Transportation

Hunt For Battery Metals Threatens Sámi Reindeer Herders' Homeland

"Tuomas Siilasjoki and Minna Näkkäläjärvi say they were taken by surprise when a mobile drill rig one day appeared in the horizon. Nobody had asked them about exploring for minerals inside their siida, a reindeer foraging area, in northern Finland. The Sámi families here in Tarvantovaara wilderness area fear the world's hunger for metals to ramp up the green economy will destroy their indigenous way of life."

Source: Barents Observer, 07/13/2020

House Sends $1.5T Infrastructure Bill To Senate, Where Odds Are Poor

"The House Wednesday passed a climate-friendly infrastructure bill with $1.5 trillion for everything from roads to broadband that has little chance of being signed into law as written, but is destined to play a starring role in rhetoric and talking points for both parties in the run-up to the presidential election."

Source: Politico, 07/02/2020

"White House Threatens Veto On Dems' $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan"

"President Trump threatened to veto House Democrats' $1.5 trillion green infrastructure plan on Monday, arguing it should eliminate or reduce environmental reviews and doesn't route enough money to rural America."

Source: The Hill, 06/30/2020

"New Rule in California Will Require Zero-Emissions Trucks"

"Rebuffing strong opposition from industry, California on Thursday adopted a landmark rule requiring more than half of all trucks sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2035, a move that is expected to improve local air quality, rein in greenhouse gas emissions and sharply curtail the state’s dependence on oil."

Source: NYTimes, 06/26/2020

DOJ Whistleblower: California Emissions Probe Was 'Abuse Of Authority'

"A Department of Justice (DOJ) decision to investigate a California effort to reduce vehicle emissions was highly criticized on Wednesday by House Democrats, who called it an effort to strong-arm the state and automakers."

Source: The Hill, 06/25/2020

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