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Scientific societies question red team/blue team climate debate
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sixteen scientific societies sent a letter to EPA Administrator Pruitt questioning the need for a red team/blue team debate on climate science in light of the decades of peer review done on the subject.

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Capitol at night
Legislative deadlines loom as August recess comes to an end
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

After Congress returns from the August recess, the Senate will have 17 legislative days and the House will have 12 legislative days remaining before the September 30 deadline to agree upon and pass all discretionary appropriations legislation in order to avoid a government shutdown.

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Mammatus clouds that are usually associated with thunderstorms.
Hurricane Harvey puts additional strain on the federal appropriations process
Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Gulf coast of Texas as a category 4 storm on August 25, dumping massive amounts of rain on southeast Texas and surrounding areas. The projected disaster relief costs may put a large financial strain on Congress when it returns to session after the August recess.

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The White House
White House releases research and development budget priorities for FY 2019
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017

The White House issued guidance for reasearch and development priorities for fiscal year 2019, focusing on shifting projects to private industry and supporting basic research that can best serve the American people.

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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: July 2017

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July 2017


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Federal Register - July 2017

A list of notices from the federal register for July 2017 from agencies including the BOEM, USGS, NOAA, and more.

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Excavator mining
House holds oversight hearing on hardrock mining
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017

On July 20, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to discuss the future of hardrock mining in the United States. Streamlining the permitting process, royalties reform, and reclamation concerns were among the topics discussed at the hearing.

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Mount Saint Helens
DOI announces Craters of the Moon, Hanford Reach, and Canyons of the Ancients no longer under review
Date: Friday, July 21, 2017

On July 13, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington are no longer under review by the Department of the Interior (DOI). The announcement of another unaltered monument, the Canyons of the Ancients in Colorado, came days later.

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House chamber
President Trump announces nominations for key positions
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017

On July 20, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to consider nominations for key positions at the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of the Interior (DOI). 

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The White House
White House OSTP remains understaffed following recent departures
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) continues to operate without a director and has recently lost some science division staff. 

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