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Trump Admin Plans to Use West Coast Military Bases to Ship Coal, Natural Gas
The Trump administration is considering using military bases to export coal and natural gas as a way to override state opposition to building private export terminals, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke told the AP.
The AP reports that Washington and Oregon authorities have rejected six terminal proposals due to safety and public health concerns, and Zinke's home state of Montana is part of a lawsuit with five other states and a coal company suing Washington for denying permits to one project.
"I respect the state of Washington and Oregon and California," Zinke told the AP. "But also, it's in our interest for national security and our allies to make sure that they have access to affordable energy commodities."
For a deeper dive: AP
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'This Will Be the Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the Country Has Ever Seen': Trump Finalizes Clean Water Rule Replacement
Today, the Trump administration will finalize its replacement for the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in a move that will strip protections from more than half of the nation's wetlands and allow landowners to dump pesticides into waterways, or build over wetlands, for the first time in decades.
Study: Native Americans Barely Impacted Landscape for 14,000 Years. Europeans Came and Changed Everything
There's a theory going around that Native Americans actively managed the land the lived on, using controlled burns to clear forests. It turns out that theory is wrong. New research shows that Native Americans barely altered the landscape at all. It was the Europeans who did that, as ZME Science reported.