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Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action

Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at reversing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the matter.
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It is a very stupid bird that shits in its own nest. When did the American eagle develop dementia? 
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Parents of Flint toddler sue over lead in water

Parents of Flint toddler sue over lead in water | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Michigan officials accused of callous indifference in first related case based on a specific individual injury
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The first of many. Meanwhile, in the end the people involved will all declare bankruptcy and pay nothing. This is a state and national disaster and the best we can hope for is criminal prosecution for those who knew what they were doing, an end of political careers for those who were too dimwitted to know what they were doing, and some form of federal compensation package to help take care of these kids, which means it will have to get through the GOP in congress. Another reason to vote, but which candidates would actually protect people from this kind of bad judgement?

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We’re drinking ourselves to death: The alarming numbers behind our bottled water addiction

We’re drinking ourselves to death: The alarming numbers behind our bottled water addiction | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Last year, Americans drank more than 10 billion gallons of bottled H2O. The toll on the environment was devastating
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The waste of energy and the creation of undesirable plastic are the major reasons we should turn to reusable bottles. Even when recycled, those bottles are harmful to the environment. And, to be honest, bottled water is seldom any better than the water from the tap. For my part, I seldom buy bottled water and at home I use a water filter, which is itself of course an environmental issue if a much smaller one, because the tap water is overly chlorinated and has too many minerals for my taste. The bottom line is we have to learn how to live more in harmony with nature and without taking so much from the environment.

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Preserving an Accident, the Salton Sea in California, for the Good of Nature

Preserving an Accident, the Salton Sea in California, for the Good of Nature | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Salton Sea, a briny lake created by a mismanaged effort to divert a river, has become a key habitat for migrating birds and is now in danger of drying out.
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I have visited this region, and it is a very sad place. The drought has certainly made a bad situation worse. The use of the water for irrigation of crops in the Imperial Valley is frightening; one can only imagine the illness that will eventually cause. The best solution would obviously be to add fresh water, but we have less and less of that available. A national water management plan is essential—not just in the U.S. but in every country. We must look at the future and PLAN!

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Fears Grow of a Himalayan Tsunami as Glaciers Melt | TIME.com

Fears Grow of a Himalayan Tsunami as Glaciers Melt | TIME.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Melting glaciers and rising temperatures are forming a potentially destructive combination in the deep ravines of Nepal’s Himalayan foothills, and the Phulping Bridge — on the Araniko Highway linking Kathmandu with the Chinese border — is a good...
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And when the glaciers are gone, the great rivers of India will be reduced to streams. What then for the millions of people who need that water to live? We live in a scary time if we bother to think about the environment.

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‘If I could afford to leave, I would.’ In Flint, a water crisis with no end in sight.

‘If I could afford to leave, I would.’ In Flint, a water crisis with no end in sight. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Residents are still living on bottled water, waiting for government pledges to be fulfilled.
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It should offend us as a people that the people of Flint are in many cases still waiting for assistance. It is evidence that our federal system is not sufficiently strong, for clearly if it were up to  the feds aid would have been faster and  hopefully better provided. Or perhaps it is simply that we as a country don't care about one another. Perhaps it is simply that we think it is okay for the people who have less to suffer more. Perhaps we think it is all right for kids to suffer life-long neurological damage without hope of assistance or recompense when the system fails to insure public safety. Maybe the people of Flint would have been better off if they had lived near Chernobyl or Fukushima. We can say what we wish about the Soviet Union and Japan, but at least the people were evacuated and given assistance after their disasters. Are the people of Flint less deserving or is it that we as a country are failing. 
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Why the EPA is Partly to Blame for the Flint Water Crisis

Why the EPA is Partly to Blame for the Flint Water Crisis | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The federal agency knew the water toxic long before the public
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There is no clear mechanism by which the federal government could have pushed this issue more effectively. Could the EPA have gone public? Well, that would have become another "example of the Obama administration using its power to harass Republicans." That is the sad truth about anything the feds do, it can be used as political fodder no matter how it impacts lives. Could they have tried to go over the state bureaucracy's head to the governor? Good luck on that; it gets called federal overreach and becomes fodder for the "anti-government" far right. Maybe the real problem is our system isn't always the best. Maybe the problem is that we let politics run things until they go awry and then scream in pain. Maybe, just maybe, it's time to let the scientists and engineers do their jobs properly.
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The Power Plant Fueling America's Drought

The Power Plant Fueling America's Drought | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Navajo Generating Plant powers pumps that push trillions of gallons of water out of the Colorado River and send it shooting over mountains and through canals to cities like Phoenix and Tucson. It's also an environmental disaster.
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A very disturbing review of the history of one of Arizona's biggest mistakes. If we must keep moving that water, perhaps it's time to build nuclear plant. More importantly, we have to stop wasting water, which includes the waste built into poor infrastructure. If we keep kicking the can down the road, we may find that we have run out of road.

 

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Calls for Oversight in West Virginia Went Unheeded

Calls for Oversight in West Virginia Went Unheeded | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As chemical accidents continued in West Virginia, so did calls for increased oversight, but those recommendations went unheeded by lawmakers, federal regulators said.
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Can't be said too often: Business is important, but the first concern of good government should be the quality of life of its citizens. Sadly, GOP dominated state governments tend to forget that simple rule.

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