Energy and business lobbyists are shifting focus to influencing an administration that isn't President Donald Trump's, and some see the potential for a divided Congress to benefit industry even with voters concerned about climate change.
If confirmed, Amy Coney Barrett, 48, will become the Supreme Court's sixth Republican-appointed justice, replacing one of the court's most liberal members and deepening a conservative majority on the bench that could affect the outcome of environmental litigation for decades.
As November approaches, Republican candidates up and down the ballot have a decision to make: show strong leadership on the environment, or return to the unsustainable rhetoric that has caused them to lose voters.
President Trump will find a warm reception among Texas oil drillers today when he attacks his opponent's climate policies at a crude-producing well. But the trip also magnifies his weakness among Republican-leaning women who support climate action.
The next time you hear a Republican brag about how the Trump administration is "deregulating," getting rid of "onerous rules" or "streamlining government," remember that it is doing nothing of the sort. It is just changing who government is working for.
Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.