Donald Trump weakens environmental regulations with new executive order
- President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday allowing major infrastructure projects and energy projects to move forward without rigorous environmental review.
- “When we say we can’t breathe, we are not only talking about the knees on our necks and chokeholds from police, but also the squeezing of life from our lungs brought on by the pollution that the Trump Administration continues to pump into our bodies by the rolling back of the vary laws that are meant to give us justice and access,” Mustafa Santiago Ali , the former associate administrator of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, said in an emailed statement.
- Trump has already moved to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act. In January, he proposed changes that would speed up the approval process for constructing new pipelines and infrastructure.
Trump to Sign Executive Order Waiving Key Environmental Laws
- President Trump is expected to sign an executive order to expedite the permitting of new infrastructure and energy projects as a way to address the economic downturn driven by the Covid-19 pandemic, several news outlets report.
- The order will waive several long-standing environmental laws to allow for the faster approval, including the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), according to The Washington Post.
- Under the order, agencies will no longer be required to solicit public comments on proposed projects, or analyze their environmental impacts while the U.S. economy is in crisis and recovering from the coronavirus.
- This follows a previous order last month that directed federal agency heads to “identify regulatory standards that may inhibit economic recovery,” The Hill reported.
- And it is part of the Trump administration’s long-standing efforts to dismantle U.S. environmental regulations., including NEPA, which requires environmental assessments of major infrastructure projects.
CDC pushes for cars over mass transit amid coronavirus - Business Insider
- That's part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines released this week on how to adapt to the return of working outside of the home, a practice largely nixed since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.
- Getting to work without close contact with others, such as through public transit or ride sharing, is preferred, the CDC says.
- However, commuting via carpooling and mass transit is what public health and environmental officials have pushed for decades in order to ease congestion and mitigate the effects of catastrophic climate change.
- But for the other 24%, encouraging them to take a car (or a bike, or walk, if they're close enough) to work could be environmentally hazardous — unless the CDC pares back these guidelines in the coming weeks.
The psychology behind why people think 5G makes them sick
- “There seems to be a base rate in the population of symptom reporting that cannot be attributed to physical dysfunction,” said Professor Omer van den Bergh, a tenured professor of Health Psychology at the University of Leuven in Belgium.
- Van den Bergh describes the modern world as a sort of “electro smog” to someone who believes EM radiation causes them discomfort.
- He pointed to several investigations using brain imaging that have shown that people who report these symptoms “actually recruit similar or the same brain areas that are activated also when you have symptoms from, let’s say, the flu or another dysfunction.” He added that all symptoms that are experienced are also in your head — your brain processes the signals that then leads your skin to tingle or your head to hurt, for example.
- Van den Bergh said, noting that a rise in “catastrophic media coverage of some new technical facilities” could cause an increase in the prevalence of such attribution.
29% More Energy Efficient Refrigeration With Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
- Power consumption of a home refrigerator can be cut by 29% while improving cooling capacity.
- Researchers replaced widely-used, but environmentally unfriendly, R134a refrigerant with the more energy-efficient R600a.
- A more energy-efficient refrigerant can result in much lower electricity bills.
- Therefore, this research work investigated R600a in MWCNT-nanolubricant (0.4 g/L and 0.6 g/L) as a drop in replacement for R134a refrigerant in a household refrigerator system with varied mass charge of R600a (50, 60 and 70 g).
- The result showed that R600a perform better in terms of COP, power consumption and cooling capacity compared to R134a in the system with lower evaporator temperature of −11 °C and power consumption of 0.0639 kW and highest COP in the system.
- Therefore, R6000a/MWCNT- nanolubricant can serve as a drop in replacement for R134a in the household refrigerator.
Can we save the night sky from satellite streaks?
- With the assistance of Chicago-based Mudd Law, IDA argues that the satellite constellations—like construction activities on Earth, for example—should undergo standard NEPA environmental assessments.
- That said, Barentine pointed to more recent actions by the Trump administration that he says supports IDA's argument to tighten environmental restrictions where possible, to serve as a control on actions the Trump administration says are meant primarily to serve business.
- In early April, for example, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to support using lunar resources for eventual moon settlements.
- The United States has not signed the 1979 UN Moon Agreement that heavily restricts non-scientific use of resources in space.
- Additionally, Congress passed a law in 2015 supporting American companies in their bid to mine the moon, as well as asteroids, for human activities.