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Scott Pruitt’s Cynical Move to Rescind the Clean Power Plan

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Tomorrow, the EPA is expected to take a first formal step in repealing the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by approximately 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a terribly irresponsible decision. Recent ferocious storms, intensified by warming oceans and air, remind us of the urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is a sensible, flexible, cost-effective rule addressing one of one of the biggest sources of US carbon emissions, and one of the least expensive sources to control. Read more >

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Would Jim Bridenstine Be a Down to Earth NASA Administrator?

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Let’s get right to it. Understanding the dynamics of our Earth, including disasters like hurricanes and droughts, has never seemed more important. As if on cue, we have a confirmation hearing for the NASA Administrator nominee coming down the pike. Is President Trump’s nominee, Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), the right fit? Read more >

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Pruitt Plans to Gut The Clean Power Plan: How Weak Will The New EPA Proposal Be?

, lead economist and climate policy manager

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 hopes for reducing carbon emissions that cause global warming.

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Puffins were nearly extinct in Maine in the early 1900s, hunted for their eggs and meat. Their re-introduction to Eastern Egg Rock in Maine in the 1970s became the world's first successful restoration of a seabird to an island where humans killed it off. Photo: Derrick Jackson

Puffins, Politics, and Joyful Doggedness in Maine

Project Puffin has nursed puffin numbers in Maine back to 1,300 pairs on three islands. Join five researchers on a remote island as they count chicks and reflect on their work amidst the current political environment. Read more >

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Hurricane Irma approaches landfall in southern Florida, September 10, 2017. Photo: NASA

Will Republican Mayors Crack the Party’s Wall of Climate Denial?

If any set of Republicans cracks the party’s wall of denial on climate change, it will be those most responsible to deal with its ravages—mayors. That was reaffirmed during Hurricane Irma when Miami’s Republican mayor, Tomas Regalado, told the Miami Herald:

“This is the time to talk about climate change. This is the time that the president and the EPA and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change. If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is. This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come.” Read more >

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