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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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Natalie Portman, Gina Rodríguez, Tessa Thompson y la hermandad de ciencia ficción detrás de 'Annihilation' 21.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

La odisea en pantalla de ciencia ficción "Annihilation", es una expedición que se mete en un terreno premonitorio conocido como Área X, donde se portan armas y se abrigan sospechas cada vez mayores.

Estas soldados - una psicóloga (Jennifer Jason Leigh), una bióloga (Natalie Portman), una paramédico...

The Energy 202: Trump under pressure to keep an Obama-era climate decision he hasn't tried to kill (yet) 20.2.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Trump under pressure to keep an Obama-era climate decision he hasn't tried to kill (yet)
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The Pentagon Is Using an Environmental Law Meant to Protect Us Against Us 20.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
A ground crew member signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada / US Navy ) The National Environmental Policy Act, a law requiring federal agencies like the Department of Defense (DOD) to assess the environmental effects of proposed actions prior to implementation, has been used instead by the DOD to place millions of US citizens in harm's way. A ground crew member signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada / US Navy ) Support from readers provides Truthout with vital funds to keep investigating what mainstream media won't cover. Fund more stories like this by donating now! While it has long been known the US military is one of the biggest polluters in the world, the egregious and intentional nature of its actions is less well known. Canadian ...
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It’s Been One Year of Amazing Scott Pruitt Accomplishments, All of Them Horrible 20.2.2018 Mother Jones
It’s been one year since Scott Pruitt took control of the Environmental Protection Agency. In that time, he’s undermined dozens of regulations on air and water pollution, made major cuts to agency staff, and curtailed enforcement of environmental rules. Here’s a look at his disturbing record so far: Greenhouse Gas Limits: Declaring “the war against […]
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Scott Pruitt Is a Historically Bad EPA Chief. But This One Might Have Been Even Worse. 20.2.2018 Mother Jones
Scott Pruitt isn’t the first EPA administrator famously hostile to the agency. That distinction goes to Anne Gorsuch. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, the agency’s first female head was known for her jet-black hair, fur coats, proclivity for Marlboro cigarettes—and coziness with polluters. Just weeks after taking the post on May 20, 1981, Gorsuch relaxed […]
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US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels 20.2.2018 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have a $100,000 bounty on their "heads."...
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US Forest Service waives fees on President's Day 19.2.2018 AP Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at day-use recreation sites in Oregon and Washington Monday in honor of Presidents' Day....
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Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands 19.2.2018 AP National
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees....
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Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval 19.2.2018 AP National
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees....
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Shhh! The back story of EPA chief Scott Pruitt's highly secret, on-and-off, official non-visit to Israel 19.2.2018 L.A. Times - World News

At the start of every month, the Israeli Foreign Ministry sends journalists a list of scheduled official visits.

On Jan. 1, the name of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared. He was expected from Jan. 26-28.

Those dates came and went, with no Pruitt and no explanation...

Cue the mermaids, it's Esa-Pekka Salonen's 'Wing on Wing' 19.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

When invited to become music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in spring 1989, Esa-Pekka Salonen reminisced Friday night onstage after conducting a program in tribute to Frank Gehry at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the bait was that he would be given the opportunity to create the orchestra of...

After questions about travel, EPA head nixes trip to Israel 19.2.2018 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt is postponing a planned trip to Israel....
GOP Takes Another Step to Control Federal Courts 17.2.2018 Truthout.com
Sen. Charles Grassley leaves the office of Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn on January 23, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans ended a century-old tradition Thursday that will accelerate the appointment of right-wing federal judges in purple and blue states, where they will preside over thousands of cases that will never reach the Supreme Court. The move, led by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa, was the most egregious partisan intervention in the judiciary since Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked 2016 hearings on President Obama's final Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, which would have given the court a center-left majority. (After the 2016 election, conservative Neil Gorsuch was appointed and confirmed.) "Michael Brennan gets voted out of Senate Judiciary Committee along party lines despite fact that he refused to acknowledge implicit racial bias in the justice system," tweeted Vanita Gupta, president and ...
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Heckler or Security Threat? To Scott Pruitt, They’re All the Same. 17.2.2018 Mother Jones
On New Year’s Eve 2017, Scott Pruitt checked, “Visited nearly 30 states” on his tweeted list of year-end accomplishments. But now his very frequent and very expensive travel around and outside the United States has become a source of controversy as he has used his security needs as the justification for his extensive use of first-class flights. Pruitt has […]
Judge Is Asked to Disallow Trump Bias Claims in AT&T Merger Trial 17.2.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The Justice Department asked a federal judge not to allow AT&T Inc.’s defense of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Inc. to include a claim that the Trump administration improperly challenged the deal for political reasons.
All pain, no gain: BLM methane rule rollback hurts Westerners, helps no one 17.2.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
All pain, no gain: BLM methane rule rollback hurts Westerners, helps no one
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Meet the bloody red shrimp, Lake Superior's newest invasive critter 17.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Bloody red shrimp are now in all of the Great Lakes. Monitoring continues but it doesn't appear the shrimp are spreading in Superior.
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Trump’s EPA Just Made a “Highly Unusual” Concession to a Big Pesticide Company 17.2.2018 Mother Jones
Back in 2016,  seed and pesticide giant Syngenta got some harsh news from the the US Environmental Protection Agency: in a complaint alleging the company had failed to protect workers from exposure to a highly toxic insecticide in an incident at a corn farm it operates in Hawaii, the EPA announced it was seeking $4.8 million in […]
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National forests will be fee-free on Presidents Day and on these upcoming dates 16.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

National forests and other public lands will waive fees Monday in honor of Presidents Day. But it’s not your only chance to visit for free this year.

In Southern California, the Angeles, San Bernardino, Los Padres and Cleveland national forests will waive the $5 Adventure Pass required at certain...

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