Jun 1, 2017

Dakota pipeline now pumping oil

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The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline of the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began operations Thursday. It is now carrying oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois, per the AP. The oil has started shipping for customers.

Context: It's a grim day for environmentalists โ€” the massive pipeline that was halted under Obama but approved by Trump is starting up the same day Trump is to announce whether he will pull out of the Paris climate deal limiting global carbon emissions. Read Axios' scoop on how Trump has made his decision to withdraw from the accord.

The pushback: Sioux tribes in North and South Dakota are still in federal court working to shut down the pipeline, which they fear could pollute water sources.

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Sanders requests recount of Iowa recanvass after results show shrunken margin

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement Tuesday night he will request a recount of the Iowa Democratic Party's recanvass results.

Where it stands: Both Buttigieg and Sanders requested partial recanvasses in Iowa last week after results were delayed and showed several errors following a software malfunction on caucus night.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee faces heat after contradicting Trump

Mark Menezes speaks at a forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 12. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trumpโ€™s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevadaโ€™s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that โ€œwhat we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."