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Senate Confirms Biden’s Pick to Lead the Bureau of Land Management

Technology, World
But Republican leaders also maintained that their opposition was based on her behavior during a tree-spiking incident in 1989, not her opposition to an expansion of oil and gas drilling.As a graduate student in Montana, Ms. Stone-Manning, now 56, retyped and mailed a letter to the U.S. Forest Service warning about a plan to insert metal spikes into trees in Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. At the time, “tree spiking” was a tactic used by some environmentalists to damage logging machinery. But it could also harm or even kill the workers using that equipment.Ms. Stone-Manning testified in the Clearwater case, helping to convict two of the men involved, and had described her decision to type the letter as a way of trying to warn the authorities.Republicans have accused Ms. Stone-Manning o...
How Bad Is the Drought? These Maps Tell the Story.

How Bad Is the Drought? These Maps Tell the Story.

Technology, World
By Nadja PopovichYou may have heard: Drought is gripping the American West, again, and it’s looking bad.To help readers understand just how dire conditions have become, we published a series of maps and charts that visualize the crisis.The maps above show that current drought conditions in the West are the most widespread and severe than at any point in at least 20 years. That’s based on data from the U.S. Drought Monitor, the government’s official drought-tracking service, which has published weekly maps since 2000.Record-low precipitation and much-higher-than-normal temperatures over the past year have both contributed to the extreme dryness. Now, reservoirs are running low and snowpack, which slowly releases water in the spring and summer, is depleted. That bodes poorly for agriculture,...
How Disaster Aid Favors White People

How Disaster Aid Favors White People

Technology, World
By Christopher FlavelleThe two cases were remarkably similar: Hurricane Laura sent pine trees crashing through the roofs of two modest houses not far apart in Southwest Louisiana. Neither homeowner had insurance, and each sought help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.But that’s where the similarities end. Despite suffering roughly the same amount of damage, one homeowner, Roy Vaussine, who is white, got $17,000 in initial assistance from FEMA. The other couple, Charlotte and Norman Biagas, who are Black, got $7,000.A growing body of research shows that FEMA often helps white disaster victims more than people of color, even when the amount of damage is comparable. The problem seems to stem from complex systemic factors, like the difficulty of navigating the federal bureaucracy an...
Biden Aims to End Arctic Drilling. A Trump-Era Law Could Foil His Plans.

Biden Aims to End Arctic Drilling. A Trump-Era Law Could Foil His Plans.

Technology, World
WASHINGTON — President Biden may be forced to hold a new lease sale for oil drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, despite his vows to slash fossil fuel pollution and his action this week to suspend Arctic drilling leases that had been awarded in the final days of the Trump administration.A law passed by the Republican-controlled Congress in 2017 requires the president to hold two lease sales in the refuge before the end of 2024. President Donald Trump held the first; now legal experts say the Biden administration could be locked into holding a second sale.The 2017 law was a major achievement for Mr. Trump, who sought to permanently open up millions of acres of public lands to oil and gas drilling, including the Coastal Plain of the Alaskan refuge, about 1.5 million acre...
Biden’s Fossil Fuel Moves Clash With Pledges on Climate Change

Biden’s Fossil Fuel Moves Clash With Pledges on Climate Change

Technology, World
WASHINGTON — Despite President Biden’s pledge to aggressively cut the pollution from fossil fuels that is driving climate change, his administration has quietly taken actions this month that will guarantee the drilling and burning of oil and gas for decades to come.The clash between Mr. Biden’s pledges and some of his recent decisions illustrates the political, technical and legal difficulties of disentangling the country from the oil, gas and coal that have underpinned its economy for more than a century.On Wednesday, the Biden administration defended in federal court the Willow project, a huge oil drilling operation proposed on Alaska’s North Slope that was approved by the Trump administration and is being fought by environmentalists. Weeks earlier, it backed former President Donald J. T...
Biden Administration Defends Huge Alaska Oil Drilling Project

Biden Administration Defends Huge Alaska Oil Drilling Project

Technology, World
Kristen Miller, acting director of the Alaska Wilderness League, said the burning of oil produced by the Willow project over its lifetime would create nearly 260 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions — about the equivalent of what is produced by 66 coal-fired power plants. But, she argued, the infrastructure also will lead to new oil and gas projects in the region.“Not only does the project in itself have significant and long-lasting climate problems, it’s setting the stage for more emissions in the future,” Ms. Miller said.Mr. Biden has taken significant steps to limit oil and gas development in the United States. One of his first acts as president was to temporarily freeze new oil and gas leases on public lands and offshore waters. He also placed a temporary moratorium on oil a...