Drain the Swamp

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By trashing smart regulation, Trump is leading us to a new Robber Baron Era

The Trump administration has a clear economic objective: deregulate. Loosening regulations on industries, the White House believes, will lead to faster growth and more jobs. This is the stated reason for pulling the U.S. from the international climate accord, and the economic justification for seeking to rescind the EPA Clean Power Plan that limits carbon emissions from plants. By Jeremi […]

October 18th

Drain the swamp: Trump puts assorted foxes in charge of government henhouse (What could go wrong?)

The Trump administration is slowly filling positions below the cabinet officer level in the “mission agencies” of the federal government (e.g., EPA, NOAA , Interior, DOE, etc. whose job it is to implement a specific set of statutory mandates). The appointed individuals are leading day-to-day decision-making on policies from public health and safety to environmental protection to […]

October 13th

Drain the swamp (or permafrost): Selling out the arctic

The wild and unspoiled northeastern corner of Alaska known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been protected from development for more than half a century, but that’s never stopped oil and gas companies from wanting to drill there. On several occasions, they’ve come dangerously close to succeeding. But now, thanks to the chaos of […]

October 12th

Trump puts rival CEO who wants to muzzle NOAA in charge of the agency

A nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just been announced and follows the pattern of putting conflicted business leaders in charge of agencies. As a former NOAA scientist and manager, it was particularly troubling to me that two nominees this week to lead my former agency fit this disturbing pattern.  President Trump nominated Barry […]

October 12th

Scott Pruitt’s cynical move to dump the Clean Power Plan

Yesterday, the EPA took a first formal step in repealing the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by approximately 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a terribly irresponsible decision. Recent ferocious storms, intensified by warming oceans and air, remind us of […]

October 12th

Drain the swamp! Trump puts big lump of coal (lobbyist) in EPA’s stocking

President Donald Trump’s nominee as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency lobbied for the biggest U.S. coal mining  company, whose employees were the president’s biggest source of campaign contributions. By Jonathan Salant (Displayed with Permission from NJ.com) Andrew Wheeler, a principal with Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, was registered to lobby for Murray Energy until August, Senate records show. […]

October 9th

EPA will work “more closely with industry”. Why not just rent Pruitt an office in Trump Tower?

Top staffers for Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA chief Scott Pruitt announced the agency’s Smart Sectors program Tuesday. Under this, the EPA will work in close partnership with industries it regulates. In a press release, Pruitt said: By Meteor Blades “When we consider American business as a partner, as opposed to an adversary, we can achieve better environmental outcomes” […] “The […]

October 4th

Paranoid Pruitt spends taxpayer $$$ on “cone of silence”. What’s he hiding?

It’s not enough that the paranoid EPA-hating chief of the EPA Scott Pruitt has diverted a dozen of the agency’s already understaffed investigative team to do round-the-clock bodyguard duty, even when he is in his office at headquarters. Now Brady Dennis at The Washington Post reports that Pruitt ordered an expensive customized acoustic booth to ensure his phone calls remain secret. By Meteor […]

September 27th

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

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

War on science: Save the Environmental Protection Agency!

This week, I had the great honor of speaking at press conference at the National Press Club calling on Congress and the White House to fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and let its staff do their jobs free of political interference (you can watch ABC News coverage of the event here). The good public servants at […]

September 15th

Drain the Swamp: Dems say No Way to Sam Clovis, Trump’s anti-science appointee as top USDA scientist

In a letter to supporters, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, announced her opposition to President Trump’s nominee to be the top scientist at the Department of Agriculture, Sam Clovis. She highlighted his lack of professional qualifications as well as his “absurd” statements on climate science, LGBTQ issues, and […]

September 14th