Climate Change at the G20

Like all other nations in the G20, the United States still had some form of NDCs on the topic of climate change as it would continue to “endeavor to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and help deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in their nationally-determined contributions.”

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EPA gives the states an extension, but at what cost?

On June 6, Scott Pruitt, administrator of the US Environmental Protection agency sent a letter to governors extending the deadline to declare areas that do not meet the federal standard for ground-level ozone. The National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) were devised in 2015 under the Obama administration and this latest decision to extend the deadline has been met with varying reactions.

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Hawaii among states implementing Paris goals

Hawaii has also joined other states, Washington, California, Virginia and New York, that remain committed to the goals set in Paris. While the actions of one state alone may not make up for the effects that could be achieved as a nation, Governor Ige’s actions prove that regardless of our administration’s stance on climate change, Americans are still willing to do what it takes to combat the effects of climate change however they can.

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Transportation Infrastructure and Environmental Regulation

It is Infrastructure Week (May 15-19, 2017) and across America, there are events, as well as media coverage and education to advocate for infrastructure and its importance to the progression of this nation. It is our responsibility as citizens to get involved and learn about the policies behind our country’s current development strategies (1).

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EPA commences withdrawal of the WOTUS Rule

Last Wednesday May 3, 2017, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) provided a statement regarding the beginning of the withdrawal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Several scientific societies collaborated in writing a letter to President Trump explaining the importance of the WOTUS rule and protecting the country’s wetlands. The EPA has delivered a draft to the Office of Management and Budget for withdrawing the WOTUS rule.

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Trump Signs Executive Order Dismantling Obama Environmental Regulations

Tom Steyer, president of NextGen Climate, said in a statement that Trump’s actions are “an assault on American values and they endanger the health, safety and prosperity of every American.” Concluding “Trump is deliberately destroying programs that create jobs and safeguards that protect our air and water, all for the sake of allowing corporate polluters to profit at our expense.”

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Our New EPA Administrator: Scott Pruitt

On Friday February 17, 2017 the senate confirmed President Trump’s nomination, Scott Pruitt, as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Born in Kentucky, Edward Scott Pruitt began his career in 1998 as a member of the Oklahoma Senate. During his time he held the position as majority whip from 2001-2003. He also served as Republican assistant floor leader until his departure in 2006 to run an unsuccessful lieutenant governor campaign. Then in 2010 he was elected attorney general of Oklahoma. But it was during his tenure as Oklahoma’s AG that has received the most scrutiny.

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