Category Archives: Environment

Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

The Trump administration has issued a presidential permit to pipeline builder TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Donald Trump would discuss the pipeline later Friday morning.

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Former Trump aide says US will pull out of Paris climate deal within ‘days’

Monday one of Trump’s former aides said that the U.S. will pull out of the landmark Paris climate pact within the coming “days.” Myron Ebell, who helped the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency transition, told reporters that Trump was “determined” to undo Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives.

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Gun-rights supporters oppose plan to protect wildlife refuges by prohibiting lead bullets

During the final hours of the Obama Administration, the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set in motion a plan to prohibit lead ammunition and fishing tackle from national wildlife refuges by 2022.

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Trump to sign orders reviving pipeline projects, sources say

President Trump plans to sign executive orders reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which had been stalled under the Obama administration, sources tell Fox News. The moves had been widely expected, as Trump blasted his predecessor for effectively blocking the projects amid environmental and other concerns.

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Obama designates two national monuments, outrages Republicans

Obama designated two national monuments in Utah and Nevada Wednesday as part of the outgoing president’s efforts to secure and expand his environmental legacy, and to possibly bind the hands of President-elect Donald Trump.

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Trump’s choices of Cabinet renew debate over opening Alaska’s Arctic refuge to oil drilling

Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state — along with rumors that he will choose Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary — have buoyed the hopes of many energy industry insiders and Alaskan lawmakers who have seen attempts to …

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‘I’m very open-minded on environment,’ Trump says

President-elect Donald Trump told “Fox News Sunday” that he is “open-minded” on environmental issues, suggesting that he could greenlight controversial pipeline projects halted by the current administration and at the same time allowing for the possibility that the U.S. could remain part of a landmark international climate-change agreement.

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Congress approves bill to authorize water projects

Congress has approved a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California.

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Ryan blasts decision to block Dakota Access pipeline route

House Speaker Paul Ryan called the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision Sunday to deny a government permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota “big government decision-making at its worst.”

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Confrontation between protesters and police escalates near site of pipeline

New skirmishes flared on the Dakota Access pipeline as protesters tried to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway, only to be turned back by a line of law enforcement using water cannon and what appeared to be tear gas.

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