Trump vs Your Gas Tank (and the Planet)

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

No. 51, Oct. 25, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

The Trump administration's freeze of fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks is "the most spectacular regulatory flip-flop in history," according to a former EPA engineer who helped develop new standards in the Obama era. Experts tell us the Trump plan will not only increase the cost of driving, it'll dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about this "dishonest" plan — and how you can help fight it.

In other news, the midterm elections are just a week and a half away. Are you planning on voting? It turns out that millions of people who care about environmental issues don't go to the polls each year. The Environmental Voter Project is working to turn that around.

Finally this week, did you know that the world's last population of Asiatic lions lives in one small area of India? These rare cats have persisted there for centuries, long after they were eradicated in other places. Tragically, two new threats have emerged, including an outbreak of a deadly disease. Will the Indian government step up to solve this problem?

Trick or Treat:

It's the Halloween season, and we've got a whole bunch of scary stories waiting for you in our dungeon — um, I mean archive. (Don't worry, they're actually more "treat" than "trick.")

What should we cover next?

We welcome your ideas and inside scoops. Drop us a line anytime.

Coming up:

We've got a lot of great stories and essays in the works for you over the next few weeks, including a look at an interesting citizen-science project and a profile of some unexpected plant conservationists. We'll have a fresh batch of links in next week's newsletter, and you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest headlines as they go live. While you're on social media, we hope you'll share our stories with your friends.

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

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator

P.S. The environment is on state ballots across the United States. Find your polling station and plan to vote on Nov. 6.

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