I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!

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June 15 2018

sidelining science in government decisions, nuclear power’s challenging future, the drying Salton Sea, the promise of energy efficiency

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has emerged as the most greedy and corrupt member of the Trump administration, with multiple investigations pending into his office expenditures, cozy relationships with lobbyists and misuse of EPA staff among other items (Pruitt now has a “defense fund” for which he is soliciting money; critics are calling it his “tip jar”). While egregious, these scandals are mere sideshows to the most dangerous problem with Pruitt’s EPA: the attempt to sideline the use of scientific evidence in matters affecting public health. Examples include the proposal to require release of confidential health information behind key studies (to ensure studies will thus not be used), rejecting scientific advice to limit the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos and biasing public hearings regarding climate science.

And now, the Los Angeles Times reports on yet another attempt by Pruitt to ignore public health impacts and reverse an Obama administration regulation on the sale of “glider trucks” (new truck chassis/cab put on old polluting truck engines). This sordid tale includes ignoring the EPA’s own findings on these vehicles, and relying exclusively on a study purportedly from Tennessee Technical University but actually funded by and conducted at the glider truck manufacturer (who is a major donor to the Trump campaign [surprise!])…

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May 31 2018

healthy soils, nuclear power, low-carbon aluminum, mammoths for climate action

The New York Times reports on the challenge of climate change in Alaska, where the impacts are so clear that even conservative legislators recognize the need to prepare for a new future. At the same time, the state receives about 85% of its revenue from fossil fuel production, and a recent op-ed by the Governor and Lieutenant Governor demonstrates the challenge the state faces in addressing climate change while continuing to extract fossil fuels. Dave Roberts at Vox explores efforts to keep existing nuclear power plants operating, as these plants supply 50% of the country’s carbon-free electricity.

Inside Climate News has an excellent deep-dive on regional action to generate resilience in Norfolk, VA, which is experiencing the highest rate of sea level rise in the country. The City has produced NorfolkVision2100 that splits the City into four zones, with a yellow zone that comprises “areas where the city can’t afford to build expensive flood protection but must instead rely on some combination of adaptation and retreat.” Nobody knows what that looks like, but many fear existing residents will suffer as property values decline, housing is lost or new more resilient structures accelerate gentrification…

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NEWS
+
VIEWS

I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!

June 15 2018

sidelining science in government decisions, nuclear power’s challenging future, the drying Salton Sea, the promise of energy efficiency

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has emerged as the most greedy and corrupt member of the Trump administration, with multiple investigations pending into his office expenditures, cozy relationships with lobbyists and misuse of EPA staff among other items (Pruitt now has a “defense fund” for which he is soliciting money; critics are calling it his “tip jar”). While egregious, these scandals are mere sideshows to the most dangerous problem with Pruitt’s EPA: the attempt to sideline the use of scientific evidence in matters affecting public health. Examples include the proposal to require release of confidential health information behind key studies (to ensure studies will thus not be used), rejecting scientific advice to limit the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos and biasing public hearings regarding climate science.

And now, the Los Angeles Times reports on yet another attempt by Pruitt to ignore public health impacts and reverse an Obama administration regulation on the sale of “glider trucks” (new truck chassis/cab put on old polluting truck engines). This sordid tale includes ignoring the EPA’s own findings on these vehicles, and relying exclusively on a study purportedly from Tennessee Technical University but actually funded by and conducted at the glider truck manufacturer (who is a major donor to the Trump campaign [surprise!])…

read more
May 31 2018

healthy soils, nuclear power, low-carbon aluminum, mammoths for climate action

The New York Times reports on the challenge of climate change in Alaska, where the impacts are so clear that even conservative legislators recognize the need to prepare for a new future. At the same time, the state receives about 85% of its revenue from fossil fuel production, and a recent op-ed by the Governor and Lieutenant Governor demonstrates the challenge the state faces in addressing climate change while continuing to extract fossil fuels. Dave Roberts at Vox explores efforts to keep existing nuclear power plants operating, as these plants supply 50% of the country’s carbon-free electricity.

Inside Climate News has an excellent deep-dive on regional action to generate resilience in Norfolk, VA, which is experiencing the highest rate of sea level rise in the country. The City has produced NorfolkVision2100 that splits the City into four zones, with a yellow zone that comprises “areas where the city can’t afford to build expensive flood protection but must instead rely on some combination of adaptation and retreat.” Nobody knows what that looks like, but many fear existing residents will suffer as property values decline, housing is lost or new more resilient structures accelerate gentrification…

read more

IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

MORE MY TAKES