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DNC Chair Perez blasts Trump for breaking government promises to American Indians

Since long before the founding of the Republic, the settler populations from the Puritans onward did their best to wipe out the indigenous peoples of what is now the United States. By Meteor Blades  The vast majority of American Indians—likely in their millions—were killed by European-brought diseases. But public policy, spoken and written, was predicated on extermination, sometimes […]

August 10th

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

Rick Perry’s latest: $5.7 million from the Energy Dept for cutting-edge batteries

Rick Perry’s Energy Department has been steadily pushing the Trump Administration deeper into clean tech territory, regardless of President* Trump’s pro-coal rhetoric. In the latest development, the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced a new round of $5.7 million in funding for next-generation energy storage technology, aimed squarely at driving down the cost of […]

August 9th

Drain the Swamp: Trump’s Interior Deputy just can’t stop lobbying

President Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., but it appears that he has instead exchanged the swamp alligators with one horrendous “Creature from the Black Lagoon” after another in his administration. By Dan Bacher  In the latest Trump regime scandal, a prominent watchdog group called on the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia to […]

July 21st

War on Science: Trump picks non-scientist talk radio climate denier as top USDA scientist

Sonny Perdue, the political hack appointed to be secretary of agriculture, once labeled mainstream climate science “so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality.” As if having a science denier running the Department of Agriculture weren’t disastrous enough, Pr*sident Trump has now, as expected, picked another political hack—a former right-wing talk-radio host named Sam Clovis—to be the undersecretary of research, education, […]

July 21st

While Rick Perry denies climate science, his Energy Department is booming on renewable energy

You wouldn’t know it from the hoots of laughter emanating from the Intertubes over Energy Secretary Perry’s latest ridiculous gaffe, but all last week the Energy Department has been cranking out good news about renewable energy at an especially furious pace. The occasion was the 40th anniversary of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. By Tina Casey  […]

July 11th

Trump admin approves permit to build Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels

As I predicted on election night, the President Donald Trump and Governor Jerry Brown administrations have apparently made a deal to fast-track Brown’s legacy project, the Delta Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. By Dan Bacher The Trump released a no-jeopardy finding on the biological […]

June 26th

Congress is about to deregulate you to death

Republicans have complained for years about what they called “job killing” regulations. Since they care more about profits than people, they’re about to pass a suite of laws that will change that to the more egalitarian “killing regulations”. By Jeremy Bloom Imagine this scenario: You go to the doctor because you’re in bad shape, and he […]

June 15th