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EPA sets rules to regulate toxic chemicals 23.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules and other documents Thursday outlining how it will regulate toxic chemicals under a landmark law passed by Congress last year. The rules, issued on the one-year anniversary of the law’s signature by President Barack Obama, set standards for how the EPA will identify and evaluate high-priority chemicals and impose reporting requirements for industry. The new law regulates tens of thousands of toxic chemicals found in everyday produ...
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Virginia’s Power Broker 22.6.2017 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Steve Helber) Judy Hinch of Chesapeake, Virginia, joins a protest again the construction of a natural gas pipeline through rural Virginia on May 6, 2015. For decades, Dominion Energy has been one of the key generators of both electric and political power in Virginia. The top corporate political donor in the state, Dominion has benefited from a sweetheart rate structure that keeps profits higher than the national average for electric companies. Among the company’s allies are Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Democratic nominee to succeed him, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, as well as many key Republicans. Now, however, a popular backlash is building against Dominion’s political giving and its inside legislative influence, compounded by a controversial pipeline project. Dominion could become the symbol of the anti-corporate sentiment that has been strong in the base of both political parties since the 2016 election. Dominion, once known as the Virginia Electric Power Company ...
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Manish Bapna to Congress on Climate Action: “We Are Not Backing Down and We Hope You Won’t Either” 22.6.2017 WRI Stories
Manish Bapna to Congress on Climate Action: “We Are Not Backing Down and We Hope You Won’t Either”Add Comment|PrintWRI Executive Vice President Manish Bapna at a roundtable discussion on climate action on Capitol Hill Responding to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, WRI Executive Vice President Manish Bapna and a panel of international experts offered guidance to concerned Congress members on new ways for the United States to move forward on climate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The Energy 202: Trump takes on wind energy, talks solar-powered border wall in Iowa speech 22.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
There were several misleading claims at the president's rally.
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Air board chairman's confrontation with protester is left out of official video 22.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Southern California’s air quality board took the unusual step this month of editing footage from an official webcast that showed its chairman confronting a protester who had interrupted a public meeting.

The incident took place about 30 minutes into the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s...

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Lyft Shuttle: Another Silicon Valley effort to shelter the well-off from those pesky poor people 22.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Here’s a modern-day startup riddle: When is a bus not really a bus?

The ride-hailing company Lyft rolled out its new shuttle service this week, allowing users in San Francisco and Chicago to “ride for a low fixed fare along convenient routes, with no surprise stops.” Some were quick to identify...

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California puts hold on hunting for dwindling sage grouse 22.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

California wildlife officials are banning hunting of sage grouse for a season because of dwindling populations of the spikey-feathered native bird.

The California Fish and Game Commission voted 4 to 0 Wednesday not to allow hunting for any kind of sage grouse for 2017.

Sage grouse are best-known...

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Days from the deadline, budget indecision in Pa. 22.6.2017 News
With less than 10 days to the deadline for a new state budget, there is talk, but little action on how to close a steep budget deficit and fix the state’s fiscal problems.
Energy stocks dive again as oil drops, offsetting tech and healthcare gains 22.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Energy stocks dived again Wednesday as oil dropped to its lowest price since last summer, extending their dismal start to the year. Gains for healthcare and technology stocks helped restrict losses for broader market indexes.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped 1.42 points, or 0.1%, to 2,435.61....

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Kasich & Hickenlooper: A two-party approach to health care 21.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The fate of America’s health-care system, the focus of our nation’s most important — and most heavily politicized — public-policy debate is in the hands of the Senate, where senators get their turn to find a balanced and sustainable approach to health-care reform. It is clear that the bill passed by the House in May will not meet the challenges of our health-care system. This bill calls into question coverage for the vulnerable, fails to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is l...
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Stocks hold steady as oil's slide halts 21.6.2017 LA Times: Business

U.S. stock indexes held steady in early trading Wednesday after the price of oil stabilized. Markets around the world were mixed; stocks in mainland China got a small boost after they got the OK to join a widely followed index of emerging-market stocks.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500...

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The Energy 202: Perry invokes Fukushima in reviving Yucca nuclear waste fight 21.6.2017 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Perry invokes Fukushima in reviving Yucca nuclear waste fight
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13 red states threaten to sue over a California initiative to fight climate change 21.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

You can say one thing for California’s initiatives aimed at stemming fossil-fuel-driven climate change: They have the ability to drive conservative politicians from oil, gas and coal states batty.

There’s no other explanation for the overheated and borderline hysterical letter issued this week...

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The Daily 202: Democrats despondent, Trump emboldened after GOP victory in Georgia special election 21.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Nancy Pelosi was a real drag on Jon Ossoff and other takeaways from last night’s results in Atlanta.
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Zinke defends Trump’s sharp cuts at Interior. ‘This is what a balanced budget looks like.’ 21.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday defended the $1.6 billion funding cuts President Donald Trump has proposed for his department, telling a Senate hearing that “this is what a balanced budget looks like.” But Democrats on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources took issue with the $400 million that the national parks would lose in fiscal 2018, which they said would trigger staff reductions at 90 percent of them. They also questioned the $370 million in cuts the Bureau of...
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John Kasich and John Hickenlooper: Another one-party health-care plan will be doomed to failure 21.6.2017 Washington Post
John Kasich and John Hickenlooper: Another one-party health-care plan will be doomed to failure
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A Big Oil-Backed GOP Proposal For A Carbon Tax Is Just As Suspect As It Sounds 21.6.2017 Politics on
In February, a cadre of Republican elder statesmen unveiled their plan to put a tax on carbon emissions, arguing that “mounting evidence of climate change is growing too strong to ignore.” That plan got the backing of Big Oil on Tuesday, as Exxon Mobil Corp., BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total announced a new campaign to push Congress to consider passing a carbon tax. Those companies are getting a lot of credit for supporting a carbon tax. But they also have a record of doing so when it seems highly unlikely that such a policy would pass Congress and get a presidential signature. And the industry has a history of working to undermine plans to price carbon when they do stand a chance of becoming a reality. The Republican-backed carbon tax already has the support of former Treasury Secretary James Baker and former Secretary of Labor George Shultz, who have aligned with business and environmental leaders under the banner of the Climate Leadership Council. Industrial heavyweights, including Johnson & Johnson ...
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The Importance Of Mike Pence 20.6.2017 Green on
The investigation into Russia’s interference in our elections is critically important, but some have noted that it could be squeezing out media attention for other serious issues – including the Trump administration’s damaging environmental policies. Case in point: Mike Pence, our usually unobtrusive vice president, who last week drew headlines for hiring a personal lawyer in wake of the Russia probe. In reality, Pence has been an important figure in the Trump administration’s policymaking all along – not the least because his relative credibility with Republicans in Congress makes him a key lobbyist for the president’s policies. All of which means his views on the environment are worthy of our attention. His environmental score as congressman: Zero Unlike his boss, Vice President Pence actually has a long and specific history on environmental issues. As congressman, he voted for pro-environment positions just 4 percent of the time, according to the League of Conservation Voters scorecard. That means he ...
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Things just got worse for the GOP's weakest senator 20.6.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Things just got worse for the GOP's weakest senator
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Letter: Republicans used to value conservation 20.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
As a Republican, I am proud of my GOP’s heritage of conservation and disappointed by its recent performance. The GOP from its very beginning with our first president, Abraham Lincoln, through the early ’70s with President Richard Nixon, took the lead in environmental and conservation issues. Lincoln’s work with Yosemite, followed by Ulysses S. Grant’s establishment of Yellowstone as our first national park, got the GOP started as a conservation powerhouse. President Theodore Roosevelt amplified...
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