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With eye on midterms, Trump administration moves to boost ethanol use

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will press ahead with plans to promote the use of ethanol, a move that could shore up support for Republicans in the Midwest but also comes amid fierce opposition from independent oil refiners and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The move to direct...

  • U.S. sanctions on Iran are forcing Afghan migrants to return home, to worsening violence

    U.S. sanctions on Iran are forcing Afghan migrants to return home, to worsening violence

    Rahman Kamali, a 30-year-old Afghan who sells vegetables in the Iranian capital, has found a new use for his pickup besides hauling spinach and radishes. Nearly once a week, another young Afghan migrant climbs into the passenger seat of Kamali’s cream-colored truck and loads his few belongings...

  • Trump administration pushes states' rights — as long as they are coal states

    Trump administration pushes states' rights — as long as they are coal states

    As the Trump administration unveiled its plan Tuesday to gut landmark rules limiting power plant emissions, it made one thing clear: When it comes to environmental regulations, this White House is all about letting states chart their own course. That is, as long as the states in question are coal...

  • Trump administration's rewrite of Clean Power Plan will be a boon to the coal industry

    Trump administration's rewrite of Clean Power Plan will be a boon to the coal industry

    The Trump administration is poised Tuesday to unveil a sweeping rewrite of emissions rules for power plants that would be a boon to the coal industry, laying the groundwork for a revival of the most polluting facilities and abandoning Obama-era mandates for reorienting the electricity sector toward...

  • Today: Miles Apart at the EPA

    Today: Miles Apart at the EPA

    Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency say the facts don’t support the Trump administration’s plan to weaken targets for better mileage in cars, pickups and SUVs. TOP STORIES Miles Apart at the EPA When the Trump administration announced its intent to roll back aggressive fuel economy...

  • On fuel economy plan, Trump administration ignored its own EPA scientists

    On fuel economy plan, Trump administration ignored its own EPA scientists

    The Trump administration’s plan to roll back aggressive Obama-era fuel economy standards for cars, pickups and SUVs is built on computer modeling that senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency had privately warned is flawed and unsupportable, according to newly released agency documents....

  • Today: A Court Tells the EPA: Ban This Insecticide

    Today: A Court Tells the EPA: Ban This Insecticide

    An appeals court has taken the unusual step of forcing the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the use of a chemical shown to harm children’s brains. TOP STORIES A Court Tells the EPA: Ban This Insecticide The Obama administration had proposed banning the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos...

  • Appeals court orders Trump administration to ban pesticide harmful to children's brains within 60 days

    Appeals court orders Trump administration to ban pesticide harmful to children's brains within 60 days

    A federal appeals court ordered the Trump administration Thursday to revoke approval for a widely used pesticide that studies show can harm the brains of children. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 60 days to ban chlorpyrifos,...

  • California moves to safeguard vehicle emissions rules from Trump rollback

    California moves to safeguard vehicle emissions rules from Trump rollback

    California is firing back at the Trump administration with a plan to safeguard the state’s greenhouse gas emissions rules from a proposed federal rollback. A state Air Resources Board proposal released Tuesday would force automakers to meet California’s existing standards on car and truck pollution,...

  • A vicious climate cycle: Droughts are becoming hotter, raising risk of wildfire, scientists say

    A vicious climate cycle: Droughts are becoming hotter, raising risk of wildfire, scientists say

    Droughts don’t just make a place drier. As new research shows, they also make it hotter. A team from UC Irvine that compared temperature changes across the U.S. found that temperatures rise faster in places under drought conditions than they do in places with average climates. This relationship...

  • California vows to fight Trump EPA's move to freeze fuel economy rules

    California vows to fight Trump EPA's move to freeze fuel economy rules

    The Trump administration Thursday pushed ahead with plans to unravel the federal government’s most effective action to fight climate change — aggressive fuel economy standards aimed at getting the nation’s cars and trucks to average more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025. After months of discussion...

  • EPA reverses course, says it will enforce stricter pollution limits for 'glider' trucks

    EPA reverses course, says it will enforce stricter pollution limits for 'glider' trucks

    The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course late Thursday and announced it would enforce stricter pollution controls on freight trucks known as gliders, which emit dozens of times more soot and contaminants compared with those that have new diesel engines. In a three-page memo to his deputies,...

  • California's catastrophic year of wildfires worsens with Redding destruction

    California's catastrophic year of wildfires worsens with Redding destruction

    California’s grim year of fire destruction just got worse. The Carr fire, which has destroyed countless homes in Redding and killed at least two people, is the latest inferno to spread from wildlands into urban areas, fueled by extreme heat and winds. Last fall, Northern California’s wine country...

  • L.A. County issues heat wave warning for the week ahead

    L.A. County issues heat wave warning for the week ahead

    Summer is here. Los Angeles County officials have issued a warning for next week, when they expect temperatures to soar as another heat wave descends on Southern California. High temperatures are forecast to arrive on Monday. The alert covers areas prone to dangerous summertime heat. They include...

  • Climate change has come to your neighborhood, and the sizzle may never subside

    Climate change has come to your neighborhood, and the sizzle may never subside

    A colleague once observed, many years ago, that California has two seasons. Green and brown. We are in the latter, and death has visited my neighborhood this summer. Half the ground cover in my frontyard has burned to a crunchy crisp. Across the street, a neighbor draped white sheets over shrubbery...

  • Southern California sets all-time heat records amid broiling conditions

    Southern California sets all-time heat records amid broiling conditions

    Many parts of Southern California hit new high-temperature marks Friday, with a few spots reaching the hottest readings ever recorded. Among the places that set all-time records were Van Nuys Airport (117 degrees), Burbank Airport (114), UCLA (111), Santa Ana (114) and Ramona (115), according to...

  • Dangerous Southern California heat wave beginning today is 'one for the record books'

    Dangerous Southern California heat wave beginning today is 'one for the record books'

    Record-breaking heat is descending on Southern California on Friday, bringing new fire dangers as well as health concerns for people who have to endure the conditions. “Today will be one for the record books. Almost all if not all of the daily records will fall today. It is likely that several...

  • Today: Pruitt’s Swamp Song

    Today: Pruitt’s Swamp Song

    Scott Pruitt is leaving the EPA amid scandals. Here’s what’s next. TOP STORIES Pruitt’s Swamp Song The $43,000 phone booth. The first-class flights at taxpayer expense. The $50-a-night condo a block from the Capitol. The pursuit of a used mattress from a Trump hotel — and a Chick-fil-A franchise...

  • The EPA's new leader is a former coal lobbyist

    The EPA's new leader is a former coal lobbyist

    The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans' health and address climate change. Andrew Wheeler, the No. 2 official at EPA, will take over the agency Monday now that President...

  • Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals

    Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, one of the most scandal-plagued Cabinet officials in U.S. history, is leaving the agency. “I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” Trump said in a tweet Thursday. “Within the...

  • Dangerous heat wave to hit Southern California this weekend

    Dangerous heat wave to hit Southern California this weekend

    A dangerous heat wave is expected to hit Southern California this weekend, with the warmest temperatures forecast for Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service said. An excessive-heat watch is in effect for much of southwestern California for those days, the weather service said. Temperatures...

  • Extreme heat wave and high surf expected to send many to the beach

    Extreme heat wave and high surf expected to send many to the beach

    The hundreds of thousands of people likely to visit local beaches this Fourth of July week will be met by large waves expected to build late Wednesday and last through Friday. Another type of wave — a heat wave — is also on its way. Temperatures are expected to hit or exceed the century mark in...

  • Pruitt aides reveal new details of his controversial spending and management at EPA

    Pruitt aides reveal new details of his controversial spending and management at EPA

    Two of EPA chief Scott Pruitt's top aides have provided fresh details to congressional investigators in recent days about some of his most controversial spending and management decisions, including his push to find a six-figure job for his wife at a politically connected group, enlist staffers...

  • Longtime Scott Pruitt ally Sen. James Inhofe says it may be time for EPA chief to 'leave that job'

    Longtime Scott Pruitt ally Sen. James Inhofe says it may be time for EPA chief to 'leave that job'

    Even Scott Pruitt’s most loyal friends are starting to give up the fight. The perpetual ethics problems of the Environmental Protection Agency chief have moved some conservatives who were firmly in his camp to reconsider. On Wednesday, his longtime mentor and fellow Oklahoma Republican, Sen. James...

  • EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group

    EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt last year had a top aide help contact Republican donors who might offer his wife a job, eventually securing her a position at a conservative political group that has backed him for years, according to multiple individuals familiar with the matter....

  • 2 of Scott Pruitt's closest aides, also facing scrutiny, are leaving the EPA

    2 of Scott Pruitt's closest aides, also facing scrutiny, are leaving the EPA

    Two of Scott Pruitt's most trusted aides have given notice that they are leaving, as the Environmental Protection Agency chief faces growing scrutiny over his spending and management decisions, according to current and former agency officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel...

  • EPA chief Pruitt had aide do personal chores for him

    EPA chief Pruitt had aide do personal chores for him

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, according to an email and testimony from the aide released Monday. The account from Pruitt scheduling director Millan Hupp is in a...

  • Triclosan could be really harmful to your gut, and it's probably in your toothpaste

    Triclosan could be really harmful to your gut, and it's probably in your toothpaste

    Triclosan, an antimicrobial agent found in toys, toothpaste, cosmetics and more than 2,000 other consumer products, has been found to wreak havoc on the guts of mice whose blood concentrations of the compound are roughly equivalent to a typical level for humans. One group of mice who were fed a...

  • EPA used disavowed research to justify putting dirtier trucks on the road

    EPA used disavowed research to justify putting dirtier trucks on the road

    At a time when acts of defiance against the Trump administration are ​​​​routine in Sacramento, the rebuke that breezed through the California Assembly this month still came as a jolt. Even Trump loyalists in the chamber joined in. The message to the administration was clear: Forget about your...

  • Emails show collaboration among EPA and climate change deniers

    Emails show collaboration among EPA and climate change deniers

    Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials collaborating with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Administrator Scott Pruitt's stewardship...

  • Internal memo suggested that White House 'ignore' federal scientists' climate research

    Internal memo suggested that White House 'ignore' federal scientists' climate research

    White House officials last year weighed whether to simply "ignore" climate studies produced by government scientists or to instead develop "a coherent, fact-based message about climate science," according to a memo obtained by the Washington Post. The document, drafted Sept. 18 by Michael Catanzaro,...

  • Will Trump's pick to run the EPA office in San Francisco show up for work?

    Will Trump's pick to run the EPA office in San Francisco show up for work?

    The White House has finally found someone to take on the stress of overseeing President Trump’s fossil fuel-friendly environmental agenda in the heart of hostile territory: California and nearby states. But there’s one glaring problem. The guy who will lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

  • Robert Mueller, Kim Jong Un and the psychology of the president

    Robert Mueller, Kim Jong Un and the psychology of the president

    Whether by insight or coincidence, North Korea's leadership chose the week of the one-year anniversary of Robert S. Mueller III's appointment as special counsel to probe how eager President Trump is to make a nuclear deal. The answer: Very eager. Trump has made clear in his tweets and remarks that...

  • EPA's move to fast-track Orange County groundwater cleanup questioned

    EPA's move to fast-track Orange County groundwater cleanup questioned

    When a contaminated aquifer in Orange County made U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s list of top priority sites for “immediate, intense action,” the local water district was quick to highlight the announcement. But questions of political favoritism are swirling over...

  • Lobbyist helped broker EPA chief Scott Pruitt's $100,000 trip to Morocco

    Lobbyist helped broker EPA chief Scott Pruitt's $100,000 trip to Morocco

    A controversial trip to Morocco by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt in December was partly arranged by a longtime friend and lobbyist, who accompanied Pruitt and his entourage at multiple stops and served as an informal liaison at both official and social events during the visit....

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