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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 February 16, 2017 - 9:42am, by nwehner
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Via Ars Technica

"Two Republican members of Congress sent a formal letter Tuesday to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General, expressing concern that “approximately a dozen career EPA officials” are using the encrypted messaging app Signal to covertly plan strategy and may be running afoul of the Freedom of Information Act."

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Posted on February 14, 2017 - 4:05pm, by nwehner
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Via AAAS

“At its core, this bill is about second guessing our Nation’s best and brightest scientists, and the grant making decisions they make,” said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX), in a statement. “[M]y biggest concern about these new requirements is they will push NSF reviewers to fund less high-risk research, which, by its very nature entails the pursuit of scientific understanding without necessarily any particular or known benefit.”

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Posted on February 13, 2017 - 10:28am, by nwehner
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Via Ocean Conservancy

"With this order, when fishery managers need to take any sort of action (for example, open the red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico, or change the number of salmon vessels are allowed to catch in the Pacific) those managers will need to find two other regulations they can nullify. Managers’ hands will be tied."

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Posted on February 8, 2017 - 2:05pm, by nwehner
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Via The Hill

"BLM officials finalized the rule in December, aiming to reorganize the federal government’s land planning and management strategies. Opponents of the rule — including many conservatives in the West, where the federal government has large public lands holdings — say the rule centralizes too much power within the federal government, stripping management decisions away from local leaders and landowners. "

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Posted on February 6, 2017 - 10:21am, by nwehner
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Via Congress.gov

Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida has introduced a bill to eliminate the EPA. As of February 3rd, it has been referred to the House's Science, Space, and Technology Committee (among several others).

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Posted on February 3, 2017 - 9:27am, by nwehner
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Via Vox

"On Thursday, the Senate voted 54-45 to repeal the so-called “stream protection rule” — using a regulation-killing tool known as the Congressional Review Act. The House took a similar vote yesterday, and if President Trump agrees, the stream protection rule will be dead. Coal companies will now have a freer hand in dumping mining debris in streams."

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Posted on February 1, 2017 - 11:32am, by nwehner
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Via Seafood Source

"In the larger picture, Trump’s “America First” policy, is likely to shift the mantle of global leadership to China. As America withdraws from the world stage, China is moving into the vacuum left behind. For years, China has cultivated economic relationships with countries around the globe, and now that the United States is removing itself as an alternative to that influence, many countries have no other option than to embrace China."

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MPA News does not normally report on elections of national leaders. However, the early-November election of Donald J. Trump to serve as the next President of the US could be relevant to the MPA field. In particular there is the possibility it could bring a rollback of some significant MPAs.

Trump has stated his intent to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action” issued by current US President Barack Obama. Depending on how Trump and his administration choose to define “unconstitutional” (the term is often used loosely in US politics), those executive actions could include MPA designations. Namely these would be MPAs that Obama enacted or expanded without congressional approval, using the executive authority accorded to him as President under the US Antiquities Act.

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