(de)regulation nation: snapshots from a road trip

"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end."

Welcome to (de)regulation nation, the newsletter tracking environmental news in the Trump era.

Each issue* includes updates on Trump administration rollbacks of conservation, environmental, and public health protections, as well as news from across the political spectrum about what’s going right and who’s fighting back. I call the format is B2G2: Bad, Better, Good, Great.

This newsletter is written by me, Emily J Gertz. I’m an environmental journalist, and 2018 Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism fellow at the CUNY Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Send your feedback and story tips to emily@deregnation.com.

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*Although, not this week.

Dear Readers,

I’m on a reporting trip this week, traveling the Southwest with the Climate Nexus “Freedom to Breathe” bus.

For the past two days, we’ve been visiting with Texans who live in the Permian Basin, a gas-and-oil-rich geological formation that stretches from southeastern New Mexico to West Texas.

A decade-long oil and gas fracking boom has raised some of the state’s poorest residents out of poverty. But these petroleum drilling and processing operations have also created serious air pollution (and related health) problems locally, and driven up the nation’s emissions of methane, a powerful heat-trapping gas that adds to the severity of climate change.

I’d optimistically planned on rounding up the headlines and getting a regular edition of (de)regulation nation out to you this week…but well, on to plan B: sharing some snapshots from the trip so far.

The B2G2 will be back next week.

‘til then,


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