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‘Roads Are Crumbling, Bridges Aren’t In Great Shape’

The most iconic U.S. national parks need billions of dollars worth of maintenance, according to experts and federal data. Nearly $12 billion is needed to repair park infrastructure, mostly crumbling roads, but also leaky drinking and wastewater pipes. “Roads are crumbling, bridges aren’t in great shape,” said one expert who also personally saw “incredibly dilapidated employee housing” at one park. ...

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US Reliance On OPEC Oil Hits 30-Year Low

U.S. crude oil imports from the Saudi Arabian-led Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) fell to a 30-year low, according to the latest federal figures. OPEC imports fell to 1.5 million barrels per day in March 2019, which is the lowest level since March 1986, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday. EIA said OPEC imports fell “as domestic ...

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The New York Times Mistakes Weather For Climate Change

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An intense heat wave moved up the West Coast and brought triple-digit heat from Phoenix to San Francisco. Some in the media pinned scorching temperatures on global warming, but is it really to blame? Record-high temperatures were forecast along the west coast Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. San Francisco, Sacramento and Phoenix saw temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, ...

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SMH: National Park Quietly Removed Warning That Glaciers ‘Will All Be Gone’ By 2020 After Years Of Heavy Snowfall

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Glacier National Park quietly removed a visitor center sign that claimed all its iconic glaciers will disappear by 2020 due to global warming. Several winters of heavy snowfall threw off climate model projections the glaciers would all disappear by next year, according to federal officials. A blogger first noticed the signage change and noted other signs warning of “impending glacier ...

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Mike Bloomberg Devotes $500 Million To Kill Coal Jobs, Influence 2020 Elections

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend another $500 million to continue his war against the coal industry. Bloomberg will fund environmentalist campaigns at the state and local level to replace coal plants with wind and solar energy. Conservative critics said Bloomberg’s campaign will kill thousands of jobs and leave communities devastated. Former New York City Mayor Michael ...

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Did The DNC Reject A Climate Change Debate To ‘Protect’ Joe Biden?

The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) decision not to hold a global warming-focused primary debate angered liberal presidential candidates and environmentalists alike. Democrats in favor of a climate debate criticized the DNC for going against the wishes of primary voters. Republicans, on the other hand, wondered if the DNC is trying to protect the current 2020 front-runner — former Vice President ...

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‘He Is Really Into Climate Change’: Trump Told Piers Morgan About His Conversation With Prince Charles

President Donald Trump divulged details about his climate change conversation with the U.K.’s Prince Charles, including his view that weather isn’t necessarily worse than in past decades. “He is really into climate change, and I think that’s great,” Trump said in an interview with Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan that aired Wednesday morning. “I want that, I like that.” “I ...

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‘A Yahoo From Yahoo News’: Trump’s EPA Chief Fires Back At Reporter Who Misquoted Him

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler fired back at a Yahoo News report who misquoted him in a widely-shared tweet. “One of the reporters, a yahoo from Yahoo News — he’s working at the right place,” Wheeler joked before detailing why the reporter’s tweet was inaccurate. “That tweet was picked up by New York Times reporters, who weren’t at ...

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Liz Warren Pitches Taking $1.5 Trillion From The Troops To Fund Her Green New Deal

Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s climate change plan would divert $1.5 trillion from projected military procurement to fund her version of the Green New Deal. In total, Warren proposed spending $2 trillion over a decade as part of a World War II-style economic mobilization. “The climate crisis demands immediate and bold action,” Warren wrote of her global warming agenda. Democratic ...

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Many 2020 Democrats Favor Banning Fracking, Fossil Fuel Exports. That’s Millions Of Jobs

Many Democrats running for president have come out against the oil and gas industry, despite concerns from labor unions. At least 15 Democratic candidates favor banning fossil fuel extraction on public lands, while 10 favor banning fracking. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the only Democrat to take no position on any of the environmental questions policies The Washington Post ...

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Trump Allows For Expanded Ethanol Sales As Chinese Tariffs Squeeze Farmers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday it would allow the year-round sale of higher ethanol gasoline. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency was fulfilling President Donald Trump’s promise to Midwestern agriculture states, which have been hit hard by retaliatory Chinese tariffs. EPA previously restricted the sale of “E15” gasoline — fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol — in ...

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Here’s How Mexico Could Respond To Trump’s Tariff Threat |

Here’s How Mexico Could Respond To Trump’s Tariff Threat Michael Bastasch on May 31, 2019 Experts expect Mexico to respond to U.S. tariff threats, but the country’s reliance on American energy could influence how they respond. Mexico could slow-walk the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement that President Donald Trump wants to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. The U.S. will ...

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‘It’s Just The Weather’: Meteorologist Fact-Checks Ocasio-Cortez On Climate Change

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested the tornado warning that hit the D.C. area Thursday was part of the “climate crisis” she has previously said humanity only has 12 years left to solve. “The climate crisis is real y’all,” Ocasio said on Instagram Thursday, “guess we’re at casual tornadoes in growing regions of the country?” However, she was quickly ...

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Facebook Is Trying To Reduce Political Advertising Ahead Of 2020 Election

As the 2020 election approaches, Facebook says that it has stopped paying employees commissions for the sale of political ads on the social media platform. Political advertisements are now perceived as a “headache” to Facebook, according to former Facebook employees and digital campaign strategist, the Wall Street Journal reports. The alleged Russian meddling in the U.S’s 2016 election has raised ...

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Trump Could Save Taxpayers ‘Billions Of Dollars’ By Straightening Out One Program, Report Finds

The Trump administration could save “billions of dollars” if the Energy Department improved its management of radioactive waste clean-ups, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO report, released Tuesday, also reported Congress could save up to $4.3 billion by curtailing of eliminating the loan program that gave $192 million to a failed luxury electric car company. “The Department ...

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