Evergreen Issues: Fish Oil Supplements Impact on Environment, EPA + Supreme Court Shake Up

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1. Fish Oil Supplements Might Have Negative Impact on Environment

Supplements, supplements, supplements. They’re everywhere. According to the NHIS, fish oil is one of, if not the, most popular natural supplement. In 2012, they found that 7.8% (18.8 million) of U.S. adults were using fish oil. The reason so many people take it? Fish oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are believed to be good for the heart and eyes, managing heart disease and age-related macular degeneration.

Now, new evidence shows that all that fish oil the U.S. is consuming could be bad for the environment. In a recent interview on NPR’s Open Air, Terry Gross interviewed Paul Greenberg, an expert on Omega-3 fatty acids and their impact on the environment.

Greenberg said, “So omega-3 supplements come from this critical layer of the ocean biosphere that are small…but it’s actually the most caught fish in the lower 48 of the United States. These fish are really essential for ecosystem dynamics in the ocean.”

He says reducing this layer of small fish is creating a rift in the ecosystem. Greenberg says, “if you take them out of the picture, there’s no way for the energy to be transferred from phytoplankton up to larger predators.”

Greenberg instead decided to eat these fish rather than reducing him. Read the results in the link above.

2. Pruitt is OUT, Wheeler is IN at EPA

Scott Pruitt, the former EPA Chief has resigned. Pruitt was under an ethic’s investigation for travel expenditures and more. Now, his deputy chief, Andrew Wheeler, will take step into his shoes.

So, who is Andrew Wheeler? Here are 3 quick facts:

  1. Wheeler spent time working for Oklahoma Senator, James Inhofe – who famously (or infamously) threw a snowball in senate to prove climate change isn’t real.
  2. Wheeler has worked as a lobbyist for energy, mining and coal organizations
  3. According to NPR, “[He] began his career in environmental law at the EPA, as a special assistant in the agency’s toxics office during President George H.W. Bush’s administration.”

 

3. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

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President Trump narrowed his pick for Supreme Court Judge on Monday to one single name: Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has spent 12 years on the federal bench and according to The Hill, he’s written more than 300 opinions.

This opportunity arose after Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Evergreen Issues, Evergreen Girls, OUtdoor women's community

The Hill says it’s a decision that, “could tip the Supreme Court in favor of conservatives for a generation.”

There are 51 republicans in the Senate and 49 democrats. All Kavanaugh needs is a simple majority to win. The Daily, says this is harder than it seems as Senator McCain (Rep) is ill and likely will not be voting, making it 50-49.