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To start, the photo is from Energy Department HQ, with DOE Secretary Rick Perry and, closest to him, coal baron Bob Murray. I don't know the next person to the right, but in this 2017 photo, Mr. Murray had come a-lobbyin' with veteran DC insider and mouthpiece Andrew Wheeler (beneath the red arrow). More on the photo later.
Top Weekend News<p>Vice President Mike Pence's family gas station empire collapsed, <a href="https://apnews.com/07f9256ae1984362ba3eff192b4d6dd0/Pence-family-gas-stations-left-costly-environmental-legacy?utm_medium=AP&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter" target="_blank">sticking taxpayers with a $20 million cleanup bill</a>. (AP)</p><p>In <em>The Guardian, </em>John Abraham examines the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jul/12/rising-ocean-waters-from-global-warming-could-cost-trillions-of-dollars?CMP=share_btn_tw" target="_blank">staggering future costs </a>of sea level rise and coastal inundation.<span></span><br></p><p>Eric Holthaus on <a href="https://grist.org/article/this-years-global-hurricane-boom-could-go-into-overdrive/" target="_blank">how this year's severe storms season</a> could set records. (<em>Grist)</em></p><p>In an introductory speech to EPA employees, acting EPA boss Andrew Wheeler said <a href="https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060089069" target="_blank">risk communication</a> would be a high priority. (<em>E&E Daily)</em></p><p><a href="https://loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=18-P13-00028&segmentID=3" target="_blank">What to expect on environmental cases</a> from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Steve Curwood's Q&A with U. of Vermont Law Professor Patrick Parenteau. (<em>PRI's Living On Earth)</em></p><p><a href="https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10072018/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-trump-nominee-climate-change-policy-environmental-law" target="_blank">More on Kavanaugh </a>from Marianne Lavelle at <em>Inside Climate News. </em></p><p>If coral reefs disappear, <a href="https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/as-reefs-disappear-some-fish-find-themselves-defenseless/" target="_blank">some tropical fish will lose their only protection</a>. (<em>Hakai)</em></p><p>Rancher Dwight Hammond, Jr.'s imprisonment inspired the <a href="https://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2018/07/oregon_rancher_pardoned_by_tru.html" target="_blank">armed takeover</a> of a National Wildlife Refuge. Sprung from prison by President Trump's pardon he discussed how prison has changed his outlook. And how it hasn't. (<em>Oregonian)</em></p><p>While the world was distracted by NATO'S confab and other meetings, the<a href="https://thebulletin.org/2018/07/approving-the-climate-security-agenda/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Twitter%20Post&utm_campaign=ClimateAgenda_July14" target="_blank"> UN Security Council </a>quietly talked climate change for only the third time in its history.</p>
Opinion pieces and editorials<p>Cieaning house, sorta, at EPA. <a href="https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/cleaning-house-kinda-at-epa-editorial-cartoonists-have-the-last/collection_49d1f13e-9d8d-510a-a2b4-98584eb46a2d.html#1n" target="_blank">Collection of editorial cartoons.</a></p><p>Eric Holthaus throws some anti-shade on Trump and environment: <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/11/all_is_not_lost_on_climate_change.html?wpsrc=sh_all_mob_tw_ru" target="_blank">He'll be terrible, but he's not everything.</a></p>
Podcasts of note<p>Quick Instagram post from Planet Forward, George Washington University's J-School, on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlJNaXLB_dW/?taken-by=planetforward" target="_blank">"The Last Straw"</a> -- plastic drinking straw bans popping up everywhere.</p><p>EHN/Daily Climate's Peter Dykstra and host Steve Curwood discuss the curious popularity of solar panels among NRA members and the rampage of record high temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere this past week. (PRI's L<a href="https://loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=18-P13-00028&segmentID=4" target="_blank">iving on Earth</a></p>
More Trump Rollbacks<p>ExxonMobil becomes the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-exxon-mobil-alec/exxon-mobil-joins-exodus-of-firms-from-lobbying-group-alec-idUSKBN1K231R" target="_blank">latest corporation to exit </a>the anti-regulatory American Legislative Exchange Council. (Reuters)</p><p>Alex Kaufman reports on <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/andrew-wheeler-epa-ethical-problems_us_5b48e87ae4b022fdcc592dd8?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004" target="_blank">Andrew Wheeler's first week as interim EPA boss</a>-- and his first two potential scandals. (<em>HuffPost)</em></p>
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