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01/13/2020

Emails Reveal U.S. Justice Dept. Working Closely with Oil Industry to Oppose Climate Lawsuits

In 178 pages of emails obtained by NRDC, U.S. Justice Department attorneys describe working with oil industry lawyers as a "team" in efforts by both to oppose San Francisco and Oakland's lawsuits over climate change. It's raising questions about whether government was representing the people.

(InsideClimate News)

Australian Prime Minister's Approval Rating Goes Up in Flames

Public support for Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slumped to its lowest levels—standing at 37 percent—amid widespread anger over his government's handling of Australia's bushfire crisis, according to a survey released by Newspoll on Monday.

(Reuters)

Critics Warn Trump's Proposed NEPA Rollback Could Hit Minorities, Poor Hardest

Experts are warning that President Trump's proposed overhaul of the National Environmental Policy Act is likely to hit minority communities and those with high poverty rates the hardest, neighborhoods that already tend to bear the brunt of pollution from industries.

(The Hill)

U.S. Listed Climate Activist Group as ‘Extremists’ Alongside Mass Killers

A group of U.S. environmental activists engaged in non-violent civil disobedience targeting the oil industry have been listed in internal Department of Homeland Security documents as "extremists." Some of its members are listed alongside white nationalists and mass killers, The Guardian reports.

(The Guardian)

U.S. Coal-fired Power Plants Closing Fast Despite Trump's Pledge of Support for Industry

U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in 2019, despite President Donald Trump's efforts to prop up the industry, according to data from the federal government and Thomson Reuters.

(Reuters)

The Battle Over Pipelines, Population and Property Rights in Texas’ Hill Country

As Kinder Morgan gears up for more pipeline construction in Texas Hill Country, communities across Texas—expressing concerns over safety, environmental destruction and landowners' rights—are staging battles to oppose the route. 

(The Daily Climate)

With Earthquakes and Storms, Puerto Rico’s Power Grid Can’t Catch a Break

After the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the federal government set aside nearly $2 billion to fix the electrical transmission lines in Puerto Rico, hoping to avert another epic blackout. But when the next disaster arrived this week—the strongest earthquake in a century—the island was once again plunged into darkness.

(The New York Times)

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