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[ These critical disaster safety efforts will be at risk if Trump eliminates the Climate Action Plan ]

The president's 180-degree policy shift will undermine efforts to prepare for climate change disasters that are already upon us.

     
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[ DCNR Invites Students To Apply For Environmental Careers Camp In Luzerne County ]

Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp.

The six-day camp begins July 9, at Camp Kresge, White Haven, Luzerne County. The camp is near Nescopeck State Park and about 10 miles north of White Haven.

The camp will introduce 20 students in grades 10-12 to conservation and environmental careers, and encourage their pursuit. From wildlife conservation projects and stream sampling of aquatic life, to forestry skills, daily activities will offer students a hands-on, team-building learning experience in an outdoor setting.

Participants explore a wide range of career experiences, including water quality assessments, geology field studies, and overnight camping experiences. They will also meet conservation professionals to learn about career opportunities.

Offered free of charge; instruction and daily activities are overseen by specialists and officials from DCNR’s bureaus of State Parks and Forestry. After the camp, attendees will have a chance to seek internships, job-shadowing and other career-related opportunities through the camp’s mentor program.

For more details and applications, visit DCNR’s ECO Camp webpage; email to: ECO_Camp@pa.gov; write to ECO Camp Coordinator, Bureau of State Parks, Outdoor Programming Services Division, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551, or call 717-425-5330.

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[ Senate now proposing to use CRA to undo BLM’s wasted gas rule ]

Sarah Graddy

BLM’s rule ensures that oil and gas companies use the most up-to-date technologies and practices to minimize the amount of methane—the largest component of natural gas—wasted when gas is extracted from our public lands.

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[ Urgent: Congress acts to unravel Obama’s oil and gas reforms: Your voice needed this week ]

Emboldened by the new Trump administration, anti-conservationists in Congress moved forward to repeal an Obama rule to stop the rampant waste from oil and gas operations on public lands.

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[ Legislature’s pro-drilling resolution would harm Arctic Refuge ]

Tim Woody

The Alaska House Resources Committee is meeting today at 1 p.m. to hear public testimony on House Joint Resolution 5, which encourages Congress to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.

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[ A steward for the environment? Even Pruitt’s allies back away from his claims. ]

EPA nominee's claims of environmental stewardship no longer displayed on his supporters' website.

     
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[ Step Two in Congressional Push to Steal America’s Public Lands ]

Kate Mackay

New House bill deems 3.3 million acres worthless to the American people

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[ 10 new pieces of evidence show Scott Pruitt is worse than you think ]

Answers the EPA nominee sent senators Jan. 25 show environmental protection is low on his priority list.

     
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[ Their plan is working: New bill would sell of 3 million acres of public lands ]

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s bill identifies 3.3 million acres across 10 states to be ‘disposed of’ and sold off, just a few days after the House passed a rules package that makes such land seizure plans easier to execute.

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[ Trump’s revival of Keystone XL, Dakota Access pipelines is irresponsible and dangerous ]

Under President Obama, the rules of fossil fuel development—including on public lands—became more balanced, and the nation took steps to address the monumental challenge of climate change. In the Oval Office for less than a week, President Trump appears to be doing everything he can to put the oil and gas industry back in the driver’s seat.

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