‘Outrageous’ Gold Rush-Style Grab of Public Lands To Begin

Conservationists, local tribe leaders, Democratic legislators, and even a UN expert decry this “serious attack on indigenous peoples’ rights.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer at CommonDreams Despite protests from conservationists, local tribe leaders, Democratic lawmakers, and even the United Nations’ expert on indigenous rights, at 6am on Friday the Trump administration will allow citizens and companies to start staking …

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Trump: I ‘Didn’t Care’ About Arctic Drilling Until My Big Oil Friend Said I Should

“It’s a sickening display of how easily the president is swayed into supporting something that will likely benefit his friends at the expense of the public.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer at Common Dreams If President Donald Trump’s own account is to be believed, he “really didn’t care” about opening up the Arctic National Wildlife …

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‘Sheer Reckless Folly’: Trump Destroys Obama-Era Climate Rules

“Aside from provoking a large-scale nuclear war, it is hard to imagine an American president taking an action more harmful to the U.S. than Trump’s effort to accelerate greenhouse gas emissions” — by Nika Knight, staff writer at CommonDreams President Donald Trump on Tuesday set about aggressively dismantling Obama-era climate policies with an executive order …

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Speaker Ryan Announces GOP’s First CRA Repeal—DOI’s Stream Protection Rule

Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) signed H.J. Res. 38, a joint resolution disapproving the Department of Interior’s stream protection rule under the Congressional Review Act. The House passed this CRA on Wednesday and the Senate followed suit on Thursday. Speaker Ryan released the following statement: “This is the first repeal of President Obama’s policies …

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Congress’s Repeal of Obama Methane Rule Will Cost Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions

Repealing the methane rule will waste $330 million in taxpayer-owned natural gas and cost “all of us” in terms of direct payments to the public, increase in greenhouse gases, climate and air quality. The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to pass a resolution to undo a measure that would cut air pollution, prevent the waste …

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Buckle Up–It’s Gonna Be a Bumpy Ride!

Buckle up folks, we’re screwed… On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the DOJ’s Violence Against Women programs. On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. the National Endowment for the Humanities. the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. the Minority Business …

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On Day One, Trump’s WhiteHouse.gov Scrubs Every Mention of Combating Climate Change

New administration’s official site offers ‘America First Energy Plan’ which boasts ‘direct obstacle to a livable future’ by promoting fracking and coal — by Andrea Germanos, staff writer at CommonDreams Soon after Donald Trump took his oath as the 45th President of the United States, the new White House web page for his administration went up. …

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That Didn’t Take Long — #ClimateChange No Longer Exists for Republicans

Here’s what the Energy page on WhiteHouse.gov looked like minutes before our new president was inaugurated:   As soon as our new president said his “I do” … that page and all of it’s program data went dark and was later replaced as an “issues” statement containing nothing but the drivel spewed forth during the …

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Markey Statement on Nominations of Rex Tillerson and Rick Perry

Washington (December 13, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement today after President-elect Donald Trump announced plans to nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State and Ricky Perry to be Secretary of Energy. These announcements …

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Police Blast #NoDAPL Activists With Water Cannons in Sub-Freezing Temps

Law enforcement unleashed percussion grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures on peaceful water protectors battling the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota late Sunday.An activist’s drone captured the onslaught: Source: Police Blast #NoDAPL Activists With Water Cannons in Sub-Freezing Temps