Entire blocks of the town of West, Texas have been leveled by a fertilizer plant explosion that reportedly killed between five and fifteen people and injured more than 180. Foul play is not suspected.
US President-elect Donald Trump has formally chosen Rick Perry as his future secretary of energy. If the oil industry ally is confirmed to the post, it could have profound consequences for US environmental policy.
The agreement comes less than one week after US President Donald Trump said the US was leaving the Paris climate accord. California governor Jerry Brown agreed to develop more green technology.
The US Energy Department has said it refused to provide Trump's team with the names of staffers who previously worked on climate policy. Some of the information requested by Trump reportedly "unsettled" many workers.
As President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet and agency picks wend their way through confirmation hearings, environmentalists are gearing up for a fight. Examining the key players provides some idea of what to expect.
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