Undoing the Damage

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

No. 168, Jan. 21, 2021

Hello Revelator readers,

The Biden-Harris administration must act quickly to reverse and repair Trump’s environmental destruction. But the daunting to-do list is an opportunity to chart a better path forward. Here’s what experts say should be done next.

The new administration will also need to address longstanding issues that date back before Trump’s term. A management culture at the Bureau of Land Management that puts conservation on the backburner is one of those, a former staffer says in a new op-ed.

Offshore wind energy is poised for big growth in U.S. waters, but there are steps that can be taken to make sure an industry boom doesn’t come at the expense of wildlife.

Dig Deeper:

This week Washington state denied a permit for a fracked gas-to-methanol refinery. It’s an even bigger climate win than it may seem. As this op-ed explains, the project could have set a dangerous precedent for other states.

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.

1. "A ‘Nerve Center’ for Climate in the Biden White House" (The New York Times)

2. "Court Strikes Down Trump Coal Power Plant Rule" (The Hill)

3. "Lawmakers Who Denied Biden’s Victory Also Embrace a Deadlier Conspiracy: Climate Denial" (Heated)

4. "Pandemic Halts One of World’s Longest-running Wildlife Studies, on Michigan’s Isle Royale Wolves" (AP)

5. "'One of a Kind’: Calls to Protect Alabama's 60,000-year-old Underwater Forest" (The Guardian)

What should we cover next?

Our stories rely on insight from experts, frontline activists and readers around the world — especially these days, when so much damage is being done behind the scenes, out of the public eye. We want to hear from you, so please drop us a line anytime.

Coming up:

We’ll talk with a "disasterologist" about climate change and explore the science of snow droughts.

Look for our latest links in next Thursday’s newsletter — or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for headlines as they go live.

As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.

Tara Lohan

Tara Lohan
Deputy Editor, The Revelator


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