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Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.  Header Press Release You are subscribed to USDA Office of Communications.   Release No. 0029.17  Contact: USDA Press Phone: (202) 720-4623 Email: <span id=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, with his wife Mary, takes the oath of office administered by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in the U.S. Supreme Court Building. Sonny Perdue, with his wife Mary, takes the oath of office administered by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in the U.S. Supreme Court Building, becoming the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. " title="Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Header Press Release You are subscribed to USDA Office of Communications. Release No. 0029.17 Contact: USDA Press Phone: (202) 720-4623 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, with his wife Mary, takes the oath of office administered by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in the U.S. Supreme Court Building. Sonny Perdue, with his wife Mary, takes the oath of office administered by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in the U.S. Supreme Court Building, becoming the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. " style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" />Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at the Supreme Court building.  The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening.  After Secretary Perdue took the oath of office, he addressed employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before getting to work on his first day.  Also this morning, USDA launched his official Twitter handle: @SecretarySonny

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ACPM Statement on Leaving Paris Climate Agreement

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), the medical specialty society representing physicians who dedicate their careers to disease prevention and health promotion, is disappointed in the President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the United Nation’s Paris Agreement.  Climate change is a threat to the health of every population regardless of borders, and without the steps put forth by the agreement; the U.S. could face major setbacks in the strides we have made in the public health arena.

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CHOICE Act Approved by House

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment issued the following statement in response to the passage of the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10) by the US House of Representatives.  The legislation, if passed by the Senate and signed into law, will roll back key achievements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Please let me know if you’d like more information or wish to speak with US SIF CEO, Lisa Woll.

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Proposed FCC Change Could Weaken Rules for Tower Construction

The Yellow-billed Cuckoo is a frequent victims of collisions with communication towers. Photo by Paul SparksBirds Benefit from Current Lighting Guidelines and Environmental Analysis

Members of the Bird Conservation Alliance and national environmental groups have submitted comments stating their opposition to a proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that would exempt construction of communication towers from our nation’s environmental laws. The comments reflect the groups’ concern over potential negative impacts the rule change could have on birds and on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other bedrock environmental laws.

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Energy Department Announces $15.8 Million Investment for Innovation in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $15.8 million for 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of novel, low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production and storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles.  Selected projects will leverage national lab consortia launched under DOE's Energy Materials Network (EMN) this past year, in support of DOE's materials research and advanced manufacturing priorities.

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Trump Pushes Coal Mining in Roadless Forest Days After Repudiating Paris Climate Agreement

Forest Service pushes to mine next to West Elk Wilderness, giving Arch Coal access to more than 17 million tons of coal

Just days after announcing the U.S. will exit the Paris Climate Agreement, the Trump administration today pushed ahead with plans for another damaging action: a plan to approve Arch Coal’s proposal to lease 1,700 acres of roadless wildlands in the Gunnison National Forest for mining 17 million tons of coal. The plan, addressed in a draft environmental impact study, would green light exploratory drilling and road construction to expand the West Elk coal mine about 40 miles southwest of Aspen.

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