With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 3/13/2018, 11:27am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump doesn't want you to know his own report shows that benefits of environmental regulations far outweigh the costs; Colorado Republicans kill bill prioritizing public health in oil and gas development; Interior Secretary Zinke pulls lands in his own home state from oil and gas auction; PLUS: 3rd major storm in 10 days pummels the Northeast, underscoring need to invest in electric grid resilience... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Mike Pompeo may be the first climate-denying secretary of state; Schwarzenegger to sue Big Oil for ‘first degree murder’; EPA is openly promoting a climate denial think tank; Federal court orders EPA to implement smog rules; Trump Administration eliminates animal welfare rule; Where does all the leaking coal waste go?; WI wants break from ozone rules in advance of Foxconn; Dakota Access Pipeline leak technology can't detect all spills; Almost all sea turtles born in Florida are female... PLUS: Supreme Court asked to open public lands near the Grand Canyon to uranium mining... and much, MUCH more! ...

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

  • One-two-three punch: 3rd major storm in 10 days hammers Northeastern US:
  • Trump's own OMB report: Benefits of environmental regulations far outweigh the costs:
    • AUDIO: Trump Admin's Own New Report Debunks the Great GOP Deregulation Con: 'BradCast' 3/8/2018 (The BRAD BLOG) [emphasis added]:
      "The reason Republicans hate this is because, when you see it in aggregate like this, it's almost enough to convince you that government can be an agent of good, that it can improve public health and welfare while still maintaining economic growth."...The costs fall on industrialists, fall on executives at energy companies, and the benefits are borne by average people... [I]t's taking income out of corporate pockets and putting it into the pockets of average people who have to breathe the air... [R]eversing or getting rid of these regulations is an upward income redistribution. You're taking money out of the pockets of ordinary people , in the form of health costs, and missed work... and you're putting it in the pockets of industrialists are who already wealthy. It's absolutely in line with and of a piece with the rest of GOP policies.
    • Trump White House quietly issues report vindicating Obama regulations (David Roberts, Vox):
      It was easy to miss, but OMB demolishes the GOP’s deregulatory claims.
    • OMB Report: Net Benefit of Regulations Is Huge (Mother Jones)

  • Colorado Republicans kill state bill to prioritize public safety in oil and gas:
    • Colorado lawmakers kill bill to require protecting people and the environment as oil and gas operations move closer (Denver Post):
      Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones reminded the lawmakers that oil and gas development last year led to four deaths, 14 explosions and 619 spills, including six where contaminants flowed directly into surface waterways. “The demise of HB 1017 sends a clear message,” Jones said after the vote. “If you are concerned about the impacts of oil and gas drilling on your kids or the environment, your best hope is the November ballot box — not this legislature.”
    • Fracking, public safety bills fail (Grand Junction Sentinel) [emphasis added]:
      [R]ecent explosions at gas wells, including one in Firestone last year that killed two people, are a good example of why public health and safety must come first in approving new drilling wells. "This bill has to do with the health issues," Sonnenberg said. "Being killed is a health issue," Sen. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, countered. "This bill's all about protecting people and making that a priority."

  • Internal emails show oil was primary motivation for reducing Utah Bears' Ears NM:
  • Zinke pulls land in his home state from oil and gas lease auction:

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

For a comprehensive roundup of daily environmental news you can trust, see the Society of Environmental Journalists' Daily Headlines page


FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

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