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Internal emails reveal how the chemical lobby fights regulation

Internal emails reveal how the chemical lobby fights regulation

ayne DePotter spent almost a decade making her Michigan jewelry studio a second home for young artists seeking direction, seniors looking to exercise their hands and minds and new immigrants in search of community.And then she started to get sick. First came the brain fog, then the painful kidney and bladder symptoms.“It feels like I have a bladder infection all the time,” DePotter said.It was only after her doctor put her on cancer watch that state inspectors found a tank of toxic chemicals of a neighboring shop.One of the chemicals, a degreaser called trichloroethylene (TCE), is dangerous...

May 22, 2019
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Republicans new favorite study trashes Biden's climate plans – but who's behind it?

Republicans new favorite study trashes Biden's climate plans – but who's behind it?

Wyoming representative Liz Cheney says the study proves Biden’s policies would destroy state economies. But it has the oil and gas industry’s fingerprints all over it for Floodlight and Cooper McKim for Wyoming Public MediaTue 9 Mar 2021 06.00 ESTLast modified on Tue 9 Mar 2021 06.02 ESTWyoming’s US representative, Liz Cheney, envisions a dark future for her home state under .If the new administration extends its pause on new oil and gas drilling on public land, it would endanger Wyoming’s economy, kill 18,000 jobs and cause the energy state to lose out on critical education, infrastructure...

Mar 9
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Inside the climate battle quietly raging about US homes

Inside the climate battle quietly raging about US homes

Some challenges to US climate action are obvious – like when Donald Trump boasts about leaving the international Paris agreement and rolling back pollution rules.But many more play out behind the scenes. One of those is the battle over efforts to make America’s new homes and buildings more energy-efficient.Read moreOn one side are the city and state officials trying to go greener, and on the other are real estate developers and the natural gas industry.The International Code Council, which like the World Series largely concerns Americans, met this week on updating the baseline codes that...

Oct 9
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As fires burn the west, top Democrats stay quiet on the climate crisis

As fires burn the west, top Democrats stay quiet on the climate crisis

Nancy Pelosi has been notably tepid on green legislation – so are the Democrats serious about fighting climate change? in Washington and agenciesSat 12 Sep 2020 04.30 EDTLast modified on Mon 14 Sep 2020 05.01 EDTWith hundreds of thousands of Americans forced to evacuate their homes in the western US, Donald Trump hasn’t said a word about the wildfires blazing across multiple states in nearly three weeks.But some national Democratic leaders also have been slow to call attention to the fires in California, Oregon and Washington which have killed more than 20, forced millions to breathe ash...

September 12, 2020
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Northern hemisphere breaks record for hottest ever summer

Northern hemisphere breaks record for hottest ever summer

Supported by in WashingtonMon 14 Sep 2020 14.54 EDTFirst published on Mon 14 Sep 2020 13.20 EDTThis summer was the hottest ever recorded in the northern hemisphere, according to US government scientists.June, July and August were 1.17C (2.11F) above the 20th-century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa).The surpassed the summers of 2016 and 2019. Last month was also the second-hottest August ever recorded for the globe. The numbers put 2020 on track to be one of the five warmest years, according to Noaa.United Nations officials have warned that...

September 14, 2020
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US scientists rebuke Trump over coronavirus response and other affronts

US scientists rebuke Trump over coronavirus response and other affronts

in WashingtonMon 20 Jul 2020 02.00 EDTMore than 1,200 members of the US have rebuked Donald Trump’s “denigration of scientific expertise”, an unusual move for a community which has historically avoided the political sphere.The co-organizers of an seeking to “restore science-based policy in government” say they have rapidly gained signatures during the coronavirus pandemic.Scientists have watched the Trump administration downplay the crisis and ignore expert advice, including the need to wear masks and the dangers of using unproven drugs.In the latest affront to the scientific world, the...

July 20, 2020
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Joe Biden set to release aggressive $2tn climate plan

Joe Biden set to release aggressive $2tn climate plan

is strengthening and fast-tracking an aggressive climate and jobs plan which advisers say he would take to Congress “immediately”, if elected president.The new proposal outlines $2tn for clean energy infrastructure and other climate solutions, to be spent as quickly as possible in the next four years, what would be the Democrat’s first term in office. Last year, he proposed $1.7tn in spending over 10 years.Read more“Addressing the economic crisis is going to be priority one for a President Biden,” a senior campaign official told reporters. “This will be the legislation he goes up to...

July 14, 2020
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Democrats to unveil bold new climate plan to phase out emissions by 2050

Democrats to unveil bold new climate plan to phase out emissions by 2050

House will unveil an aggressive climate crisis “action plan” on Tuesday to nearly eliminate US emissions by 2050, according to summary documents reviewed by the Guardian.The net-zero emissions goal is what United Nations leaders and the scientific community say the world must achieve to avoid the worst of rising temperatures, and it’s what the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, says he would pursue if he were to win the White House in November.The Democrats’ proposal, referred to in a two-page summary as a “congressional action plan” and a “roadmap”, calls for interim targets to...

June 29, 2020
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US climate activists charged with 'terrorizing' lobbyist over plastic pollution stunt

US climate activists charged with 'terrorizing' lobbyist over plastic pollution stunt

Environmental activists opposing a plastics manufacturing facility in have been booked with a felony for “terrorizing” an oil and gas lobbyist by delivering a box of plastic pellets found as pollution in bays on the Texas coast.Anne Rolfes and Kate McIntosh, with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, turned themselves into the Baton Rouge police department on Thursday, as first reported by .The charges stem from a plastic pollution awareness event in December called “Nurdlefest”, which focused on the impacts of an expansive petrochemical and plastics complex approved to be built by Formosa in St...

June 25, 2020
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'Selling off the future’: Trump allows fishing in marine monument

'Selling off the future’: Trump allows fishing in marine monument

Donald Trump is easing protections for a large marine monument off the coast of New England, opening it to commercial fishing.But ocean experts caution that the rollback to the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine national monument will hurt the environment and won’t help fishermen who are struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic and economic downturn to find buyers for what they already catch. “This rollback essentially sells off the future of the ocean and the future of the ecosystem for almost no present economic benefit,” said Miriam Goldstein, the ocean policy director at the Center...

June 6, 2020
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