• american petroleum institute Dec 21, 2020

    The Money Funding Climate Change Denial

    President Trump has called climate change a hoax, and he’s not alone in that belief. Here’s why climate denialism is so persistent in American politics.

  • Donald Trump Apr 16, 2019

    Judge Restores Obama-Era Drilling Ban in Arctic

    President Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, a U.S. judge said in a ruling that restored the Obama-era restrictions. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in a decision late Friday threw out Trump’s executive order that overturned the bans...

  • George W. Bush Jan 28, 2019

    Trump Rollbacks for Fossil Fuel Industries Carry Steep Cost

    As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels.

  • Donald Trump Nov 30, 2018

    Trump Admin Approves Seismic Surveys for Atlantic Off-Shore Drilling

    The Trump administration on Friday authorized use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, reversing Obama administration policies and drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life. The National Marine Fisheries Service said it has authorized permits under the Marine...

  • Donald Trump Sep 3, 2018

    Trump's Pollution Rules Rollback to Hit Coal Country Hard

    It’s coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan to roll back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out of his remarks, though: northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for increased...

  • Donald Trump Aug 22, 2018

    US Plan for Coal Power Deregulation Could Cause More Deaths

    The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the country billions of dollars.

  • Donald Trump Aug 19, 2018

    US Says Conserving Oil Is No Longer an Economic Imperative

    Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs. The position was outlined in a memo released last month in support of the administration’s proposal to relax fuel mileage standards. The government released...

  • Donald Trump Jun 2, 2018

    Trump Orders ‘Immediate Steps' to Boost Coal, Nuclear Plants

    President Donald Trump on Friday directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to prepare “immediate steps” to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open. Trump believes that keeping America’s energy grid secure “protects our national security, public safety and economy from intentional attacks and natural disasters,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

  • Donald Trump Mar 8, 2018

    What Swamp? Lobbyists Get Ethics Waivers to Work for Trump

    President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite promising as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington. A week after his January 2017 inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that bars former lobbyists, lawyers and others from participating...

  • Donald Trump Jan 16, 2018

    Watchdog: Foreign Groups Among Spenders at Trump Properties

    More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used to influence the president. Public Citizen, which compiled media reports and publicly available government data, cited moves...

  • Donald Trump Jan 5, 2018

    California Has Ample Weapons to Fight Trump on Offshore Drilling

    In the decades since a 1969 oil spill near Santa Barbara tarred sea-life and gave rise to the U.S. environmental movement, politicians and environmental activists have built up ample ways to make it difficult but not impossible for the Trump administration to renew drilling off California’s coast. The Interior Department said Thursday it plans to open most federal waters off...

  • Donald Trump Jan 5, 2018

    Q&A: Plan to Expand Offshore Drilling Draws Cheers, Jeers

    The energy industry is cheering the Trump administration’s proposal to open nearly all U.S. coastlines to offshore oil and gas drilling, saying it will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign supplies and create jobs. Independent experts are dubious. They cite strong opposition — even from Republicans — to some ocean drilling and question whether oil companies will invest in expensive new...

  • Donald Trump Jul 19, 2017

    Months Needed for Additional Study of Dakota Access Pipeline

    Additional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year to complete, U.S. officials said in court documents in which they also advocate for keeping the line operating during the study. Developer Energy Transfer Partners also is asking U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to keep the line open, saying a shutdown...

  • Donald Trump Jul 4, 2017

    DC Appeals Court Orders EPA to Move Ahead With Methane Rule

    A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Monday that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of an Obama administration rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks.

  • ATTORNEY Apr 28, 2017

    Trump Signs Order Aimed at Opening Arctic Drilling

    On the 99th day of his presidency, Donald Trump reversed some of his predecessor’s environmental protections with an executive order that could expand offshore gas and oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The order directs Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review a plan that dictates what locations are open to offshore drilling.

  • PRESIDENT Mar 21, 2017

    Rusty Patched Bumblebee Joins Endangered Species List

    The rusty patched bumblebee on Tuesday became the first officially endangered bee species in the continental U.S., overcoming objections from some business interests and a last-minute delay ordered by the Trump administration. One of many bee types that have suffered steep population declines, the rusty patched has disappeared from about 90 percent of its range in the past 20 years....

  • Donald Trump Nov 22, 2016

    Drill, Baby, Drill? Election Reignites Offshore Oil Debate

    The controversy over drilling for oil in the Atlantic Ocean has been reignited by the election of Donald Trump, and environmentalists and coastal businesses say it could be the first major fault line that divides them from the new president. The Obama administration has moved to restrict access to offshore oil drilling leases in the Atlantic, as well as off...

  • Las Vegas Jul 30, 2014

    Hill Releases Its “50 Most Beautiful” List

    Want to find out if your best-friend-turned-staffer is one of the most beautiful people on the Hill? There’s a list for that.

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