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I asked ChatGPT a question.

Identify the environment regulations that have been canceled or stopped in the United States of America over the past 20 years

Response: The following are some notable environmental regulations that have been canceled, weakened, or delayed in the United States of America over the past 20 years:

Clean Power Plan (CPP): The CPP was a federal regulation introduced by the Obama administration in 2015 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The Trump administration rolled back the CPP in 2019, replacing it with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which critics argue is weaker and less effective.

Clean Water Rule: The Clean Water Rule was introduced by the Obama administration in 2015 to clarify and expand the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act, in order to protect more wetlands, streams, and other bodies of water from pollution and destruction. The Trump administration repealed and replaced the Clean Water Rule in 2020 with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which critics argue narrows the scope of federal water protections.

Methane Emission Standards: The Obama administration introduced regulations in 2016 to limit methane emissions from new oil and gas infrastructure, such as wells and pipelines. The Trump administration weakened or repealed these regulations in 2017 and 2020, respectively, arguing that they were unnecessary and burdensome for industry.

Endangered Species Act (ESA): The ESA is a federal law introduced in 1973 to protect endangered and threatened species and their habitats from harm or destruction. The Trump administration made various changes to the implementation of the ESA in 2019, such as limiting the scope of protections for threatened species, allowing economic factors to be considered in listing decisions, and making it easier to remove species from the endangered list.

Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Standards: The Obama administration introduced regulations in 2012 to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving consumers money on fuel. The Trump administration rolled back these standards in 2020, arguing that they were too costly for industry and consumers.

These are just a few examples of environmental regulations that have been canceled, weakened, or delayed in the United States over the past 20 years. Other notable examples include the Clean Air Act, the Paris Agreement, and regulations related to offshore drilling, coal mining, and chemical safety.

18:12 UTC


Looking for sources to help with new job

Hi, I work for a startup company that is looking for EHS (Environmental health and safety) they seem

to be happy to promote from within the company before outsourcing/hiring from outside. I want to apply to the position but while I've looked online for CGMP and ISO (note I've found ISO handbook) but I'm curious if there's anything I can read into for CGMP and any other sources that could better help me prepare for this job position or at least introduce more background

Edit: I've looked online and found the ISO handbook but the jargon is heavy and I'm not sure what I'm looking for because this is a new position

01:35 UTC


Academic Survey - Solar energy schemes in increasing the use of Renewable Energy Resources (Everyone)


This survey is on governmental schemes on solar energy in increasing the use of renewable energy resources. The use of solar energy in our daily lives can greatly help in protecting our environment. However, it is not that easy to install solar panels and other necessary equipment to harness solar energy in our homes. Today, many governments have brought solar energy schemes to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce pollution and climate change. Solar energy schemes could help a lot in urging people to invest in solar energy and contribute to environmental protection. 

This survey is for my college research. It would be of great help if you could spare some of your valuable time for filling my survey. This survey is anonymous and confidential.

Thank you so much!


15:21 UTC


What are your thoughts on the chemical release from the Ohio train derailment?

The EPA says, “vinyl chloride, butyl acrylate, ethylhexyl acrylate, and ethylene glycol monobutyl ether are known to have been and continue to be released to the air, surface soils, and surface waters”.

Here’s the EPA letter to Norfolk Southern

Here’s the preliminary water test

There have already been informal reports of animals in the area dying since the burn (fish, foxes, chickens, other birds).

What are your thoughts on this new info? What kinds of expectations should locals have now? How affected is the ecosystem going to be here, and for how long? How wide should the impact scope be?

16:04 UTC


Can the Radiation from a Sample of Depleted Uranium Sterilize?

06:19 UTC


Survey on Tree Equity as a method for enforcing environmental rights (Everyone)


I am doing a survey for my college research on tree equity as a method for enforcing environmental rights. I need 60 more responses for my study and it would be of great help if you could spare some of your valuable time for filling my survey. Tree equity is defined as having enough trees in an area so that everyone can experience the health, climate and economic benefits.

This survey is anonymous and confidential.


Thank you so much!

15:13 UTC


Can you help me find some environmental advocacy groups/associations ?

Hi all, I'm trying to seek out various different forms or associations of env activists, advocacy groups that has some kind of relevance in the public sphere.

For example, it seems like in the last year groups like JustStopOil and similiar had a lot of media coverage and caused a lot of debates even among the regular people.

I would like to discover more env related associations that adopts various modus operandi, not just direct actions o civil resistence like Just Stop Oil or Xrebellion.

In particular, i'm intersted in finding environment associations that shares some right-wing values.

Could you suggest me some names ?

09:48 UTC


Thoughts about relation of poverty to environmental issues

I don't claim to saying anything original. And apologizes if my post is not well organized.

I was reading today the start of Vaclav Smil's book "Grand Transitions", and the passages about the way that he describes the changes from pre-modern to modern society, especially the value of harnessing energy sources other than manpower or horsepower to create the modern world, the ability to do everything from using computers, to the prosperity of food, easy and relatively affordable transportation etc. really made me think about how very incredible it is even the simple fact that I can rest and think and not be worried about food all the time. It really is something that might be taken for granted as the top-half in socioeconomic status in the western countries for most get used to this relatively easy prosperity, or a very sure notion that every day, week and month we have food, shelter etc.

Then I switched to read in the reddit Environmental Science channel, a link to an article that starts with the Amazon crisis and moves to an area in Canada that is crucial for the environment, yet there is some fear it will be exploited (Hudson Bay lowlands).

Now these two seemingly different subjects made me think :

  1. Many people in the Amazon are probably relatively poor, and don't necessarily have excess to the same food security. (let's take it as an hypothesis, though I did made some Google searches and checked some data on that).
  2. Lack of food security and seeing the prosperity of other parts will naturally compel people to try and change their situations, to move upward "in the food chain", and because it will be extremely unlikely to aspire to be a doctor or machine learning specialist who can work comfortably, it pushes people to break the environment.
  3. On the other hand, people elsewhere push for some commodities like beef and luxury woods, which pushes a corrupt government and actually even "non-corrupt" governments in western countries to capitalize on that, and thus give incentives to people to enhance deforestation and create more cattle farms for example.

I'd like your insight into these issues. I might be pounded on the fact that nothing I say is original, but I'd like to provoke discussion and learn more myself what was done and can be done more.

What do you think can break this chain of events, and the connection between poverty and environmental issues?

02:49 UTC


Bill requiring carbon-free electricity in Minnesota by 2040 passes first committee

19:47 UTC


How did California become the benchmark for environmental policy?

I work in the cultural resources field, with a lot of overlap with planners and environmental specialists. I know that California has it’s own process (CEQA) that is often copied by other states or regulatory agencies. California also seems to be much more on the ball for other regulations - food and drug safety, workers comp, zoning, etc. Does anyone know what factors contributed to this comprehensive policymaking? I’m intrigued why CA policy is the benchmark in so many areas.

19:51 UTC


Future Use of Plastics?

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