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Saturday, May 27, 2017
Environment
Trump confronts press

Trump Would Sell Off America’s Energy Resources For A Pittance, Like Russia Did To Create Its Oligarchs

When looking at his budget for the Department of Energy and Department of the Interior—which oversee leases for oil, gas and mining, and own interstate electric transmission lines—Trump would set the stage for a return of the robber barons.

May 25, 2017
Trump, Media

Trump Administration Says It Isn’t Anti-Science As It Seeks To Slash EPA Science Office

Trump’s budget, released Tuesday, reflects the president’s wish list. The numbers likely will change by the time it goes through the congressional appropriations process, but the proposed cuts are consistent with the administration’s push against environmental regulation and scientific funding.

May 25, 2017
Trump, Executive Orders

The 15 Heartless Proposals In Trump’s Budget

Longtime federal budget experts quickly slammed the White House’s proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. Its $1.4 trillion in cuts over the next decade would endanger tens of millions of households…

May 24, 2017

Can Trump’s Koch-Funded Appointees Stall America’s Clean Energy Momentum?

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who also has received generous contributions from the Kochs over the years, tapped Fisher to conduct a study to assess if federal support for renewable energy threatens baseload power generators — nuclear and coal plants — and undermines electricity grid reliability.

May 20, 2017
Rick Perry, DOE

Rick Perry’s Early Days As Energy Secretary Have Been A Bonanza For Corporations And The Koch Brothers

Most people who know anything about Rick Perry know he’s a friend to the fossil fuel industry. For 14 years, he was the Republican governor of Texas, a state that contains one-third of the nation’s oil reserves and is home to oil giants ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Valero Energy.

May 18, 2017

Ivanka Trump’s Advocacy For Healthy, Pesticide-Free Food Apparently Extends Only To Her Own Children

While Donald might not have high regard for organic farming, his daughter Ivanka recognizes the benefits and has spoken frequently about feeding her children organic food. Her lifestyle website espouses the health benefits of pesticide-free, organic food.

May 15, 2017
Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Clovis advised Trump on agricultural issues during his presidential campaign and is currently the senior White House advisor within the USDA, a position described by The Washington Post as “Trump’s eyes and ears” at the agency.

May 13, 2017
CEO Tillerson

Tillerson, At Arctic Meeting, Signs Document Affirming Need For Action On Climate Change

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed his name Thursday to a document that affirms the need for international action against climate change, adding further uncertainty to the direction of climate policy under the Trump administration.

May 12, 2017
Trump, Intelligence Deficit

Trump Appointee Could Open Federal Land To Oil And Gas Companies

President Donald Trump is appointing an oil and gas industry lobbyist to help run the Interior Department — just as the agency is facing criticism from a federal watchdog over the ways it helps fossil fuel firms evade environmental rules.

May 11, 2017
Macron

Macron, Trump At Odds On Paris Climate Agreement

Emmanuel Macron had a fiery message pointed at President Donald Trump before he cruised to victory in France’s elections Sunday night against far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen: Stay in the international Paris Climate agreement, COP21, or lose your best and brightest American innovators for years to come.

May 9, 2017
UN climate talks

Can Anyone Cook Up A Worse Idea For UN Climate Talks Than Giving The Fossil Industry A Front Seat?

The fossil fuel industry influences the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in a variety of ways. One is by wining and dining government delegates behind closed doors. Another is through its many trade associations, which are admitted to the UNFCCC as observer organizations.

May 8, 2017

There Are Lots Of Climate Uncertainties. Let’s Acknowledge And Plan For Them With Honesty.

Of course, no one there questioned the basic science identifying a growing human impact on climate from the buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. But as is well known in the scientific community, while the climate basics have long been clear, many of the most consequential aspects of climate change remain shrouded in uncertainty.

May 3, 2017
President Trump

Will Trump Allow Oil Drilling Off Jersey Shore?

President Donald Trump’s administration is going to review the five-year oil drilling plan that put the Atlantic Coast off limits, potentially reopening a fight that opponents thought they had won. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made the announcement at the White House in advance of Trump’s plans to issue an executive order on Friday that could amend the Interior Department’s 2017-2022 oil leasing plan approved under President Barack Obama

April 28, 2017
Women's Marchers

What You Need To Know About April 29th’s Climate March

On April 29th, President Trump will be forgoing his usual jaunt to Florida in favor of a Pennsylvania rally commemorating 100 days in office. Trump’s tweets claim it will be a “big” rally, but in reality he will face stiff competition from tens of thousands of Americans descending on Washington, D.C., for the second People’s Climate March. Its timing serves as both a rebuke to that grim milestone, as well as a national message from Americans concerned that the president’s agenda will exacerbate climate change.

April 28, 2017

Pope Francis: The World’s Most Powerful Advocate For Climate Stability

Pope Francis’ Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the increasing damage being done to the planet and biodiversity by climate change. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the power of persuasion he has. Here are 10 ways he could use his power.

April 26, 2017
Women's March

March For Science On Earth Day To Resist Trump’s War On Facts

There’s nothing wrong with challenging research, developing competing hypotheses and looking for flaws in studies. That’s how science works. But rejecting, eliminating, covering up or attacking evidence that might call into question government or industry priorities — evidence that might show how those priorities could lead to widespread harm — is unconscionable. It’s galling to me because I traded a scientific career for full-time communication work because good scientific information helps people make the best decisions to take us into the future.

April 20, 2017

New Documentary Offers Local Green Solutions With A Global Impact—And A Healthy Dose Of Optimism

They started by looking for people worldwide “offering creative alternatives,” said Dion, who serves as the project manager for the Switzerland-based Hommes de Parole Foundation, which sponsors conferences where thought leaders can find common ground.

April 7, 2017

As Seas Around Mar-a-Lago Rise, Trump’s Cuts Could Damage Local Climate Work

Both Sessions and Carson, like Trump, reject the scientific consensus of global warming. But Sea Grant enjoys bipartisan support, and its reach in red states such as Alabama highlights the gulf between the administration’s views on climate science and the reality on the ground, where climate considerations are embedded into communities nationwide.

March 31, 2017

Carmakers, Don’t Pick A Fight With California

News flash: The Obama-era fuel-economy standards would add $875 to the average price of a new vehicle. But proposed border taxes or other tariffs on Mexican imports would add $2,000. President Donald Trump wants a weaker mandate on mileage, and he also wants the tariffs.

March 29, 2017
Burger King

How Burger King’s Palm Oil Addiction Is Devastating Local Communities—And Planet Earth

Burger King has always been a corporation defined by its competition. But now it is in danger of becoming the leader in a competition nobody should want to win: fueling the development of rapacious oil palm plantations. Burger King is one of a number of food and drink corporations that rely on palm oil for everything from fry oil to puddings. The recent increase in its use has been exponential: 485 percent in the last decade alone.

March 29, 2017
Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

Like Phosphorus In Your Water? With Trump’s EPA, You’re In Luck!

Polluters have been whining about the EPA since it was signed into existence 47 years ago by that radical environmentalist Richard Nixon. Conflict was inevitable, and the EPA has been regularly vilified for meddling in local matters.

March 13, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Is A CO2 Truther

During a recent interview, EPA chief Scott Pruitt insisted that CO2 emissions are not the primary cause of global warming. He added that there is need for additional research and information—and more debate—before anyone is allowed to point fingers at this suspect greenhouse gas.

March 10, 2017
Steel, Keystone Pipeline

Trump Drops Keystone Pipeline’s U.S. Steel Requirement

The requirement to use domestic steel for U.S. pipeline projects posed a potential conflict between the Trump administration’s populist agenda and its pro-business stance. Apparently, business won.

March 5, 2017
Dr. Seuss

What Dr. Seuss Can Teach Us About Donald Trump

Asked to explain his political views, Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — once said that he was “against people who push other people around.” Were he alive today, he would surely be using his sharp pen to make fun of Donald Trump.

March 4, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

EPA’s Scott Pruitt: The Great Disruptor

Thanks to all the senators who are beholden to Big Oil, Scott Pruitt is now poised to do even more damage as the head of the EPA. It will take a lot more citizen disruptors to stop him.

March 3, 2017