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Governor McAuliffe and Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Propose Joint Legislative Priorities

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Environment,Guns,Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=22095

Press release which outlines major priorities for the current and future Democratic leaders including expansion of Medicaid, universal background checks for gun purchases, reform of the absentee voting process, joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and preventing the personal use of campaign contributions.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands: Rescission of a 2015 Rule

Categories: Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Laws/Regulations

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2017-12-29/pdf/2017-28211.pdf

Final rule that rescinds an Obama Administration rule that would have set environmental limitations on hydraulic fracking on public lands.  The rescinded rules would have strengthened well construction and wastewater management standards and required disclosure of chemicals in fracking fluids.  From the Bureau of Land Management of the Department of the Interior

 

2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://www.boem.gov/NP-Draft-Proposed-Program-2019-2024/

Trump Administration proposal to revise Obama administration plans and open previously-protected U.S. off-shore waters to oil and gas drilling.  Identifies 47 potential areas, including the mid-Atlantic, where companies  could buy leases between 2019 and 2024 under the proposed plan.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 

2017 Was Third Warmest Year on Record for U.S.

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaa.gov/news/2017-was-3rd-warmest-year-on-record-for-us

Press release reviewing weather experience of 2017.  Third warmest for temperatures and, with 16 weather and climate disasters totaling $306 billion, the costliest in U.S. history.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981-1988, Volume XLI, Global Issues II

Categories: Africa,Environment,Foreign Affairs,Health/Medical,History,Population/Census

https://s3.amazonaws.com/static.history.state.gov/frus/frus1981-88v41/pdf/frus1981-88v41.pdf

The documents in this volume focus on seven global issues: law of the sea, human rights, African famine, AIDS, international population policy, whaling, and the ozone layer.  From the Office of the Historian of the State Department

 

Final Report Summarizing Findings of the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act

Categories: Congress,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Presidency,Property Rights,Recreation/Travel

https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/revised_final_report.pdf

Final report of the Secretary of the Interior which reviews the Antiquities Act of 1906 and the relative roles of the legislation and executive branch in declaring monuments.  Reviews and provides recommendations for all monuments designated from 1996 to the present.  From the Interior Department

 

Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 1

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

https://science2017.globalchange.gov/

The first of two volumes.  States that global temperatures have warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901 and it is “extremely likely” that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause.  Includes sections on climate models, scenarios, precipitation and temperature changes, extreme storms, sea level rise, and more.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

 

Administrator Pruitt Issues Directive to End EPA “Sue and Settle.”

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/administrator-pruitt-issues-directive-end-epa-sue-settle

News release about agency directive to end what has been called “regulation through litigation” when environmental groups sue and then settle with EPA by means of agreements or consent decrees.  The changes would allow states or regulated entities affected by the settlements to play a greater role in the process.   Includes links to the text of the directive.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

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