Save 6M acres of Florida wetlands from destruction

The Trump administration’s new definition of federally protected wetlands would strip protection from half of Florida’s wetlands.The move is being celebrated by real estate builders, commercial farmers, and golf course developers who see the wetlands as a hinderance to their money-making schemes.

Sign this petition to demand that Congress pass legislation protecting this land once and for all.

Under Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has repeatedly gutted regulations meant to save our environment from destruction. And this latest move is yet another blatant attempt to help Trump’s billionaire cronies make more money at the expense of everything we hold dear.

Florida is home to 12 million acres of wetlands, including the unique and beautiful Everglades. Destroying this delicate ecosystem with commercial development would endanger the habitat of countless animals, as well as the state’s water quality. It would make the Red Tide — a toxic algea bloom that’s killing off turtles, birds, and dolphins — even worse.

Act now to demand that incoming congressional leaders immediately take steps to protect Florida’s wetlands before it is too late.

Coal-fired power plants: their true cost to the environment and the tacit support of the EPA

Coal power plant in China

Coal has long been a reliable source of American energy, but it comes with tremendous costs because it is incredibly dirty. The same chemistry that enables coal to produce energy—the breaking down of carbon molecules—also produces a number of profoundly harmful environmental impacts and pollutants that harm public health. Air pollution and global warming are two of the most serious.

Link: https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/coal-and-other-fossil-fuels/coal-air-pollution#.XBCn5GhKjIU

And the EPA is tacitly supporting Trump’s “I dig coal” policies by rolling back emission standards on coal plants.  EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist before taking up his current role, recently announced a new rule that will allow coal-fired power plants to emit more than 35 percent more global warming pollution than the current law allows.

Link: https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1120360_epa-rolls-back-emissions-standards-on-coal-plants

Russian mining firm puts Trump’s face on its asbestos products

Jesus, how much worse can it get under Trump regarding environmental protection …

“Asbestos was once widely used in the US for insulation and roofing but is now classed by the federal government as a “known carcinogen” due to evidence that, when disturbed, asbestos fibers can become lodged in the lungs and cause mesothelioma, as well as cancers of the lung, larynx and ovary. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 2,500 Americans die from mesothelioma every year.”

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The low down on Scott Pruitt and why he is under fire from ethics scandals

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, made a big announcement this week: The E.P.A. will reconsider, and most likely roll back, Obama-era automobile standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency. The decision goes beyond what even the automakers had asked for, and sets up a showdown with California over air pollution rules.
But headlines in recent days have focused on Mr. Pruitt himself as he faces a growing list of potential ethics scandals. It can be hard to follow every development, so let us catch you up on some of the biggest ones dogging Mr. Pruitt this week.

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Scott Pruitt’s $50-per-night condo looks really bad

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

There has been no shortage of questionable travel arrangements made by President Trump’s Cabinet-level officials. But Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s $50-per-night rental agreement is pretty swampy.

Take a look at this first paragraph from the Associated Press’s story, which builds upon reporting from ABC News and Bloomberg:

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency paid just $50 a night to stay in a Capitol Hill condominium linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents a roster of fossil fuel companies.

So much about this raises red flags.

First off, the rental was per night, rather than monthly. This allowed Pruitt to have a home on Capitol Hill — just blocks from the Capitol, no less — for $6,100 over about six months, according to Bloomberg. Regardless of the size of Pruitt’s room, paying about $1,000 per month to live on Capitol Hill is a deal that is basically impossible to beat — if not unheard-of. And for proof, look no further than Pruitt’s new apartment. Since ending this arrangement, he is living in a building where rents for one bedroom range between $3,100 and $4,500 per month, The Post’s Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin report.

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