President Obama designated three more national monuments Friday totaling about 1.8 million acres of Southern California desert, nearly doubling the amount of public land that he has given the status with the stroke of his pen since taking office.
Rick Snyder’s standing as one of the GOP’s most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration’s mishandling of the city’s switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.
An internal email unearthed by House Republicans shows that the Environmental Protection Agency on-site coordinator knew that there was “a lot of water” behind the plug at the Gold King Mine — but didn’t check to see how much before removing loose dirt.
A House committee investigative report released Thursday slammed the Environmental Protection Agency for the Animas River spill, attributing it to the crew’s sloppiness and accusing the Obama administration of deliberately concealing information about the accident.
The Supreme Court halted the EPA’s major anti-global warming initiative late Tuesday evening, dealing a major blow to President Obama’s hopes of overseeing a green energy transition in his final year in office.