Gov. Brown’s high-speed rail is a fiscal train wreck on life support

Bullet train in Taiwan.

Gov. Jerry Brown had a dream: to link Los Angeles and San Francisco by a high-speed bullet train. It would haul passengers 700 miles in two hours and 40 minutes and reduce CO2 emissions.

It entailed a proposed cost of $32 billion with an initial $10 billion bond to cover initial costs. And now the project is facing soaring cost overruns, an out-of-control budget, and missed targets.

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First-Ever EPA Chief Admits The Agency Has Gotten Out Of Control

William Ruckelshaus being sworn in as first EPA head.

The first-ever Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator reluctantly admitted the agency he headed under both the Nixon and Reagan administrations has gotten out of control in recent years.

“I almost hate to say yes, because it will skew what I’m about to say. But the answer is yes,” Bill Ruckelshaus, the first and fifth EPA administrator, told KNKX Thursday when asked if the agency had gotten “out of control and run amok.”

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Enviros Prepare For Multi-Pronged Battle Against Revived Keystone Pipeline

Activists are gearing up for another rousing multi-pronged fight against the recently revived Keystone XL Pipeline.

Environmentalists such as Sara Shor have promised to “raise hell” and recruit millions of people to fight the multi-billion dollar project. Activists also intend to bring the fight directly to lawmakers at town hall meetings along the project’s nearly 1,200-mile route.

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Al Gore: I’ve Got 10 GOP Senators Ready To Fight Trump On Global Warming

Former Vice President Al Gore claimed 10 Republican senators are ready to turn on President Donald Trump on global warming policy.

“There’s a new development, there are now 30 Republican members of the House of Representatives who have changed sides on this issue and have become part of a group committed to solving the climate crisis,” Gore told The Independent. “There are about 10 Republican senators who right now are considering changing sides, a couple already have.”

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Trump administration to approve Keystone pipeline Monday: Report

After years of starts, stops, delays and stiff resistance from environmentalists, the Keystone XL oil pipeline is set to move forward.

The Trump administration is expected to green-light the highly controversial project in the next several days, paving the way for the type of massive infrastructure project the president promised during his campaign.

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March for Science dogged by bickering, disputes, and muddled message

The March for Science is suffering from an identity crisis.

Shortly after the election, activists said the incoming Trump administration would shut down science programs and destroy centuries of climate change data.

Others accused the new Congress and the president of being anti-science, which is like calling someone anti-gravity.

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New Bill Protects Global Warming Skeptics From Prosecution

Rep Larry Lockman

A Maine lawmaker wants to protect people on both sides of the global warming debate from being prosecuted by the attorney’s general office or punished by state agencies.

Republican state Rep. Larry Lockman introduced legislation to “limit the attorney general’s ability to investigate or prosecute people based on their political speech, including their views on climate change” and “prohibit the state from discriminating in buying goods or services or awarding grants or contracts based” on “climate change policy preferences,” The Associated Press reported.

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NY Court Orders Exxon To Provide AG Missing Private Emails

Rex Tillerson

ExxonMobil was ordered Wednesday to disclose a trove of missing emails from an alias once used by the company’s former CEO for communicating with the oil producer’s other executives.

A judge directed Exxon to hand over the communications to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat who has been investigating the company’s climate research since the beginning of 2015.  He publicized U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s use of the alias “Wayne Tracker” along with his professional email.

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