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    Delhi’s Amazing Lake Revival! | Ground Report by Dhruv Rathee

    No, not on TV, it will be on the internet. Oh, on Internet? Say what you want to. – Tell him about the place Near the hill here, a Chhat Ghat has been built. Most of the rivers, lakes in our country are suffering like you can see here. There’s sewage and litter and the water doesn’t get recharged. The stagnant water gets more and more polluted by the day. Most of these lakes, rivers, and ponds have basically turned into a sewer. Namaskar Friends, Today I have come to Rajokri Village between the Delhi-Gurgaon border. In this village, there may be a working solution for our drying up water…

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    The Clean Power Plan: The EPA & Climate Change Policy

    President Obama issued an executive order containing a climate action plan that directed EPA to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that produce electricity. The Clean Power Plan was the culmination of that executive action. It was a regulation promulgated under EPA’s authority to reduce the amount of fossil fuels that would be combusted for power in favor of renewable sources. Traditionally, most electricity in the United States was made through combusting coal or natural gas and power plants. The Clean Power Plan required a significant reduction in the amount of energy that could be generated in that way. It’s not really a pollution control program, it is an…

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    The Clean Power Plan: The EPA & Climate Change Policy

    President Obama issued an executive order containing a climate action plan that directed EPA to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that produce electricity. The Clean Power Plan was the culmination of that executive action. It was a regulation promulgated under EPA’s authority to reduce the amount of fossil fuels that would be combusted for power in favor of renewable sources. Traditionally, most electricity in the United States was made through combusting coal or natural gas and power plants. The Clean Power Plan required a significant reduction in the amount of energy that could be generated in that way. It’s not really a pollution control program, it is an…

  • Generations Yet to Come
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    Generations Yet to Come

    ♪>>>THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA WAS AMONG THE FIRST GOVERNMENTS IN THE WORLD TO SAY EVERYONE HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.>>FOR A HUNDRED YEARS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, THE STATE GOVERNMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA WAS PRETTY MUCH CONTROLLED BY THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY, THE STEEL INDUSTRY AND THE COAL INDUSTRY. THEY WERE A ACCOMPLICES TO THIS. ALL THIS EXPLOITATION.>>THE ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT WAS ADDED TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION IN 1971 AS ARTICLE ONE, SECTION 27.>>THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO CLEAN AIR, PURE WATER AND TO THE PRESERVATION OF THE NATURAL, SCENIC, HISTORIC AND AESTHETIC VALUES OF THE ENVIRONMENT. PENNSYLVANIA’S NATURAL RESOURCES ARE THE COMMON PROPERTY OF ALL THE PEOPLE,…

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    The Jones Act: Debating the Lingering Effects of a 100-Year-Old Law [Fourth Branch]

    The Jones Act is a ban on transport between two U.S. ports, unless it’s on a U.S.-built, U.S.-manned, U.S.-flagged, U.S.-owned vessel. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the Jones Act, was designed to make sure that America had a viable merchant marine and that it had the ability to repair and build ships, and that that was important for our navy. The nation’s always had some laws that have to do with what kind of ships can travel in U.S. waters, but the Jones Act that we’re using now is mostly because of a 1920 law. We look at the Jones Act and realize that it adds to our…

  • Environmental Legislation in 2019 | Our Land
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    Environmental Legislation in 2019 | Our Land

    >>EVERY LEGISLATIVE SESSION IS PIVOTAL BUT THIS YEAR’S 60-DAY SESSION FEELS EVEN MORE MONUMENTAL. THERE IS NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS CONTROL OF NOT ONLY THE GOVERNORSHIP BUT ALSO BOLSTERED ITS COMMAND OF BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE. AND, THERE IS ROUGHLY A 1.2 BILLION-DOLLAR BUDGET SURPLUS TO DOLE OUT. DOES THAT LEAVE OXYGEN IN THE ROOM FOR LAWMAKERS TO DEAL WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THIS YEAR.>>LAURA PASKUS WENT SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS. IN THIS MONTH’S OUR LAND SEGMENT, SHE SITS DOWN WITH TWO KEY LAWMAKERS TO FIND OUT.>>SENATOR PETER WIRTH, REPRESENTATIVE GAIL ARMSTRONG, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. SO, WITH THE 2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION ABOUT…

  • Waters of the United States: Interpreting the Clean Water Act [Fourth Branch]
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    Waters of the United States: Interpreting the Clean Water Act [Fourth Branch]

    The Clean Water Act is a piece of congressional legislation that authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the navigable waters of the United States. The statutory goal ultimately is eliminating all pollutant discharge. So, what’s at stake is the capacity of the statute, the way it’s being administered, to achieve those goals. Broader, more expansive coverage is more likely to promote those goals. Narrower, less expansive coverage is likely to create a risk that we’re not going to achieve the fishable, swimmable waters that the statute is designed to achieve. The phrase “navigable waters” is one which has had a variety of consequences throughout our history, but it has…

  • Introduction to the Energy & Environment Working Group
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    Introduction to the Energy & Environment Working Group

    Hi, my name is Jeff Holmstead and I’m the Chairman of the Regulatory Transparency Project’s Energy & Environmental working group. I’m a partner with the law firm of Bracewell, but for five years I also served as the Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in charge of air pollution issues. So, I’ve worked in both the public sector and the private sector. One of the things that I think we firmly believe in is that there is a clear connection between energy and the environment. We recognize that the United States has been blessed with a great abundance of natural resources and we believe that there are ways to…

  • This lake now has legal rights, just like you
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    This lake now has legal rights, just like you

    In the summer of 2014, a giant algae bloom took over Lake Erie. It was so big, you could see it from space. This algae contained a toxin that could cause vomiting and liver damage. “Leaving over half a million people with no safe drinking water.” “Residents have been served notice: stop drinking water. Don’t shower. And don’t let pets come near tap water.” A few days later… “Hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio are breathing a sigh of relief today. The mayor of Toledo announced today the city’s water is now safe to drink.” “It seemed like, oh don’t worry, we we got over that, the water is…