Reversing Trump, Interior Department moves swiftly on climate change

As Deb Haaland, President Biden's choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.
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Julian Brave Noisecat: Why Senate Republicans fear Deb Haaland

The Interior Secretary nominee would bring experiences and perspectives that have never found representation in the leadership of the executive branch.


Haaland, with a key vote in her column, appears headed for confirmation

Senator Joe Manchin III, who oversees the confirmation hearing, said he would support Representative Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Interior Department.

‘Climate change’ is back, 'illegal alien' is out. New administration changes language of government

“The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.

Seismic survey of Alaskan Arctic refuge won't move forward

A missed deadline for flights to look for polar bears means the work to locate oil reserves the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is effectively killed.

Fight over Deb Haaland, first Native American cabinet pick, reflects partisan divide

President Biden’s choice for interior secretary faces her confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Democrats see her as embodying the hopes of the new administration; Republicans object to her activism.

Deb Haaland’s ascent and the complicated legacy of Native representation

The congresswoman from New Mexico could make history if confirmed as head of the Department of the Interior. But there’s more to the story than that.

Traci Morris: 'Indian Country' is excited about the first Native American secretary of the interior

If confirmed, US Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico would be the first Native American to run the agency that interacts with tribal nations. But her agenda extends far beyond Indian Country.

Will 2021 be the year for environmental justice legislation?

They want Trump's rollbacks rescinded and renewed emphasis on justice and equity via enforcement of federal law, from the Clean Air Act to FEMA recovery aid.


Trump administration scales back wild bird protections

Federal wildlife officials have acknowledged the move could result in more deaths of birds such as those that land in oil pits or collide with power lines or other structures.

Trump administration, in parting gift to industry, reverses bird protections

A rule change means companies will not be held liable for killing migratory birds as long as their actions were not intentionally designed to do so.

Deb Haaland’s tough road ahead at the Interior Department

Haaland will have to overcome the Interior’s legacy of colonialism and fossil fuel plunder — as well as her boss’s moderate centrism.

Arthur Middleton, Justin Brashares: Biden plans to conserve 30 percent of America's lands

That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?

In last rush, Trump grants mining and energy firms access to public lands

The outgoing administration is pushing through approval of corporate projects over the opposition of environmental groups and tribal communities.
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Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

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