Tag: environment

Susan Rice Denies ‘Unmasking’ Trump Officials

Former national security adviser Susan Rice denied on Tuesday that she was responsible for “unmasking” the names of top Trump officials, as was claimed in reports on Monday. “I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would,” Rice said on MSNBC. Rice denied that she or any Obama administration official “used intelligence for…

Trump Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

The Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built, effectively reversing the previous White House’s decision to reject the plans two years ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department, in reviewing the project plans, decided the pipeline would be in “the national interest,” despite…

Trump’s First Budget Seeks Deep Cuts To Everything But Military, Border

President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Thursday, providing the clearest view yet of the policies he wants to use to deliver on his campaign promises. The plan includes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a substantial bump for border security, while calling for deep cuts to most federal agencies, including roughly 30…

Scott Pruitt: Carbon Dioxide Not A ‘Primary Contributor’ To Global Warming

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said told CNBC on Thursday that carbon dioxide is not a “primary contributor” to global warming, calling for more debate and analysis on the issue. “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree…

White House Statement Plagiarizes ExxonMobil

A White House press release on a new ExxonMobil expansion appears to have lifted an entire paragraph from ExxonMobil’s press release on the expansion, The Washington Post reports. The two passages are identical, with the exception of the words “United States,” which appear in full in the White House statement and abbreviated in ExxonMobil’s release.…

Billionaire Wilbur Ross Wins Senate Confirmation

President Trump’s nominee for U.S. commerce secretary won Senate confirmation on Monday, paving the way for work to begin on renegotiating trade deals with China and Mexico. Billionaire Wilbur Ross was confirmed with a Senate vote of 72-27, with support from 19 Democrats. Ross will now be at the helm of an agency with over…

Judge Orders Trump’s EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt To Release 3,000 Emails

A judged ordered Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency pick to release thousands of emails between his office and fossil fuel companies. Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons from Oklahoma County District said to Pruitt’s office that it would have to hand over the emails to the Center for Media and Democracy, or CMD,…

Trump Approves Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines

President Donald Trump on Tuesday set in motion the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines. The directives were given through an executive order. The Obama administration killed the Keystone project in 2015, citing environmental concerns, while it also commissioned a report on the environmental impacts of the Dakota Access pipeline as fears grew…

Trump Refuses CNN Question: ‘You’re Fake News!’ [VIDEO]

President-elect Donald Trump’s Wednesday press conference devolved into a shouting match between himself and CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Trump yelled, “You are fake news!” as Acosta tried to press him to answer a question. The exchange was prompted by Trump calling BuzzFeed a “failing pile of garbage.” He said, “I think they’re going…

Trump On ‘Golden Showers’ Report: ‘I’m a Germaphobe’ [VIDEO]

In his first press conference as president-elect on Wednesday, Donald Trump addressed the unverified documents published the prior evening alleging that Russia had blackmail materials about his financial and sexual life. The reports alleged Trump paid prostitutes to perform “golden showers” in a hotel room during one of his visits. The president-elect denied that claim…

Rex Tillerson Trump’s Secretary Of State Faces Senate Grilling

The second day of Senate confirmation hearings started Wednesday morning with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson facing heavy questioning, especially due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has downplayed his relationship with Russia, though, and his prepared remarks claim “Russia today poses a danger,…

Donald Trump Scheduled To Hold First Press Conference In 6 Months Today

The last time Donald Trump held a press conference, in July, he suggested that Russia should hack the emails of his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Click here to WATCH Live Donald Trump Press Conference after #GoldeShoweGate leaks Now president-elect, Trump is scheduled to face the press at 11 a.m. ET, and he will undoubtedly get questions…

Trump: Intel Leaks Are Like ‘Nazi Germany’

President-elect Donald Trump twitted this morning about the #goldenshowersgate calling it“fake news” the new leaks to the media of alleged sex blackmail obtained by Russia. “One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” Trump said, declaring that he has “nothing” to do with Russia. “NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!” On Tuesday,…

Obama Creates Two New National Monuments In Utah And Nevada

President Obama on Wednesday designated two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada, protecting 1.65 million acres of federal land. Most of it, 1.35 million acres, surrounds the Bears Ears Buttes in southeastern Utah. The rest is northeast of Las Vegas around Nevada’s Gold Butte. The moves were the latest in a series of actions…

Obama Talks Russian Hacking, Trump’s Intel Briefings [VIDEO]

President Obama sat down with Trevor Noah for Monday’s Daily Show, but he wasn’t in a joking mood when it came to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. “We determined and announced in October that it was the consensus of all the intelligence agencies and law enforcement that organizations affiliated with Russian intelligence were…

Gunshots in Pipeline Riot, 141 Arrested

A long-running dispute over an oil pipeline turned violent overnight in North Dakota as hundreds of armed state and local police and members of the National Guard battled into the early hours of Friday to evict hundreds of protesters from private land in the path of the proposed Dakota Access line. The peaceful protest quickly…

Southern California Hit By 5.1 Earthquake [VIDEO]

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 rocked Southern California, rousing residents out of bed at about 4 a.m. PT. The quake was centered near Borrego Springs in the desert east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Service reported.

Michigan Environmental Protection Agency Leader Quits

Susan Hedman, the EPA director overseeing an area in Michigan that includes Flint, stepped down on Thursday as the water crisis in the city has continued unabated. The EPA also announced an emergency order on Thursday requiring the state and city to take “immediate steps to address the drinking water contamination in Flint.”

Officials Dismissed Flint Water Fears In Emails [VIDEO]

Data unveiled in 274 pages of emails released by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder paint a picture of dismissive state leaders who deflected responsibility and ignored scientific evidence regarding the lead-poisoned drinking water in Flint. Top aides reportedly scoffed at people voicing questions about the water quality “anti-everything,” and findings reported by a concerned paediatrician were…

State Of Emergency In Flint Over Water Contaminated [VIDEO]

Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for Flint and Genesee County Tuesday as a result of the contaminated drinking water crisis, on the same day the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed it is investigating the contamination of Flint’s drinking water supply. Snyder’s office issued a news release late Tuesday saying the governor made the…

100,000 Evacuated in Japan Flooding [VIDEO

More than 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes in Japan on Thursday after torrential rains brought by Tropical Storm Etau caused widespread flooding. At least two people are missing while television footage from public broadcaster NHK shows military helicopters rescuing the many residents still stranded in their homes. Japan issued a pre-dawn warning…

3 Firefighters Killed in WA Wildfire [VIDEO]

Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters were killed Wednesday while battling a massive wildfire in eastern Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee said the men became trapped while battling a fire near the town of Twisp, while as many as four other firefighters were injured. The blaze quickly spread across 1,500 acres Wednesday and about 230 firefighters…

State Of Emergency After Colorado River Spill Turns Water Yellow [VIDEO]

According to preliminary tests on the once-toxically orange Animas River in Colorado indicate little danger to fish or other wildlife, authorities said Monday, five days after a spill sent contaminated water seeping into the river. Gov. John Hickenlooper declared a state of emergency after the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday that 3 million gallons of…