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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 September 28, 2017 - 11:15am, by abrown
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Via Reuters

Interviews with energy industry representatives indicate that the effort by the Trump administration to open new areas to oil and gas drilling will likely help wind power companies more than oil producers. 

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Posted on September 27, 2017 - 2:10pm, by abrown
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Via Westwise

"In the week since the Washington Post published Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s secret final report on national monuments, a staggering number of falsehoods and misleading claims have come to light. The errors, taken in whole, suggest the entire report is nothing more than a pretext to open protected public lands and waters to extractive industries like coal, oil, timber, and industrial-scale fishing, with little attention paid to scientific accuracy."

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Posted on September 19, 2017 - 12:53pm, by nwehner
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Via The New York Times

As far as marine monuments goes, Zinke recommends shrinking both the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll monuments (and possibly opening both to commercial fishing and oil drilling), while Northeast Canyons and Seamounts monument should be opened to commercial fishing.

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Posted on September 18, 2017 - 11:13am, by abrown
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Via The Washington Post

"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10  national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post."

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Posted on September 14, 2017 - 3:45pm, by abrown
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Via Mongabay

"The Trump Administration has taken steps to open up the United States’ Atlantic waters to offshore oil exploration and drilling, sparking fierce resistance up and down the coast."

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Posted on September 13, 2017 - 10:52am, by nwehner
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Via New Republic

"A three-mile section of border fencing in California will be constructed without federal protections for clean water and air, endangered species, and historic sites, according to a notice posted Tuesday in the Federal Register."

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Posted on September 6, 2017 - 10:23am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

The EPA has funded the Bay Journal, a newspaper reporting on environmental issues in the Chesapeake Bay region since 1991. Now that the Journal is criticizing the Trump administration's environmental priorities, the agency has abruptly cut its funding.

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Posted on September 5, 2017 - 5:09pm, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

Grant officers are being told to eliminate references to 'climate change' in grant solicitations, and the political aide (John Konkus) has already canceled nearly $2 million in grants to universities and nonprofits.

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