The President’s budget would debilitate crucial programs that protect and restore wildlife habitat, ensure access to public lands, promote outdoor recreation, and safeguard clean air and clean water.

Collin O’Mara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation

  • Ignore the facts — only way to justify rollback of EPA’s greenhouse gas standards

    Ignore the facts — only way to justify rollback of EPA’s greenhouse gas standards

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to massively roll back its undeniably successful car greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards while totally ignoring the technical and scientific facts, as well as its world-renowned federal, career staff. This is unprecedented and will go down as one of the most anti-science and …
  • Trump’s Attack on Federal Labor Unions Harms the EPA, Environment and Public Health

    Trump’s Attack on Federal Labor Unions Harms the EPA, Environment and Public Health

    Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And, history is definitely repeating itself. President Donald Trump’s rule-by-decree executive orders, especially regarding federal labor unions, remind me of the late Rev. Friedrich Niemöller, a German Lutheran pastor best known for a widely paraphrased statement:
  • EPA’s Great Lake protectors are under attack

    EPA’s Great Lake protectors are under attack

    You may not realize it, but the Environmental Protection Agency has two offices that protect the health of the people of Ohio — one in Westlake, and one in Chicago, Ill.
  • Congress should invest in science at the EPA

    Congress should invest in science at the EPA

    It’s been a tough time for the Environmental Protection Agency lately – even beyond the federal investigations into Administrator Scott Pruitt’s ethical lapses, extravagant use of taxpayer dollars, and skirting of federal law and public processes to favor corporate interests.
  • Scott Pruitt’s Public Service Mostly Involves Serving Himself

    Scott Pruitt’s Public Service Mostly Involves Serving Himself

    To become a citizen in classical Athens required swearing an oath. The young sons of citizens recited it as part of their military training. As members of the ruling class, the oath evoked a lifelong responsibility to temper power with integrity.
  • Why Scott Pruitt’s Ethics Scandals Don’t Compare to His Agenda for US Waterways

    Why Scott Pruitt’s Ethics Scandals Don’t Compare to His Agenda for US Waterways

    Water is the lifeblood of the United States. Last week, American Rivers released findings for their 33rd annual 10 Most-Endangered Rivers report.
  • Don’t Be Diverted by Scott Pruitt’s Ethics Scandals: The Real Harm He’s Causing Is to the Environment and Public Health

    Don’t Be Diverted by Scott Pruitt’s Ethics Scandals: The Real Harm He’s Causing Is to the Environment and Public Health

    Scott Pruitt’s ethical woes at EPA, while alarming, should not divert Americans attention from the profound harm he is causing. Moral charges against Trump’s EPA chief obscure real crimes against the American people: Trump’s betrayal by obfuscating EPA’s statutory principles to protect human health and our natural resources.
  • Vilifying Science and Profiting from Predetermined Outcomes

    Vilifying Science and Profiting from Predetermined Outcomes

    “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please,” said Mark Twain. But, in a twist that Twain, our most ardent purveyor of American absurdity, couldn’t have predicted, Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency takes aim at the underlying scientific facts themselves, creating barriers to …
  • I used to work at the EPA. Now I have lung disease and depend on it

    I used to work at the EPA. Now I have lung disease and depend on it

    For more than 30 years, I was a proud employee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest regional office in San Francisco. My job was to help develop systems to protect clean air and mitigate toxic contamination. I’m particularly grateful for the work I did on emergency response measures that set …
  • Dismantling environmental protections one rider at a time

    Dismantling environmental protections one rider at a time

    The federal government funding nightmare is not over. It is merely delayed. With all the political red herrings, government firings and scandals, this White House would wager that most Americans are either not paying attention or are apathetic altogether from the deliberate feed of misinformation.
  • EPA’s proposed repeal will make Americans sicker

    EPA’s proposed repeal will make Americans sicker

    Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of a process to repeal the Clean Power Plan, adopted in 2015 as the first national strategy to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Taking steps to reduce carbon pollution, as outlined in the Clean Power Plan, not only …
  • The EPA is now the ‘Business-Environment Protection Agency’

    The EPA is now the ‘Business-Environment Protection Agency’

    Henry Darwin serves as chief of staff to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. He seemingly subscribes to a philosophy that presumes government is wrought with waste, fraud and abuse. Darwin is outspoken and committed to improving efficiencies agency-wide.
  • What will poisoned communities do without the EPA to protect them?

    What will poisoned communities do without the EPA to protect them?

    Industry is poisoning our communities by releasing pollutants to our air, water and soil in subtle and mysterious ways, which are often almost impossible to trace. EPA scientists, engineers and lawyers must catch and stop the culprits.
  • How Scott Pruitt created such a mess at EPA

    How Scott Pruitt created such a mess at EPA

    What does it say about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that he repeatedly flew first class, wasting taxpayer money and creating a new scandal for the Trump administration? It’s initially difficult to understand why Pruitt, an ambitious politician and careful lawyer, would make such a huge unforced error.
  • The $79 million plan to gut EPA staff

    The $79 million plan to gut EPA staff

    Donald Trump and EPA chief Scott Pruitt believe they are on track to eliminate half the scientists and engineers working at The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by 2020. And, they’re going to endanger our public health in the most tedious, non-controversial way possible by using a little known bureaucratic device called “workforce …
  • 4 things to know about the Trump budget’s environmental cuts

    4 things to know about the Trump budget’s environmental cuts

    Like last year’s budget, the Trump administration’s 2019 budget proposes large cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. And it eliminates explicit climate change programs in other parts of the government and cuts spending for climate change-related monitoring, alternative energy, energy efficiency and flood prevention.
  • Trump expects us to trade clean air and water for updated infrastructure

    Trump expects us to trade clean air and water for updated infrastructure

    In President Trump’s State of the Union address he floated a proposal to allow corporations to exploit our natural resources by gutting vital environmental protections under the pretext of short-term jobs.
  • Scott Pruitt needs to answer for what he’s done to the EPA

    Scott Pruitt needs to answer for what he’s done to the EPA

    A rare thing will happen Tuesday: Scott Pruitt will face questions from Congress about his time as head of the EPA — a year packed with scandals and assaults on bedrock clean air and water laws.
  • Trump weakened the state of the union by wrecking the environment

    Trump weakened the state of the union by wrecking the environment

    Every American president since Ronald Reagan has declared the state of the Union to be “strong.” But in 2018, our Union, and the health of American people, is weak and endangered by increased exposure to environmental contaminants.
  • Spencer Black: Donald Trump is waging war on our outdoors

    Spencer Black: Donald Trump is waging war on our outdoors

    It’s been 48 years since the first Earth Day and one year since Donald Trump became president. 2017 has been the worst year for environmental protection since that first Earth Day. The Trump administration has waged a ceaseless war on our outdoors, eviscerating our system of environmental protection, severely weakening …
  • With offshore drilling scheme, Trump’s America looks like a banana republic

    With offshore drilling scheme, Trump’s America looks like a banana republic

    Walter Shaub, Jr., the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, who retired last year after months of disagreements with the White House, used the term “banana republic” to describe the decision by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reverse course and continue to ban offshore drilling for Florida.
  • Expect EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s reckless spending to continue in 2018

    Expect EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s reckless spending to continue in 2018

    In 2017, the Trump administration established dangerous new norms in environmental policy. For the coming year, it's become obvious what's "in" and what's "out."
  • In 2017, the White House abandoned the environment and public health

    In 2017, the White House abandoned the environment and public health

    For those of us who care about public health and the environment, 2017 was the worst year on record. It was a year filled with science denial and public safety reversals.
  • Sabotaging EPA: Scott Pruitt has muzzled science and his dissenters

    Sabotaging EPA: Scott Pruitt has muzzled science and his dissenters

    Late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired Definers Public Affairs to scrutinize federal regulators, track news and manipulate press coverage.
  • EPA cuts could risk a public health emergency

    EPA cuts could risk a public health emergency

    With time running out for Congress to reach an agreement on the budget, lawmakers are advancing a quiet but crippling assault on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has already suffered years of hollowing out from budget cuts.
  • Scott Pruitt rejects EPA’s mission

    Scott Pruitt rejects EPA’s mission

    Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is testifying before a House subcommittee today and a Senate committee in January. These hearings will be Congress’s first chance to get answers from Pruitt since he took office.
  • Trump promised ‘best people’ would run government — they upended it

    Trump promised ‘best people’ would run government — they upended it

    Who is running our government? It is true that the presidential transition is a difficult process. There are upward of 4,000 positions to be filled by presidential appointment.
  • Environmental injustice is rising in the US. Minorities and the poor pay the price

    Environmental injustice is rising in the US. Minorities and the poor pay the price

    At a campaign stop in 2016, candidate Donald Trump asked African Americans, “What do you have to lose?” After almost a year with him in office, the answer is clear for people of color; we have everything to lose, especially with the all-out assault on health and environmental protections.
  • Trump Should Fire the E.P.A.’s Scott Pruitt

    Trump Should Fire the E.P.A.’s Scott Pruitt

    President Richard Nixon, who joined with a Democratic Congress nearly 50 years ago to create the Environmental Protection Agency, said then that clean air and water were “the birthright of every American” and that restoring nature was “a cause beyond party and beyond factions.”
  • This Year, I know What I’m Thankful For: The EPA

    This Year, I know What I’m Thankful For: The EPA

    Earlier this year I had the honor of travelling to Taiwan with a delegation to discuss the values and need for organized labor. It was an amazing experience to go and speak to such engaging crowds about how being in unions of working people came with rights and a voice …
  • Another Keystone oil spill, another obvious reason to fund the EPA

    Another Keystone oil spill, another obvious reason to fund the EPA

    The Keystone 1 pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil near a small town in South Dakota Thursday. The last Keystone spill in April 2016 contaminated Hutchinson County, South Dakota with 400 barrels of oil, and took around 10 months to clean up. This disaster is expected to take longer.
  • Op-Ed: 300 Days Of Destruction

    Op-Ed: 300 Days Of Destruction

    It’s been nearly a year since Trump took office. It hasn’t gone well. After 300 days of lies and incompetency, the Trump train has left the rails of reality.
  • Under Siege: A Disservice to Veterans Whose Livelihoods Are in the Federal Service

    Under Siege: A Disservice to Veterans Whose Livelihoods Are in the Federal Service

    Since the Trump administration and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have been at the helm, the cost that service members have paid to protect all Americans turns out to be steeper than expected.
  • Pruitt is turning his back on transparency at the EPA

    Pruitt is turning his back on transparency at the EPA

    In May 1983, President Ronald Reagan asked me to lead the Environmental Protection Agency for a second time.
  • We cannot weaken the EPA as hurricanes are growing worse

    We cannot weaken the EPA as hurricanes are growing worse

    Five years ago this week, Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Atlantic seaboard. As the Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency at the time, I helped coordinate efforts to prevent threats to public health and the environment before and after the storm.
  • Government Failing Americans: EPA Must Be Fully Funded and Staffed

    Government Failing Americans: EPA Must Be Fully Funded and Staffed

    Congress and this administration are failing Americans miserably. We have witnessed three severe hurricanes that made landfall on U.S. soil, which created humanitarian crises and required the grave need for recovery.
  • After the Cuyahoga River burned, Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes helped put clean water on the nation’s agenda

    After the Cuyahoga River burned, Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes helped put clean water on the nation’s agenda

    As we mark this year as the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the burning Cuyahoga River has been relegated to an urban legend and an historical artifact. Countless beers and festivals have enshrined its image as commonplace. Books have been written.
  • Undermining the Rule of Law at the E.P.A.

    Undermining the Rule of Law at the E.P.A.

    In the more than seven months since he became administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has been on a reckless mission to dismantle public health safeguards and environmental protections.
  • EPA is losing sight of its mission to protect Americans

    EPA is losing sight of its mission to protect Americans

    Hidden deep in EPA’s 2018 budget is a little-known plan by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to stop paying over $25 million to a Justice Department environmental division for work on cases against polluters that his own agency has asked it to file.
  • Letter: White House threatens climate progress

    Letter: White House threatens climate progress

    A great deal for consumers and American technological leadership is in jeopardy because of the White House’s antipathy toward government agencies that address climate change.
  • Infrastructure can’t wait

    Infrastructure can’t wait

    We are at the height of hurricane season as South Carolinians well know. After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the United States must not only help our sisters and brothers in Texas and Florida, but as a nation, become better prepared for future natural disasters.
  • Mr. President, America’s infrastructure is failing

    Mr. President, America’s infrastructure is failing

    Mr. President, if you want to make America great again, start repairing the nation's failing infrastructure. I am not referring to a narrow list of campaign applause-lines and temporary construction jobs like an alleged border wall and gas and oil pipelines that have more risk than benefit to the American …
  • How President Trump and the EPA’s Scott Pruitt are making America’s environment deadly again

    How President Trump and the EPA’s Scott Pruitt are making America’s environment deadly again

    When Donald Trump ran for president, one pledge he made repeatedly was to reduce regulations and limit the hurdles businesses face when trying to build, expand or operate — including when they affect the environment.
  • Addressing Climate Change Without EPA

    Addressing Climate Change Without EPA

    In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the mission of which is to protect human health and the environment, takes the lead in addressing global climate change.
  • GUEST COLUMN: Clean air, water and land are for the health of all Hoosiers

    GUEST COLUMN: Clean air, water and land are for the health of all Hoosiers

    Indiana residents are at risk of worsening air pollution levels, water contamination and deteriorating quality of life due to an extreme budget and devastating staff cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • The EPA won’t be able to protect anyone without money

    The EPA won’t be able to protect anyone without money

    By John J. O’Grady The president’s pick to lead the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Susan Parker Bodine, certainly has a relevant background for her nomination. However, her philosophical approach to the role of government in protecting human health is not in line with the mission of the …
  • Save drinking water in Michigan

    Save drinking water in Michigan

    Michigan’s clean water infrastructure is failing residents of our state, just as the proposed 2018 budget would dismantle safe drinking water for a few hundred-million citizens nationwide. First and foremost, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a human health agency.
  • Get Ready for a Smoggier, Dirtier, Less Healthy America—Thanks to Trump’s Foolhardy Evisceration of the EPA

    Get Ready for a Smoggier, Dirtier, Less Healthy America—Thanks to Trump’s Foolhardy Evisceration of the EPA

    The Environmental Protection Agency has long been considered one of the world’s leading environmental and human health research organizations. But it is being financially undermined and having its workforce decimated by the Trump administration as it changes the priorities and role science plays.
  • Protect those who protect us and fund the EPA

    Protect those who protect us and fund the EPA

    By John J. O’Grady When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, she captured the heart of a movement among ordinary citizens concerned about the world in which they found themselves living. They witnessed the devastating impacts of acid rain, dying lakes, foaming streams, flaming rivers and valleys filled with steel drums …