Dinosaurs vs. Oil Drilling

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
The Revelator

No. 21, March 29, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

Who doesn't love dinosaurs? Well, President Trump, for one. He just opened up parts of Bears Ears National Monument to drilling, and that puts millions of years of amazing fossils at risk. Protecting those fragile fossils from oil and uranium development will do more than just preserve history. As writer Corinna Bechko explains, it will also provide safety to the modern wildlife still living in the area, including several endangered species.

Another President Trump action worth watching: The administration is backing away from a decades-old treaty that protects the people of both the United States and Mexico from pollution and raw sewage. Read all about it in part three of John Dougherty's "Border Betrayed" investigation.

Okay, one more Trump story. Back before he was president, he did everything he could to resist environmental regulations affecting his golf courses in New Jersey. ProPublica's Peter Elkind has the dirt.

Finally this week, don't miss our video about cheetahs. Can the world's fastest land mammal outrace extinction?

In case you missed it:

You may have heard the recent news that the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now twice the size of Texas. Sadly most of that oceanic pollution is plastic, a subject The Revelator has covered extensively. You can find all of our stories about plastic pollution here.

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Coming up:

We have a ton of other great stuff in the works in the days and weeks ahead, including our next "Revelator Reads" column, several articles about endangered species, and the launch of a new series of interviews. Look for links in next week's newsletter, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest headlines as they happen. And while you're on social media, we hope you'll share our stories with your friends.

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That's it for this week. As always, thanks for reading.

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator

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