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Merkel Doesn’t Want Trump To Bail On A $145 Trillion Bet To Fight Global Warming

Angela Merkel

A new report claims policies to keep future global warming to internationally agreed upon limits by the end of the century could make the world $19 trillion richer.

The report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was one of two commissioned by the German government to help convince President Donald Trump to stay in the Paris agreement.

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Former EPA Bureaucrat: Trump’s Budget Cuts Are Awful Because EPA Creates Jobs

Jobs killed by EPA regs were nearly 900,000 a year

A former EPA official isn’t happy with President Donald Trump’s budget cuts, because he thinks EPA regulations help grow the economy.

Trump’s cuts could do “unimaginable” damage to the EPA’s mission, Tom Burke, former deputy assistant administrator of the EPA, told Global Health NOW. When asked if EPA regulations had prevented jobs from being created, Burke claimed the exact opposite had occurred.

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U.S. Shale Is Pushing OPEC To Breaking Point

Among many bold promises made on the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged to unleash an “energy revolution” that would release vast riches from America’s shale oil reserves. It is doubtful that he expected Saudi Arabia to do the job for him. All over the US, dozens of oil rigs are coming back online every month. The count has increased for nine straight weeks, figures published yesterday by Baker Hughes, the oilfield services company, showed. There are now 631 active oil rigs in the US, more than double the number at the end of 2016. The EIA expects that output next year will surpass a record set in 1970. –James Dean, The Times, 20 March 2017

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‘I Will Name Names’: Infighting At EPA Drives Top Official To Resign

Scott Pruitt

A senior member of the Trump administration’s beachhead team at the EPA unexpectedly resigned over concerns of the “integrity” of political appointees and career employees.

David Schnare was expected to take a top post at EPA, but he abruptly resigned March 15. It wasn’t for personal reasons, but over what he called a “question of integrity.” Schnare resigned with the title of assistant deputy administrator.

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Exxon: NY Attorney General Concocted Email Scandal For ‘Publicity’

Schneiderman

ExxonMobil blasted New York’s attorney general for being behind a years-long probe into the company apparently based on a phony email scandal.

The company’s legal representatives accused Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, of manufacturing an email scandal involving now-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to provide a rationale for his investigation, according to court documents filed Thursday in New York.

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Garbage haul at Dakota Access camps revised downward to 21 million pounds

A lot of garbage was hauled out of the Dakota Access protest camps, just not as much as previously indicated.

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services said last week that 21.48 million pounds of trash, debris and waste was ultimately removed from the three protest camps built on federal land — Oceti Sakowin, Rosebud and Sacred Stone — based on figures from Morton County Emergency Management.

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A serious climate opportunity

For years, politicians have waged war on coal, stifled oil and gas production, and advocated carbon taxes and other extreme measures to reduce carbon dioxide, while ignoring one of the most important things they could do to help.

It reminds me of my own lifelong battle with weight and the associated health issues. I get so frustrated that I sometimes swear I would do anything – anything! – to lose weight. Well, anything except eat less and exercise. But anything else.

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The social cost of carbon regulations

“If you could pick just one thing to reduce poverty, by far you would pick energy,” Bill Gates has said. “Access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty,” World Bank VP Rachel Kyte and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Amartya Sen agree.

The UN Development Program also calls energy “central to poverty reduction.” And International Energy Agency Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol notes that “coal is raising living standards and lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.” In fact, all fossil fuels are doing so.

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Trump Climate Science Adviser Exposes New York Times Fake News

Scott Pruitt

The Santa Fe New Mexican is the oldest newspaper in the western Unites States. I have been friends with the publisher for 40 years, and she kindly agreed to post an editorial from me in today’s paper.

By Tony Heller

I was born and raised in Los Alamos, worked as a scientist at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, and have been an active environmentalist all my life. Forty-five years ago this May, I traveled with my high school history teacher, Mary Louise Williams of El Rancho, to a congressional hearing and testified in support of the Escalante Wilderness in Utah.

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Enviros Seek A Probe Against Scott Pruitt’s ‘Unprecedented’ Climate Comments

Environmentalists want the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general to investigate whether Scott Pruitt violated internal policies when he suggested carbon emissions might not contribute to climate change.

The Sierra Club asked the independent watchdog in a letter Wednesday to check whether the former Oklahoma attorney general violated the EPA’s 2012 Scientific Integrity Policy when he told a reporter emissions were not a “primary contributor” to so-called man-made global warming.

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