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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"The Presidential Memorandum entitled “Withdrawal of Certain Portions of the United States Arctic Outer Continental Shelf from Mineral Leasing” issued on December 20, 2016, and any other substantially similar memorandum, Executive order, or other action by the President issued or taken before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act to withdraw from mineral leasing the areas of the outer Continental Shelf described in that memorandum (as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act) under section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1341(a)) shall have no force or effect."
Alaska Senator Don Young has introduced yet another fisheries-related bill. This one intends to train more young people as commercial fishermen, by encouraging groups like Sea Grant to "provide education and training."
Via Climate Central
"We’re 12 weeks into the Trump administration and there’s a glut of nominations President Trump has yet to put forward. Many are crucial to having a functioning government and setting the priorities for their agencies."
"Without guidance from Fish and Wildlife, Democrats on a Natural Resources subcommittee said they were powerless to refute claims from witnesses called by Republicans who said the Endangered Species Acts cost projects millions of dollars as a result of delays."
"The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new, more detailed plan for laying off 25 percent of its employees and scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety, water runoff control, and environmental cooperation with Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement."
"“I think it’s prudent given the continuing activities by the left to foment hatred and the reported hostility within the agency from some unprofessional activists,” Ebell [of Trump's EPA transition team] said at the time."
"Agency heads will receive a 14-page memorandum outlining changes. The memo, which replaces the federal hiring ban President Donald Trump enacted in January, outlines cuts based on Trump’s "skinny" budget, released last month. The budget proposal called for deep cuts to domestic programs and an increase in military spending."
April 27, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
"In response to the growing demand for unbiased answers and analysis on how deregulatory initiatives by the new Administration and Congress will impact environmental protection, governance, and the rule of law, ELI has released a special report, Regulatory Reform in the Trump Era. The report explains the legal mechanisms and processes that may get deployed, how they work, and the effect on the current regulatory landscape. It responds to the questions that are increasingly being asked of ELI: What are the pathways and impacts of regulatory reform efforts likely to be undertaken? What are the opportunities for the public and other stakeholders to engage relative to reform initiatives?
Join ELI President Scott Fulton and the authors of the report for a discussion of its findings. Our attorneys will present highlights from their research and answer questions from the audience."