Environmentalists Say Imprisoned Felons Should Be Able To Vote Because Of Global Warming
Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller, May 28, 2019
Environmentalists joined the far-left campaign to give voting rights to incarcerated felons, arguing felon voting is crucial to fighting global warming. “Until each and every one of them have their voting rights restored, the movement for climate justice — and every progressive cause — will be severely disadvantaged,” Sabelo Narasimhan, digital campaign manager for 350.org, wrote in an email to supporters sent Monday. The group is now part of the effort, championed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, to allow millions of incarcerated felons to vote. Currently, only Maine and Vermont allow imprisoned felons to vote.
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Conoco CEO says demand growth will consume LNG Supply
Reuters, May 28, 2019
ConocoPhillips expects current weak global liquefied natural gas prices to improve as growing demand soaks up the excess supply in the market, the company’s chief executive said May 28th.
Eminent domain fights now focus on export pipelines
Houston Chronicle, May 28, 2019
Increasing natural gas exports also has brought a boom in pipeline projects across the United States. Not only are landowners and environmentalists challenging the benefits of such projects, but they’re also raising questions over the projects’ eminent domain authority. Federal law allows these companies to seize land for construction as long as the project is deemed in “the public interest.” But landowners and environmentalists argue that exporting gas benefits only the companies, not the public. “Any of the LNG projects being built in Texas and anywhere else where a pipeline is being built, this (issue) is going to be raised,” said David Bookbinder, an attorney with the libertarian think tank Niskanen Center.
Why it matters: Those against oil and gas companies using eminent domain for export projects argue that exporting energy may actually hurt U.S. consumers by decreasing domestic supply and raising costs. But experts warn that not considering the interest of the public abroad would hurt the energy market.
What’s next: There is added pressure for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to develop guidelines as to what is and is not acceptable.
From today’s Washington Examiner, Daily on Energy:
DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEYS GENERAL SAY TRUMP’S ORDER TO LIMIT STATE PIPELINE AUTHORITY IS ILLEGAL: A coalition of 16 Democratic state attorneys general is warning the Trump administration that the president’s recent executive order limiting state authority over oil and gas pipelines is illegal.
Trump signed an executive order April 10 designed to limit the instances in which blue states such as New York can reject pipeline projects using authority granted to states in Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Section 401 allows states to deny permits if leaks from an energy infrastructure project could harm nearby streams or lakes.
In a comment letter, the Democratic attorneys general argue that any change to EPA’s “guidance and regulations” under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act would violate the law.
They say the law provides states the primary authority to protect water quality within their borders, allowing for “broad discretion” in making decisions over pipeline certifications.
“New York will always defend the right to ensure the people of our state have access to clean water, period,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James.