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Today we're looking at the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline appealing to the Supreme Court, a lawsuit against the Biden administration from South Dakota and another first at the Interior Department.
Biden to propose $1.8 trillion 'families plan' with paid leave, child care, universal pre-K, free community college
The plan is the second piece of Biden's 'Build Back Better' economic agenda following the release of a $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan.Biden is set to formally introduce his American Families Plan at his first address before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night. It's the second piece of his "Build Back Better" economic agenda following the release of a $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan released earlier this month.
LAST PIPELINE OF DEFENSE: Dakota Access to ask Supreme Court to hear pipeline case
The operators of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Thursday said they will ask the Supreme Court to take up lower court rulings that found the pipeline is operating without a necessary permit.
A Washington appeals court had previously backed the plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by Native American groups, agreeing the project required a full-scale environmental review. In the Thursday filing in the lower court, lawyers for the energy company asked for the pipeline to be allowed to operate while the nation's highest court considers it.
"A stay would preserve the status quo, retaining jurisdiction in this Court to consider a potential request for relief from vacatur while the Supreme Court considers the forthcoming petition," lawyers said in the filing.
Why President Joe Biden's speech to Congress was unlike any other in modern history
A joint sessions speech, known for its glad-handing cadence, was bound to be subdued with only 200 folks permitted at an event that can hold 1,500.President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress was unlike any in modern history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With no more than 200 folks permitted for an event that can hold up to 1,500, an event known for its glad-handing cadence and rousing moments was destined to be subdued.
Standing Rock's take: Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman, one of the lawyers representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the case, accused the company of attempting to circumvent environmental reviews.
"The courts have agreed that the pipeline requires a full, careful environmental impact statement," Hasselman said in a statement obtained by The Hill. "The pipeline's increasingly desperate efforts to avoid this review speaks volumes."
NOEM FIELD ADVANTAGE: Noem sues Biden administration over rejection of Mount Rushmore fireworks
South Dakota Gov. (R) on Friday sued the Biden administration over its decision not to allow Independence Day fireworks at Mount Rushmore this year.
"Mount Rushmore is the very best place to celebrate America's birthday and all that makes our country special," Noem said in a statement announcing the suit. "We are asking the court to enjoin the Department of Interior's (DOI) denial of the fireworks permit and order it to issue a permit for the event expeditiously."
Kristi Noem sues Biden administration over Mount Rushmore fireworks
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration because it canceled the Mount Rushmore fireworks celebration set for the Fourth of July. The lawsuit, which was filed on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division, seeks to get a judge to rule the Department of Interior’s denial of the permit was arbitrary and to overturn it.
An Interior Department spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The story so far: The Hill first reported in March that the National Park Service (NPS) had to hold fireworks at the national memorial, citing health risks, including those associated with the coronavirus pandemic, and opposition from Native American tribes.
"Potential risks to the park itself and to the health and safety of employees and visitors associated with the fireworks demonstration continue to be a concern and are still being evaluated as a result of the 2020 event," NPS regional director Herbert Frost wrote at the time. "In addition, the park's many tribal partners expressly oppose fireworks at the Memorial."
"These factors, compiled with the COVID-19 pandemic, do not allow a safe and responsible fireworks display to be held at this site," he added.
INTERIOR DESIGN: Interior Department appoints first Native American chief of staff
The Interior Department announced Friday that will serve as its first ever Indigenous chief of staff.
Fact check: Biden's speech had an estimated 26.9 million viewers
The president’s first address to Congress had 26.9 million viewers, not 11.6 million as claimed in a social media post.An April 29 Facebook post from James T. Harris, a conservative radio host and social media personality, lists television ratings for five past presidential addresses — four from former President Donald Trump and one from Biden. The post says Biden’s address to Congress had only 11.6 million viewers, compared to 37.2 million viewers for Trump’s 2020 State of the Union speech.
Roberts, a citizen of the Oneida Nation, previously served as former President Obama's acting assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and principal deputy secretary for Indian Affairs. Roberts has also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The department announced Roberts's new role along with several other new appointments, including Heidi Todacheene, a citizen of the Navajo Nation who previously served as Secretary's legislative council in Congress.
Who else is on board?: Other new appointments include Obama-era Interior veteran Steve Feldgus as deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management and Native American law expert Sarah Krakoff as deputy solicitor for parks and wildlife.
"As the Interior Department continues its work to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time, these talented and accomplished leaders will play a key role in helping advance the Department's mission," Haaland said in a statement Friday. "I am thrilled to have these new team members join us at the Interior Department and look forward to working together to pursue a clean energy future."
Haaland, the first Indigenous Senate-confirmed Cabinet secretary, has vowed to spotlight issues of importance to the Native American community during her tenure.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem sued the Biden administration because it wont let her hold a July 4 fireworks show at Mount Rushmore
Last year, former President Donald Trump spoke at the July 3 fireworks show at Mount Rushmore. This year, the US government refused to issue a permit."After telling us they'd 'circle back,' the Biden administration has not responded to our request to uphold the Memorandum of Agreement between the State of South Dakota and the National Parks Service (NPS) to host a safe and responsible national celebration and fireworks show," Noem, a Republican in her first term, said in a Friday press release.
ON TAP NEXT WEEK:
- The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a on the Energy Department's climate and energy science research
- The House Financial Services Committee will hold a on housing resilience to Climate Change
- The Natural Resources Committee will hold a on a bill that seeks to help restore coral reefs
- The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a on the CLEAN Future Act and other bills
- The House Oversight Committee will hold a titled "Pipelines Over People (Part II): Midship Pipeline's Disregard for Landowners in Its Pathway"
- The House Appropriations Committee will hold a on the Energy Department budget request. Secretary Jennifer Granholm is slated to appear.
- The House Natural Resources Committee will have a member day hearing which will feature testimony from lawmakers both on and off the committee on various issues
WHAT WE'RE READING:
The Climate Solution Actually Adding Millions of Tons of CO2 Into the Atmosphere,
Senators urge scrutiny of Okefenokee mining proposal,
Study finds carbon price could hike coal use for EVs,
Exxon CEO says advancing U.S. carbon capture project with rivals, government,
Michigan lawmakers propose $250 million fund to subsidize natural gas,
Industry body claims wind energy could generate 3.3 million jobs within five years,
Daily on Energy: Granholm touts carbon capture as area for bipartisanship
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ICYMI: Stories from Friday...
Interior Department first Native American chief of staff
Dakota Access to hear pipeline case
Porter for children's National Parks program
Noem over rejection of Mount Rushmore fireworks
OFF-BEAT AND OFFBEAT:
US pipeline company halts some operations after cyberattack .
WASHINGTON (AP) — A company that operates a major U.S. energy pipeline says it was forced to temporarily halt all pipeline operations following a cybersecurity attack. In a statement, Colonial Pipeline said the attack took place Friday and also affected some of its information technology systems. The company describes itself as the largest refined products pipeline in the United States. It says it’s responsible for transporting more than 100 million gallons of fuel daily, through a pipeline system spanning more than 5,500 miles between Texas and New Jersey.