GREENS ANGRY ABOUT TRUMP & # 39; S Boundary Declaration: Environmental groups are hammering on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appoints ambassador to Turkey Trump leads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to end Good King News, MSNBC to air ad rejected by Fox on Nazi images MORE's plans to use a national emergency declaration to wall at the southern border and warn that this will have negative consequences for the ecosystem and nature in the region.
"A wall that divides communities, blocks migration of wildlife, disrupts water flow and destroys vulnerable ecosystems in the park is not the solution to border security and immigration problems," said Theresa Pierno, president and CEO of the National Parks. Conservation Association in a statement.
Trump on Friday said he would announce a national state of emergency to send money to the construction of a boundary wall. His decision came after the legislators had agreed on a financing package for border security that lagged far behind the $ 5.7 billion that Trump had sought. Trump has agreed to sign the deal to prevent government shutdown, but intends to use the national emergency to find potentially $ 8 billion for a wall.
During the recent 35-day shutdown, national parks in the United States experienced delays in maintenance, building shelters and, in some cases, vandalism. The bill that Trump signs will finance those parks until September.
Green groups are now shifting their concerns about what a boundary wall could mean for the environment, including ensuring that it could disrupt the natural corridors for the migration of wildlife, habitats of species, waterways and the terrain. And those groups also expressed concerns about other elements of the border security agreement.
"While we are pleased that Congress has rejected some of Trump's extreme anti-immigrant proposals, along with drastic cuts in environmental agencies and new anti-environmental riders in the compromise delivery network, we are dealing with the increasing immigration enforcement that families can tear, as well as funding for border barriers that can be harmful to wildlife, "said Jennifer Allen Aroz, senior vice president for community and community involvement in the League of Conservation Voters, Friday in a statement.
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COURT DISCONTINUES THE BATTERY RICO CASE OF DAKOTA: A federal court dismissed a lawsuit on late Thursday in which the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline accused environmentalists of trying to block the construction of the line.
The District Court of North Dakota ruled that Energy Transfer Partners had not sufficiently substantiated its allegations that the actions of Greenpeace and individual activists were violations of the Racketeer Act for Influenced and Damaged Organizations (RICO).
The company filed the lawsuit in 2017 after months of high-profile protests by indigenous rights and environmentalists trying to block the construction of the oil pipeline in North Dakota, near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The protests attracted international attention.
While former President Obama postponed the last piece of Dakota Access, President Trump quickly released after his arrival in January 2017.
Read more about the court's ruling here.
LYFT CONTRIBUTES TO AUTO-EMISSIONS LEGAL CHALLENGE: Lyft supports a legal challenge against an important part of the Trump government's plan to weaken the standards for fuel emissions for the automotive industry.
The company dealing with journeys filed a lawsuit on Thursday in the federal court of appeal in support of a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conclude that the standards adopted by the government during the years 2021 to 2026 -Obama should be weakened.
"Lyft relies on EPA's greenhouse gas standards, both to reduce fuel costs for drivers and to make carbon-neutral trips", the company wrote in its brief. "Drivers who use Lyft need economical cars to make the service more economical, and both Lyft and its riders rely on that fuel efficiency to reduce costs and protect the environment."
Lyft announced last year that it invested in offsetting emissions from its global vehicle fleet to become carbon neutral.
It ties in with a coalition of green groups and Democratic states led by California in challenging the first step of weakening the Obama era's standards by the Trump government. The Trump EPA has not yet completed its new standards.
OUTSIDE THE BELTROOI:
Start-up electric truck Rivian has announced an investment round of $ 700 million, led by Amazon, CNBC reports.
The United Nations has chosen Inger Andersen, a Danish economist, as head of its environmental program, Agence France-Presse.
Oil prices increased more than 5 percent this week, reports MarketWatch.
FROM THE ADVICE OF THE HILL:
Jason Hayes of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Isaac Orr of the Center of the American Experiment say that the polar vortex shows the dangers of the Green New Deal.
Mike Carr of New Energy America states that air travel is compatible with the Green New Deal.
FOR THE CASE YOU HAVE MISSED:
View the stories of Friday:
– Large groups are hammering Trump over emergency declarations
-Ligft supports legal challenge to Trump rollback of fuel standards
-Court rejects the Dakota Access company process against greens
-Thousands of youth activists pass school for protest against the climate across the UK
California officials propose insurance to cover natural fire costs