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James Enstrom: How Big Tobacco’s favorite researcher weaseled his work in to the EPA

There are only a handful of credentialed deniers still alive and generating nominally peer-reviewed papers to support their fundamentally anti-regulatory agenda. Over at InsideClimateNews, Marianne Lavelle recently dove into the long, downward slide of the scientific career of James Enstrom, once a respectable up-and-coming physicist before diving into the world of tobacco-funded anti-regulatory pseudoscience. By Climate Denier Roundup His story […]

Trump won’t offer usual economic projections. Probably because it’s hard to brag about disaster

In a story they broke this morning, Jeff Stein and Josh Dawsey at The Washington Post report that the Trump regime has decided it will not deliver economic projections in the traditional “mid-session review” of the budget this summer. Budget experts the reporters interviewed said they didn’t know of any time in the past half century when an administration has […]

May 28th

Trump wants “Transparency” at EPA (While firing Inspector Generals at State, Defense and Intelligence for doing their jobs)

  As first reported by Meridith McGraw and Hahal Toosi at Politico, Donald Trump has purged yet another inspector general, State Department IG Steve Linick. Like those forced out before him, Linick is being dumped for performing his watchdog job, which was causing discomfort in the White House where loyalty is only surpassed by flattery for anyone who […]

May 18th

The environment has had a few successes in the courts (Enjoy them now – they won’t last)

It’s nice to hear that groups protecting vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic could potentially build on legal tactics employed in climate litigation, and (conversely) for those bringing climate lawsuits to learn from coronavirus litigation. By Climate Denier Roundup Last week, Dawn Reeves at InsideEPA reported that ExxonMobil’s lawyers attempted to convince the 10th Circuit Court of […]

War on Science: Trump admin’s Orwellian “Transparency in Science” (That BLOCKS most science)

Nothing’s ever really final, but next Monday is the last chance you’ll have to register your opposition to two and a half decades worth of tobacco and fossil fuel industry planning that has culminated in the Trump administration’s Orwellian-named Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule. By Climate Denier Roundup We’ve touched on this long-running campaign recently, describing how it […]

EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard

The COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown have temporarily produced clearer skies across the U.S. Meanwhile, however, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains. By H. Christopher Frey, North Carolina State University The Conversation On April 30, 2020, the agency published a proposed new rule that […]

Democratic senators tell DC Court that fossil fuel industry has infiltrated EPA and are dictating its policies

The Senators filed a friend-of-the-court brief filed in a lawsuit that challenges the Environmental Protection Agency’s pathetic replacement of the Obama EPA’s Clean Power Plan designed to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Short version: the replacement plan will mean many more deaths and ailments will afflict people than would have been the casse under the Obama plan. […]

May 6th

Drain The Swamp: Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s former lobbying firm is cashing in on the Coronavirus pandemic

New research released today by Western Values Project reveals that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s former lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (BHFS) — the one that lobbies for the Westlands Water District — is “cashing in” on the coronavirus pandemic. BHFS has reported a huge uptick in business from clients seeking Coronavirus bailouts from the Trump […]

May 5th

Bankrupt oil and fracking companies are sucking up billions of coronavirus bailout dollars

This week’s decision by Trump’s Federal Reserve mirrors the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s request to bail out Big Oil. By Dan Bacher Here are all of the details from the Western Values Project: HELENA, MT – Yesterday, Trump’s Federal Reserve opened the floodgates to big oil in a decision that will allow financially unsustainable oil and gas corporations […]

May 2nd

As 60,000 die from Coronavirus, Trump launches secret war on regulations that SAVE LIVES

Earlier this year I wrote about Trump administration environmental deregulations, and our readers responded with their positions on which acts would have the most long-term harm. Who knew that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be at it again, especially during the pandemic crisis? According to Nature, the EPA is pressing forward with controversial efforts to roll back […]

May 1st