Power plant developer boosts spending on Trump insider to lobby for controversial project

As a bribery scandal was brewing in New York, a top energy lobbyist with ties to the Trump administration received $180,000 in payments in 2017 from a company behind a controversial natural gas-fired power plant in New York. The money was for lobbying federal regulators…

Columbine students hold voter registration drive ahead of National School Walkout

As students across the country prepared to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting by participating in the second nationwide school walkout Friday, Columbine students opted for a different protest tactic. Students in Littleton, Colorado on Thursday held a voter registration rally…

Trump silent as Puerto Rico hit with island-wide blackout

As workers were getting close to fully restoring power to Puerto Rico, seven months after Hurricane Maria made landfall, the area was hit with another island-wide blackout. The massive blackout on Wednesday came less than a week after a tree fell on a power line, knocking…

These states want to make planning a pipeline protest a crime

As pipeline protests continue to delay and, sometimes, stop energy projects in their tracks, the fossil fuel industry and Republican lawmakers are looking for new ways to clamp down on environmental protest. In the last few years, state lawmakers across the country have proposed bills…

Trump is jeopardizing U.S. ties with Mexico — and there’s a lot at stake

As National Guard troops arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border at the behest of President Donald Trump, Mexico has said that it is reevaluating its relationship with the United States. Reuters reported on Tuesday that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has ordered his cabinet to “review…

Scott Pruitt hasn’t saved taxpayers anything

As Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt faces a growing number of scandals tied to his rental of a Capitol Hill condo co-owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist, allies have begun mounting a new defense. They are arguing that the administrator’s lavish…

Far right, libertarian-leaning Republicans rush to defend Scott Pruitt

As head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt has exceeded the expectations of far right and libertarian-leaning Republicans. In an expression of gratitude, these individuals and groups are waging a campaign to convince President Trump to not fire Pruitt, who is mired in…

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