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09/14/2020

A Secret Recording Reveals Oil Executives’ Private Views on Climate Change

Last summer, oil and gas-industry groups were lobbying to overturn federal rules on leaks of natural gas, a major contributor to climate change, arguing that companies had emissions under control. But privately, at a discussion convened last year by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the groups expressed concern that the industry was flaring too much gas, the New York Times reports.

(The New York Times)

Huge Western Fires in 1910 Changed US Wildfire Policy. Will Today’s Conflagrations Do the Same?

In 1910, hundreds of wildfires exploded over an area the size of Connecticut in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho and Montana. The blazes changed how the nation approached wildfires, helping to develop the U.S. Forest Service. Could the current fires raging on the West Coast prompt the country to rethink its wildfire policies once again?

(InsideClimate News)

In South Carolina, a Political Newcomer Gives Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham a Run for His Money

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has long portrayed himself as a climate champion, but his ardent support for a president who has dismantled climate policy has environmentalists determined to unseat him. This story is part of our Senate 2020 series, which focuses on the climate records of candidates in 11 key races in the November elections that will determine the future of U.S. climate policy.

(InsideClimate News)

In Storm-Torn North Carolina, an Embattled Republican Tries a Climate-Friendly Image

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis used to deny climate science. But as he seeks his second term in office, Tillis acknowledges human-driven climate change, and says he favors "market-based solutions." This story is part of our Senate 2020 series, which focuses on the climate records of candidates in 11 key races in the November elections that will determine the future of U.S. climate policy.

(InsideClimate News)

In Visiting a Charred California, Trump Confronts a Scientific Reality He Denies

When President Trump flies to California on Monday to assess the state's raging forest fires, he will come face to face with the reality of the climate crisis, which he has stubbornly refused to accept while pursuing policies that exacerbate it. Battling for a second term, Trump is doubling down on his anti-climate agenda and continuing to blame the wildfires on forest management.

(The New York Times)

With Tactics Honed on Climate Change, Ken Cuccinelli Attracts New Controversy at Homeland Security

A new whistleblower's complaint says Ken Cuccinelli, the No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Security, sought to downplay the threat of white supremacists. A decade ago, the former Virginia Attorney General was downplaying the threat of global warming as he pursued an extraordinary legal campaign against one of the nation's top climate scientists.

(InsideClimate News)

Longtime Climate Science Denier Hired At NOAA

David Legates, a University of Delaware professor of climatology who has spent much of his career questioning basic tenets of climate science, has been hired for a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NPR reports. He will work as the agency's deputy assistant secretary of commerce for observation and prediction.

(NPR)

Federal and California Officials Set to Unveil Daimler Diesel Emissions Settlement

Federal and California officials will on Monday disclose the terms of Daimler AG's $1.5 billion settlement to resolve a long-running government investigation into its use of software to cheat diesel emissions tests, Reuters reports. The German automaker disclosed last month that it had reached a settlement in principle resolving civil and environmental claims tied to 250,000 U.S. diesel cars and vans.

(Reuters)

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