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 safeguards for our air,...
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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 at work that are...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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, 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 people.
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
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
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
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 Environmental Protection Agency.
In her written...
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
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
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 of chemicals. Americans were concerned...