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Saturday, May 4, 2019 EPA Releases Report Advising Communities to Prepare for Climate Change-Related Disasters
Policymakers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a report in the Federal Register outlining how local communities should start planning for near-future catastrophes associated with climate change. It addresses how local communities can cope with debris and disaster following floods, hurricanes, wildfires only intensified by a changing climate.
(7 comments) Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Teacher Confronts Scott Pruitt at Restaurant, Asks Him to Resign
Kristin Mink, a schoolteacher and mother of a 2-year-old, confronted Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., on Monday and urged him to resign.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Pentagon Watered Down Climate Report for Trump-Era Publication, Draft Reveals
According to The Washington Post, the 2018 report edited out 23 direct references to "climate change" and only used the term once. It also edited out more than one mention of the decline sea ice in the Arctic. Military officials said they did not believe the wording of the report would have a significant impact on how the military responds to climate change.
(6 comments) Friday, May 11, 2018 490,000 Pounds of Toxic Pesticides Sprayed on National Wildlife Refuges
In 2016 more than 3,000 acres of corn and soybean crops on refuge lands were treated, mainly through aerial spraying, with approximately 6,800 pounds of pesticides containing paraquat dichloride, known to be toxic to crustaceans, mammals, fish, amphibians and mollusks and so lethal it is banned in 32 counties, including the European Union.
(1 comments) Monday, April 16, 2018 Scott Pruitt Has Betrayed the Mission, the National Interest and the Public Trust
As administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pruitt has a single overriding responsibility: to protect the environment and public health. Instead, he's protecting big polluters as he moves to delay or weaken needed safeguards at the direct behest of one industrial lobbyist after another. It's time for him to go.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 6 Ways Trump Is Bad for Food, Health and the Environment
In the past year, Trump and his enablers have been unrelenting in their attacks on food safety, environmental protections, climate change, government transparency and so many other values we hold dear. We are in the midst of the most significant environmental and public health challenges imaginable. We're no longer dreading the harm the Trump administration could do to our health and environment -- we're living it.
(6 comments) Saturday, December 30, 2017 Trump Administration Repeals Obama Rule Designed to Make Fracking Safer
Environmentalists and public health advocates have long warned that fracking -- which involves pumping large volumes of water, sand and chemicals underground to extract oil and gas -- causes groundwater contamination, puts human health at risk and releases the potent greenhouse gas methane.
Saturday, December 23, 2017 Trump Administration, Which Wants More Offshore Drilling, Shuts Down Study Into Its Safety
Sierra Club's Kelly Martin said the move was in line with the Trump administration's push for a major expansion of offshore drilling. "I think this is an example of Trump demonstrating he wants to open up federal waters to more drilling at the expense of people on the planet," Martin told the Associated Press. "He is much more supportive of corporate polluters than protecting people's safety."
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 GOP Tax Bill: How the Environment Lost
The Republican tax bill has major repercussions for our precious environment. Environment America noted that the bill continues massive incentives for fossil fuel production amounting to tens of billions of dollars over the next decade. The deep-pocketed Koch Brothers have spent more than $88 million in traceable funding to groups attacking climate change science, policy and regulation.
Monday, December 18, 2017 Trump to Drop Climate Change as National Security Threat
According to the Federalist, which first obtained a draft document of the national security strategy, the Trump administration would actively oppose efforts to reduce the burning of fossil fuels for energy. The new Trump doctrine is seemingly at odds with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' views on the issue of climate change.
(1 comments) Friday, November 17, 2017 Massive Pipeline Leak Shows Why Nebraska Should Reject Keystone XL
About 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) of oil leaked Thursday from TransCanada's Keystone oil pipeline near Amherst, South Dakota, drawing fierce outcry from pipeline opponents. The leak, the largest spill to date in South Dakota, comes just days before Nebraska regulators decide on whether its controversial sister project -- the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline -- will go forward.
(1 comments) Wednesday, November 8, 2017 U.S. Now the Only Country Not in Paris Climate Agreement After Syria Signs On
The U.S., under President Trump, is now completely alone in this global consensus to limit temperature rise to well below 2 degreesC to avoid dangerous climate change. Under the terms of the Paris agreement, the earliest the U.S. can officially exit the pact is the day after the 2020 election.
Monday, October 30, 2017 Rick Perry Tells Africa to Drill, Frack and Dig Coal
Given the agenda of the Trump Administration and given that Perry was governor of oil rich Texas, Perry said they were keen for those partnerships to include fossil fuels. There is nothing clean about what Perry is advocating. There is no such thing as clean coal: it is a misnomer. Parry's strategy is basically: drill Africa drill; frack, Africa, frack and mine for coal, Africa, mine for coal.
(2 comments) Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Report: EPA Hires 12 More Bodyguards for Pruitt, Costing $2M Annually for Full Security Team
The EPA is expanding Pruitt's security detail with an additional 12 agents, meaning his total security fleet stands at 30 bodyguards. This will cost the department $2 million a year in salaries alone and does not include training, equipment or travel. No other administrator has needed 24/7 security but Pruitt has reportedly received more death threats than any other EPA chief.
(18 comments) Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Pope Francis on Climate Change Deniers: "Man Is Stupid"
Pope Francis said that individuals and world leaders have a moral responsibility to help preserve the environment or else be judged by history for their inaction. He said that those who doubt that human activity causes climate change should consult with scientists. Trump remains steadfast about his climate denial, despite expert opinions that Earth's rising temperatures contributed to the devastation of Hurricanes.
(1 comments) Monday, August 21, 2017 Trump Disbands Climate Advisory Panel
As Trump's presidency spirals like a toxic vortex from one crisis to another, and with the global news media reacting to one venomous tweet after another, it is easy to miss the slow assault against science and the environment that continues below the radar.