Environment

President Donald Trump leads a listening session with health insurance company CEOs in the White House, February 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Trump vowed to fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act.

White House Proposing to Reduce EPA Budget to Reagan Era Levels

The proposed $2 billion in cuts and removal of 3,000 employees would bring the agency to a place it hasn't been since the mid-1980s and early 1990s.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt address employees at the agency's headquarters February 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Pruitt, long a critic of the EPA, faced a contentious confirmation fight in the Senate.

New EPA Head Discusses Removing Environmental Regulations

Scott Pruitt has stressed that the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Air Act's Water of the United States rule are first in line to be cut.

A flooded home is seen on August 15, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Record-breaking rains pelted Louisiana that weekend leaving the city with historic levels of flooding that caused 13 deaths and damaged thousands of homes.

Congress Investigates How FEMA Handled Louisiana's Historic Flooding Last Year

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a letter to the federal agency demanding documents.

These flags from different tribal nations once dotted Flag Road in the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Now, authorities have cleared out the camp and are on track to begin cleanup.

Tribal Chairman Responds to White House After 46 Arrested During DAPL Camp Evacuation

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is contradicting the administration's claims that it was in contact with them during the militarized raid.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt,, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Capitol Hill January 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

EPA Head's Past Emails With Fossil Fuel Industry Confirm Close Ties

Scott Pruitt released 7,564 pages of emails to the Center for Media and Democracy.

Campers set structures on fire in preparation of the Army Corp's 2 p.m. CT deadline to leave the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on February 22, 2017, in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

What 4 Indigenous Women Have to Say About Standing Rock's Ongoing Fight

Authorities are clearing out the Oceti Sakowin Camp, though water protectors remain. What does the end of the largest camp mean for the movement?

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Campers prepare for the Army Corp's 2 p.m. deadline to leave the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on February 22, 2017 in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Police Move in on Water Protectors Who Remain at Standing Rock

Officers have reportedly arrested six people.

Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014, near McKittrick, California.

STUDY: In Almost 10 Years, 4 States Saw 6,600+ Spills from Fracking

North Dakota, where the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline is almost complete, had the highest number.

Pruitt Addresses EPA Staff, Talks Energy and Regulation

The new EPA administrator discusses how he wants the agency to be pro-energy and pro-environment.

Water Protectors at Standing Rock Camps Face Eviction in 24 Hours

Women at the camps have issued a final call to all media, activists and allies to stand with them.

Colorlines screenshot of Michigan Civil Rights commission report, taken on February 20, 2017.

Flint Water Crisis A Result of Systemic Racism and History of Segregation

A new report tracks what led to the disaster—and how to prevent it from happening again. 

Photo Illustration by Lars Baron/Getty

ICYMI: City Threatens to Turn Off Flint Residents' Water

Residents who don't start paying for their lead-contaminated water will face shut-off notices this spring.

President Donald Trump signs H.J. Res. 38, disapproving the Stream Protection Rule on February 16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. He is surrounded by coal miners and opponents of the original rule.

Trump Removes Obama-Era Regulation on Coal Industry

It is the administration's second repeal this week of climate regulation that was created by the last administration.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on January 18, 2017, in D.C.

Senate Approves Scott Pruitt to Head the Environmental Protection Agency

The vote was not along party lines.

Illustration courtesy of Gingger Shankar

Water Protectors Call on Women to Join Them at Standing Rock This Weekend

"As care takers of Unci Maka (Mother Earth) and Life-givers we hold a responsibility to secure the future for our children and the next seven generations to come."

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Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in Texas

People living more than 50 miles away felt it happen.

President Donald Trump speaks during a listening session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and member company chief executive officers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Trump Signs First Major Rollback of Obama-Era Climate Regulations

The president did say that for every new regulation, he'd remove at least two.

Pieces of coal sit on the ground at the Savage Energy Terminal on August 26, 2016, in Price, Utah.

Coal Power Plant on Navajo Nation Land Scheduled to Close

The generating station is a major employer of Navajo and Hopi people.

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UPDATE: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Challenges Latest DAPL Move in Court

The tribe has filed a motion to expedite the case before oil starts flowing.