Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMFriday afternoon the sun peaked through the clouds above Lake Oroville and a rainbow arched over the Feather River. It was a welcome sight for state engineers who were battling the lake’s worrisome rise with torrential releases down the reservoir’s broken concrete spillway. [News Source]
At Oroville Dam, a break in the storms gives engineers hope.
How the new climate denial is like the old climate denial.
Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMThere has been a subtle shift recently in the rhetoric of many conservative pundits and politicians around climate change. For decades, the common refrain has been flat-out denial—either that climate change is not happening, or that any change is not caused by human activity. [News Source]
How climate change skeptic Myron Ebell is shaping Trump’s EPA.
Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMPresident Trump has been making good on a variety of campaign promises, from his executive order on immigration to his pick to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. And Myron Ebell, who headed the administration’s transition at the Environmental Protection Agency, says there’s no reason to believe Trump won’t follow through on his controversial promises on the environment too—including big changes at the EPA., Myron Ebell, who headed the administration’s transition at EPA, says there’s no reason to believe Trump won’t follow through on his controversial promises on the environment too—including big changes at the EPA. [News Source]
Trump’s climate agenda has created a traffic boom on EPA’s climate page.
Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMThe Trump administration has seemed keen to reduce the amount of information about human-driven climate change on government websites, reflecting the stark course reversal that’s in store if the president holds to campaign pledges. [News Source]
Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave, sparking warning, blackout fears.
Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMAustralian emergency services were bracing against "potentially catastrophic" fire conditions on Saturday, as firefighters battled nearly 50 blazes in the state of New South Wales, sweltering in a heat wave sweeping the country's east coast. [News Source]
When rules no longer apply.
Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMRepublicans in Congress seem strangely eager to let coal companies pollute streams without telling the public, to let oil and gas companies more easily bribe foreign officials, and to let any company win federal contracts no matter how badly it has violated labor laws. [News Source]
Q&A: Former EPA boss offers advice to Pruitt, ‘freaked out’ staff .
Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMFormer U.S. EPA Administrator William Reilly is keeping a close eye on his former agency. Reilly, who led EPA during the George H.W. Bush administration, was a critic of President Trump's environmental agenda on the campaign trail and joined other former Republican EPA leaders endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign. [News Source]
A chance for Trump to save our streams.
Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMThe eastern brook trout, whose native haunts in the Appalachians are a short drive from my home in Washington, is a fragile species. It requires the coldest and cleanest water to survive, and over the past two centuries, its ranks have been decimated by all that modern society could throw at it. Today it lives in a fraction of its historic range. [News Source]
Oil-backed climate skeptic could get key EPA job in Pacific Northwest.
Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMThe man interested in the job of protecting the Northwest's air and water under President Donald Trump makes quick work of some bedrock tenets of the modern-day environmental movement. [News Source]
It’s about 50 degrees warmer than normal near the North Pole, yet again.
Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMPeer at a map of the Arctic and it glows fluorescent red. The warmth, compared to normal, is again nearly off the charts. [News Source]
GOP bill would gut EPA.
Saturday February 11th 2017, 9:00 AMA House Republican is sponsoring legislation to do away with large portions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including environmental justice and greenhouse gas programs. [News Source]