"In April, Trump charged U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross with reviewing any actions taken in the past decade that expanded the existing national marine sanctuaries or established new ones and may have interfered with potential offshore gas and oil development or mineral extraction."
"His decision removes about 85 percent of the designation of Bears Ears and nearly 46 percent of that for Grand Staircase-Escalante, land that potentially could now be leased for energy exploration or opened for specific activities such as motorized vehicle use."
"White, a fellow of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation and former head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, has written extensively against regulation of carbon dioxide, which she calls "the gas of life." She has also written in favor of increasing the use of fossil fuels and has criticized the Endangered Species Act."
"Authority to allow oil and gas development in that undeveloped piece of Alaskan wilderness lies with Congress. But elsewhere in Alaska’s North Slope, where the executive branch is less hamstrung, the Trump administration is marching forward unabated with energy development."
"In addition to declaring a “sense of Congress” that global warming is a national security threat, the defense reauthorization bill would also require the Defense Department to assess the vulnerabilities of the 10 bases most threatened by climate change in each service."
Via The Guardian
"The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people."
"The Trump administration made its debut at a United Nations conference on climate change on Monday by giving a full-throated defense of fossil fuels and nuclear energy as answers to driving down global greenhouse gas emissions...But even before the Trump team could make its case, the panel was disrupted for more than 10 minutes by scores of chanting and singing demonstrators."
Via The Guardian
"President Trump has been accused of deliberately obstructing research on global warming after it emerged that a critically important technique for investigating sea-ice cover at the poles faces being blocked."
"House Natural Resources Democrats today accused the administration of conducting a secretive review of marine monuments and sanctuaries, and urged President Trump to release a Commerce Department report assessing offshore oil and drilling potential in those sites."