EPA gives Oklahoma authority over many tribal environmental issues

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is turning its oversight of a number of environmental issues on tribal lands over to the state of Oklahoma.
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Climate and environmental activists are growing impatient with a Democratic-led House that they view as not doing enough to enact their agenda.

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Trump's pick for EPA already rolling back climate change protections

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During a Senate hearing on her nomination to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Heidi King, the agency’s deputy chief, was asked whether climate change is caused by humans. She wouldn't say.

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The Senate voted to confirm Andrew Wheeler, a former lobbyist for Murray Energy. If Scott Pruitt leaves, Wheeler would become interim head of the EPA.

If Scott Pruitt gets fired from the EPA, this coal lobbyist will take his place

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