"A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws."
Via The Mercury News
"Rejecting a petition from environmental groups, the Trump administration announced Monday that it will not list Pacific bluefin tuna — a torpedo-shaped fish that can grow to 1,000 pounds and which sells for $100,000 or more per fish in Japanese sushi markets — as endangered, despite that fact that the animal’s population has fallen 97 percent."
"The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited."
Via Foreign Policy
"[...] the Vietnamese ambassador in Beijing was summoned to the Chinese Foreign Ministry and told, bluntly, that unless the drilling stopped and Vietnam promised never to drill in that part of the sea ever again, China would take military action against Vietnamese bases in the South China Sea."
"Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express displeasure with Murkowski's vote. By that afternoon, each of Alaska's two Republican senators had received a phone call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke letting them know the vote had put Alaska's future with the administration in jeopardy."
"The recent directive by President Donald Trump for a “review” Barack Obama and Bill Clinton's use of the Antiquities Act and his comments about government “abuse” and “land grab” serves only his objective in making more areas available to oil, gas, mining and fisheries extraction operations. Totally lacking is any mention of the public trust doctrine and the fact that these specially designated areas (national parks, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, marine sanctuaries, monuments) and our natural resources belong to the U.S. citizens, not the corporate/industrial establishment."
Via E&E News
"The House Appropriations Committee late yesterday approved a $31.4 billion spending bill for U.S. EPA, the Interior Department and related agencies, giving them over $800 million less than fiscal 2017 but rejecting many of the administration's steeper cuts for programs popular with lawmakers and constituents."