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EPA cuts would leave states with more work, less money

The Trump administration has proposed cutting 2.6 billion dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s about a third of its budget. It could mean state environmental agencies will have to do more work with less money. But in many places, those agencies are already strapped. Late last year the EPA sent Pennsylvania a letter warning its [...]

In Pennsylvania, Trump’s climate order met with anger and relief

Governor Tom Wolf’s administration says it is still committed to combating climate change in Pennsylvania, despite an executive order signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump aimed at undoing the Clean Power Plan– the signature climate initiative of the Obama administration. Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell called Trump’s action “disappointing,” saying the state [...]

Trump’s EPA cuts would endanger Pennsylvanians, says environmental chief

The state’s top environmental regulator is warning his federal counterpart that proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency would have an “immediate and devastating effect” in Pennsylvania. On Thursday the Trump administration released a budget blueprint which seeks to cut roughly a third of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget – some $2.6 billion. In a sharply-worded letter [...]

Trump’s first days fuel optimism among drillers, angst for environmentalists

In less than two weeks in office, President Donald Trump is working to usher in a new era for American energy companies. He’s begun rolling back efforts to combat climate change and is pushing for federal approval of controversial, new infrastructure projects — such as the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. There is guarded [...]

Trump gives pipeline industry a boost, but leaders warn against complacency

Donald Trump’s public support of big pipeline projects is giving the industry a shot in the arm. But it still faces hurdles from state and local opposition, according to industry leaders. On Tuesday, Trump signed executive orders to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and expedite environmental reviews on some projects. Keystone XL [...]

Protesters urge Senators to reject Trump nominees to environment posts

Some 200 people gathered in center city Philadelphia on Monday to urge Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators to reject President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for key environmental positions in his new administration. The demonstrators rallied in freezing weather outside Democratic Senator Bob Casey’s office before holding up traffic to march several blocks to the office of Republican Senator [...]

Ten stories from 2016 worth hearing again

As the year winds down, we’re looking back at some of StateImpact Pennsylvania’s best radio reporting. From an unconventional election season, to continued controversies over pipelines, and a global climate conference, we covered a lot of ground on the airwaves in 2016. Take another listen: Drilling downturn In 2016 Pennsylvania’s drilling industry went through a [...]

Pa. environmental chief waiting to see what Trump administration will bring

Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell skipped  a meeting with lawmakers seeking answers on whether DEP had issued pipeline permits without all regulations having been met.

President-elect Donald Trump is solidifying his cabinet, and he appears poised to reverse of many of the Obama administration’s energy and environmental initiatives—including its signature climate change initiative, the Clean Power Plan. A lot of attention is now turning to how states and local governments will address climate change. Trump recently tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott [...]

Climate-change-denier may be named to head EPA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt has told The Associated Press. Pruitt has been a booster of the fossil fuel industry and an outspoken critic of what he derides as the EPA’s “activist agenda.” The 48-year-old [...]

Do Trump’s climate comments signal U.S. will remain in Paris accord?

Comments by President-elect Donald Trump suggesting that he might not pull out of the Paris climate accord after all fueled some hopes that the latest global effort to curb climate change could retain crucially important U.S. participation. In an interview with The New York Times Tuesday, Trump refused to repeat his campaign promise to pull [...]

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