Trump’s Cabinet Will Throw Us Into Environmental Catastrophe

Editorial

Trump’s Cabinet Will Throw Us Into Environmental Catastrophe

14 December, 2016

By: Marc Yaggi

Trumps Environmental Cabinet CatastropheThe facts are clear. President-Elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees represent a targeted and well-thought out assault on America’s environmental protections. The President-Elect is stacking his leadership with not only the fossil fuel industry’s closest allies, but the actual CEO of ExxonMobil. At least two of his nominees have publicly commented on the overreach of the very agencies they have been selected to run, and all of them have, at some point in their careers, undermined efforts to address climate change, put public health at risk, and attempted to weaken United States’ clean air and water regulations. Indeed, the nominations of Rick Perry, Scott Pruitt, Rex Tillerson, and Ryan Zinke mark the transformation of our democracy to corporate oligarchy, and put the entire planet at risk of climate catastrophe.

Here are a few of their worst offenses:

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Temperatures Skyrocket in Arctic, Prompt Desperate 'Refreeze' Plan

13 February, 2017

By: Felix Mendelssohn

Source: Ecowatch Climate Nexus

Arctic Temperatures - University of Maine

Temperature readings near the North Pole soared to 50 degrees F above average on Friday, as a storm pushed warm air into the Arctic region.

This is the third such worryingly warm period this winter and sea ice figures released last week show the lowest January ice extent in satellite record—nearly 500,000 square miles below average.

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RFK Jr. Defends Environment as Sotomayor, Rubenstein Serenaded

7 de febrero de 2017

Por: Amanda L Gordon 

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who last month talked of working with President Donald Trump on vaccine safety, took a more combative stance Monday night.

At an art auction benefiting Waterkeeper Alliance, a clean water advocacy group, Kennedy criticized Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency as well as his plans to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Actions like these are marks of a totalitarian regime and don’t represent American values, he said.

Artist Alexis Rockman, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Cheryl Hines
Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

“For me, it’s 33 years of my work are being dismantled in a number of days,” Kennedy told guests as he leaned over a Sotheby’s auction lectern. “We’ve got to start fighting.”

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Reserva Van Der Hammen: ¿Es Viable Conciliar?

Editorial

Reserva Van Der Hammen: ¿Es Viable Conciliar?

9 de diciembre de 2016

Reserva Van der HammenCasi todo se ha escrito ya sobre la Reserva Forestal Thomas Van der Hammen, área destinada a la conservación, restauración y protección ambiental de la estructura ecológica natural del norte de Bogotá, pero poco se ha dicho sobre la viabilidad de conciliar posiciones entre la Alcaldía Distrital, que desea urbanizar esa zona, y un amplio segmento de la sociedad civil, que prefiere se mantenga la actual delimitación de la reserva y se mejoren gradualmente sus condiciones ambientales hasta lograr que lo soñado por el profesor Thomas Van der Hammen (q.e.p.d.) se haga realidad: un área verde de alto valor ecológico que conecte la reserva de los cerros orientales con los importantes humedales del sector y la ronda del Río Bogotá, apuntando hacia la restauración y protección ambiental de toda la zona.

La reserva cuenta con 1395 hectáreas de extensión y está constituida actualmente por un corredor de aproximadamente 1 km de ancho en el borde norte de la ciudad de Bogotá, con usos presentes diversos, muchos contrarios a la finalidad de la reserva, incluidos el agropecuario, el educativo, el residencial, el industrial y afortunadamente el ambiental, que será su uso final. Este último uso está plenamente justificado por estudios científicos de suficiente profundidad, realizados por expertos nacionales y extranjeros de la mayor credibilidad.

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