Trump Administration Eases Emissions Standards for New Coal Plants

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By Natural Resources Defense Council As major climate change reports recently warned of the extreme dangers of rising carbon emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to roll back a 2015 federal clean air rule that requires new coal plants to install...
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Despite Dire Climate Reports, Trump’s EPA Drags Us Backwards

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By Lissa Lynch, Natural Resources Defense Council Lately just about every other week there’s both a new scientific report warning about the urgent dangers of climate change and a new proposal from the Trump administration rolling back climate protections. Today, Trump’s Acting EPA Administrator...
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Climate Report Proves Need for a Flood Protection Standard

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By Joel Scata, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump killed the federal flood protection standard, a policy put in place to ensure federally funded infrastructure—the hospitals, schools, and roads paid for by you and me through our tax dollars—was constructed with a higher margin of...
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Factory Farms Slip Environmental Review for USDA Loans

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By Ben Lilliston, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy In August 2016, the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency quietly announced a major change regarding its loan program for medium-sized Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The agency would no longer require an...
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Zinke Moves to Weaken Landmark Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Plan

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By the Natural Resources Defense Council U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke moved forward today with a sweeping rollback of a conservation plan meant to protect the imperiled greater sage grouse as well as critical wildlife habitat that supports hundreds of other species in...
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NRDC and Allies Sue Trump Administration to Protect Giraffes

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By Elly Pepper, Natural Resources Defense Council Today NRDC and our partners filed suit against the Trump administration for failing to meaningfully respond to our petition asking them to list giraffes as an endangered species. In April 2017, we joined the Center for Biological Diversity, the...
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McNamee on FERC Harmful to Kansas and Iowa Wind Industries and Rate-Payers

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By Rob Cowin, Union of Concerned Scientists There’s a little known independent federal agency whose decisions could have big impacts on states like Kansas and Iowa.  It’s called the Federal Electricity Regulatory Commission (FERC).  FERC makes decisions that affect electric power markets and...
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