As White House scandals dominate the headlines, President Donald Trump’s agency nominees continue to cruise through confirmation. The candidacy of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency is one of Trump’s remaining cabinet appointees.
PROVIDENCE — A bill to tax fossil fuels is back again, and this time it’s designed to be more attractive to skeptical lawmakers.
PROVIDENCE — Local advocates for women’s reproductive freedom aren’t waiting around for Washington, D.C., to roll back hard-fought protections over their bodies.
The environment was a really hot topic for a while. The Trump administration’s environment-related activity was often front-page material, sometimes even above the fold. Until, that is, the recent uproar over the travel ban on Syrian refugees and visa-wielding visitors from selected Muslim countries.
PROVIDENCE — The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill that would shield college professors and researchers from turning over a portion of their research for Freedom of Information Act data requests.
PROVIDENCE — The waves of protest sweeping the country made their way to the Statehouse and later to a school on the city’s East Side, where Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., encountered a crowd upset with the actions of the nation’s new president.
PROVIDENCE — The House Judiciary moved quickly to advance a bill that would impose fines for damaging or building on protected open space.
PROVIDENCE — Buoyed by the passage of the Green Economy Bond referendum in November, the state’s leading environmental advocacy group has set some ambitious goals for the 2017 session of the General Assembly, which runs through June.
PROVIDENCE — Preserved open space in Rhode Island needs additional protections, because poachers steal rocks from stonewalls and nearby residents cut down trees to improve their views.
PROVIDENCE — During a Jan. 9 protest and march downtown, environmental experts offered ways to resist the deregulation of environmental protections by corporate insiders.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently awarded $52,245 in grant awards to help three local farms reduce climate emissions and save money on their energy costs.
During his campaign, Donald Trump, a climate-change denier and fossil-fuel proponent, vowed to withdraw from climate-reduction treaties and neuter the Environmental Protection Agency. All told, his candidacy was considered a colossal threat to the biosphere.
The state of Massachusetts recently announced $10 million in funding to assist communities and groups statewide in addressing deteriorating dams and refurbishing critical coastal infrastructure.
SEEKONK, Mass. — It wasn’t intended to be a debate, but Greg Gerritt, Rhode Island's unofficial grassroots environmental leader, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Washington’s leading climate hawk, spoke back to back at a recent sustainability summit. Their dissimilar views underscore the divide in the environmental movement: a top-down, policy-driven approach vs. a populist reshaping of economics and equality.