US Politics in Trump era Public date: 17.09.2019 01:44:11

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12 May 2018

Trump cancels NASA’s greenhouse gas monitoring system after scrapping clean air regulation

Donald Trump has cancelled NASA’s greenhouse gas monitoring system, prompting concern it will hinder efforts to bring down global emissions. The space agency’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) has until now used satellite and aircraft instruments to monitor carbon dioxide and methane levels remotely - spending $10m (£7.35m) each year.  But the White House has now scrapped the funding as part of its wider attack on climate science.
Donald Trump has cancelled NASA’s greenhouse gas monitoring system, prompting concern it will hinder efforts to bring...

Publisher: NYTimes

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30 Mar 2018

E.P.A. Prepares to Roll Back Rules Requiring Cars to Be Cleaner and More Efficient

The Trump administration is expected to launch an effort in coming days to weaken greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for automobiles, handing a victory to car manufacturers and giving them ammunition to potentially roll back industry standards worldwide.
The Trump administration is expected to launch an effort in coming days to weaken...
30 Aug 2017

Right before Harvey, Trump nixed a rule designed to protect cities from flood risks.

Ten days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to speed up the pipeline for federal infrastructure projects. One component of that Aug. 15 order? Eliminating an Obama-era rule called the federal flood risk management standard that asked agencies to account for climate change projections when they approved projects. That drew condemnation from an odd coalition of scientists, civil engineers, and fiscal conservatives concerned about reversion to the old ways: pouring money into projects that would soon be washed away.
Ten days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast, President Donald Trump signed an executive order...
29 Aug 2017

The “I” of the Storm: Trump’s Egotistical Failure in the Face of Harvey

Remember that until October, we’re still living on Obama money. He owns this hurricane and the resources available to it. The upcoming Trump budget, then, will give us a good idea of how the new president  plans to make his “investment in our future,” because that’s literally what it is. Mr. Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint,  literally titled “America First: A budget blueprint to make America great again,” thrashes disaster relief funding. He proposed cutting FEMA state and local funds by $667 million. That of course includes response and relief to weather-related disasters, but it also cuts state and local counterterrorism funds. In New York Fucking City, for instance, where the threat of terrorist attack is fairly high, I’d wager.
Remember that until October, we’re still living on Obama money. He owns this hurricane and the resources...

Publisher: ThinkProgress

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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...
10 Jun 2017

Federal judge denies Trump administration appeal in youth climate lawsuit

A federal judge has denied the Trump administration’s appeal in a climate change lawsuit, paving the way for the unprecedented suit to go to trial. The case — Juliana v. United States — pits a group of youth climate plaintiffs against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry. The plaintiffs allege that the federal government, through its actions and coordination with the fossil fuel industry, have violated their constitutional right to a livable climate. It is the first climate lawsuit to rely on a version of the public trust doctrine — known as atmospheric trust — to make its case, and adds to a growing number of attempts to force climate action through the judicial branch.
A federal judge has denied the Trump administration’s appeal in a climate change lawsuit, paving the way for the...
17 Apr 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry wants to know if solar is eroding the electricity supply

The solar industry may only have 60 days to prove it’s not destroying the electric supply of the United States, or Energy Secretary Rick Perry will start dismantling its federal infrastructure, returning the United States to its rightful place as the world’s leading 19th century energy producer.
The solar industry may only have 60 days to prove it’s not destroying the electric supply of the...

Scott Pruitt calls for an ‘exit’ to the Paris accord, sharpening the Trump administration’s climate rift

President Trump’s top environment official called for an “exit” from the historic Paris agreement Thursday, the first time such a high-ranking administration official has so explicitly disavowed the agreement endorsed by nearly 200 countries to fight climate change.
President Trump’s top environment official called for an “exit” from...

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8 Feb 2017

Dakota Access Pipeline to win US Army permit for completion

The US Army has informed Congress that it will grant permission to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near tribal territory. The notice comes after Donald Trump formally backed the project last month in one of his first acts as US president. Thousands of predominantly Native American protesters have boycotted the $3.8bn (£3bn) pipeline's construction in the state of North Dakota. 
The US Army has informed Congress that it will grant permission to complete the controversial Dakota...

Publisher: NYTimes

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25 Jan 2017

Trump Revives Keystone Pipeline Rejected by Obama

President Trump moved assertively on Tuesday to resurrect a pipeline in the Dakotas that had become a major flashpoint for Native Americans, while reviving  the Keystone XL pipeline, which had stirred years of debate over the balance between energy needs and environmental concerns.
President Trump moved assertively on Tuesday to resurrect a pipeline in the Dakotas that had become a major...

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12 Jan 2017

In Rocky Hearing, Rex Tillerson Tries to Separate From Trump

The former chief executive of Exxon Mobil found himself on the defensive over his reluctance to declare that some dictators were violators of human rights. On climate change, Mr. Tillerson said he did not view it as the imminent national security threat that some others did. On Iran he tried to strike a middle ground between Republicans who said the deal should be scrapped - including Vice President-elect Mike Pence - and those who simply call for tougher enforcement of its provisions.
The former chief executive of Exxon Mobil found himself on the defensive over his reluctance to declare that some...
17 Nov 2016

Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky warned years ago that the political climate in the US was ripe for the rise of an authoritarian figure. Chomsky shares his thoughts on this election, the state of the US political system and why Donald Trump is a threat to the world.
Noam Chomsky warned years ago that the political climate in the US was ripe for the rise of an authoritarian figure....

Publisher: EE News

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10 Nov 2016

WHITE HOUSE: Energy world rocked by Trump win

Donald Trump's election is sending shock waves through the energy and environmental world. President-elect Trump, who declared victory just before 3 a.m. EST today, has promised a fundamental shift from the Obama administration's energy and climate policies, proposing to eliminate U.S. EPA, pledging to boost fossil fuel development and calling global warming a "hoax."
Donald Trump's election is sending shock waves through the energy and environmental world. President-elect Trump, who...
13 Jun 2016

30 years ago scientists warned Congress on global warming. What they said sounds eerily familiar

In 1986, Republican Sen. John Chafee convened a remarkable set of climate change hearings. The congress was told on the consequences of climate change. The facts have followed the predictions since and yet Donald Trump wants to renegotiate the climate change agreement on favor of business.
In 1986, Republican Sen. John Chafee convened a remarkable set of climate change hearings. The congress was told on the...

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