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Despite Growing Numbers, the Biden Administration Seeks Endangered Listing for Lesser Prairie Chicken

Despite having a working voluntary conservation plan in place, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), under President Joe Biden, has proposed adding the lesser prairie chicken to endangered species list.

Texas Gov. Abbott Intervenes in California Climate Case against Exxon

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Exxon Mobil in the case, Exxon Mobil Corp. v. City of San Francisco, asking the Texas Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision preventing the Texas-based corporation from deposing the plaintiffs in the climate lawsuit.

EPA Restricts Hydrofluorocarbons, Mandating Costlier Replacements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled out a proposed rule to sharply limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons refrigerants.

Texas Passes Bills Supporting the Oil and Gas Industry

The Texas legislature passed two bills in May designed to protect the oil and gas industry from environmental activists’ efforts to block investment in the industry and to prevent the use of natural gas.

U.S. Fracking Activity Soars To 12-Month High, Says Report

Fracking activity in the United States has almost rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, says a March 2021 Rystad Energy Report.

U.S. Interior Department Asserts Authority over Oklahoma Mining Permits

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement has notified Oklahoma that it no longer has the authority to regulate and issue permits under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 on Indian Lands within the state.

COVID-19 Death Data from States Called into Question

Several examples of COVID-19 data tampering have come to light in the wake of the pandemic.  Inflated case and death numbers resulted in expanded emergency powers in several states.

Industry Ties Raise Flags for Biden’s FDA Nominee

“When he was a professor at Duke University, he urged major pharmaceutical companies to do larger, expensive, and often more time-consuming clinical trials in order to secure FDA certification for their new treatments.”

Trump Administration Interior Department Budget Shifts Priorities

In its 2021 fiscal budget, the Trump administration has proposed an increase over its request for the Department of Interior (DOI) in 2020. The Trump administration has requested Congress appropriate $12.84 billion for...

Tri-State Generation Announces Coal Closures, Renewable Construction in Colorado and New Mexico

A co-op wholesale power supplier in Colorado and New Mexico announced a major shift from coal-fueled power plants to wind and solar industrial facilities in its electric power generation operations.

Kevin Stone

Kevin Stone writes from Dallas, Texas.

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