Ten Environmental Lessons of 2017

No one can say it’s been a boring year.  In many ways, it’s been a worse year than we expected, because the Trump Administration has gone all in on its anti-environmental vision.  But there have also been some heartening positive developments.  Here are some of the most important things, good and bad, that we’ve learned or at least been forcefully reminded of:  Elections matter. A lot.  Yes, everyone knew this, but after eight years, we were lulled into a sense of false security.  It turns out that elections can have a huge impact.  No need to elaborate on this one. Delay is a deadly weapon. Much of what the Trump Administration has done environmentally involves delay rather than actual rollbacks.  At the request of the Trump Administration, courts have agreed to suspend their review of f Obama era regulations, leaving those rules in limbo. Meantime, the Administration has issued order after order postponing effective…

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