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California and other states sue EPA over auto emissions rollbacks

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California and more than a dozen other states are suing EPA over Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent decision to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars.

“My message to the EPA and Administrator Pruitt is simple: Do your job. Regulate carbon pollution from vehicles,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a press conference Tuesday. “We are not looking to pick a fight with the Trump administration, but we are ready for one.”

The lawsuit comes just days after sources said the Department of Transportation is planning to propose freezing fuel economy standards at model year 2020 levels. That could pave the way to a lower EPA greenhouse gas standard as well as an effort to block California from enforcing its own more stringent greenhouse gas standards.

“This move by Pruitt with the help and encouragement of Trump is not going to make America great. It’s going to make America second-rate,” said California Gov. Jerry Brown. “This is a science-based attack that we make on these characters in Washington.”

Pruitt told lawmakers last week that he did not plan to go after California’s ability to enforce its standards, and said he was looking to work with the state on the program. Democratic lawmakers are now calling those statements into question.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/01/california-states-sue-epa-auto-emissions-561792

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Perry seems in favor of emergency order to bail out coal, nuclear plants

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Enlarge / US Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the East Room of the White House in 2018. (credit: Getty Images)

At a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry expressed his willingness to help coal and nuclear plants out with an emergency order similar to one requested by energy firm FirstEnergy earlier this month.

Two weeks ago, FirstEnergy asked the Department of Energy (DOE) to invoke Section 202(c), which allows the department to order certain US power plants to keep running during wartime or during a natural disaster. The energy firm then filed for bankruptcy a few days later.

There has been skepticism within the DOE that Section 202(c) should be used for any purpose other than a disaster. But at Thursday’s hearing, Perry seemed to play up the dire state of the American grid throughout his comments in front of the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy, where he took questions from representatives about the Trump administration’s budget request for 2019.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1293097

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This whale was killed by 64 pounds of trash

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About 64 pounds of plastic trash killed a young sperm whale that washed up in southeast Spain, according to scientists. 

The whale, whose body landed in Cape Palos on Feb. 27, most likely died because it couldn’t digest the plastic trash, fish nets, and garbage bags found in its digestive system. At 33 feet long, the whale only weighed 13,000 pounds. Adult sperm whales can weigh up to 120,000 pounds. 

According to officials in the Murcia region, scientists even found a plastic drum in the whale’s stomach. Unable to pass the garbage, the whale suffered severe inflammation called peritonitis until its death.   Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/04/12/sperm-whale-dies-64-pounds-of-trash/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

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‘David and Goliath situation’: How New York City poop became a rural Alabama town’s problem

Preview The unbearable stench of some 150 rail cars filled with human waste has pushed a small town in rural Alabama into the international spotlight. It turns out the toxic sludge came from New York City, over 1,000 miles away.
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