The ECOreport reposts an analysis of the Trump Administration’s fossil fuel policies that concludes they have no social license to drill
Originally Published on Center for American Progress
By Mary Ellen Kustin and Kate Kelly
In April, Maryland became the second state after New York to ban hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. This action may affect industry’s access to pockets of the Marcellus Shale formation, one of the nation’s largest oil and gas plays.
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The ECOreport reposts a response to the Congressional Review of a proposed Deputy Interior Secretary, David Bernhardt’s Potential Conflict Of Interest
Press Release from Mojave Desert Land Trust
Joshua Tree, CA – Today, David Bernhardt underwent congressional review for his nomination as Deputy Interior Secretary, the second ranking official in the Department of the Interior. Despite his prior experience at the Department of the Interior during the Bush administration, Bernhardt has a long history of lobbying against the agency as a partner at the firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck. Bernhardt conducted legal work for Cadiz Inc., a company that aims to drain water from an aquifer in the Mojave Trails National Monument for use in coastal communities.
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The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about the United States, Three Republican Senators Break With The Party On Methane Rule
Originally Published on Clean Technica
By Zach Shahan
Members of the Republican Party sitting in Congress have been particularly good at sticking with the “party line” on a wide range of issues — even when that means pouring more pollution into their constituents’ throats, working to increase the number of superstorms that slam the East Coast and the dramatic droughts that destroy the Southwest, voting through health care bills or amendments that make it much more expensive for normal Americans to get health care (apparently, just so the richest among us can keep more money in overinflated bank accounts), and pretending Donald Trump’s potentially corrupt connections and actions in regard to Russia wouldn’t have their faces exploding with range if it had been Obama in such a situation.
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The ECOreport reposts a promotion/review of “People, Forests, and Change: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest “- Pacific Northwest Forests Are At A Crossroads
Originally Published on Oregon State University
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Pacific Northwest faces two stark choices for managing its forests, scientists suggest in a new book. One choice leads to stagnant or declining rural communities and risks to some native species, and the other leads to environmental benefits and increases in employment.
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The ECOreport reposts a story from the battle to reduce fossil fuel emissions, Oregon’s proposed Climate Test Legislation
Originally published on Clean Technica
By Steve Hanley
Donald Trump may be hell bent on dismantling any and all US climate change programs (the photo heading the Bureau of Land Management webpage is now a lump of coal. Ho, Ho, Ho!), but that hasn’t stopped America’s states and cities from rededicating themselves to fighting the tyrants of the fossil fuel industry. Some people just don’t think it’s right that large corporations are able to make our waterways and public lands toxic or the air we breathe a danger to human health. Radicals!
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The ECOreport looks at America’s first executive order threatening National Monuments
By Roy L Hales
President Donald Trump may soon become the first U.S. President to ever revoke the status of federal lands designated as national monuments. He is concerned that “wasteful regulations … create barriers to achieving energy independence” and curtail “economic growth.” So today Trump signed America’s first executive order threatening National Monuments.
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The ECOreport looks into conflict between conservation & renewable development in the California desert, Industry Coalition Opposes DRECP Limitations
By Roy L Hales
Some think of Ivanpah as a renewable milestone. Mojave elder Reverend Ron Van Fleet finds it an obstacle to performing rituals at a sacred site within the solar plant’s enclosure. The residents of Boulevard were more successful fighting against encroaching industrial scale wind and solar plants. Environmentalists are concerned about the negative impacts sites have on threatened species like the desert tortoise, . These are the kind of problems that led to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Only now an industry coalition opposes DRECP limitations to renewable growth.
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The ECOreport reposts Latest BLM Plan Increases Clearcutting and Dismantles Streamside Forest Protections for Clean Water, Salmon, and Communities, Oregon Timber Plan Riddled With Loopholes
Originally Published on Cascade Wildlands
Washington D.C.—Today, Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of 22 conservation and fishing groups, filed a formal protest with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) objecting to its proposed management plans for western Oregon. The BLM plan eliminates protections for streamside forests, increases clearcutting, and removes 2.6 million acres of these federally managed public forests from the 1994 Clinton Northwest Forest Plan.
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The ECOreport reposts an article showing US Coal Subsidies Are Bigger Than You Thought
Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk
By Tom Sanzillo
This is an edited version of a blog posted by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.
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By Roy L Hales
The Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition’s (SVTC) sixth annual solar scorecard shows a marked improvement over last year. Most companies are scoring higher. The solar industry is more transparent.
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