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Court tosses out Trump Interior’s gutting of century-old protections for migratory birds

Conservation advocates and critics of the Trump administration’s subservience to corporate polluters celebrated a federal court’s Tuesday decision throwing out a December 2017 Interior Department opinion that effectively gutted nationwide protections for migratory birds by letting industry off the hook for “incidental” killings. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Like the clear crisp notes of the […]

August 13th

Drain the Swamp: “Only The Best” people can get hired through their family’s misconduct, (and fired for their own)

One thing that will never not be funny is the fact that, as a Presidential candidate, Donald Trump said he would “surround [him]self with only the best and most serious people,” and that he “will hire the best people” to staff his administration; since then, at least 14 of his aids, donors or advisors have been indicted or put […]

Trump’s top lawyer at Interior under Secretary Bernhardt accused of breaking the law

An Interior Department Inspector General’s report and breaking reporting reveals that President Trump’s top Interior Solicitor Daniel Jorjani illegally withheld public documents prior to the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Senate confirmation hearing and then “perjured himself under oath,” according to a statement by the Western Values Project. By Dan Bacher Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the Westlands Water District and oil companies, […]

August 12th

As Biden embraces more ambitious climate plan, fossil fuel execs donating to Trump with greater zeal than 2016

With presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s climate platform becoming increasingly ambitious thanks to nonstop grassroots pressure, fossil fuel executives and lobbyists are pouring money into the coffers of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in the hopes of keeping an outspoken and dedicated ally of dirty energy in the White House. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that […]

August 4th

With dirty energy sector crashing, nearly 70 groups urge Fed to stop buying up wasteful fossil fuel industry debt

A coalition of nearly 70 advocacy organizations is demanding that the Federal Reserve immediately stop using its emergency Covid-19 lending facilities to buy up fossil fuel debt, warning that rescuing the faltering oil and gas industry is both a bad investment of public money and disastrous for the climate. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The Federal Reserve Board’s “decision […]

August 3rd

150 attacks on science and counting: Trump administration’s anti-science actions hurt people and communities nationwide

Suppressed studies. Muzzled scientists. Disbanded scientific advisory committees. These are some examples of the gross violations of scientific integrity that the Trump administration has carried out during its 3½ years in power. At the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have been tracking these attacks on science since day one and our tracker has now hit a new, […]

August 3rd

‘Back for Another Whack’: Trump administration rule proposal would further undermine endangered species act

Environmental groups on Friday condemned the announcement of a new rule proposed by President Donald Trump that would further weaken the Endangered Species Act by making it easier to destroy habitats vulnerable species rely on for survival. “President Trump is back for another whack at another key environmental law,” said Oceana senior federal policy director Lara Levison. By Eoin […]

August 3rd

Coalition sues to block Trump’s scorched-earth attack on bedrock environmental law NEPA

A coalition of 20 organizations filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration’s gutting of a law dubbed the “Magna Carta” of U.S. environmental legislation. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a five-decade old law, “embodies our nation’s environmental conscience” and “expressly commands the federal government to ‘fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee […]

August 1st

War on Science: EPA’s proposed ‘secret science’ rule directly threatens children’s health

The Trump administration is working to weaken U.S. environmental regulations in many areas, from water and air pollution to energy development and land conservation. One of its most controversial proposals is known as the “secret science” rule because it would require scientists to disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, in order […]

July 22nd