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Pruitt Plans to Gut The Clean Power Plan: How Weak Will The New EPA Proposal Be?
News articles indicate that the EPA is soon going to release a “revised” Clean Power Plan. It is very likely to be significantly weaker than the original CPP , which offered one of the country’s best...
Western Wildfires Add to Disasters the Nation Faces: Will Congress Take Action?
Glacier National Park Fire. Photo: Brett Timm, National Park Service Record wildfires are now burning across a large swath of the Western US, even as the Southeast and Gulf coasts of the US are...
The National Flood Insurance Program is up for Reauthorization: Here’s What Congress Should Do
The National Flood Insurance Program is up for reauthorization by the end of September and the clock is ticking for legislation to extend the program. With so many homeowners and small businesses...
The President’s ‘Energy Week’ is an Ode to Fossil Fuel Addiction
Tomorrow, as part of the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘ Energy Week ’ events, President Trump is scheduled to give a speech at the Department of Energy trumpeting US ‘energy dominance’ via the...
Heat Waves and Wildfires Signal Warnings about Climate Change (and Budget Cuts)
Southern California and the Southwest US are experiencing a significant heat wave this week. More than 29 million people in California alone are under an excessive heat warning or heat advisory. If...
A Shameful Act: President Trump’s Likely Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement
UPDATE (June 1, 4:00 p.m.): President Trump has officially announced the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. For more, please see President Trump’s Epic Fail on Paris by Alden Meyer...
Renewable Energy Surges Globally with China and India in the Lead
If the Trump administration’s anti-climate shenanigans have you down, maybe it’s time to take a break for some good news: the incredible progress on renewable energy in the US and world-wide. Clean...
4 Ways President Trump’s Budget Takes Aim at FEMA and Disaster Preparedness
In a recent post I explained how cuts to FEMA’s budget would make disasters more costly and harmful . The Trump administration’s full budget proposal , released earlier this week, details its plans...
An Innovative Way to Encourage Disaster Preparedness: FEMA’s Public Assistance Deductible
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently outlined a new framework for encouraging states to invest in disaster resilience and thus limit the growing costs of disasters. Today is the...
Here’s What the EPA Budget Cuts in a Leaked Memo Mean for Health and Environmental Justice
Recent news reports point to a leaked memo that provides more details about the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) budget. If the details are...