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Human impacts on the environment

A natural view

The word “environment” has become to some a political word. In the last four years the presidential administration in Washington dismantled many environmental policies and rules. For instance, the Obama-era Clean Power Plan was replaced, the Endangered Species Act was redefined and the Oil and Natural Gas extraction ban was lifted. The Coal Ash rule, which regulates the disposal of toxic coal waste, was weakened and mercury and Clean Air standards were revised.

During this time a coal lobbyist and an oil and gas industry ally were leading the Environmental Protection Agency. Some of the measur...


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