The effort to pass a bill to allow Fast Track on trade deals continues in the House, but the vote is still up in the air. Proponents of giving away Congress’ ability to fix flawed trade agreements say they have the votes to pass it, but the vote will be close. (Politico)


“President Obama has announced or will soon propose important protections for clean water, clean air, threatened species and threatened landscapes… Republicans in Congress are trying hard not to let that happen—counterattacking with a legislative blitz not seen since Newt Gingrich and his 'Contract With America' Republicans swept into office after the 1994 midterm elections bent on crippling many of the environmental statutes enacted under Presidents Johnson and Nixon. Bill Clinton threatened or used vetoes to block that assault. Mr. Obama should be prepared to do the same,” opines the New York Times Editorial Board .


Supporting clean water – An editorial says the clean water rule recently proposed by the EPA is vital to protecting people, as well as Connecticut’s tourism industry. (Bristol Press)

Despite widespread support – A U.S. Senate panel is set to take up a bill to block the clean water rule. (The Hill)

Parched – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein writes about how the federal government can help fight the California drought. (Los Angeles Times)

Tour worth taking – In Ohio, a tour is traveling around the state to hear about renewable energyopportunities and challenges. (Morrow County Sentinel)

G7 – The second day of the G7—a meeting including the U.S., Germany, and the UK—featured a discussion on climate change. Breaking reports say the world leaders at the summit have backed a 2-degree target to fight climate change. (National Journal)

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