CLIMATE CHANGE/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Federal scientists warned in a new report Friday [11-23-18] that changes in the climate will disrupt the economies of every region in the country in coming years, with costs threatening to reach hundreds of billions of dollars annually by the middle of this century. The message, echoing decades of sobering conclusions […]

Read More… from 11/23/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “A day after the United Nations issued its most urgent call to arms yet for the world to confront the threat of climate change, President Trump boarded Air Force One for Florida — a state that lies directly in the path of this coming calamity — and said nothing about it. […]

Read More… from 10/8/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/INTERIOR/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has finished rewriting an Obama administration rule on methane pollution from oil and gas wells on public lands — but the new version of the Waste Prevention Rule is likely to be just as controversial as the original. The rewritten rule will eliminate complicated and expensive regulations for […]

Read More… from 9/18/2018


CALIFORNIA/CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Gov. Jerry Brown used the spotlight of a global climate change conference to excoriate the Trump administration for rolling back restrictions on releasing methane, calling the reversal ‘insane.’ ‘It borders on criminality,’ Brown said to applause from an international audience of climate experts and government officials gathered in San Francisco. As […]

Read More… from 9/11/2018


CALIFORNIA/CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Hours after President Trump announced last year that the United States would exit the Paris climate deal, a broad group of governors, mayors and business executives declared that they would uphold the agreement anyway and continue tackling global warming on their own. It was a striking move for a coalition of […]

Read More… from 9/11/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere. Methane, which is among the most powerful greenhouse gases, routinely leaks from oil and gas wells, […]

Read More… from 9/10/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/GERMANY/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Concern over the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump has shot to the top of an annual ranking of Germans’ biggest fears, easily outstripping worries about refugees and terrorism, a survey showed on Thursday [9-6-18]. The ‘Fears of the Germans’ survey from R+V Versicherung showed that 69 percent are worried that […]

Read More… from 9/6/2018


CALFORNIA/CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TWITTER: “Even the White House can’t explain President Donald Trump’s tweets suggesting California environmental laws have worsened wildfires raging in that state. On Tuesday [8-7-18], administration officials declined to offer any clarity on Trump’s series of tweets claiming environmental laws and water regulations in California are hampering the state’s ability to fight […]

Read More… from 8/7/2018


AUTO INDUSTRY/CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/REGULATIONS/TRANSPORTATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Thursday [8-2-18] unveiled its long-awaited proposal to dramatically weaken an Obama-era regulation designed to limit vehicle emissions, which contribute to climate change. The publication of the proposal sets up a race among opponents of the change — an unusual mix of environmentalists, automakers, consumer groups and […]

Read More… from 8/2/2018


AUTO INDUSTRY/CALIFORNIA/CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/TRANSPORTATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration took direct aim Thursday [8-2-18]at California’s role as de facto auto regulator for the nation, proposing to end the state’s ability to set its own fuel-efficiency standards and to dial back Obama-era limits on tailpipe emissions. The proposal would eliminate the sharp increase in fuel-economy mandates adopted […]

Read More… from 8/2/2018


AUTO INDUSTRY/CALIFORNIA/CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is proposing to freeze fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks in 2020, a move that will ease rules for auto makers and also likely intensify a legal fight with California. The proposal outlined Thursday [8-2-18] would eliminate the sharp increase in fuel-economy requirements adopted under the […]

Read More… from 8/2/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Long before President Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court on Monday [7-9-18], Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh had already made a name for himself as an influential conservative critic of sweeping environmental regulations. During his 12 years on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often […]

Read More… from 7/10/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has drafted a new proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, one that is far less stringent than the climate plan finalized in 2015 by former President Barack Obama. In writing the new rule to replace Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration is […]

Read More… from 7/5/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy from the Supreme Court could significantly reshape environmental law in the decades ahead and potentially make it easier for the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era climate change policies in the coming years, legal experts said. In his 30 years on the court, […]

Read More… from 6/28/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/IMMIGRATION/POPE FRANCIS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Pope Francis remains broadly popular with Roman Catholics in the U.S., according to a new study from the Pew Research Center, but a growing number of Catholic Republicans are concerned about the direction of the church under his leadership. Overall, 84% of Catholics in the U.S. hold a favorable opinion […]

Read More… from 3/6/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/NEW YORK/UN: “The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, on Monday [3-5-18] appointed a billionaire politician from New York to be his special envoy for climate action. It amounted to a finger in the eye of another New York billionaire: the one who occupies the White House and who has dismissed the fact of […]

Read More… from 3/5/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The White House’s senior adviser on energy and climate change stepped down last week after being denied a full security clearance for smoking marijuana about five years ago. Now he is speaking his mind about the Paris climate agreement that President Trump has disavowed. ‘I’m going to say something controversial,’ the former […]

Read More… from 2/22/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is considering a North Carolina regulator who questions mainstream climate science to be the next White House environmental adviser, just weeks after withdrawing a previous nominee who held similar views. Donald van der Vaart, the former secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, said in a […]

Read More… from 2/21/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/SCOTT PRUITT: “Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt suggested Tuesday [2-6-18] that climate change could benefit humans, despite scientific evidence to the contrary. In an interview with KSNV in Las Vegas, Pruitt conceded that climate change is a reality and humans have contributed to it ‘to a certain degree.’ However, the EPA administrator cast […]

Read More… from 2/8/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is withdrawing a decades-old air policy aimed at reining in some of the largest sources of hazardous pollutants like mercury and lead. The Environmental Protection Agency said late Thursday [1-25-18] it is getting rid of requirements that it forever keep sites classified as ‘major sources’ of hazardous air […]

Read More… from 1/25/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/KEYSTONE/OIL/PIPELINES: “President Donald Trump has resurrected the Keystone XL pipeline, renounced the Paris climate agreement, opened a long-disputed Alaska refuge to oil drilling and ordered his agencies to erase Obama-era regulations on the petroleum, coal and power industries — all in the name of asserting U.S. ‘energy dominance.’ But from here on, his victories […]

Read More… from 1/23/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/SCOTT PRUITT: “Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt plans to use his second year on the job to accelerate efforts to remake the agency, saying he wants to speed its permitting processes and transform a culture he says is bureaucratic. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Pruitt outlined the changes he […]

Read More… from 1/17/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Nearly a year into the Trump administration, mentions of climate change have been systematically removed, altered or played down on websites across the federal government, according to a report made public Wednesday [1-10-18]. The findings of the report, by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, an international coalition of researchers and […]

Read More… from 1/10/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/HOLIDAY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Dec. 28, 2017 […]

Read More… from 12/28/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/FRANCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Money was on everybody’s mind at the climate summit meeting organized here on Tuesday [12-12-17], as President Emmanuel Macron of France tried to shore up support for the Paris climate deal by urging heads of state, chief executives and investors to commit more funding to the fight against global warming. But […]

Read More… from 12/12/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/ENERGY[ALT]/EPA: “References to climate change and the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of renewable energy have been removed from several of its web pages, according to an analysis by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. The group regularly monitors tens of thousands of federal environmental agency web pages to document what has been changed or […]

Read More… from 12/8/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/SCOTT PRUITT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In less than a year since taking the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has repealed the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan and Waters of the United States rule, encouraged President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and removed scientists dependent on EPA funding from serving […]

Read More… from 11/28/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration’s effort to pitch coal at the international climate change meeting backfired on Monday [11-13-17], drawing heckling and booing at White House officials and energy industry representatives at a U.S. event. The White House-sponsored panel discussion — held on the sidelines of the annual international climate change conference — […]

Read More… from 11/13/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Then there was one. Syria announced during United Nations climate talks on Tuesday [11-7-17] that it would sign the Paris agreement on climate change. The move, which comes on the heels of Nicaragua signing the accord last month, will leave the United States as the only country that has rejected the […]

Read More… from 11/7/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Earth is experiencing the warmest period in the history of civilization and humans are the dominant cause of the temperature rise that has occurred since the start of the 20th century, according to an exhaustive scientific report unveiled Friday by 13 federal agencies. The report was approved by the White […]

Read More… from 11/3/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/POLITICS: “Senator Lisa Murkowski was unequivocal when asked recently about rising global temperatures. ‘Climate change is real,’ the Alaska Republican told an audience in Anchorage. Yet her stance on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is just as clear. Senator Murkowski, who heads the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has long argued […]

Read More… from 11/1/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “And then there were two: the US and Syria. As Nicaragua signs on to the Paris Agreement, the United States and Syria are now the only two nations in the world who have refused to be members of the climate pact. The Central American country held out on signing the deal […]

Read More… from 10/24/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA: “The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled speaking appearances by three of its scientists set to speak at a Rhode Island conference Monday. The New York Times first reported that the agency scientists, who were expected to address climate change during their talks to present a 500-page report, were removed from the program at […]

Read More… from 10/24/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Fires, floods and hurricanes are already costing the federal government tens of billions of dollars a year and climate change will drive those costs ever higher in coming years, a new federal study warns. The report by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s auditing arm, urges the Trump administration to take climate […]

Read More… from 10/23/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “When Trump administration officials travel to Germany next month for United Nations climate change discussions, they will face a fundamental contradiction: how to negotiate the terms of a deal they say they’re walking away from. Like a spouse who demands a divorce but then continues to live at home, the relationship […]

Read More… from 10/18/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Some of the biggest U.S. power companies said they are pushing ahead with investments in renewable and gas-fired electricity and are including climate change as a part of their corporate strategy, regardless of the Trump administration’s plans to roll back Obama-era environmental rules. President Donald Trump has pledged to boost the […]

Read More… from 10/10/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is formally withdrawing federal limits on carbon emissions at power plants, triggering the next stage of what is likely to be a yearslong fight over the government’s centerpiece regulation for slowing climate change. The move pushes forward on a central pledge of President Donald Trump: a rollback of […]

Read More… from 10/9/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration announced Monday [10-9-17] that it would take formal steps to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a bitter fight over the future of America’s efforts to tackle global warming. At an event in eastern Kentucky, Scott Pruitt, the […]

Read More… from 10/9/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/INTERIOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The rapid-fire push by the Trump administration to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy is running into a not-so-minor complication: Judges keep ruling that the Trump team is violating federal law. The latest such ruling came late Wednesday [10-4-17], when a federal magistrate judge in Northern California vacated […]

Read More… from 10/6/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will repeal the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Obama’s effort to fight climate change, and will ask the public to recommend ways it could be replaced, according to an internal E.P.A. document. The draft proposal represents the administration’s first substantive step toward rolling back the plan, […]

Read More… from 10/4/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ECONOMY/GARY COHN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser is expected to outline the administration’s proposals to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while restating that its stance on the Paris climate accord has not changed, White House officials said, following signals over the weekend that the U.S. was exploring ways to remain in the […]

Read More… from 9/17/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/POLITICS: “For years, climate change activists have faced a wrenching dilemma: how to persuade people to care about a grave but seemingly far-off problem and win their support for policies that might pinch them immediately in utility bills and at the pump. But that calculus may be changing at a time when climatic chaos […]

Read More… from 9/14/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/CRISIS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump, pressed on whether back-to-back deadly hurricanes have changed his views on climate change, dodged the question on Thursday [9-14-17] by contradicting past comments he made about the size of storms that have rocked Texas and Florida. Trump, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday after touring […]

Read More… from 9/14/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/POPE FRANCIS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As he flew near Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma on his way back to the Vatican from Colombia on Sunday [9-10-17], Pope Francis said that political leaders and others who denied climate change reminded him of a passage from the psalms about man’s stubbornness. ‘Man is stupid, the Bible […]

Read More… from 9/11/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/UN: “The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill on Thursday [9-7-17] evening that includes $10 million to help fund the United Nations’ climate change body that oversees the Paris Climate Agreement, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to stop funding it. The 30-member Senate panel, which allocates federal funds to various government agencies […]

Read More… from 9/8/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK/UN: “U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said the Paris climate agreement is a key part of promoting global security and prosperity in what appeared to be a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s pledge to leave the accord. Mrs. May, in her remarks to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday [9-20-17], said […]

Read More… from 9/20/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning. The charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment — which includes academics as […]

Read More… from 8/20/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/GOP/TAXES: “With a sweeping overhaul of the tax code on the horizon, two Senate Democrats believe this is the moment to broach the third rail of climate change policy: a carbon tax. The plan by the senators, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, to level a $49 per metric ton […]

Read More… from 8/17/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP EXEC ORDERS: ” ‘Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure’ The order aims to increase the efficiency of the Federal infrastructure permitting process and revokes an Obama-era Executive Order that created stricter environmental review standards for federal projects in flood-prone areas. It establishes ‘One Federal Decision’ for […]

Read More… from 8/15/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/RICK PERRY: “Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday [8-14-17] in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid. It was the latest push-back on the department’s study from backers of renewable energy such as wind […]

Read More… from 8/14/2017


AL GORE/CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said on Friday [8-11-17] that President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate change agreement was fueling, rather than weakening, momentum among environmental activists. Gore, whose follow-up to his 2006 Oscar-winning documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ is showing in movie theaters worldwide this month, said […]

Read More… from 8/11/2017


CABINET/CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has […]

Read More… from 8/7/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/SCOTT PRUITT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration said late Wednesday [8-2-17] that it would not delay an Obama-era regulation on smog-forming pollutants from smokestacks and tailpipes, a move that environmental groups hailed as a victory. The Environmental Protection Agency decision came a day after 16 state attorneys general, all Democrats, filed a lawsuit challenging […]

Read More… from 8/3/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/USDA: “President Trump on Wednesday [7-19-17] nominated Sam Clovis, a former college professor and talk radio host who has challenged the scientific consensus that human activity has been the primary driver of climate change, to serve in the Agriculture Department’s top scientific post. ‘Dr. Clovis was one of the first people through […]

Read More… from 7/19/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE: “Since before there was a United States, Americans have had a love affair with Paris. President Donald Trump, who will leave for the French capital on Wednesday [7-12-17], does not share that affection. Few cities have been the subject of Trump’s derision and mockery like Paris. He has painted the city as a […]

Read More… from 7/12/2017


CALIFORNIA/CLIMATE CHANGE/NEW YORK: “A coalition of American states, cities and businesses that have pledged to stick with the Paris climate pact will team up with experts to quantify their climate commitments and share their plans with the United Nations, vowing to act in spite of the Trump administration’s exit from the accord. President Trump said […]

Read More… from 7/11/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP PEOPLE/SCOTT PRUITT: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in the early stages of launching a debate about climate change that could air on television – challenging scientists to prove the widespread view that global warming is a serious threat, the head of the agency said. The move comes as the administration of President […]

Read More… from 7/11/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/FOREIGN POLICY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Through marathon meetings and dinners at the Group of 20 summit, various world leaders sought to coax America’s new president to accept core tenets of the internationalist order they embrace, including commitment to free trade and tough environmental regulation. He barely budged. In his second foreign trip, President Donald […]

Read More… from 7/9/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/FOREIGN POLICY: “World leaders struck a compromise on Saturday [7-8-17] to move forward collectively on climate change without the United States, declaring the Paris accord ‘irreversible’ while acknowledging President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement. In a final communiqué at the conclusion of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, the […]

Read More… from 7/8/2017


CALIFORNIA/CLIMATE CHANGE: “Even before President Trump took office, Gov. Jerry Brown of California let it be known he was ready to do battle over climate change, vowing in December that California would launch its own satellite if Mr. Trump cut funding for federal space missions. On Thursday [7-6-17] evening, Governor Brown will mount a new […]

Read More… from 7/6/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/OBAMA: “Former President Barack Obama on Saturday [7-2-17] indirectly criticized President Trump in a speech delivered in Indonesia for withdrawing “American leadership” on climate change by abandoning the Paris accord. ‘In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history about climate change, an agreement that even with the temporary absence of […]

Read More… from 7/1/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY: “The Southern Company on Wednesday [6-28-17] effectively gave up on an ambitious ‘clean coal’ project, announcing that a flawed coal-fired power plant in central Mississippi would now burn natural gas instead. The Kemper County plant, built to take advantage of a strip coal mine next door, was three years behind schedule and, at […]

Read More… from 6/28/2017


CLIMATE CONTROL/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s administration is moving ahead with plans to dismantle another piece of the Obama administration’s environmental legacy, the rule that sought to protect clean drinking water by expanding Washington’s power to regulate major rivers and lakes as well as smaller streams and wetlands. The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of […]

Read More… from 6/27/2017


CABINET/CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/LEGAL: “The Environmental Protection Agency’s chief of staff pressured the top scientist on the agency’s scientific review board to alter her congressional testimony and play down the dismissal of expert advisers, his emails show. Deborah Swackhamer, an environmental chemist who leads the E.P.A.’s Board of Scientific Counselors, was to testify on May 23 before […]

Read More… from 6/26/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “The United Nations secretary general warned on Tuesday [6-20-17] that an American retreat from the world posed great risks on many issues, including climate change, international conflicts and the refugee crisis, as he announced a visit to Washington to urge members of Congress to support the United Nations. ‘When someone leaves […]

Read More… from 6/20/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TAXES: “Exxon Mobil, other oil companies and a number of other corporate giants will announce on Tuesday [6-20-17] that they are supporting a plan to tax carbon emissions that was put forth this year by a group of Republican elder statesmen. The group, the Climate Leadership Council, unveiled a ‘conservative climate solution’ in February […]

Read More… from 6/20/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/TRUMP PEOPLE/RICK PERRY: “Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday [6-19-17] denied that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of climate change. Asked in an interview on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ whether he believed that carbon dioxide was ‘the primary control knob for the temperature of the Earth and for climate,’ Perry said that […]

Read More… from 6/19/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/FOREIGN POLICY: “Rifts between the United States and its leading industrial allies over climate change deepened on Monday [6-12-17] when Washington refused to subscribe fully to a Group of Seven statement on the environment. The U.S. said it would not sign up to a pledge by Italy, Canada, Japan, France, Britain and Germany which […]

Read More… from 6/12/2017


CALIFORNIA/CHINA/CLIMATE CHANGE: “In the space of 24 hours, California Gov. Jerry Brown flew out of China after signing bilateral climate change deals and meeting with President Xi Jinping in Beijing and returned home to host the German environment minister in San Francisco. Showing almost no sign of jet lag, the governor, 79, punctuated every word […]

Read More… from 6/12/2017


CHINA/CLIMATE CHANGE/POLITICS: “California said it would cooperate with China on clean technology, emissions trading and other ‘climate-positive’ efforts in a bid to fill a gap left after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord last week. The government of California and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology will work together to […]

Read More… from 6/6/2017


CHINA/CLIMATE CHANGE/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “David Rank, the chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, has left the State Department over the Trump administration’s decision to quit the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, a senior U.S. official said on Monday. A State Department spokeswoman confirmed Rank’s departure, but said she was unable […]

Read More… from 6/5/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE: “Former Vice President Al Gore expressed disappointment Sunday [6-4-17] over his failure to persuade President Donald Trump to keep the US in the Paris climate agreement. Gore said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ that Trump’s decision was a threat to humanity and bad for the US position in global politics. ‘I think […]

Read More… from 6/4/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/SCOTT PRUITT: “Despite announcing plans to pull out of the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump’s language and that of his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, seem at odds with the actions he proposes taking. ‘We will be environmentally friendly,’ the President reassured. The next day, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator stood […]

Read More… from 6/3/2017


CABINET/CLIMATE CHANGE/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/REX TILLERSON: “The State Department is declining to say why Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not attend President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement. A senior State Department official told CNN Thursday Tillerson wasn’t planning on attending because he had other business at […]

Read More… from 6/2/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump invoked the people of Pittsburgh to defend his climate change decision Thursday [6-1-17], and the city’s mayor bristled in response. Explaining his choice to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, Trump said: ‘I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.’ Pittsburgh’s Democratic Mayor […]

Read More… from 6/2/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/POLITICS: “A day after President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, states and cities around the country are vowing to adhere to their own aggressive climate policies, independent of the federal government. Twenty states and Washington have adopted their own greenhouse gas emission targets, according to the Center for […]

Read More… from 6/2/2017


CLIMATE CONTROL/ENERGY/FOREIGN POLICY/POLITICS: “Leaders from around the world maintained a defiant front on Thursday [6-1-17] after President Trump announced that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. President Emmanuel Macron of France, speaking in French before switching to English, said he believed Mr. Trump was making a mistake. He then extended an […]

Read More… from 6/1/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/POLITICS: “President Trump announced on Thursday [6-1-17] that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, weakening efforts to combat global warming and embracing isolationist voices in his White House who argued that the agreement was a pernicious threat to the economy and American sovereignty. In a speech from the Rose Garden, […]

Read More… from 6/1/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE: “As President, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens. The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers — who I love — and taxpayers to absorb […]

Read More… from 6/1/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/POLITICS: “Congressional West Coast Democrats are calling on their states’ governors to uphold the core tenets of the Paris climate agreement in the wake of President Donald Trump’s expected move to pull the US out of the worldwide accord. Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Jared Huffman of California, and Suzan DelBene of Washington, along […]

Read More… from 6/1/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/SCOTT PRUITT: “Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt on Thursday [6-1-17] would not say whether President Donald Trump still considers climate change a ‘hoax.’ When flatly asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper, ‘Does the President believe climate change is a hoax?’ the EPA administrator responded: ‘This is not about whether climate change […]

Read More… from 6/1/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, three officials with knowledge of the decision said, making good on a campaign pledge but severely weakening the landmark 2015 climate change accord that committed nearly every nation to take action to curb the warming of the […]

Read More… from 5/31/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Momentous arguments inside the West Wing over the future of the Paris climate accord became a messy public spectacle on Wednesday [5-31-7], with some aides saying that President Trump had decided to abandon the landmark global warming agreement while others insisted that no decision had been made. Three administration officials with […]

Read More… from 5/31/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ELON MUSK: “Elon Musk says he’ll step down from President Donald Trump’s advisory councils if he decides to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The CEO of both Tesla (TSLA) and SpaceX tweeted Wednesday [5-31-17] that he’s done everything possible to lobby the president to keep the U.S. in the treaty. ‘Don’t know which […]

Read More… from 5/31/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats quickly denounced the Trump administration’s expected move to withdraw from the Paris climate accord Wednesday [5-31-7], calling it a political decision with grave ramifications for the well-being of the planet. The decision, which will be announced this week, would put the US at odds with nearly every other nation on […]

Read More… from 5/31/2017


2016 ELECTION/CLIMATE CHANGE/ETHICS/INTELLIGENCE/POLITICS/RUSSIA: “Senate Democrats are accusing the White House of purposely ignoring requests for information on issues ranging from the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in U.S. elections, to ethics waivers given to top officials and changes in environmental rules. At issue are the routine requests that members of Congress make to federal agencies […]

Read More… from 5/24/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/POLITICS: “The environmental ministers of Canada and Mexico went to San Francisco last month to sign a global pact — drafted largely by California — to lower planet-warming greenhouse pollution. Gov. Jerry Brown flies to China next month to meet with climate leaders there on a campaign to curb global warming. And a battery […]

Read More… from 5/23/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE: “BlackRock Inc said on Friday [5-12-17] that it voted in favor of a successful shareholder proposal calling for more climate change reporting by Occidental Petroleum Corp (OXY.N), in the first sign the world’s largest asset manager was backing up its tough new talk on environmental matters. Backers of the resolution called its passage […]

Read More… from 5/12/2017


CABINET/CLIMATE CHANGE/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/REX TILLERSON: “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told representatives of Canada, Russia and other nations with Arctic territory that the U.S. needs time to develop its climate policy but is listening to other nations’ concerns. ‘We are appreciative that each of you has an important point of view, and you should know […]

Read More… from 5/11/2017


CABINET/CLIMATE CHANGE/INTERIOR/TRUMP PEOPLE/RYAN ZINKE: “Four U.S. states have sued Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Interior Department and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to block new leases of public lands for coal mining, according to papers filed on Tuesday in Montana federal court. State prosecutors for California, New Mexico, New York and Washington are arguing […]

Read More… from 5/10/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/POLITICS: “In a blow to administration efforts to free the oil and gas industry from Obama-era environmental rules, a Senate resolution to revoke a rule to limit leaks and flaring of methane from oil and gas production on federal lands fell short of votes 49-51 on Wednesday [5-10-17]. The surprise vote outcome came after […]

Read More… from 5/10/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “European officials have unleashed a diplomatic offensive to dissuade President Donald Trump from nixing the Paris Agreement, as the risk of a U.S. pullout threatens to derail the 2015 global deal against climate change. The push, spearheaded by the European Union, comes as thousands of government, environment and business representatives gathered […]

Read More… from 5/9/2017