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Key Facts About the New EPA Plan to Reverse the Obama-era Methane Leaks Rule

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By . Originally posted on Yale Climate Connections.

President Trump’s EPA is moving to roll back 2016 Obama administration methane leak regulations for key parts of the oil and gas industry, another example of what seems an across-the-board repudiation of Obama-era environmental and climate change initiatives. The new proposal, if made final, is certain to face legal challenges, with its ultimate fate perhaps being decided only by the administration in office in 2021.

NOAA Directed Staffers Not to Contradict Trump on Misleading Dorian Claims

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Trump displaying Hurricane Dorian forecast

By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

Can the U.S. under President Donald Trump still trust government-issued weather reports?

That's the question at the heart of a Saturday report from The Washington Post that leadership at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) directed staff not to contradict Trump's claims that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama.

As Aerial Footage of Devastated Bahamas Emerges, Campaigners Ask How Much Destruction and Death Before Global Climate Action Taken?

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Hurricane Dorian destruction

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

As the National Hurricane Center announced Tuesday that Hurricane Dorian's core was “finally moving away from Grand Bahama Island,” toward the Southeastern U.S. coast, footage of the storm's devastation flooded the internet alongside calls for governments and the news media to recognize the here-and-now destruction of the climate emergency.

Phoenix Voters 'Say Yes to the Future,' Rejecting Koch-Backed Effort to Ban Light Rail Expansion in Least Sustainable US City

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Phoenix light rail

By Julia Conley, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

The city of Phoenix dealt a decisive blow to a Koch Brothers-backed measure on Tuesday when voters rejected a proposition that would have banned any expansion of the city's light rail system.

DNC Shuts Down Climate Debate Compromise

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Tom Perez

By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will not let 2020 primary candidates share the stage in a debate devoted to the climate crisis, the party voted Saturday during its summer meeting in San Francisco.

Understanding Christians’ Climate Views Can Lead to Better Conversations About the Environment

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Christian steeple

By Emma Frances Bloomfield, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

In their second round of debates, Democratic presidential candidates called for aggressive measures to slow climate change. As Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has said, “We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.”

Politicians realize that many voters care about this issue. A 2018 survey conducted by Yale and George Mason Universities categorizes 69% of Americans as at least “somewhat worried” about climate change, the highest level these programs had recorded since 2008.

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