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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Sarah Okeson

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

Pesticide Makers Seek To Protect Poisons By Silencing Scientists

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt overruled his own scientists to prevent an agriculture ban of a DowDuPont pesticide that causes brain damage in children, and now pesticide manufacturers have their sights set on undermining federal protections for endangered animals like the whooping crane.

November 22, 2017
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Washington’s Real Uranium Scandal

As Republicans have launched a trumped-up investigation into Hillary Clinton’s tenuous connection to the 2010 sale of a uranium company, those same Republicans are preparing to hand over protected public land to uranium mining companies.

November 10, 2017

Transportation Department Puts The Brakes On Truck Safety

Does that truck driver who sped past you this morning have as much training as your barber? Did the driver spend as much time learning to drive that 40-ton big rig as your plumber spent learning to work under your kitchen sink?

May 28, 2017
Health, Obamacare

Trump Administration Moves To Block Access To Health Insurance

The Trump administration is moving to make it harder for you to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The net effect of the proposals would be significantly greater regulatory and paperwork burdens for both consumers and health insurance exchanges, the opposite of Trump’s promise during the campaign and since taking office.

February 18, 2017
Data, Censorship

How Archivists And Coders Plan To Stop Censorship Under Trump

Concerns about censorship under Trump have transformed the arcane art of saving web pages at the end of a president’s term into a crowdsourced effort with hackathons, fundraising, and pleas for help on Twitter.

January 6, 2017