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Mount Saint Helens
Congressman Ryan Zinke questioned by Senate for Secretary of the Interior Position
The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a confirmation hearing for Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary nominee, Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) on January 17.
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Atlantic waves
Gulf shores to receive storm resilience boost
The Gulf Islands National Seashore will be the site of the largest coastal sand restoration project in U.S. history.
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IES Oceans Glyph
Congresswoman Bonamici (D-OR) introduces tsunami bill
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1) introduced the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act (HR 312) on January 10.
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The White House
President Trump signs executive order to accelerate infrastructure construction
On January 24, President Trump signed an executive order to advance “high priority infrastructure projects.”
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The White House
White House releases America First Energy Plan
Following his inauguration on January 20, President Trump’s administration released the America First Energy Plan.
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U.S. Capitol
EPA Administrator nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, questioned by Senate
Scott Pruitt, nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was questioned by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a confirmation hearing on January 18.
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Earth
Federal scientists recommend geoengineering research
The National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021: A Triennial Update was released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program on January 1.
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Earth
Obama Administration releases plan to address potential meteorite strikes
The Obama Administration released the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy on December 30.
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U.S. Capitol
Senate questions Secretary of Energy Nominee, Rick Perry
Department of Energy Secretary nominee, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, was questioned in a hearing by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on January 19.
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Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
Congress moves to repeal environmental regulations
On January 30, the House passed Joint Resolutions H.J.Res.38 and H.J.Res.36, expressing disapproval of the Stream Protection Rule and a rule regulating natural gas leaks.
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