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CLIMATE’S DAY IN COURT: I

A federal court has blocked the Trump Administration’s second attempt to hit the “stop” button on a vital safeguard that cuts cancer-causing, smogproducing and climate-changing air pollution from oil and gas operations on our public lands. NRDC has now prevailed twice in court when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke moved to delay the Obama-era Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. The judge in the latest case called Zinke’s action “baseless.” That sends yet another message to the administration that it will not get away with illegal handouts to industry at the expense of our health and climate.

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CLIMATE’S DAY IN COURT: II

In a big win for NRDC and our planet’s climate, a federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management violated the law when it made 80 billion tons of coal available for leasing in the Powder River Basin, which stretches across Montana and Wyoming. That’s enough coal to keep our nation’s current coalfired plants burning for another 100 years. The court agreed with NRDC that the agency must first assess the environmental risks of combusting such vast amounts of fossil fuel and consider the alternatives.

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THUMBS-UP FOR EFFICIENCY

A federal judge has ruled that the Trump Admin­ istration illegally delayed four energy efficiency standards that will save consumers and businesses more than $8 billion on their utility bills. In a big win for NRDC and our allies, the court ordered the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to publish the standards for the four products in question: portable air conditioners, battery backup systems, air compressors and packaged boilers. The standards were completed under President Obama but delayed for more than a year by the Trump DOE

C OV E R A RT I C L E

NRDC CALLS ON TRUMP TO FIRE PRUITT U nder increased fire for his extreme propolluter agenda and dogged by controversy over lavish spend­ing and ethics scandals, EPA Adminis­tra­tor Scott Pruitt is facing a growing chorus demanding that President Trump oust him. NRDC has led the charge in channeling widespread public outrage over Pruitt’s disastrous anti-environment­tenure into a concerted campaign to prevail on Trump to dismiss him. “This is not a position we take lightly,” says NRDC President Rhea Suh. “We’ve disagreed with EPA administrators before. Pruitt, though, is intent on making the agency fail. That’s why we’ve joined with other environmental advocacy groups in calling on President Trump to replace Pruitt with someone who’ll protect people, not polluters.” In just over a year on the job, Pruitt has engaged in a reckless campaign to roll back dozens of environmental and public health protections in order to benefit America’s biggest polluters, from moving

to dismantle the landmark Clean Power Plan to scuttling the Clean Water Rule, which protects sources of drinking water for more than 100 million Americans. All the while, he has presided over the EPA like a third world despot, racking up exorbitant bills for first-class travel and other outrageous expenses, like a 24/7 security detail of 30 bodyguards, even as he has sought to slash the agency’s budget and starve it of vital resources. The consequences have been dire. Under Pruitt’s watch, the number of civil cases the EPA has opened against polluters has plunged by 44 percent, for example, and industry fines for pollution have plummeted by almost half. A single week in April seemed to epitomize Pruitt’s reign: jostling head­lines announced his axing of climate-saving auto pollution standards while simultaneously exposing an apparent sweetheart deal in which he leased a luxury condo in Washington, D.C., from the wife of a

fossil fuel lobbyist. “Pruitt has taken the environment out of the Environmental Protection Agency and the public out of public service,” says Suh. “It’s time for him to go.”

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S P E C I A L R E P O RT

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Court Fight Over Ocean Drilling Ban Rages On President Trump’s lawless attempt to overturn a permanent ban on new offshore oil and gas leasing in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans took a hit when a federal judge ruled that a lawsuit challenging Trump’s action may proceed. NRDC and Earthjustice filed the suit on behalf of a coalition of Alaska Native and conservation groups less than a week after Trump signed an executive order aimed at reversing the Obama-era offshore drilling ban. The Trump Administration and its allies in the fossil fuel industry argued strenuously to have the suit thrown out of court, even though

the law contains no provision allowing presidents to reverse such ocean protections created­by their predecessors. Trump’s order would expose 98 percent of the U.S. Arctic Ocean and 31 biologically rich deepwater canyons in the Atlantic to new drilling, threatening critical habitat for polar bears, right whales and countless other species. “Trump’s brazen attempt to strip protection from 128 million acres of U.S. ocean waters for the benefit of polluters is unlawful,” says Niel Lawrence, an NRDC senior attorney. “Now he will have to answer for it in a court of law.”

Nature's Voice Summer 2018  

All of the environmental projects and victories described in Nature’s Voice are made possible through the generous support of Members like y...

Nature's Voice Summer 2018  

All of the environmental projects and victories described in Nature’s Voice are made possible through the generous support of Members like y...