House Dems Push Legislation to Protect Endangered Species

Climate scientists believe Earth is in the middle of its sixth mass extinction event, and in light of that, House Democrats Tuesday renewed calls for legislation that would reverse the Trump administration’s rollback of key protections for endangered wildlife and plant species.

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House Democrats Call for Overhaul of Oil-Leasing Rules

Taxpayers lose billions each year in royalties generated from oil and gas leases on public lands while fossil fuel developers reap profits at their expense, but Democrats on Tuesday pushed legislation that would overhaul leasing laws that have not been updated in a century.

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Environmentalists Say Feds Fail to Protect Crayfish From Coal Mining

Political appointees in President Donald Trump’s Interior Department have weakened protections for Appalachia’s endangered crayfish to benefit the coal mining industry, environmentalists claim in a federal lawsuit.

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House Panel Tackles Scientific Integrity at Interior Department

A trend at the Interior Department under President Donald Trump has persisted for two years: climate science is being squeezed out and retaliation can be swift for those who speak up. But beyond professional ramifications, scientists told lawmakers Thursday they mostly worry censorship today will lead to public health and economic problems tomorrow. 

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Feds: Moving Land Agency Will Save Money, Improve Decisions

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it can save taxpayers millions of dollars, make better decisions and trim a “top heavy” office in Washington by moving the headquarters of the nation’s biggest land agency to Colorado and dispersing scores of jobs across 11 states in the U.S. West.

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Loosening of Offshore Drilling Safety Rules Prompts Lawsuit

Fearing a rollback of offshore drilling rules will threaten worker safety and coastal waters, nine environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday, claiming weaker standards could lead to another catastrophe like the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Accuracy Is at Core of Supreme Court Case on the Census

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family’s apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an “alien,” though he was a native-born New Yorker.

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