Tag: Environmental concerns

Trump Has Decided To Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Deal

President Trump has decided to withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement signed by President Obama in 2015, two people familiar with the decision told Axios. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is reportedly hammering out the details. “They’re deciding on whether to initiate a full, formal withdrawal — which could take three years — or exit…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

Obama Depart For Visit To Flint, MI [VIDEO]

President Obama will travel today to Flint, Michigan, a city whose lead-tainted drinking water has made it a symbol of crumbling infrastructure. Obama will be briefed in Flint on the crisis by federal officials and members of the Unified Command Group. The president announced his trip to the city after an 8-year-old resident named Amariyanna…

Kansas Wildfire Burns, Severe Storms Strike Indiana, Florida [VIDEO]

About one inch of snow fell on parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Easter Sunday and officials say the precipitation provided a boost to their efforts to contain a wildfire described as the largest in Kansas history. The fire began last week in Oklahoma and spread north to Kansas. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of…

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…

Smog ‘Red Alert’ Triggered in China by Still Air [VIDEO]

On Tuesday, a blanket of humid air trapping smog brought Beijing’s first pollution “red alert.” Many residents ignored warnings to limit time outdoors, and authorities say the pollution would last several more days. Hundreds of people, even babies, packed Tiananmen Square to watch a daily flag-raising ceremony. China’s state radio said some motorists were ignoring…

7 Dead, 6 Missing After Floods Hit Utah [VIDEO]

A massive thunder storm triggered flash floods in southern Utah near the Arizona border, leaving seven people dead and six others still missing, officials said late Monday. Two vehicles carrying 16 women and children in Maxwell Canyon, just north of Hildale, were among several cars that were swept away into the flood channel, said Assistant…

Thousands Evacuated From Cali Wildfires [VIDEO]

Thousands of people were forced to flee their Northern California homes Saturday as firefighters fought a new blaze. The Valley Fire grew to over 15 square miles and gave four firefighters second-degree burns. The cause of it is under investigation. Meanwhile another fire in Northern California had grown to about 101 square miles Friday night…

White House Report: Climate Change Is Harming The Economy

White House Report: Climate Change Is Harming The Economy Climate change “has moved firmly into the present,” as extreme weather has a negative impact on Americans’ everyday lives and the U.S. economy, a new White House report says. The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment, produced by more than 300 experts overseen by a panel of…

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere set new mark

There’s striking new evidence that Earth’s atmosphere is increasingly saturated with carbon dioxide, the major gas from fossil fuel emissions that trigger climate change. Measurements of the climate-changing gas by instruments high on a mountain in Hawaii and around the world show that global emissions from burning fossil fuels rose last month to levels higher…

US State Department delays review of Keystone pipeline

The U.S. State Department says it is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. The review could push the decision about the controversial pipeline until after midterm elections in November. AP

U.S. Agrees to Allow BP Back Into Gulf Waters to Seek Oil

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, BP is being welcomed back to seek new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico. An agreement on Thursday with the Environmental Protection Agency lifts a 2012 ban that was imposed after the agency concluded that BP had not fully corrected problems that led to the well…

NASA study: 2013 was 7th warmest year since 1880

Global warming continues unabated, though parts of the U.S. are now freezing and we were recently sucked into the polar vortex. No matter, NASA, says, the average global temperature hasn’t ceased its upward creep. The space agency announced Tuesday the results of a study by its Goddard Institute for Space Studies showing 2013 in a…

Report: Health Of World’s Oceans Declining Fast

The health of the oceans is declining faster than previously thought, a report from the International Program on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) warns. According to the report, the oceans are facing a multitude of threats, including overfishing and pollution. The current conditions threaten a mass extinction event similar to those that have afflicted…