The Hill - Water advocates are worried that an upcoming transportation funding measure that is scheduled for a first vote in the Senate on Tuesday will broaden a loan program for port and water projects they say is forcing the expansion of private construction. Lawmakers are facing a July 31 deadline for the expiration of current infrastructure funding, and they are scrambling to come up with a way to enough money to pay for an extension.
E&E Daily - House after its debut yesterday, a Senate road and transit bill slid into a procedural ditch after failing to advance on a key vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed to perservere, even threatening to keep his colleagues working through the weekend. There was no assurance, however, that he could overcome scattered GOP resistance to some of the financing mechanisms and lockstep Democratic objections to quick action on the approximately 1,000-page measure.
The world' most famous climate scientists just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet's future
Washington Post - James Hansen has often been out ahead of his scientific colleagues. With his 1988 congressional testimony, the then-NASA scientist is credited with putting the global warming issue on the map by saying that a warming trend had already begun. "It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that greenhouse effect is here," Hansen famously testified. Now Hansen - who retired in 2013 from his NASA post, and is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute - is publishing what he says may be his most important paper.
New York Times - The hotshot crew from Big Bear, Calif., pushed along the steep, smoky ridge after a long night battling a blaze that spread fast, burned hot and just would not die. Their beards dripped with sweat and ash. They lumbered ahead with fatigue and concern: The fire was just a few miles from their hometown. "This area's burned a lot more than we thought it would for this time of year," said Ryan Doyle, 38, one of the firefighters hiking along a canyon of smoke and flame. "For the last couple of years, they've been saying it's really bad, but this is the year I think we might really see it."
E&E Daily - Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) has offered a constitutional amendment that could jam up the regulatory process. A resolution he introduced late last month would change the Constitution to allow state to block rules proposed by the federal government. Under Enzi's measure, a regulation could be repealed if two-thirds of state legislatures pass resolutions to end the rule. That means 34 legislatures would need to agree on blocking specific regulations, requiring both Democrats and Republicans across the country to sign off. This year, Republicans have total control of 30 legislatures while Democrats hold 11.
Sheeps Head Bites - Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries announced Monday they had secured $100,000 from FEMA to begin reconstructing the damaged sea wall to protect Sea Gate and Coney Island from storm surges. The seawall and bulkhead, once the community's greatest protection against storm surges and erosion, was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy - leaving Sea Gate and neighboring Coney Island at risk of severe flooding in the event of future storms.
M Live - A long-awaited planning document meant to guide Michigan's water usage and management policies for the next 30 years is out in draft form. The 160-page report titled "Sustaining Michigan's Water Heritage," includes dozens of recommendations for protecting and improving the state's water health paired with timelines and performance measurements. It was developed by the state Office of the Great Lakes.
WCPO Cincinnati - A massive problem is growing out of sight in Greater Cincinnati that's draining government coffers, squeezing family budgets and threatens the future of a system we can't live without. Hidden beneath our homes, schools and businesses are thousands of miles of aging and crumbling water mains - some of which are so old they're made out of wood. In a system that stretches from Northern Kentucky to Mason, breaks and leaks happen often and unexpectedly - ripping open roads, closing down busy intersections and flooding homes and businesses.