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"Biden Won’t Ban Fracking, But His Clean Grid Would Choke Gas"

"During a town hall meeting Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden again assured shale producers that he wouldn’t ban fracking if elected. Then, in virtually the same breath, he touted his $2 trillion clean-energy plan, which aims to edge natural gas out of the power mix within 15 years."

Source: Bloomberg Green, 10/19/2020

"Wildfire Smoke in US Exposes Millions To Hazardous Pollution"

"Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution data and interviews with physicians, health authorities and researchers."

Source: AP, 10/19/2020

"Interior: Judge Invalidates Pendley's BLM Decisions"

"A federal judge in Montana has once again handed the Bureau of Land Management and its embattled former de facto acting chief, William Perry Pendley, another major legal defeat. Chief Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana late yesterday [Friday] issued an order invalidating three major land-use plan revisions in Montana as a result of Pendley "unlawfully" leading BLM for more than a year."

Source: E&E News, 10/19/2020

Trump Reverses Decision to Reject California Request for Wildfire Relief

"President Trump reversed himself on Friday, approving a package of wildfire disaster relief for California hours after officials from his administration had explained why the state should not receive the aid."

Source: NYTimes, 10/19/2020

SEJ Board Votes To Change Bylaws for New Student Category and Removal of Gendered Language

On Monday, October 19, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists voted unanimously to make changes to SEJ’s bylaws that would allow for a new student category and remove gendered language. These changes stem in part from discussions on SEJ listservs, which the board heard and recognized.

As per our bylaws, the vote passed the board with the required two-thirds majority.

The next step needed to enact these changes is for the ballot questions to receive affirmatives on two-thirds of the votes of members entitled to vote in the 2020 election.

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"Climate Impacts: U.S. Migrants On The Move Due To Warming"

"Climate migration in America is no longer about small, isolated communities pulling up stakes to avoid floods, wildfires or rising seas. Physically moving to reduce climate risk is becoming mainstream, experts say, even if climate migrants don't acknowledge warming as a driver of their relocation decisions."

Source: E&E News, 10/16/2020

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