This month in #scipol: air and water pollution, sexual misconduct in academia, birds and beetles, the Space Force, and more!
This week: February 5 is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming Texas primaries. The haste of recent environmental rollbacks may result in legal challenges. A law from 1872 allows for new mining claims on land previously designated as part of two national monuments in Utah. The end approaches for funding designated to support surveillance of emerging outbreaks in developing counties. Read on for more news on Exxon Mobil development plans, a CEQ nomination withdrawal, 2019 budget proposals, and changes in publishing practices.
This week in #scipol: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments will be reduced, mining companies no longer financially responsible for future clean-up preparations, debate continues on what is a "water of the United States" (and what should be protected), graduate students worry about tax hikes, Lamar Smith attacks socio-behavioral research at the NSF, and more.
This week: The Trump administration continues to nominate individuals to head organizations without technical experience, flu experts worry about the upcoming flu season, natural history collections offer new ways to study historical environmental changes, NSF enacts changes to proposal submissions, and more
Conservation and Alternative Energy Several science societies and organizations wrote a letter to Trump endorsing the Clean Water Rule (Ecological Society of America). The wind energy industry is booming in Texas under laws signed by Rick Perry, who is currently the head of the Department of Energy, suggesting that renewable energy may have a positive … Continue reading Weekly Digest – March 6-12
Conservation and Alternative Energy Currently, 20 Texas State Parks and 11 Wildlife Management Areas are actively leasing land for oil and gas drilling. Action: you can help prevent further damage by 1) stopping new leases, 2) supporting the removal of Kelcy Warren from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (he is the CEO of Energy … Continue reading Weekly Digest — Feb 27 – March 5
Conservation and Alternative Energy The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners (a Texas company that is also building the Dakota Access Pipeline) is Kelcy Warren, who is also currently serving on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Action: Fill out this form to message your State Senator to tell them it is unacceptable for an oil … Continue reading Weekly Digest – February 6-12