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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 […]

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EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard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

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

Drain The Swamp? Trump stocks it with his pet alligators

One of the campaign promises that struck a nerve with Trump’s audience was his promise to Drain the Swamp. Now, it was relatively obvious at the time that this was referring to the Deep State (career government employees loyal to the Constitution) and Democrats, but many latched on to it as a promise to clamp […]

War on Science: Trump’s new “transparency” rule isn’t just awful – it’s RETROACTIVELY awful

The Trump regime is working on a new rule—called Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science—that would make it much harder to enact rules curtailing pollution. The proposal would require scientists to disclose all raw data for studies used to back up new rules. That would make enacting new environmental rules—say, a regulation to tighten emissions—far more […]

March 5th

Trump’s EPA lawyers come up with their dumbest legal argument yet

Once upon a time, some tobacco lawyers turned climate deniers convinced Republicans in Congress and Trump’s administration to flip the idea of “conflict of interest” on its head. They alleged that scientific advisors funded by public institutions like the EPA were biased, and those funded by polluters facing regulation were not.   By Climate Denier Roundup As a result, […]

February 24th

EPA’s scientist-bullying COS takes new job – at the National Mining Association

Good news, everyone! This week, Ryan Jackson, former Inhofe staffer turned Chief of Staff at the EPA, the one accused of bullying scientists over their congressional testimony and otherwise stonewalling the Office of the Inspector General, has decided to stop pretending to work on the public’s behalf and go work for the National Mining Association. Although he appears to […]

February 6th

Goodbye, Clean Water Act. Hello, zombie fish.

Zombie fish — it’s just a prelude of what’s to come for our waters, once protected, but not more. The Clean Water Act was one of the greatest bipartisan achievements of America, but now it too has been gutted by our President. The Guardian calls this the single largest loss of clean water protections that America has ever […]

February 4th

Trump loves pollution: Next, let’s deregulate raw sewage!

Polluters, extractors, power-plant owners, corporate farmers, and land developers have good reason to be happy with the Trump regime. Since arriving in office three years ago, Donald Trump has rolled back 95 environmental rules. Or tried to. Many of these remain in litigation. Just a week ago, the White House announced that it would roll back protection for half the […]

January 31st