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Government scientist says he was reassigned after speaking out about climate change

He went from working with Alaskan communities on climate adaptation to the fossil fuel revenue office.Joel Clement announced his whistleblower filing on the Washington Post website. CREDIT: Washington PostA policy director and scientist at the Department of the Interior filed a whistleblower complaint with U.S. Office of Special Counsel after being relocated from his position helping Alaskan … [Read more...]

Exxon shareholders vote to force company to disclose climate risks

In a first, the oil and gas giant will be forced to consider risks to its assets as the world moves to a low-carbon future.CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark HumphreyIn a surprise victory for climate advocates, 62 percent of Exxon shareholders voted in favor of a resolution requiring the oil and gas giant to report how its business will be affected by global efforts to address climate change and keep warming … [Read more...]

When you’ve lost Gap, you’ve lost America

Businesses and everyday Americans do not back Trump’s climate reversals.CREDIT: AP Photo/Alex BrandonImagine, if you will, a quintessentially American scene. Nike and Gap-clad children are eating McDonald’s Happy Meals. Dad pulls into the driveway in his Chevy Impala — or maybe his Tesla. Mom sips a Coca-Cola and scrolls through Facebook on her AT&T-driven iPhone. On nearly everything is the … [Read more...]

The Koch brothers, big oil, and Texas utilities are already shaping Trump’s environmental agenda

The Fueling Freedom Project is the climate-denying voice at the Trump transition table.Texas and coal are shaping up to be powerful forces in the Trump administration. Here, coal is loaded into a truck near Fairfield, Texas. The mine provides coal for the neighboring TXU Corp’s power plant. CREDIT: AP Photo/David J. PhillipBy Samantha Page and Jenny RowlandAs President-elect Donald Trump and his … [Read more...]

Florida voters reject utility-backed solar amendment

“Today was truly a solar uprising.”Peter Knapp, a supporter of Republican candidate Donald Trump, waves American flags as he stands outside his home in Miami. Florida voters rejected a deceptive solar bill Tuesday. CREDIT: AP Photo/Lynne SladkyOne race was called early on Tuesday, when Florida voters resoundingly rejected a solar initiative backed almost entirely by utilities and their … [Read more...]

New poll shows overwhelming support for a fracking ban in Maryland

Only 6 percent think there is “no risk” to fracking.Anti-fracking signs in Pennsylvania in 2012. Maryland is now battling to keep fracking out. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic,Most Maryland voters — 56 percent — want the state to ban fracking, according to the results of a poll released Wednesday. The state’s current moratorium on fracking is set to expire next year, and lawmakers say this session will be … [Read more...]

Government Agencies Must Consider The Climate, White House Says

"Agencies need to consider the indirect effects of their actions." The post Government Agencies Must Consider The Climate, White House Says appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

Scientists Are Fed Up With The Federal Coal Program

"The United States must keep the vast majority of its coal in the ground." The post Scientists Are Fed Up With The Federal Coal Program appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

This Ridiculously Low Oil Spill Fine Is What’s Wrong With Environmental Enforcement

Six years after spilling more than 27,000 barrels of oil into local rivers, Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership is finally facing the music. But the music is a little soft. The post This Ridiculously Low Oil Spill Fine Is What’s Wrong With Environmental Enforcement appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

Climate Denier Marco Rubio Tries To Tackle Toxic Florida Algae, Is Baffled By Cause

"I’m in favor of answers. I want this problem to be solved." The post Climate Denier Marco Rubio Tries To Tackle Toxic Florida Algae, Is Baffled By Cause appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

Governor Sends ‘Threatening’ Letter To Environmental Donors

LePage had his staff track down hundreds of donor addresses to send hate mail about the Natural Resources Council of Maine. The post Governor Sends ‘Threatening’ Letter To Environmental Donors appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]