Trump’s intervention fails to save coal-fired power plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) board of directors voted Thursday to close the last remaining unit at its Paradise coal-fired power plant in western Kentucky, ignoring calls from President Donald Trump to keep the unit open. The board also approved the closure of its Bull Run coal plant in eastern Tennessee. The proposed closures had […]

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Trump’s false promise of coal industry renaissance delays economic diversification in Appalachia

President Donald Trump and his political backers have ignored the possibilities of economic diversification beyond coal in Appalachia. During his two years in office, Trump has claimed the coal industry will stage a major comeback under his leadership. But community groups in Appalachia disagree with Trump. As the president remains fixated on helping the coal industry […]

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House Republicans reveal how they’ll attack the growing popularity of a Green New Deal

Democrats are expected to release a highly anticipated draft plan for a Green New Deal in the coming days — a plan that will aim to combat climate change through a major economic transformation. And during a pair of House headings on Wednesday, some Republican talking points were revealed that provide insight into how they […]

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Senate committee approves friend of fossil fuel, chemical industries to head Trump’s EPA

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted in an 11-10 party-line vote Tuesday to advance President Donald Trump’s nomination of Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), despite a track record that shows him favoring polluting industries at the expense of the environment and public health. Wheeler’s nomination to succeed Scott Pruitt […]

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Is it karma or simply fate? Virginia could be poised to get its second black governor

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a 39-year-old lawyer whose surname comes from the plantation owner that a Northern Virginia county is name after, could become only the second African American governor in the state’s history if current Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is forced from office. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Fairfax’s family moved to Washington, D.C. […]

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Russia follows Trump administration’s lead, pulls out of nuclear arms treaty

One day after the Trump administration declared the United States would withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty, Russia followed suit by announcing it would suspend its obligations under the treaty. On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that as a result of what he called years of Russian violations, Washington would no longer abide by […]

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Failing to safeguard drinking water should jeopardize Andrew Wheeler’s nomination, senator says

Concern is growing among lawmakers and public health experts over reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not intend to set limits for a harmful class of chemicals found in the drinking water of millions of Americans. Delays in the federal government’s regulation of two chemicals — perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the […]

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Trump’s EPA will not set legal limit on dangerous chemicals in drinking water, report says

Resisting calls from public health advocates for stricter regulations on toxic chemicals, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to refuse to set limits on the amount of two dangerous chemicals allowed in the nation’s drinking water. Millions of Americans drink water that exceeds the government’s non-enforceable health advisory limit for the two chemicals — […]

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Trump considers undercutting state authority in quest to expedite pipeline development

The Trump administration is reviewing steps it could take to prevent state officials from using their authority under the Clean Water Act to deny permits to developers of natural gas pipelines and other energy infrastructure. The administration is reportedly considering issuing an executive order that would limit the ability of states to block natural gas […]

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