Drilling Disaster Looms off New York State Coast ~ By Judith Enck

The Former EPA Regional Administrator calls out Interior Secretary Zinke for his plan to open up oil and gas drilling on the east and west coasts. Florida was exempted when its Republican governor complained. Why not NY? Why not wind instead?  Read more . . .

Administration Watch

EPA stresses security concerns amid growing scrutiny of Scott Pruitt's pricey travel ~ EPA Administrator goes first class all the way.  ➔  CNBC

The EPA website is "still updating" climate change info ~ If you are interested in climate change, you are better off going somewhere else. Are EPA's climate pages being molded to fit Pruitt's ideology? ➔ Wired 

Zinke on offshore drilling flip: Florida's 'coastal currents' are different  ~  Critics call decision to exempt Florida from offshore drilling plan favoritism to benefit Republican Governor Rick Scott. ➔ CNN 

Zinke to oil and gas industry: Let 'er rip ~ Interior Secretary proposes to gut the Bureau of Land Management’s  standards adopted over a year ago.  ➔ NRDC 

EarthDesk's Latest

Environmental Advocacy Is a First Amendment Right

Attempts to suppress environmentalism are as old as environmentalism itself. Industrial polluters have gone to great lengths to stifle advocacy, but their expansion of censorship laws has finally crossed a line for some federal judges. Reporting by Brian Palmer of NRDC’s onEarth.

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The Disgrace of Scott Pruitt

“Muzzling scientists, scrubbing websites, attacking journalists: all in a shameful day’s work for our bought-and-paid-for EPA administrator. It’s time to stop him,” writes Jeff Turrentine, culture and politics columnist for onEarth, the digital publication of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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“South African Wilderness,” by Bethany A. Ordonez

“The landscape of South Africa is as diverse as its people,” said Bethany of her home country. Of Pace, she adds “Learning about wildlife conservation has given me a greater understanding of the wild. I see not only the animal, but its place in the ecosystem.” 

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“Africa’s Giants,” Photos by Bethany A. Ordonez

EarthDesk is pleased to present this splendid gallery of elephant photographs taken by Pace masters in environmental science candidate Bethany A. Ordonez in her native South Africa. “We don’t consider wildlife conservation to be an abstract idea that is the job of someone else, instead for South African’s its OUR wildlife, OUR heritage, and it is OUR responsibility to protect it and voice our opinions.”

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Pace Environmental Clinic’s Elephant Protection Act Becomes Law

Written and lobbied by the students of the Pace Environmental Clinic, the Elephant Protection Act is now law, making New York the first state to impose an outright ban on elephants in entertainment. “Taking a passion and turning it into legislation signed by the Governor is something I never imagined,” said former clinician and Pace masters in environmental policy student Nicole Virgona.

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EarthDesk Sunday: NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2

“Your planet is changing. We’re on it.” NASA adopted the motto during the Obama years, and is still on it, despite the war on science. View the video about NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, and learn more about the 2 1/2 years of data, and the Science articles that the earth and space agency published last week.

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Number of the Month: 32%

The October number is a twofer. Trump is repealing the Obama plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32%. Meanwhile, Trump’s approval has bottomed at 32%. NRDC will sue over the emissions. There’s no court where the president can appeal his ratings slide.

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