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By Desi Doyen on 1/26/2017, 12:12pm PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: It begins: Trump re-launches controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines; Team Trump imposes gag orders and lock downs on science-based federal agencies; PLUS: New U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations won't commit to supporting United Nations Paris Agreement... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Trump's unsupported claim he has 'received awards on the environment'; Lead Levels Fall Below Federal Limits In Flint, Michigan: State; Iowa Oil Spill Marks Pipeline Risks After Trump Revives Major Projects; In Michigan, a Fight Over the Future of a Fabled Trout River; Senate Democrats Unveil A Trump-Size Infrastructure Plan; Fla. DEP Secretary Going To Work For Firm That Just Got New DEP Contract; This Week's Jersey Floods Are A Taste Of What's To Come... PLUS: Gag Order Or Not, Here's Why Trump Cracking Down On Government Science is So Scary... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • Gag Order Or Not, Here's Why Trump Cracking Down On Government Science is So Scary (Modern Farmer):
    "This isn't just a matter of keeping reporters from doing their jobs," says Humiston. "There are real safety issues at stake here."
  • Trump's unsupported claim he has 'received awards on the environment' (Washington Post):
    He repeatedly claimed this during the 2016 presidential campaign: "I've won many environmental awards, by the way. I've actually been called an environmentalist, if you can believe that." Are there any facts to support this claim to environmental fame? The short answer is: No.
  • Lead Levels Fall Below Federal Limits In Flint, Michigan: State (Reuters):
    Lead levels in Flint, Michigan's drinking water, the focus of a public health crisis, have fallen below federal limits, state officials said on Tuesday, although they cautioned residents to keep using filtered water as the city's old lead pipes are replaced.
  • Iowa Oil Spill Marks Pipeline Risks After Trump Revives Major Projects (Guardian):
    Rupture of 138,600 gallons is ‘not a major disaster’ but environmental advocates say it highlights their fears about the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects.
  • In Michigan, a Fight Over the Future of a Fabled Trout River (NY Times):
    The greatest sign posted at a public fishing access spot in the United States is on the South Branch of the Au Sable River at a place called the Mason Tract. It reads: “Sportsman slow your pace … ahead lies the fabled land of the South Branch. Here generations of fisherman have cast a fly on one of the great trout streams of America.
  • Senate Democrats Unveil A Trump-Size Infrastructure Plan (Washington Post):
    A group of senior Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled their own $1 trillion plan to revamp the nation’s airports, bridges, roads and seaports, urging President Trump to back their proposal, which they say would create 15 million jobs over 10 years.
  • Fla. DEP Secretary Going To Work For Firm That Just Got New DEP Contract (Tampa Bay News):
    At the end of January, two things will change about the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. One is that Secretary Jon Steverson will leave his post after two stormy years in charge, to take a new job with the law firm of Foley & Lardner. The other is that Steverson's new employers at Foley & Lardner will take over representing Florida in handling the billions of dollars awarded to the state as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
  • This Week's Jersey Floods Are A Taste Of What's To Come (Philadelphia Inquirer):
    Every year or two, the Jersey Shore tends to get flooding as severe as this week. But by midcentury, the Shore should expect floods this bad every month, on average, according to projections summarized in a new U.S. government report.
  • Gore's New Movie Highlights Alternative Energy In Deep-Red Texas (CS Monitor):
    'An Inconvenient Sequel' takes viewers to Georgetown, Texas, which will soon draw all of its electricity from wind and solar. Could stories like this one point toward a possible shift in conservatives' energy policy?" "In his 2006 film "An Inconvenient Truth," former vice president Al Gore warned that humanity had 10 years to avoid reaching an environmental "point of no return.
  • Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year (NY Times) [emphasis added]:
    In reality, the Earth is heating up, a point long beyond serious scientific dispute, but one becoming more evident as the records keep falling. Temperatures are heading toward levels that many experts believe will pose a profound threat to both the natural world and to human civilization.
  • Hottest year ever and Arctic meltdown put the world on the brink of catastrophe (Climate Progress):
    The Trump presidency may kill our last chance to avoid the worst..."The fact that we're punching at the ceiling every year now, that is the real indicator that we're undergoing big changes," said Deke Arndt, NOAA's chief of global climate monitoring.
  • No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously (Vox):
    If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.


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  • NASA Video: If we don't act, here's what to expect in the next 100 years: