Dark money, secrecy, conflicts of interest, and luxury travel

Republican leaders continue to stay busy advocating against public health and environmental protections, as well as personally enriching themselves. Highlights of the last two weeks: GOP pushes 80 anti-environment riders, dark money rule changes in spending bill EPA Chief’s clean-water rollback shaped by secrecy, luxury travel and handpicked audiences Jeff sessions has a huge conflict […]

Scientists: Rhode Island is sinking and sea levels continue to rise

by T.J. Del Santo, WPRI SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The Ocean State is getting closer and closer to the ocean. The state is sinking; albeit slowly, but the impacts are already being seen. “It’s sinking because of processes that happened tens of thousands of years ago,” Simon Engelhart, Associate Professor of Geosciences at the […]

Inside Climate News tracks oil spills and the biggest oil spill you’ve never heard of

by InsideClimate News InsideClimate News won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting for this four-part narrative and six follow-up reports into an oil spill most Americans have never heard of. More than 1 million gallons of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River in July 2010, triggering the most expensive cleanup in U.S. history—more than […]

Geothermal: Tax breaks and the Google startup bringing earth’s heat into homes

by Lyndsey Gilpin, Insideclimate News During one bitter cold winter in upstate New York, Matt VanDerlofske spent $4,000 on fuel oil to heat his drafty, two-story home for the season. That was twice what he typically paid, and he had to cancel family vacations to afford it. “I never wanted it to happen again,” he […]

Floods are getting worse, and 2,500 chemical sites lie in the water’s path

by Hiroko Tabuchi, Nadja Popovich, Blacki Migliozzi And Andrew W. Lehren , NY Times Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are located in areas at highest risk of flooding. As […]

Trump administration tears down regulations to speed drilling on public land

by Darryl Fears, Washington Post The Trump administration is aggressively sweeping aside regulations protecting public land to clear a path for expanded oil and gas drilling. A memorandum from the Interior Department, made public Thursday, directs its field offices “to simplify and streamline the leasing process” so that federal leases to the oil and gas industry can […]

106 Lawmakers urge Trump: Restore climate change in national security strategy

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News A bipartisan group of more than 100 members of Congress is urging President Donald Trump to recognize climate change as a national security threat. U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) wrote a letter to the president signed by 106 members of Congress on Thursday in response to […]

Indigenous win in Canada with far-reaching implications for pipelines

by Farrah Khan, Green Peace After three years of tireless legal action, the clyde river inuit have stopped seismic blasting to search for offshore oil deposits in the Canadian Arctic. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark ruling in favor of the Inuit hamlet of Clyde River that will have […]

Offshore drilling plan under fire: Zinke may have violated law, senator says

by Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News It took less than a week for cracks to develop in the Trump administration’s plan to open almost the entire offshore area of the United States to oil and gas drilling. On Tuesday evening—five days after releasing a draft five-year leasing plan that is unprecedented in scale—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke […]

Climate voters could swing congress, but they might not be who you think they are

by Nathaniel Stinnett, Huffington Post The catastrophic hurricanes, floods, droughts, and wildfires of 2017 brought climate change home to Americans like never before. And, while Mother Nature may not have planned it this way, the extreme weather hit 2018 political battleground states especially hard, with Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and California facing unprecedented damage. In each […]