Friday, July 17, 2015
What We Learned This Week - "It tastes like bacon"
filed suit to overturn the Waters of the U.S. rule. The Interior Department proposed a long-awaited and controversial stream protection rule. 4,200 gallons of crude oil spilled from a pipeline pump station in Illinois, and the first related lawsuit has already been filed. Dust from from cattle feed yards can carry steroids miles into streams and lakes. A citizen group settled its lawsuits against Ameren Missouri over its proposed coal ash landfill in the Missouri River floodplain. People don’t trust drinking fountains, and that’s bad for our health. Global water demand is projected to rise by 55 percent between 2000 and 2050. The National Corn Growers Association held a rally on Capitol Hill in support of corn-based renewable fuels. 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record. This winter's El Niño could be one of the strongest in 50 years. Minneapolis and St. Paul are setting themselves up to be hit hard by climate change. Gov. Scott Walker cut $1 million in grants for nonprofit conservation organizations from Wisconsin's state budget. Illinois and Pennsylvania still don't have state budgets that were due to have been enacted by July 1. BP could get billions of dollars in tax breaks resulting from its Gulf oil spill settlement. The Land and Water Conservation Fund protected 840,000 acres over the last four years. And last but not least, scientists have developed a new type of seaweed that tastes like bacon.