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Struggling to stay up-to-date with the dizzying array of news coming out of the White House? Here's the news you need to know that pertains to ocean and coastal conservation.

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Posted on June 5, 2017 - 8:59am, by nwehner
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Via Politico

"At meetings with top officials for various government departments this spring, Uttam Dhillon, a White House lawyer, told agencies not to cooperate with such requests from Democrats, according to Republican sources inside and outside the administration."

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Posted on June 5, 2017 - 8:56am, by nwehner
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Via The Hill

"The EPA plans to submit the buyout proposal to the White House's Office of Management and Budget for approval in June and work to "expedite the review process," Reuters reported. The EPA has said it aims to complete the buyout program by the end of the fiscal year in September."

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Posted on June 5, 2017 - 8:48am, by nwehner
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Via The New York Times

"The Republican Party’s fast journey from debating how to combat human-caused climate change to arguing that it does not exist is a story of big political money, Democratic hubris in the Obama years and a partisan chasm that grew over nine years like a crack in the Antarctic shelf, favoring extreme positions and uncompromising rhetoric over cooperation and conciliation."

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Posted on May 31, 2017 - 2:25pm, by nwehner
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Via Reuters

"The United States is resisting plans to highlight how climate change is disrupting life in the oceans at a U.N. conference of almost 200 nations next week, Sweden's deputy prime minister, who will co-chair the talks, said on Tuesday."

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Posted on May 26, 2017 - 1:55pm, by abrown
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Via Powerpost

"In the Trump administration, “energy dominance” has replaced “energy independence” as the go-to phrase for describing the federal government’s broad energy goals -- in President Trump’s case, to promote as much oil, gas and coal development as possible." This article also discusses budget cuts to NOAA "-- A lot of attention has been paid to the heavy cuts Trump proposed for the EPA, but let's dig into the budget reductions proposed for another agency: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

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Posted on May 26, 2017 - 9:17am, by nwehner
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Via JURIST

"JURIST Guest Columnist Jay Austin of the Environmental Law Institute discusses President Trump's recent executive order concerning offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf"

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Posted on May 16, 2017 - 1:36pm, by nwehner
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Via Honolulu Civil Beat

"The official public comment period began Friday, and more than 15,000 comments about the proposal flooded into the federal government within the first four days.

Letters are running more than 100 to 1 against making any changes in use or boundaries of the 29 sites, all of which had previously been declared historically or environmentally significant."

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In late April, US President Donald Trump issued two executive orders that carry potentially significant implications for several of the country’s MPAs, including its largest ones. Both orders could lead to weakened protection for sites.

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Posted on May 13, 2017 - 8:20am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"Carlos Martín, an engineer with the Urban Institute, and Peter Meyer, an economist with the E.P. Systems Group, an environmental and economic research firm, posted a joint resignation letter on Twitter, saying they were standing down to protest the agency’s decision to remove the scientists."

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Posted on May 12, 2017 - 1:21pm, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a legal settlement with a Canadian company hoping to build a massive gold, copper and molybdenum mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, clearing the way for the firm to apply for federal permits."

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