Trump today is finalizing a surprise rule that bars the EPA from regulating oil and gas and refineries, deeming them "necessarily insignificant" sources of greenhouse gas pollution.
The idea Trump is finalizing these short-lived rules only to “to clog up the works and slow the Biden administration down" is sounding more likely every day…
More from @alexcguillen on the surprise attack…
There's more. There's another final Trump push to force banks to loan to gun-makers and oil companies, relying on a rule originally meant to target racial discrimination…
shows just how disingenuous EPA Admin's interview with @eilperin is. Unless "other environmental priorities" means a full takeover by oil, gas, and mining at the expense of communities of color…
the short list the past few months, FTR
Censoring science
Manipulating costs and benefits
Seismic testing in the Gulf
Loosening coal ash disposal
Rejecting tougher standards for soot
Limiting wildlife protection
Lowering efficiency for showers, dishwashers & washing machines
not to mention rushing lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

in March, the Trump administration argued the pandemic justified fast-tracking even more environmental rollbacks. Here's a useful, larger list compiled by @Public_Citizen…

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More from @rebleber

19 Dec 20
here's my rundown of the team and agencies tasked with carrying out Biden's climate plans…
Gina McCarthy: "I'm here today because climate change isn't only a threat to the planet, but a threat to our health and well-being. It's a threat to people everywhere and the precious natural resources we depend on."
clear themes stuck out: Biden's Climate Cabinet is focused on addressing environmental injustices and coordinating throughout the administration. climate is not just a priority of the EPA's but in every agency.…
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14 Dec 20
Here's my new one on the mystery women of natural gas…
I asked LinkedIn's @jessiwrites if she had any idea how her headshot wound up being used by Texans for Natural Gas. When both of us contacted the group, we heard nothing, they only swapped her photo for a new stock image.

It only got weirder from there…
I stumbled into a whole wide world of astroturfing and *terrible* memes set up by the oil and gas industry and its paid consultants
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31 Mar 20
Trump faces a hard deadline in May to finalize environmental rollbacks to avoid easy reversal if Dems win the 2020 election through the Congressional Review Act. That's why you're seeing so many announced now, when few are paying attention:…
In the last few weeks alone the EPA and Interior have moved ahead with their:
Auto pollution rule
"Censored science" rule
Delisting of sage grouse
Fossil fuel lease sales
Halting enforcement
Mercury pollution reversal also expected soon…
Environmental rollbacks costs lives.

In the fine print even the EPA has admitted it will cut jobs and lead to asthma and more deaths from air pollution every year.…

@yayitsrob has done great deep dives into the bad math:…
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18 Mar 20
everyone's suddenly trying to interpret science, decide who's a trusted expert, and navigate uncertainty.

you know who is just like you, but has tons of experience in having to navigate those situations?

science journalists. here are their tips:…
1. Start with the uncertainty. It’s okay to admit what you don’t know.

2. Science is messy. Studies are being published based on small samples and pre-peer review, and expect some confusion and contradictions as a matter of course.…
3. Consider limiting your news consumption to trusted sources and vetted experts than the overwhelming social media timeline.

4. Remember that it's not always worth debunking misinformation, because you can manage to reinforce the original myth.…
Read 6 tweets
4 Dec 19
I can't believe I have to do this again
Trump is NOT changing his messaging around climate. It's a waste of time trying to read tea leaves. There has never been a greater meaning to his comments than inaction and delay.
why not? receipts:

THREE years ago the NYT editorial board breathlessly claimed Trump had shifted on climate post election. So Nov 2016 I wrote a line-by-line analysis why they were spun… Image
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11 Oct 19
New: Dug into the archives on how PG&E was once part of the climate change denial machine.…
The electric utility sector spent decades promoting delay and uncertainty, despite understanding the dangers of CO2 as early as the 1960s. Don't forget that history in California's blackout crisis…
PG&E was an early member of the industry denier group Global Climate Coalition 30 years ago, documents show. It's possible "that history becomes a relevant legal part" of its future…
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