Trump Official Publishes Papers Questioning Climate Change Without White House Approval
The White House has disavowed papers that question the climate crisis and were published on nongovernmental websites while bearing the imprint of the Executive Office of the President and claiming to be copyrighted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, The Washington Post reports. The reports were led by David Legates, a controversial top Trump official.
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Kerry Climate Team Begins to Take Shape
John Kerry’s climate team, which aims to elevate climate change policy in the federal government and abroad, is starting to take shape, Politico reports. The former Secretary of State drew heavily from Obama-era alumni. Picks include Sue Biniaz, who was chief lawyer working on the Paris climate accord, and Jonathan Pershing, a special climate envoy under Obama.
Covid-19 Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020
America’s greenhouse gas emissions plummeted more than 10 percent in 2020, reaching their lowest levels in at least three decades as the pandemic slammed the brakes on the nation’s economy, according to a new estimate. If sustained, that pace would align the U.S. with a major Paris Agreement goal, but experts predict emissions will quickly return to pre-pandemic levels, The New York Times reports.
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Oil Companies Reconsider Political Spending After Attack on Capitol
After the violent clash at the Capitol last week, major oil companies are distancing themselves from certain lawmakers that they’ve made political donations to in the past, The Washington Post reports. At least five big energy firms said they are reconsidering or suspending donations to politicians in relation to the mob that attempted to stop the certification of Joe Biden as the next U.S. president.
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Environmental Groups Sue in Bid to Block EPA ‘Secret Science’ Rule
Green groups on Monday filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop a controversial new Environmental Protection Agency rule that would limit which studies the agency can consider when making its policy. The groups argue that the measure, dubbed the “secret science” rule, violates the Administrative Procedure Act and should get a 30-day waiting period before taking effect.
As Climate Change Drives Migration To New Hampshire, Towns Face Tension And Opportunity
As climate change makes some areas less habitable for humans, northern New England could become an ideal relocation destination, New Hampshire Public Radio reports. New Hampshire is already seeing an uptick in population growth due to the pandemic. Unplanned population growth could help the state’s worker shortage but could also lead to urban sprawl and undermine the state’s climate goals.
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