US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

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13 Aug 2019

Trump Administration Weakens Protections for Endangered Species

The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, significantly weakening the nation’s bedrock conservation law credited with rescuing the bald eagle, the grizzly bear and the American alligator from extinction.
The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied,...
4 Jun 2019

Trump pushes up to 20 years in prison for pipeline protesters

The Trump administration is seeking to dramatically escalate federal penalties for pipeline protesters. Under newly proposed changes, pipeline protesters could face up to 20 years in prison for disrupting the construction of oil and gas infrastructure. The move echoes similarly harsh penalties for anti-pipeline activists being adopted in several states.
The Trump administration is seeking to dramatically escalate federal penalties for pipeline protesters. Under newly...

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3 Jun 2019

God, Gas, and Cash: How Texas Fell in Love With Israel

As the Trump administration maintains the friendliest U.S. relationship with the Israeli right in history, Texas has become one of the most pro-Israel states in the country. It has forged ties with Israeli settlements and aggressively enforced a law targeting advocates of boycotting Israel. Its exports to Israel last year topped $900 million, and its imports from Israel are valued at $1.5 billion, according to the Texas Economic Development Corporation.
As the Trump administration maintains the friendliest U.S. relationship with the Israeli right in history, Texas has...
30 Apr 2019

Oil and Gas Start Recall Campaign Against Colorado Democrat

For decades, the oil and gas industry has had a stranglehold on Colorado politics, but the newly empowered Democrats unveiled a sweeping bill to rein in fracking. The industry spent millions to stop it, but Democrats muscled it through, and it was signed by Gov. Jared Polis, an independently wealthy Democrat who ran in opposition to the industry.
For decades, the oil and gas industry has had a stranglehold on Colorado politics, but the newly empowered Democrats...
31 Jan 2019

Donald Trump and the Plot to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government

The White House is openly plotting to bring down the government of Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. It is being openly promoted as a campaign to steal Venezuelan oil for the benefit of U.S. corporations, and some powerful Democrats are cheering Trump on and joining the conspiracy.
The White House is openly plotting to bring down the government of Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. It is being openly...
31 Jan 2019

Venezuela: Maduro accuses US of trying to ‘get hands on our oil’

Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has accused Donald Trump and a “group of extremists around him” of plotting to topple him in order to seize Venezuela’s oil, and warned he risked transforming the South American country into a new Vietnam.
Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has accused Donald Trump and a “group of extremists around him” of...

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3 Dec 2018

In the Blink of an Eye, a Hunt for Oil Threatens Pristine Alaska

The biggest untapped onshore trove of oil in North America is believed to lie beneath the refuge’s coastal plain along the Beaufort Sea. For more than a generation, opposition to drilling has left the refuge largely unscathed, but now the Trump administration, working with Republicans in Congress and an influential and wealthy Alaska Native corporation, is clearing the way for oil exploration along the coast.
The biggest untapped onshore trove of oil in North America is believed to lie beneath the refuge’s coastal plain along...

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5 Jan 2018

Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling

The Trump administration will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States waters, it announced Thursday. The plan would give the energy industry broad access to drilling rights in most parts of the outer continental shelf, including Pacific waters near California, Atlantic waters near Maine and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
The Trump administration will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States waters, it announced...

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4 Dec 2017

Trump Slashes Size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Monuments

The decision to reduce Bears Ears is expected to set off a legal battle  that could alter the course of American land conservation, putting dozens of other monuments at risk and possibly opening millions of preserved public acres to oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and other commercial activities.
The decision to reduce Bears Ears is expected to set off a legal battle  that could alter the course of...

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20 Nov 2017

Nebraska Regulators Approve Alternative Route for Keystone XL Pipeline

Nebraska regulators on Monday allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to  clear its final major hurdle, granting a victory to President Trump and  Republicans who have for years pressed for the project. But the pipeline company will not be allowed to build along its preferred route, the regulators announced, opening up new questions about how the project will proceed.
Nebraska regulators on Monday allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to  clear its final...

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23 Sep 2017

How Exxon Mobil May Soon Have Greater Sway Over Science Used in EPA Policies

The list of potential candidates for the EPA's scientific advisory boards includes many oil and gas industry representatives and consultants. While industry has always had a voice on those panels, comments from the Trump administration and the potential new appointees suggest the balance may soon change in favor of greater power for regulated companies, particularly the oil and gas industries.
The list of potential candidates for the EPA's scientific advisory boards includes many oil and gas industry...
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...

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7 Jun 2017

Oil lobby met with interior secretary at Trump hotel

The oil industry's most powerful lobbying group  met on March 23 with President Trump's interior secretary at the Trump  International Hotel in Washington, DC. It also happened to be the same  day the administration killed a rule that oil companies opposed. The location of the meeting is raising eyebrows and ethical questions. The Trump International Hotel, situated just blocks from the White House, is ground zero for companies and foreign leaders who may be trying to cozy up to the president by using his properties, critics and ethics experts fear. 
The oil industry's most powerful lobbying group  met on March 23 with President Trump's interior secretary at...
2 Jun 2017

The Republicans who urged Trump to pull out of Paris deal are big oil darlings

A withdrawal by Donald Trump from the Paris climate accord would go down as a hallmark of his presidency. It would be unilateral, reckless and splashy – trademark Trump. But while Trump has often stood on a range of issues as a maverick outlier from mainstream Republican politics, on climate change he is at the centre of the party’s orthodoxy. Twenty-two senators wrote a letter to the president when he was said to be on the fence about backing out. They received more than $10m from oil, gas and coal companies the past three election cycles.
A withdrawal by Donald Trump from the Paris climate accord would go down as a hallmark of his presidency. It would be...

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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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21 May 2017

How Rollbacks at Scott Pruitt’s E.P.A. Are a Boon to Oil and Gas

Mr. Trump and his team believe that loosening the regulatory grip on business will help the economy, create jobs and allow Americans “to share in the riches,” as he said during the campaign. But in the energy field, environmentalists, Democrats and even some in the industry fear  the efforts will backfire, harming health and safety without creating much economic benefit.
Mr. Trump and his team believe that loosening the regulatory grip on business will help the...
21 May 2017

U.S., Saudi firms sign tens of billions of dollars of deals as Trump visits

U.S. and Saudi  Arabian companies signed business deals worth tens of billions of  dollars on Saturday during a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, as  Riyadh seeks help to develop its economy beyond oil. National oil firm Saudi Aramco said it signed $50 billion of agreements with U.S. firms. Energy minister Khalid al-Falih said deals involving all companies totaled over $200 billion, many of them designed to produce things in Saudi Arabia that had previously been imported.
U.S. and Saudi  Arabian companies signed business deals worth tens of billions of  dollars on Saturday during...

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21 Apr 2017

Trump wants to make it easier to drill in national parks. We mapped the 42 parks at risk.

It’s no secret that oil and gas companies are on the hunt for new places to drill. But the quest for more fossil fuels could heat up in places you might not expect: our national parks. With President Donald Trump’s executive order on energy, federal agencies are now reviewing all rules that inhibit domestic energy production. And that includes regulations around drilling in national parks that, if overturned, could give oil and gas companies easier access to leases on federal lands they’ve long coveted. Weaker regulations could mean oil and gas pollution and spills in pristine national parks.
It’s no secret that oil and gas companies are on the hunt for new places to drill. But the quest for more fossil fuels...

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20 Apr 2017

Exxon Mobil Seeks U.S. Sanctions Waiver for Oil Project in Russia

Exxon Mobil is pursuing a waiver from Treasury Department sanctions on Russia so it may drill in the Black Sea in a venture with the Russian state oil company Rosneft, a former State Department official said Wednesday. An oil industry official confirmed the account. The waiver application was made under the Obama administration, the  officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity, and the company has not dropped the proposal.
Exxon Mobil is pursuing a waiver from Treasury Department sanctions on Russia so it may drill in the Black Sea in a...
23 Feb 2017

Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry

Oklahoma has turned over thousands of pages of emails between former attorney general Scott Pruitt’s office and the energy industry, meeting a  deadline set by a judge who ordered the documents’ release following more than two years of effort by an advocacy organization.
Oklahoma has turned over thousands of pages of emails between former attorney general Scott...

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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...

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4 Feb 2017

Senate votes to repeal transparency rule for oil companies

The Senate voted strictly along party lines Friday morning to repeal a regulation requiring disclosures for the payments that energy companies make to foreign governments. The measure now heads to the White House, and President Trump is expected to sign it.
The Senate voted strictly along party lines Friday morning to repeal a regulation requiring disclosures for...

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