Enforcing border checkpoints during Hurricane Harvey could leave people in harm’s way

What does immigration enforcement have to do with natural disasters? Plenty. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency is telling people that the window for evacuating from #HurricaneHarvey is closing, the federal government says it plans to enforce immigration laws at checkpoints near the border. If it holds, that decision may cause harm in the Gulf…

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Waving goodbye to laws at the border…again

Seems like all we do lately when it comes to our government is contemplate the unprecedented. So it’s almost a relief to find familiar ground. Almost. The Department of Homeland Security says it will bypass environmental and other laws to “ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads” near San Diego, prototypes and a first…

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The Best Reads on Paris

The Trump administration has sown major confusion around the Paris Agreement — what it is, what it does, and what it has meant for the United States. Luckily, a lot of smart people are writing to correct the record, and to put both the climate accord and Trump’s withdrawal from it in perspective.

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Cutting NOAA Isn’t Just About Climate and Satellites. It’s About Coastal Economies.

A budget proposal for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration leaked to the Washington Post would slash coastal science and resilience programs. It would limit natural disaster preparation and research. It would limit data gathering, including satellites, which can help communities prepare for extreme weather. And if that wasn’t bad enough, a lot of jobs…

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Pruitt Speaks to Staff; Emails Shall Be Released

UPDATE Wednesday 8 a.m.: The Center for Media and Democracy has released approximately half of the requested emails, and posted them here. Eleven minutes. That’s how long Scott Pruitt, the new Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, spoke to his staff today from the Rachel Carson Green Room. The presentation was open to in-person media as well…

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A New Anti-Anti-Corruption Law

Last Tuesday, President Trump signed a law rolling back a regulation that required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments they made to foreign governments. Oil and gas companies say the transparency regulation was burdensome, and raised costs for their products that have been passed on to consumers. But an underlying law still exists, with…

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