Energy and Environment: Earth could break through a major climate threshold in the next 15 years, scientists warn

Earth could break through a major climate threshold in the next 15 years, scientists warn; EPA head says he wants to ‘prioritize’ Superfund cleanups; U.S. blocks major pipeline after 18 leaks and a 2 million gallon spill of drilling mud; Senate unexpectedly rejects bid to repeal a key Obama-era environmental regulation; Trump will punt decision on the Paris climate agreement until after the G-7, Spicer says; Pipeline spill by Dakota Access company could have a ‘deadly effect’; France sent 42 people to a global climate summit. The Trump administration sent 7.; ‘We all knew this was coming’: Alaska’s thawing soils are now pouring carbon dioxide into the air; EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels; The EPA just buried its climate change website for kids; EPA administrator will recuse himself from lawsuits he brought against agency;
 
Energy and Environment
With Chris Mooney
 
 
Earth could break through a major climate threshold in the next 15 years, scientists warn
The report comes as the Trump administration is debating whether to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.
EPA head says he wants to ‘prioritize’ Superfund cleanups
Scott Pruitt said the cleanup efforts “will be restored to their rightful place at the center of the agency’s core mission.”
 
U.S. blocks major pipeline after 18 leaks and a 2 million gallon spill of drilling mud
The $4.2 billion Rover gas pipeline is being constructed by the same company that built the controversial Dakota Access pipeline.
 
Senate unexpectedly rejects bid to repeal a key Obama-era environmental regulation
The vote marks the first defeat for Congress efforts to repeal Obama-era environmental standards since Trump became president.
 
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Trump will punt decision on the Paris climate agreement until after the G-7, Spicer says
Trump puts off decision day on the fate of the historic agreement. Again.
 
Pipeline spill by Dakota Access company could have a ‘deadly effect’
The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency blasted the pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners for a “pattern” of 18 spills of drilling materials.
 
France sent 42 people to a global climate summit. The Trump administration sent 7.
As a decision nears, pressure mounts on the Trump administration over Paris climate agreement.
 
‘We all knew this was coming’: Alaska’s thawing soils are now pouring carbon dioxide into the air
New research reinforces fears about emissions of greenhouse gases from frozen northern soils, or permafrost.
 
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EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke “is committed to restoring trust in the Department’s decision-making,” a spokeswoman said.
 
The EPA just buried its climate change website for kids
The Environmental Protection Agency has sidelined a climate site aimed at educating students, a public watchdog group has determined, as part of the agency’s ongoing review of what online content matches the new administration’s values.
 
EPA administrator will recuse himself from lawsuits he brought against agency
“I am taking this action to avoid even the appearance of any impropriety under federal ethics or professional responsibility obligations,” Pruitt wrote.
 
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