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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
EPA
Environmental

Has The Moment For Environmental Justice Been Lost?

Given how President Donald Trump has taken aim at the Environmental Protection Agency with regulatory rollbacks and deep proposed budget cuts, it may come as no surprise that the Office of Environmental Justice is on the chopping block.

July 24, 2017
Mulvaney will enforce federal layoffs

Federal Layoffs Loom As Trump’s Meat-Ax Targets EPA And IRS

For Paul Light, a professor of public policy at New York University’s Wagner School, the most compelling evidence is the extent of federal layoffs at the IRS. “Think about it. What better way to break the back of the government than by undermining the ability of the federal government to fund itself?” he asked.

March 15, 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
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
Egg, Chicken, Agribusiness

Why Agribusiness Has A Serious Chicken And The Egg Problem

Those who say that we ordinary people can’t have any effect on today’s corporate behemoths should check out two breakthroughs last year by a group the establishment has long derided as somewhere between wacko and criminal: animal rights activists.

March 2, 2017
Global Warming, Climate Change

Some Conservative Institutions Cannot Deny Climate Change

Last year was the hottest year on record, beating the record set in 2015. And 2015 topped the record set in 2014, according to NASA. Scientists say that this is the first time that temperature records have been broken three years in a row. For all the time spent worrying about jihadist terrorists and Mexican criminals, they don’t constitute an existential threat to humanity. Climate change does.

February 24, 2017
Environmental

In A Nod To The Energy Industry, Pruitt Says EPA Can Also Be Pro-Jobs

The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that America need not choose between jobs and the environment, in a nod to the energy industry, as the White House prepares executive orders that could come as soon as this week to roll back Obama-era regulation.

February 21, 2017
Pruitt

Senate Confirms Trump’s EPA Pick As White House Targets Regulation

The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and environmentalists worried he will gut the agency. Democrats spoke through Thursday night and Friday morning on the Senate floor, trying to extend debate on Pruitt until later in February when 3,000 emails between him and energy companies will likely be revealed by a judge.

February 17, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

EPA Staff Told To Prepare For Trump Executive Orders

A senior EPA official who had been briefed by members of the Trump administration mentioned the executive orders at a meeting of staffers in the EPA’s Office of General Counsel on Tuesday, but did not provide details about what the orders would say, said the sources, who asked not to be named.

February 16, 2017
Trump

While We Are Distracted By Tweets, Trump Is Building A Corporate State

The destructive toll of Donald Trump’s presidency is beginning to emerge, foreshadowing what’s likely to come as the White House and congressional Republicans begin to reverse, repeal, and replace federal laws and regulations. While Trump’s red-state supporters may be cheering now, they’ll soon feel the consequences.

February 7, 2017
Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

EPA Employees Protest Trump’s Nominee To Head Agency

Over 400 former EPA staff members sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking its members to reject the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the agency’s new administrator, saying “he has shown no interest in enforcing environmental laws.”

February 6, 2017
Pruitt, EPA

Senate Delays Committee Vote On Trump EPA Pick After Democrats Boycott

The boycott in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee delayed the transition to a new administrator for the agency. Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat, said he could not support Pruitt, a Republican and the attorney general of Oklahoma, because he “denies the sum of empirical science and the urgency to act on climate change.”

February 1, 2017
Trump, Allies

Trumped Up: The First Seven Days In Trumplandia

Authoritarians love walls. That will be his scrawl across America. It will make an enemy of our neighbor, Mexico, but who cares? That may be his foreign policy in a nutshell. We’re living in Donald Trump’s reality now, and the “truth” is what Trump says it is.

January 28, 2017
Scientists, Rogue, Twitter

U.S. Government Scientists Go ‘Rogue’ In Defiance Of Trump

Seizing on Trump’s favorite mode of discourse, scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and other bureaus have privately launched Twitter accounts – borrowing names and logos of their agencies – to protest restrictions they view as censorship and provide unfettered platforms for information the new administration has curtailed.

January 26, 2017
Pruitt, EPA, Environment

The Great EPA Rollback

Picking up a line from Trump’s inaugural address, The Environmental Working Group was quick to speak out against “the carnage President Trump is about to unleash on the environment, public health and the integrity of science itself,” said EWG’s president Ken Cook.

January 25, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Trump Officials Order EPA To Remove Climate Page From Agency Website

“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” said an EPA staffer, who added that agency employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it.

January 24, 2017
EPA

The Implications Of Trump’s Imposed Freeze On EPA Grants And Contracts

One EPA employee aware of the freeze said he had never seen anything like it in nearly a decade with the agency. Hiring freezes happened, he said, but freezes on grants and contracts seemed extraordinary. The employee said the freeze appeared to be nationwide, and as of Monday night it was not clear for how long it would be in place.

January 24, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

8 Things We Learned From Scott Pruitt’s EPA Confirmation Hearing

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, took part in a contentious hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Pruitt’s hearing largely focused on his deep ties to polluting energy companies and track record of opposing the EPA’s clean air and water safeguards.

January 21, 2017
Obama, Clean Energy

Will President Obama’s Clean Energy Legacy Endure?

In the end, the enduring clean energy legacy of the Obama administration may be that it got us “over the hump” of thinking in terms of the false dichotomy of clean versus affordable energy. The pace may change, but the ultimate direction will not.

January 20, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Senate Panel Grills Trump’s EPA Pick Over Energy Ties

Democratic Senators quizzed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, over his energy industry ties during a contentious confirmation hearing on Wednesday that was briefly interrupted by protesters.

January 18, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Will Pruitt Bring Earthquakes To Washington Like He Did In Oklahoma?

Trump’s EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, has repeatedly put his ties with this industry above human health and safety during his time in office. He did not protect the rights of Oklahoma’s citizens, and his inaction regarding the state’s earthquake damages reflected his allegiance to fossil fuel companies. It would be a travesty to confirm Scott Pruitt solely to benefit a fossil fuel industry that is already booming.

January 17, 2017
Environmental, EPA, Environment

Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator

According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, just over 60 percent of Americans think it would be wrong to weaken wildlife protections and air and water regulations to bolster the energy industry. The poll also showed that 39 percent of Americans want to see a decrease in coal mining and oil drilling on U.S. federal lands in the coming years.

January 17, 2017
Fiat, EPA

EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler Of Excess Diesel Emissions

The EPA accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using hidden software to allow excess diesel emissions to go undetected, the result of a probe that stemmed from regulators’ investigation of rival Volkswagen AG.

January 12, 2017
Flint, Dakota Access Pipeline

Flint, Standing Rock Prove The Impact Of Environmental Issues On Communities Of Color

Media could apply the lessons left by scant coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Flint to empower these communities and bring attention to the many other ongoing situations of disproportionate impact that desperately need attention

January 2, 2017