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Monday, July 16, 2018
Sarah Okeson
Environmental, EPA, Environment

Energy Commission Pushes Coal Over Solar

“We’ve never seen this kind of federal intrusion in the energy industries,” said energy consultant Rob Gramlich.

July 13, 2018
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Federal Agency Encourages Killing Of Endangered Red Wolves

Red wolves, once found across the eastern United States, are now perhaps the most endangered mammal on the planet, rarer than the world’s 2,000 Bengal tigers.

July 9, 2018
Ben Carson, HUD

Trump Appointees Want To Weaken Fair Housing

HUD’s Carson wants to make it easier for banks, insurers, and landlords to redline minorities.

June 27, 2018
Travel Ban

Trump Appointee Aims To Shut Down Consumer Financial Protection Database

The Trump administration took down online records about abusive animal breeders, and now they’re considering ending an online complaint database about illegal fees…

June 20, 2018
'Donald'

Trump Regulators Allow Sales Of Baby-Killing Chairs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is being stacked by Trump appointees, voted unanimously to give companies a year to comply with the new standards.

June 14, 2018

Republicans Want To Make Toys — Yes, Toys — More Dangerous

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is giving toy manufacturers more time to comment on guidelines to help protect our nation’s children from dangerous toys.

June 7, 2018
A selection of AK and AR rifles are seen for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in Parker, Colorado December 7, 2015. Many Americans are stocking up on weapons after the country's worst mass shooting in three years. Gun retailers are reporting surging sales, with customers saying they want to keep handguns and rifles at hand for self-defense in the event of another attack. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1XMR4

A License To Sell: US Gunmakers Will Send More Weapons Abroad

“Sound policy would not make it easier for U.S. gun manufacturers who made the assault weapons used in the mass shootings at Sandy Hook, Pulse nightclub, Las Vegas, and Parkland to sell them to international buyers”

May 31, 2018
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Is There Formaldehyde In Your Nail Polish?

Scott Pruitt’s EPA is said to be sitting on a study that concludes—for the second time—that formaldehyde causes leukemia.

May 26, 2018

Trump Appointees Weaken Worker Protections At Construction And Shipyard Sites

Trump’s OSHA has started enforcing a watered-down safety standard on beryllium, a toxic metal that slowly damages the lungs and kills about 100 people a year.

May 21, 2018

GOP Congress May Allow More Pesticide Poison In Our Food

The proposed farm bill could nullify bans by Arkansas and other states on dicamba, the pesticide that damaged an estimated 3.6 million acres of soybeans across the country.

May 11, 2018
Mulvaney

Mulvaney Crippling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mick Mulvaney, who is supposed to be enforcing federal regulations to protect the most vulnerable among us, is instead asking Congress to weaken the bureau by giving Congress control of its funding and mandating that the bureau’s major rules need Congressional approval. Mulvaney is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee…

April 12, 2018
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

EPA Stifles Opposition To Giant Alaska Mining Dump

The Trump administration is trying to rush through a review of the Pebble Mine in Alaska with some public hearings not even having microphones for speakers. Also, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has stripped the regional EPA office of its power to make decisions on a permit the mine will need.

April 7, 2018
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

EPA Encouraging Utility Companies To Pollute Groundwater

Pruitt’s proposal could allow groundwater monitoring requirements to be suspended. He announced the proposed changes March 1, a day before the deadline for power plant operators to release information about groundwater contamination that showed contamination near more than 70 coal-fired power plants and ash dumps from Alaska to Virginia.

March 31, 2018
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Pruitt’s EPA Lets Automakers Escape Tougher Fuel Standards

Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is expected this week to take a step to sabotage fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks negotiated under former President Barack Obama by saying those rules are too strict. The standards could be for vehicles made from 2021 to 2025. Our country’s cars, trucks, planes, trains and boats now produce more carbon dioxide that is making our planet hotter than the electric power sector does.

March 28, 2018
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Danger: USDA May Reduce Inspectors In Slaughterhouses

The proposal said the changes could reduce the amount hogs contaminated with Salmonella bacteria that cause food poisoning, but a similar system for killing chickens resulted in one USDA inspector looking at as many as three birds a second and more chicken slaughter plants failing the agency’s standards for salmonella.

March 22, 2018
Zinke, Interior Department, Oil

Interior Secretary Zinke Waging War On Animals

Zinke, who grew up in Whitefish, Mont., likes to talk about how hunters and people who fish help conservation. As Montana’s representative in the U.S. House, he received $79,068 from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association during the 2016 election cycle, second only in the House to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

March 14, 2018

When Service For The Country Isn’t Enough

Perez became a permanent resident in 1989 and said he mistakenly thought he became a citizen because of his military service. He served half of a 15-year prison sentence after he was pleaded guilty to distributing less than 100 grams of cocaine. After his release from prison in September 2016, he was turned over to ICE and sent to a Wisconsin detention center to await deportation.

February 14, 2018
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Is Trump’s Curious Behavior Caused By Sleeping Drug Ambien?

Reprinted with permission from DCReport. Does Trump have a drug problem? An overlooked footnote to Trump’s highly publicized health checkup earlier this month was a passing reference at a news conerence to his use of the widely abused sleep aid, Ambien. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor, then said Trump takes Ambien when he goes on […]

February 3, 2018
Mulvaney

OMB Chief Mulvaney Is Making The World Safe For Loan Sharks

Reprinted with permission from DC Report. The trade group for the payday loan industry, which profits from interest rates as high as 950% a year imposed on the poorest among us, is planning to hold its annual conference this year at Trump’s golf resort near Miami. The industry will have a lot to celebrate at the four-day conference in April of […]

January 27, 2018
North Carolina

U.S. Civil Rights Commission Will Meet In North Carolina, Hotbed Of Voting Rights Struggle

Reprinted with permission from D.C. Report. The much-derided commission  set up by Donald Trump to investigate bogus claims of voter fraud is now disbanded, but our nation’s independent commission on civil rights — founded more than 60 years ago — is meeting soon to talk about federal civil rights enforcement. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will  meet Feb. 2 in Raleigh, N.C., the […]

January 24, 2018
SEAL

Call It The ‘Who Cares About Consumer Safety Commission”

He has also re-nominated Boston attorney Dana Baiocco to the commission. Baiocco represented Yamaha in lawsuits brought by the families of boys injured while riding all-terrain vehicles. Baiocco’s husband, Andrew Susko, was involved in defending Ikea against three lawsuits filed by families of children who died after the company’s dressers tipped over on top of them.

January 12, 2018
Minnesota nature

How A Chilean Billionaire Could Poison A Minnesota Wilderness

Trump’s Interior Department is reinstating two 1966 leases, written before today’s federal environmental laws, that could allow a Chilean mining company to build a giant copper-and-nickel mine adjacent to the Boundary Waters wilderness area in northern Minnesota.

January 5, 2018
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EPA Targets Already Depleted Bee Population

Neonicotinoids, the world’s most popular insecticides, affect the central nervous systems of insects, causing paralysis and death. The European Union imposed a partial ban on three neonicotinoids in 2013 because of the harm the insecticides can do to bees and butterflies that pollinate plants.

December 27, 2017

Sale Of Arctic Oil Leases Goes Bust

The federal oil-lease sale promoted as the largest ever in Alaska’s Arctic Reserve sold only seven tracts, or 0.8% of the 900 tracts offered, undercutting Republican arguments that they can help pay for their proposed $1.5 trillion tax cuts for the wealthy by selling oil leases in the Alaskan wilderness.

December 9, 2017
Rick Perry, Energy Department, Oops

Rick Perry Wants To Keep The Coal Fires Burning … And Help A Big Donor

Perry wants to keep aging coal and nuclear power plants operating and financially reward some plants that can keep three months of fuel on-site. This could push up electricity rates by as much as $3.8 billion a year through 2030.

December 6, 2017