News from a Changing Planet -- Weekly Digest #1
The environmental losses in the debt ceiling bill, (log) traffic jams, the amazing power of bacteria, and more stories I liked this week.
Hello! As a new feature for paid subscribers, I’ll be sending out weekly roundups of things I read with interest over the last several days. They may not necessarily be the biggest news stories, because there’s a chance you already read those, but they are some you may not have come across or paid attention to and are very much worth your time. This is the first one of these, so it’s an experiment! Let me know if you like it, don’t like it, or if there is something specific (something I can do or a type of story/topic ) you’d like to see here and I will work on it!
DEBT CEILING: The debt ceiling bill contains some provisions that fall under the umbrella of “permitting reform” that are not great for the environment: the go-ahead to the Mountain Valley Pipeline; time restrictions on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the law that requires federal agencies to determine the environmental impact of an infrastructure project before it happens, which will make citizen participation in this process more difficult.
But the most significant one might be in the area that was left out entirely:
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