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The Energy 202: Trump's offshore drilling proposal has a cost besides potential oil spills 22.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Leases are perhaps cheaper than they should be.
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3M to pay $850 million to settle suit over chemical disposal 21.2.2018 AP Business
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- 3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a major case alleging the manufacturer damaged natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing of chemicals over decades, Minnesota's attorney general announced Tuesday....
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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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Trump Budget Would Undo Gains From Conservation Programs on Farms and Ranches 19.2.2018 Truthout.com
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are starting to shape the  2018 farm bill  -- a comprehensive food and agriculture bill passed about every five years. Most observers associate the farm bill with food policy, but its conservation section is the single largest source of funding for soil, water and wildlife conservation on private land in the United States.  Farm bill conservation programs provide about  US$5.8 billion  yearly for activities such as restoring wildlife habitat and using sustainable farming practices. These programs affect about  50 million acres of land nationwide . They conserve  millions of acres of wildlife habitat  and  provide ecological services  such as improved water quality, erosion control and enhanced soil health that are worth billions of dollars.  Sixty percent of US land is privately owned, and it contains a  disproportionately high share  of habitat for ...
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"The US's Culture of Violence Contributes to the Sanctification of the Second Amendment": An Interview With Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 19.2.2018 Truthout.com
A gun display showing the Statue of Liberty holding a pistol is seen at a National Rifle Association outdoor sports trade show on February 10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Second Amendment was born of slave patrols and militia massacres of Indigenous people. (Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP / Getty Images) The Second Amendment had little utility while white supremacy reigned, says Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Loaded. It was only in the post-World War II era -- with the rise of the Black, Indigenous and Mexican freedom movements -- did white nationalists, including state and local officials, being using it as a legal tool to preserve or restore white dominance. A gun display showing the Statue of Liberty holding a pistol is seen at a National Rifle Association outdoor sports trade show on February 10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Second Amendment was born of slave patrols and militia massacres of Indigenous people. (Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP / Getty Images) In Loaded: A Disarming ...
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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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The Energy 202: Pruitt says flying first-class is safer. But some airline safety experts aren't so sure. 15.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The rationale is a bit confusing for some.
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Fourteen Environmental Programs Eliminated in Trump's Budget Proposal 15.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. President Trump released his  proposed federal budget for 2019  on Monday, and in the process pushed for the complete elimination of more than a dozen key environmental programs. These include, but are not limited to, areas of the government focusing on climate change, public lands and energy efficiency. Of course, these fully eliminated programs are just the tip of the iceberg. Trump's proposal also drastically slashes the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies critical to a sustainable future. The impact of proposed budget cuts on the EPA and other agencies, if passed, will be dramatic, but many operations will probably manage to limp on. That may not be so with the 14 programs Trump has proposed eliminating altogether: The Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ...
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A Climate Caucus Has Turned Into a Magnet for House Republicans. Wait, What? 15.2.2018 Mother Jones
Matt Gaetz, a freshman congressman from Florida, would like to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. Known for attacking the FBI’s Russia probe and inviting a Holocaust denier to the State of the Union, the House Republican earlier last year introduced a one-sentence bill to terminate the EPA. He’s also heralded Trump’s “strong leadership” for the withdrawal of the US from the […]
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Volunteers in nest-by-nest fight to save bald eagles, sue to take back “kill” permits issued to developers 15.2.2018 Denver Post: All Political News
The pressure that Colorado’s Front Range development boom is putting on bald eagles, golden eagles, owls and other raptors is intensifying, driving local wildlife lovers into a nest-by-nest fight to protect survivors.
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Another Trump victim: Migratory birds 14.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

On the eve of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws, the Trump administration delivered a churlish anniversary present: It gutted the law.

Three days before Christmas, the U.S. Interior Department quietly issued a reinterpretation of the...

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Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump's 2019 budget 13.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Highlights from President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal year 2019.
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Interior Secretary Zinke launches push to save habitat for wildlife and boost hunting 12.2.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has launched an initiative to improve habitat and migration corridors for antelope, deer and elk.
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Colorado health officials warn residents of poor visibility due to air pollution 12.2.2018 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado health officials on Sunday issued an advisory notice of poor air quality, with visibility impaired, across a seven-county area encompassing Denver and Boulder.
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Federal Judge Has Doubts About Trump’s Border Wall 11.2.2018 Outside the Beltway
The Judge presiding over a case dealing with Trump's proposed border wall expressed doubts about the project. The President will no doubt be irked by the identity of that Judge.
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Weekend events for Feb. 16-18 11.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Range across the Southland next weekend for a (belated) Valentine’s Day celebration, stargazing at an International Dark Sky Park and a volunteer stint meant to help native animals and plants,

Pismo Beach

Venture up the coast for the Valentine Wine Walk through the beach-side town. Check in to...

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Researchers want more protections from drilling for bald eagles in Boulder, Weld counties 11.2.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
A nonprofit study group surveying bald eagles in Boulder County and western Weld County is sounding the alarm over the lack of state-regulated protection from any oil and gas operations' leaks and air pollution in wetland and riparian areas.
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U.S. efforts once saved the red wolf. But missteps may push the species back to the brink. 11.2.2018 Washington Post
Three decades after they were reintroduced to the wild, there is serious doubt that the species can survive outside zoos. The story of the rise and fall of the red wolf population at a North Carolina refuge is a testament to the power of the Endangered Species Act to protect wildlife — and its limitations.
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Oregon increases protections for 'enigma of the Pacific' 10.2.2018 AP National
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon environmental officials on Friday increased protections for the marbled murrelet, a rare diving seabird known as the "enigma of the Pacific" because it lives and hunts in the ocean but nests far inland in the high canopy of mossy, old-growth forests....
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The Latest: Oregon increases protections for rare seabird 10.2.2018 AP Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Latest on the vote to increase protections for the marbled murrelet (all times local):...
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