Environmental Protection Agency

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EPA’s Polluting Pruitt really delivers for his bosses – polluting corporations

Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA chief Scott Pruitt has been meeting regularly behind closed doors with executives of the fossil fuel, mining, and automobile industries. Soon afterwards, he makes decisions favorable to those corporate interests, according to an analysis of his April-September schedule by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin at The Washington Post. By Meteor Blades For instance, in the […]

September 25th

Pruitt diverts EPA agents to protect him 24/7, instead of protecting YOU from pollution

Back in May, Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton at the New York Times reported how Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA chief Scott Pruitt was instilling a sense of paranoia in the agency’s offices. Among other things, they wrote that he required round-the-clock bodyguards to accompany him even when he was at EPA headquarters. Pruitt is the first chief in the EPA’s […]

September 22nd

W(h)ither EPA’s climate science website

It’s been more than four months since news first surfaced on April 28 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change website for all practical purposes had gone dark. It was by no means “fake news,” though the frequent messages that the entire site had been flat-out “killed” appear overstated, at least in limited ways. […]

September 22nd

Drain the swamp: Trump and Pruitt want to fill the EPA with oil and coal lobbyists

Every week, another decision that endangers our families seems to come out of Scott Pruitt’s and Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The latest facepalm/outrage comes in the form of confirmation hearings that start this week for four completely unacceptable nominees to critical leadership positions at EPA. By Mary Anne Hitt Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign […]

September 20th

Pruitt continues to destroy the EPA: Letting the lease expire on their Houston lab

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to let the lease on its state-of-the-art Houston laboratory expire in 2020. And nobody at the agency is saying whether space for the laboratory will be leased somewhere else in Houston or nearby or even whether the lab itself will continue at all. Environmental advocates and labor union officials are not happy. They […]

September 15th

Hurricane Pruitt a bigger risk to superfund sites than Harvey or Irma

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we learned that Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located, is home to 13 abandoned industrial sites so populated by toxic waste that over the years they’ve been assigned Superfund cleanup status by the Environmental Protection Agency. We also learned from the work of two Associated Press reporters that seven of those […]

September 12th

Scott Pruitt’s EPA red-team blue-team on climate change is anything but teamwork (Part 2)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is leading a formal Trump administration program to plan a debate about climate change. He wants to recruit government scientists to challenge other scientists about the scientific consensus on climate change. “What the American people deserve, I think, is a true, legitimate, peer-reviewed, objective, transparent discussion about CO2,” Pruitt said. By Pam Shaouy […]

September 11th

Scott Pruitt’s EPA red-team blue-team on climate change is anything but teamwork (Part 1)

With the pace of news these days, sometimes it’s tough to zoom out and see larger trends or patterns. This two-part blog series helps us do that, putting much-needed context around EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s climate comments and plans to debate climate science. By Pam Shaouy Citizens Climate Lobby When you think about our earliest […]

September 8th

Trump admin bans the words “Climate Change”, replaces with Orwellian double-speak

In a bold new strategy (as revealed in the Guardian), the U.S. Department of Agriculture—guardians of the planet’s richest farmlands—has decided to combat the threat of global warming by forbidding the use of the words. Under guidance from the agency’s director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, a list of phrases to be avoided includes “climate change” and “climate […]

September 7th

Just when we need the EPA most, Scott Pruitt has it destroying its own mission

At a time when we’re all still thinking of Hurricane Harvey’s survivors (and donating to their recovery efforts), Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt continues to steer his agency off a cliff by ignoring its mission and putting people at risk: An Associated Press story broke over the weekend demonstrating that the agency hadn’t been on site […]

September 7th

EPA: 20% of US exposed to unsafe drinking water

A team of young reporters from News21 has added flesh to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency that concluded 63 million people in the United States have been exposed to potentially contaminated drinking water over the past 10 years. By Meteor Blades  No surprise that large numbers of the 680,000 violations of safe drinking water rules […]

August 22nd

EPA-wrecker Scott Pruitt runs an agency slouching into paranoia

Until now, Ronald Reagan-appointed Anne Gorsuch Burford [mother of nepotastic stolen-seat Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch] was the worst administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in its nearly half-century of existence. She cut its budget by a fifth and worked diligently to please polluting industries that she claimed were over-regulated. She was just one appointee […]

August 12th

War on science: Don’t let the Trump admin censor its comprehensive climate change report

As the news appeared this week about U.S. Department of Agriculture employees being told to avoid the term “climate change” in their work, the draft of a new report on climate change also appeared. That report, published Monday by The New York Times, is, according to Katharine Hayhoe, a professor of political science at Texas Tech University, among “the most comprehensive climate science reports” […]

August 9th