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EPA Head's Plan to Gut Popular Water Rule Condemned as Gift to Polluters
Stirring criticism from environmental groups, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt said Tuesday that the Trump administration will take steps to roll back the Clean Water Rule, the Obama-era regulation that grants clear protections to America's waterways and drinking water supplies...
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'Scary': CO2 Rates Climb Even as Emissions Stabilize
Climate scientists are sounding the alarm about a new realization: while carbon dioxide emission rates by humans have stabilized, the level of the greenhouse gas in the earth's atmosphere has continued to rise in 2017. According to a report in The New York Times on Monday, experts are concerned...
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US Mayors: Instead of War, Spend Big on 'Human and Environmental Needs'
Hundreds of U.S. mayors have rejected the ongoing militarism supported by the present and Congress and instead called for a budget that supports "human and environmental needs." Over 250 Democrat, Republican, and Independent city leaders that make up the U.S. Conference of Mayors delivered their...
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Not Even Our National Monuments Are Safe in Trump’s America
In the fall of 2002, I spent nearly two weeks backpacking in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Fifteen years later, that experience continues to have a lasting impact on me. Words simply cannot describe the beauty of the red rock sculpted by creeks running through the...
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Now Women Know Why the Senate Wrote Their Health Care Bill in Secret
Planned Parenthood is under attack like never before . After weeks of secret negotiations behind closed doors , Senator Mitch McConnell and his exclusively-male health care working group just released a disastrous piece of legislation that would “defund” Planned Parenthood—putting the 2.4 million...
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When the Violence Comes Around...
What’s all the shootin’ for? — George Michael Cohan, The Tavern It was one of nine mass shootings that occurred that week. It might have surprised some people to see how much publicity it got. None of the others got even a fraction of that. It was, of course, noteworthy, since it involved members...
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Jettisoning 'Best Available Science,' Trump Admin. Tosses Out Federal Protections for Yellowstone's Grizzlies
The Trump administration announced Thursday that the Yellowstone grizzly bear population is losing its endangered species protections—a decision conservation groups say is "flawed and premature" and could make the iconic species the target of trophy hunters. CNN reports : "The bears received...
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Welcome to the 'Second Tier': US Failing Big League on Social Progress
Contrary to the mythological story known as "American Exceptionalism," the United States does a poor job, according to a fresh analysis, of meeting even "the basic human needs of its citizens" and should now be considered a "second tier" country in terms of promoting social progress. Released by...
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All Signs from Trump Point to a Coming Conflict with Iran
The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at…Iran. Donald Trump’s first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was specifically targeted at…Iran. The Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is actually about…Iran. The escalation of U.S. military actions against the Syria government is… well, do I really...
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Embracing Need for 'WWII Style Mobilization,' California Set to Go Big on Climate
Following news that legislation aiming to power California solely with renewable energy by 2045 passed the state Senate , bestselling author Naomi Klein joined Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz and community leaders on Wednesday in calling for a "World War II-scale mobilization" to combat...
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