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By Desi Doyen on 5/25/2017, 11:09am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump's proposed budget cuts deeply into the environment and Superfund programs; Landslide buries California's iconic Pacific Coast Highway 1; Wind farm company proposes to retrain unemployed coal miners to be wind technicians - for free; PLUS: Pope Francis offers a gift and a message to President Trump... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Scientists publish an entire study refuting Scott Pruitt on climate change - by name; Pruitt's regulatory rollbacks are a boon to the oil and gas industry; Trump’s budget delivers Big Oil’s wish on reducing Strategic Petroleum Reserve; State appeals court rules Exxon must turn over records to NY prosecutor; NASA faces steep cuts in Trump budget; Mystery solved - how did whales get so big?; FERC will not delay proposed pipeline through state forest; OECD: tackling climate change will boost economic growth... PLUS: How a small PA town is standing up to fracking... and much, MUCH more! ...

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  • Scientists Publish An Entire Study Refuting Scott Pruitt On Climate (Washington Post):
    In a sign of growing tensions between scientists and the Trump administration, researchers published a scientific paper Wednesday that was conceived and written as an explicit refutation to an assertion by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt about climate change.
  • Trump’s Budget Delivers Big Oil’s Wish: Reducing Strategic Petroleum Reserve (DeSmog Blog):
    While most observers believe the budget will not pass through Congress in its current form, budgets depict an administration's priorities and vision for the country. Some within the oil industry have lobbied for years to drain the SPR, created in the aftermath of the 1973 oil crisis.
  • How Rollbacks at Scott Pruitt’s E.P.A. Are a Boon to Oil and Gas (NY Times) [emphasis added]:
    Devon’s pushback, coming amid an effort to ease a broad array of federal environmental rules, is the first known example under the Trump administration of an accused polluter — which has admitted violating the law — backing away from a proposed environmental settlement. It is already being hailed by other independent energy companies as a template for the future. “Not in our wildest dreams, never did we expect to get everything,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of Western Energy Alliance, a Denver-based association of independent oil and gas companies.
  • State appeals court rules Exxon must give records to NY prosecutor (Reuters):
    May 23 A New York state appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Exxon Mobil Corp should be compelled to turn over records in an investigation into how much the company knew about global warming as it continued to publicly downplay the effects it was expected to have on the fossil fuel industry.
  • What Stays, And What Goes, In Trump's $19.1-Billion NASA Budget (LA times):
    President Trump’s $19.1-billion budget proposal for NASA will allow the space agency to continue its long-term efforts to explore the universe, including sending humans to the moon and to Mars.
  • How a Small Town Is Standing Up to Fracking (Rolling Stone):
    Grant Township, Pennsylvania, population 741, has became the front line of a radical new environmental movement --- and they're not backing down.
  • Science Says: Whale Of A Mystery Solved? How They Got So Big (AP):
    Scientists think they have answered a whale of a mystery: How the ocean creatures got so huge so quickly.
  • Gehrke: While wrangling over undoing Bears Ears continues, treasures go unprotected (Salt Lake Tribune):
    All of this wrangling comes at the expense of any real action as the yearslong failure by leaders in Washington and Utah to protect the treasures in the Bears Ears region essentially forced Obama to designate the area a monument.
  • FERC Will Not Delay Pipeline At Senators' Urging (New England Public Radio):
    Federal regulators have brushed off a request by both Massachusetts U.S. senators to delay construction of a natural gas pipeline running through Otis State Forest in southern Berkshire County.
  • Tackling climate change will boost economic growth, OECD says (CNBC):
    In a statement on Tuesday, the OECD added that bringing together growth and climate agendas could add one percent to "average economic output" in G20 nations by the year 2021, and boost output in 2050 by as much as 2.8 percent.
  • California Tribe Set Out To Save Its River And Stop A Suicide Epidemic (LA Times):
    The Yurok people live in a stark land of salmon runs and steep, misty mountains, where giant salamanders hide under rotting logs and Bigfoot is said to prey after dusk.
  • Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green (Scientific American):
    "It's a clear sign that the biological response to climate warming is pervasive around the globe," he said. "The Antarctic Peninsula is often thought of as a very remote and possibly even untouched region, but this clearly shows that the effects of climate change are felt here."
  • Industry Meltdown: Is the Era of Nuclear Power Coming to an End? (Yale e360):
    From Europe to Japan to the U.S., nuclear power is in retreat, as plants are being shuttered, governments move toward renewables, and key companies face financial troubles. Even some of the industry's biggest boosters believe nuclear is on the way out.
  • A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
    Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.
  • 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: