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 anti-transparency actions in agency...
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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 citing them and using...
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 up monitoring and reporting...
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
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 limits this major driver...
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?
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
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
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 reshaping.”
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
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
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
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
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...