Re: Trump World -USA-2019Mar 30th, 2019
Judge blocks Trump's drilling plans across the U.S. because they ignored climate change impact
A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing to take into account the climate impact of its oil and gas leasing out west.
The decision by U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Rudolph Contreras marks the first time the Trump administration has been held to account for the climate impact of its energy dominance agenda, and it could have sweeping implications for the president's plan to boost fossil fuel production across the country. Contreras concluded that Interior's Bureau of Land Management "did not sufficiently consider climate change" when making decisions to auction off federal land in Wyoming to oil and gas drilling. The judge temporarily blocked drilling on roughly 300,000 acres of land in the state.
The initial ruling in the case brought by two advocacy groups, WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility, has implications for oil and gas drilling on federal land throughout the West. In the decision, Contreras faulted the agency's environmental assessments as inadequate because they did not detail how individual drilling projects contributed to the nation's overall carbon output. Since greenhouse gas emissions are driving climate change, the judge wrote, these analyses did not provide policymakers and the public with a sufficient understanding of drilling's impact, as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.
MAGA... Trump bombs again.
Trump plans to cut U.S. aid to 3 Central American countries
The move against El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras deepens White House confrontations with Latin America over a surge in irregular migrations, including asylum seekers and others. Critics say the move is counterproductive and might increase migration.
Seems that things are not bad enough in stated countries This will just add more incentive to leave. Not to mention the cruelty * simple-mindedness of such an action Changing the situation in relevant nations seems the obvious solution After all, the US is so very wealthy it is in the position to asst in making major positive changes in those nations.......making them more deniable to live in and travel to. The US has no problem getting rid of leaders they don't like.......
Fox News host apologizes for ‘3 Mexican Countries’ chyron: ‘It never should have happened’
I'm sure the White Right will be reading the headline over and over (slowly, moving their lips), trying to figure out what's wrong with it.
Canadian provinces vow to resist Trudeau's landmark carbon tax
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada on Monday imposed a landmark carbon tax on four provinces which had defied Ottawa’s push to combat climate change, prompting unhappy premiers to say they would challenge the measure.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, citing international commitments to fight global warming, had made clear for two years he would slap the tax on any of the 10 provinces that did not come up with their own plans by April 1.
The measure is opposed by Ontario, the most populous province, where Trudeau’s Liberals need to do well to stand a chance of retaining power in a federal election this October.
Carbon pollution will initially cost C$20 ($15) a tonne, rising by C$10 a year until it reaches C$50 in 2022. It also applies in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.
“As of today, it’s no longer free to pollute anywhere in Canada,” Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said on Twitter.
Official data regularly show Canada has little chance of meeting its climate change goals of reducing emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
Canada will heat up twice as fast as the rest the world, with northern regions warming at an even greater pace, a Canadian environment ministry report said on Monday.
Smaller snow packs and a loss of glacier ice could mean water supply shortages in the summer, it added.
Trudeau says extreme weather events like forest fires and floods underline the need to combat global warming.
Although Ottawa says the money collected from the next tax will be returned to Canadians in the form of rebates, right-leaning parties portray it as a cash grab.
The Conservatives, who polls show could win the October election as a political scandal dogs Trudeau, promise to scrap the measure.
Ontario premier Doug Ford vowed to oppose what he called “the worst tax ever” in court.
“We’re going to keep fighting this carbon tax with every single tool at our disposal,” he said.
Trudeau’s other efforts to combat climate change are also proving a challenge.
Last year Ottawa unveiled plans to overhaul environmental assessments of energy projects, paying more attention to greenhouse gas emissions. Critics say this will deter investment at a time when existing projects are in trouble.
Canada bought Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd’s Trans Mountain crude pipeline for C$4.5 billion last year after the company expressed doubts it could proceed with plans to more than double the existing capacity.