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Morris wrote in his ruling that a U.S. State Department environmental analysis "fell short of a 'hard look"' at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.  He also ruled the analysis failed to fully review the effects of the current oil price on the pipeline's viability and did not fully model potential oil spills and offer mitigations measures.  In Thursday's ruling, Morris ordered the government to issue a more thorough environmental analysis before the project can move forward.

Morris also wrote in his ruling that the Trump Administration “simply discarded prior factual findings related to climate change to support its course reversal.” [post_title] => Keystone Pipeline Project Temporarily Halted After Federal Judge Rules Trump Administration Did Not Properly Study Impact [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => keystone-pipeline-project-temporarily-halted-federal-judge-rules-trump-administration-not-properly-study-impact [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-17 23:16:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-17 23:16:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2693 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2680 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-10-27 12:14:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-27 12:14:13 [post_content] => "Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan. Many of the wells have not been capped, and federal officials estimate that the spill could continue through this century." Taylor Energy has at times denied the leak and made efforts to keep it secret.  "The spill was hidden for six years before environmental watchdog groups stumbled on oil slicks while monitoring the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster a few miles north of the Taylor site in 2010." Oil pipelines leak on average more than one time per day in the United States. The Trump Administration has proposed expanding offshore drilling areas to nearly all U.S. waters.     [post_title] => 300-700 Barrels Of Oil Per Day Leaking Off Coast Of Louisiana Since 2004 From A Single Site Owned By Taylor Energy [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 300-700-barrels-oil-per-day-leaking-off-coast-louisiana-since-2004-single-site-owned-taylor-energy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-27 12:14:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-27 12:14:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2680 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2678 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-10-21 13:10:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-21 13:10:00 [post_content] => The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations issued a report on October 8, 2018 outlining the effects on global environments and ecosystems as global temperatures increase above pre-industrial levels.  The IPCC was established in response to the Paris Climate Agreement, which seeks to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” According to the report, "emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air."

The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC, or more. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5°C, compared with at least once per decade with 2°C. Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all (> 99 percent) would be lost with 2ºC.

Read the report here. [post_title] => United Nations Climate Change Panel Releases Report Stating Global Temperature Rise Of 1.5 Degrees Celsius Is Maximum Before "Irreversible Changes" To Global Ecosystems; Would Require 45% Reduction In Emissions By 2030 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => united-nations-climate-change-panel-releases-report-stating-global-temperature-rise-1-5-degrees-celsius-maximum-irreversible-changes-global-ecosystems-require-45-reduction [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-21 13:10:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-21 13:10:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2678 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2670 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-10-06 14:11:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-06 14:11:20 [post_content] => The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a letter to the White House on Friday September 28, 2018 arguing that rules limiting mercury emissions from coal fueled power plants should be loosened because much of the benefit is not directly from reducing mercury emissions but rather other harmful pollutants that are also reduced because of this rule ("co-benefits").

Under President Barack Obama, the EPA estimated that it would cost utilities $9.6 billion a year to comply with the new standards, while limiting mercury would translate into merely $6 million in public health benefits. But the EPA estimated at the time that the soot and nitrogen oxide reductions that would accompany cuts to mercury pollution would save between $37 billion to $90 billion in annual health costs and lost workdays by preventing as many as 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks.

But under President Trump, the EPA has published proposals to loosen carbon dioxide limits on power plants, arguing that it was inappropriate to count “co-benefits” such as having less soot in the air. And in a proposed rollback last month of a rule aimed at curbing leaks of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas, the administration eliminated language in its analysis saying that children, elderly and the poor “are most vulnerable to climate-related health effects.”

In other words, "the current reconsideration may eliminate health benefits from reducing pollutants not directly covered by the rule, making it much more difficult for the EPA to justify the costs of requiring further emissions reductions." [post_title] => EPA Argues Loosening Rules Limiting Mercury Emissions From Coal Fueled Power Plants [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => epa-argues-loosening-rules-limiting-mercury-emissions-coal-fueled-power-plants [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-06 14:14:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-06 14:14:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2670 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2669 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-10-06 13:56:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-06 13:56:28 [post_content] => In a report written by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued to support the freezing of "federal fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks built after 2020," the NHTSA writes that global temperatures will rise by 7 degrees Celsius and reducing or eliminating carbon emissions will not change this.  The report states:

The emissions reductions necessary to keep global emissions within this carbon budget could not be achieved solely with drastic reductions in emissions from the U.S. passenger car and light truck vehicle fleet but would also require drastic reductions in all U.S. sectors and from the rest of the developed and developing world. in addition, achieving GHG reductions from the passenger car and light truck vehicle fleet to the same degree that emissions reductions will be needed globally to avoid using all of the carbon budget would require substantial increases in technology innovation and adoption compared to today's levels and would require the economy and the vehicle fleet to substantially move away from the use of fossil fuels, which is not currently technologically feasible or economically practicable.

The United States recently became the only country to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords, which seeks to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” [post_title] => National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Issues Report Stating Global Temperatures Will Rise 7 Degrees Celsius By 2100 And Reducing Emissions Will Not Help [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => national-highway-traffic-safety-administration-nhtsa-issues-report-stating-global-temperatures-will-rise-7-degrees-celsius-2100-reducing-emissions-will-not-help [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-06 13:56:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-06 13:56:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2669 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2650 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-08-25 14:03:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-08-25 14:03:10 [post_content] => "The Trump administration on Tuesday [August 21, 2018] proposed relaxing pollution standards for power plants nationwide" as a replacement for the “Clean Power Plan”, an Obama Administration policy that aimed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants across the United States by 32% from 2005-2030 and that set "carbon dioxide limits for each state and encouraged the shuttering of coal plants." The plan "increases the authority given to states to decide how and how much to regulate existing coal power plants" allowing states to relax standards for power plant pollution. The proposed Trump Administration plan would ultimately "coal-fired plants to run longer if they became more efficient, which could increase the total amount of soot and smog-forming pollutants they emit. The EPA projects that the rule could lead to 470 to 1,400 premature deaths each year compared with the Obama-era rule."   [post_title] => Trump Administration Proposes "Affordable Clean Energy Rule" That Loosens Power Plant Pollution Standards And Allows Coal Power Plants To Run Longer [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trump-administration-proposes-affordable-clean-energy-rule-loosens-power-plant-pollution-standards-allows-coal-power-plants-run-longer [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-08-25 14:03:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-08-25 14:03:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2650 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2640 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-08-11 11:45:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-08-11 11:45:54 [post_content] => The Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan to "roll back a 2012 rule that required automakers to nearly double the fuel economy of passenger vehicles to an average of about 54 miles per gallon by 2025. It would halt requirements that automakers build cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars including hybrids and electric vehicles." The plan "would freeze fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels through 2026, and require dramatically fewer electric vehicles." According to the plan, "U.S. fuel consumption would increase by about half a million barrels per day (2-3 percent of total daily consumption, according to the Energy Information Administration) and would impact the global climate by 3/1000th of one degree Celsius by 2100, also when compared to the standards set forth in 2012." 19 states that have adopted California's strict emissions standards plan to sue to stop the plan. [post_title] => EPA Proposes Rolling Back Vehicle Emissions Standards [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => epa-proposes-rolling-back-vehicle-emissions-standards [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-08-11 11:45:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-08-11 11:45:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2640 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2619 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-07-08 15:52:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-07-08 15:52:49 [post_content] => On Friday July 6, 2018, the last day of Scott Pruit's tenure as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, "agency officials confirmed to The New York Times that, through the end of 2019, the E.P.A. will not enforce an annual cap of 300 gliders per manufacturer that had been imposed in January."  These trucks can pollute up to 55 times more than new diesel freight trucks. Gliders are "brand new trucks, but without an engine or transmission (hence why they 'glide'). This category of truck was created so manufacturers could salvage parts from older trucks, or parts from those damaged in accidents.  However, older engines adhere to older pollution standards" and don't include pollution reduction or fuel efficiency technologies found in new truck engines. [post_title] => EPA Removes Manufacturing Production Limit Of Diesel Freight Trucks That Pollute Up To 55 Times As Much As Modern Trucks [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => epa-removes-manufacturing-production-limit-diesel-freight-trucks-pollute-55-times-much-modern-trucks [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-07-08 15:52:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-07-08 15:52:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2619 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2559 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-03-25 12:19:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-03-25 12:19:38 [post_content] => "The Trump administration has sought to reverse more than 60 environmental rules, according to a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School’s Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker, Columbia Law School’s Climate Tracker and other sources."   [caption id="attachment_2560" align="aligncenter" width="594"] SOURCE: New York Times (See Below Citations)[/caption]   View the updated list here. [post_title] => More Than 60 Rules And Regulations Protecting The Environment Have Been Overturned Or Are In The Process Of Being Overturned During The Trump Administration [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 60-rules-regulations-protecting-environment-overturned-progress-overturned-trump-administration [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-19 13:54:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-19 13:54:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2559 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2702 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-12-08 18:09:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-12-08 18:09:52 [post_content] => While "the other members of the [G20] group reaffirmed their commitment to implement the Paris deal and tackle climate change" the United States and President Trump "remained the sole holdout" and reaffirmed the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords at a meeting of the G20 countries in Argentina in the fall of 2018. "The Group of Twenty (G20) is a leading forum of the world's major economies that seeks to develop global policies to address today’s most pressing challenges. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States." 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