration defied its “America  First” rhetoric with a policy change that would make it easier for companies to hire guest workers from foreign countries. The Trump Organization is already poised to benefit from it. On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security raised the cap on H-2B visas for foreign guest workersfrom 66,000 visas per year to 81,000. On Thursday — just three days later — Trump’s properties told the Department of Labor that they wanted approval to hire 76 guest workers using those visas.
This week, the Trump administration defied its “America  First” rhetoric with a policy change that would make...

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18 Jul 2017

This is how the Kochs’ anti-renewable agenda becomes White House policy

President-elect Donald Trump raised eyebrows late last year when he named  the head of an obscure right-wing think tank, with close ties to petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, to lead his energy transition team. Since then, officials from the Institute for Energy Research (IER) have been appointed to high-level positions at the Department of Energy where they are playing major roles in implementing pro-fossil fuel, anti-renewable energy policies.
President-elect Donald Trump raised eyebrows late last year when he named  the head of an obscure right-wing...

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1 Jun 2017

EPA halts Obama-era methane emissions rule for oil and gas industry

The  Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency ordered a halt on  Wednesday to an Obama-era rule created to reduce methane leaks from new  and modified oil and natural gas drilling wells. The action places a 90-day stay on portions of the rule, set in 2016, that requires oil and gas companies to detect and repair leaks of methane and other air pollution at new operations.
The  Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency ordered a halt on  Wednesday to an Obama-era...

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