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🦀 Trump Readies WOTUS 😈🐍  Replacement

The Trump administration is expected to finalize a rule today that would roll back protections for millions of miles of US streams and waterways, in a significant favor to the agricultural, real estate and fossil 🦕🦖 fuel industries.

The Obama-era Waters of the US rule, known as WOTUS, has been a key target for Trump since he took office, and his administration took its first step by repealing the rule in September. The replacement legislation will remove protections for up to half the country’s wetlands and one-fifth of streams, and the Trump campaign is expected to use the rollback’s purported benefits for farmers as a key talking point on the road to November.

This administration’s eliminating clean water protections to protect polluters instead of protecting people,” Blan Holman, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, told the AP. (AP, New York Times $, Axios)

How Redlining Created Heat Islands

Racist housing policies from the 1930s are creating hotter and hotter American neighborhoods today as the climate changes, new research has found. A study published last week in the journal MDPI looks at the temperatures in neighborhoods in 108 US cities, finding that neighborhoods subjected to redlining in earlier decades are, on average, 5 degrees hotter than the non-redlined neighborhoods in the same cities. “The patterns of the lowest temperatures in specific neighborhoods of a city do not occur because of circumstance or coincidence,” coauthor Vivek Shandas told The Oregonian. “They are a result of decades of intentional investment in parks, green spaces, trees, transportation and housing policies that provided ‘cooling services,’ which also coincide with being wealthier and whiter across the country.” (The Guardian, Nexus Media News, NPR, The Oregonian)
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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