Trump nominates BP oil spill lawyer as DOJ environmental attorney

June 8, 2017 by  
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Who better to stand for the environment than a lawyer who represented BP after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy? At least, that appears to be President Donald Trump’s logic. This week he nominated Jeffrey Bossert Clark , who has consistently worked against climate action , for the role of Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources at the Department of Justice . Clark is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C. Over his career he’s challenged the scientific basis of climate policies , according to InsideClimateNews. His career is littered with work against the environment, not for it. He successfully defended BP after Louisiana parishes challenged the company over their multi-billion settlement of claims over Deepwater Horizon. But representing BP after America’s worst oil spill is just part of it. Related: Trump budget proposes 31% cut to EPA funding Clark represented the United States Chamber of Commerce in lawsuits attacking the government’s power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions . He’s argued in court multiple times it’s inappropriate to form government policies based on scientific consensus given by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change . InsideClimateNews said Clark was prominently involved in challenges from industry to the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding offering a scientific basis for efforts to regulate greenhouse gases . Natural Resources Defense Council Director of the Climate & Clean Air Program David Doniger said of Clark, “He has a long history of opposing climate action for corporate and ideological clients. I would expect that history would require him to recuse himself from cases as over the Clean Power Plan , where he filed an amicus brief against the rule.” In the George W. Bush administration Clark served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department, from 2001 to 2005. Senate confirmation is required for him to serve in the Trump administration . Via InsideClimateNews Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Hawaii becomes the first state to pass a law committing to Paris agreement

June 8, 2017 by  
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Even if the White House doesn’t honor the Paris climate agreement , individual states aren’t taking the short-sighted move lying down. Hawaii just passed a law committing to all of the provisions of the historic accord, making it the first in what we hope will be one of many states to do so. Governor David Ige signed two bills on Tuesday that aim to make Hawaii greener and cleaner. The first will reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to the same levels laid out in the Paris agreement. The second creates a task force that will help clean up Hawaii’s soil and air. Related: Hawaii aims to be the first state to run entirely on renewable energy Ige took a jab at Trump, stating that “climate change is real, regardless of what others may say.” Hawaii is uniquely positioned to feel the effects of climate change before other states will. Ocean acidification and shore loss are already impacting the state, with sea level rise and a shortage of fresh water already seen throughout the state. Via the New York Times images via Flickr and Wikimedia

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Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

April 21, 2015 by  
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As we mark the fifth anniversary of the explosion that rocked the Deepwater Horizon rig, claiming 11 lives and sparking a 87 day-long, 200-million-gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, studies continue to reveal the devastating impact of the oil—and dispersants used in clean up—on marine life. Recent reports show that the dispersants were more damaging to corals than the oil itself, and continue to diminish shellfish and sea turtle populations, while large questions loom over the ongoing unexplained deaths of dolphins along the Gulf Coast. And, as the NRDC points out, it will take years, if not decades longer to fully understand the effects of the disaster. Read the rest of Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bird death oil , deepwater horizon , Dolphin Deaths , dolphin gulf of mexico , environmental disaster , gulf of mexico , macondo well , oil drilling , oil droplets , oil gulf of mexico , oil slick , oil spill , sea bed , sea floor , tar mat

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Prefab C/Z House is clad in blackened timber on the island of Pico

April 21, 2015 by  
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BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill will not exceed $13.7 billion

January 19, 2015 by  
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A federal judge determined this week that BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying that the oil spill was not as extensive as United States officials claimed. This penalty is several billion dollars less than environmental activists were hoping for. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill will not exceed $13.7 billion Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2010 BP oil spill , BP , BP fine , BP oil , BP oil cleanup , bp oil spill , british petroleum , Carl Barbier , clean water act , deepwater horizon , determination , fines , gulf of mexico , gulf of mexico oil spill , judge , magistrate , oil spill , penalties

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There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico

October 29, 2014 by  
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A new study by a team from the University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Irvine, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has found that there are still two million barrels-worth of oil from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster sitting on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The study, published October 27, 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a “bathtub ring” of oil droplets covering an area of the seabed larger than Rhode Island. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deepwater horizon , environmental disaster , gulf of mexico , macondo well , oil drilling , oil droplets , oil gulf of mexico , oil slick , oil spill , sea bed , sea floor , university of california

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BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

September 30, 2013 by  
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The BP Deepwater Horizon trial has been pottering on in the New Orleans Federal Court since February, and as it enters its second phase today , BP will attempt to argue down government estimates as to how much oil was spilled in the April 2010 disaster that killed 11 people. While the US government claims that the blowout caused 4.2 million barrels of oil to leak into the Gulf of Mexico, BP claims the total was up to 40% less. This detail could make a difference of billions of dollars in what is set to be the the largest environmental penalty in U.S. history. Read the rest of BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , british petroleum , clean water act , court case , crude oil , deepwater horizon , environmental destruction , environmental fines , epa , fines , gulf coast , gulf of mexico , halliburton , macondo well , oil slick , oil spill , penalties , well blowout        

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Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

September 30, 2013 by  
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There’s no shortage of environmental concerns associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline . From projected annual spills of 34,000 gallons of oil to the ticking carbon bomb of 360 to 510 billion tons worth of emissions locked up in the tar sands, there’s a lot to be worried about . Now a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity has documented the threats to the animal kingdom, and finds that at least 12 threatened and endangered species along the pipeline’s route face serious harm—and even possible extinction—if Keystone XL goes ahead. Read the rest of Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , carbon emissions , center for biological diversity , endangered species , environmental destruction , Fish and Wildlife Service , ground disturbance , keystone xl , oil , oil spills , pipeline , pipeline spills , power lines , tar sands , threatened species , water pollution , whooping crane        

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BP’s Deepwater Horizon Compensation Fund Drying Up Fast, Company Goes on the Defensive

July 31, 2013 by  
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According to The Guardian , BP has just revealed that there is only $300 million left in its Deepwater Horizon compensation fund . The $20 billion fund was originally created to pay reparations to ailing business that suffered in the wake of the massive oil spill in May of 2010. In the petroleum company’s second quarter financial report , BP said it will be increasing its trust fund to help business by just $200 million, raising the total provisions payed out to $42.4 billion. They’ve also noted they were prepared to take legal action against any compensation claim they deem as “absurd”. Read the rest of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Compensation Fund Drying Up Fast, Company Goes on the Defensive Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , bp compensation , BP fund , BP payments , BP payouts , BP victims , british petroleum , Businesses , Compensation , deepwater horizon , oil spill        

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New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

July 31, 2013 by  
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