Sunday, February 05, 2017

It’s official. Congress has rolled back two Obama-era rules that curbed pollution and corruption.

Samantha Page
Climate Reporter at @ThinkProgress. Send your hot, dry tips to

A third is on tap for next week.

Friday morning, U.S. senators took some time out of their day to vote on a rule that increased transparency requirements for oil and gas companies operating overseas.

They voted to overturn the rule.

It was the second time this week the Senate, following on the heels of the U.S. House of Representatives, voted in favor of fossil fuel industries.

The Senate voted Thursday to roll back the Stream Protection Rule, which, as the name suggests, protects streams from mountaintop removal coal mining operations, which habitually dump the debris from mountaintop removal into the fresh water streams below. The practice has been tied to water contamination and virtually destroys the downhill ecosystem.

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