EPA’s Pruitt Praised by Right-Wing Groups for Getting Agency “Out of Science”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s director Scott Pruitt and speakers at a fossil fuels conference in Houston sponsored by right-wing groups had a mutual lovefest, with Pruitt praising the groups for their commitment to oil and gas and the groups lauding Pruitt for getting the EPA “out of science.”

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Coal Insider Tapped to Lead Agency That Regulates Mines

In yet another signal of the Trump administration’s departure from the previous administration’s environmental policies in favor of robust fossil fuel development, President Donald Trump nominated a former mining engineer to run the Interior Department Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Thursday.

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California, New Mexico Challenge White House Favors to Oil, Gas & Coal

On the heels of two victories over efforts to roll back Obama-era regulations, California and New Mexico launched a fresh challenge Tuesday against the Trump administration’s repeal of higher royalty payments to states for oil, gas and coal leases on public lands. 

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EPA to Begin Repealing Obama-Era Clean Power Plan

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he will sign a proposed rule Tuesday “to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration,” but his announcement immediately drew fire from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who said he will sue the Trump Administration over the move.

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Environmentalists Win a Victory, of Sorts, Over Coal Leases

Environmentalists won a victory of sorts Friday when the 10th Circuit found that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has “acknowledged that climate change is a scientifically verified reality,” and ordered the BLM to revisit its environmental impact statement on four coal leases in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin — but refused to vacate the leases.

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States Win Hollow Victory Over Trump’s Favors to Oil, Gas & Coal

California and New Mexico won a hollow victory on Wednesday, as a federal judge found the U.S. Department of Interior unlawfully postponed a royalties rule for oil, gas and coal companies’ benefit – but refused to reinstate the rule. 

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Judge Delays Ruling on Trump’s Fossil-Fuel Favors, Fearing Mootness

A federal judge said Tuesday that the Trump administration improperly delayed a rule to boost state royalties for oil, gas and coal extracted on public lands, but she declined to issue a ruling because an impending repeal might moot the case.

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