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The Trump Administration’s Environmental Record

A partial summary of President Donald Trump’s and his administration’s established track record of reducing environmental protections.


Power Play: Countering Electric Utilities’ Political Influence

corporate state political donors map

Public interest groups are building political will to counter electric utilities’ influence in state governments.


Trump’s War on Reality

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Special column adapted from the Front Porch Blog: Trump’s administration has set a dangerous precedent of relying on dishonesty and alternative facts instead of addressing the scientific truths behind coal and climate change.


EPA holds lone hearing on Clean Power Plan repeal

People holding signs at the Sierra Club's Hearing for Healthy Communities

By holding only one public hearing for the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, Scott Pruitt is once again working against the EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment.


Regional Utilities Don’t Plan to Return to Coal

Despite promises made by President Donald Trump to revive the coal industry, CEOs from the region’s largest utilities have stated that they don’t intend to return to burning coal to make electricity.


DC District Court Hears Clean Power Plan Case

On Sept. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments concerning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.


Courts Could Determine Obama’s Environmental Legacy

As the Obama administration draws to a close, several regulations set to safeguard the environment and public health are either not finalized or tied up in the court system.


Clean Power Plan Court Case Delayed Until September

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has postponed hearing challenges to the federal Clean Power Plan until September. This plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is designed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.


Virginia Utility Submits Plan for the Future

Environmental groups are challenging Dominion Virginia Power’s proposed plan to construct a new nuclear facility as part of its alternative energy initiative.


A power play for Virginia’s power plan

Citizens signal their support for clean energy at a recent meeting of the Dept. of Environmental Quality's Clean Power Plan stakeholders group,

The shift to a clean energy economy in Virginia faces many obstacles — extreme mining, extreme drilling, and apparently extreme legislating. The General Assembly, after failing during session to wrest authority from the governor over the state’s compliance with the Clean Power Plan, used a budgetary ploy after session that handicaps the administration’s efforts.


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