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People who recovered from Coronavirus will be screwed by Trump’s pollution rollbacks

COVID-19 has disrupted the state of the world. From country to country, the pandemic is affecting millions of lives. Part of this disruption comes from the virus’s ability to spread before people show symptoms. Now, with various environmental standards at stake, organizations and individuals are emphasizing the ways the environment can help fight pandemics. By Emily […]

May 14th

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EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard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

Big oil continues to lie about their godawful methane emissions (It’s the fracking!)

We’ve previously pointed out the American Petroleum Institute’s misleading claims that the oil and gas industry has reduced methane emissions by 50% since 1990. What that figure conceals is that methane emissions have actually increased by 40% since 2006, which coincidentally happens to be around the time that fracking really took off. While the literature is still figuring […]

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 admin clamps down harder on science

As we noted yesterday, the Trump administration has been doing everything it can to incorporate denial into the federal government. While we’ve sung the praises of the Administrative Procedures Act for blocking Trump’s agenda by requiring a factual basis for policy changes, one of the unsung heroes of the resistance to Trump’s pro-polluter agenda have been […]

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

SAFE to say Trump’s lie-filled clean car rollback won’t survive court challenges

Over the past couple of years, we’ve covered how Koch-funded groups have championed President Trump’s plan to make Americans buy more gas by rolling back fuel efficiency standards, how independent analysis showed the oil-industry-endorsed policy ignores basic economics, and the bizarre claim that not requiring more clean cars would lead to more clean cars. By Climate Denier Roundup Yesterday, the New […]

February 15th

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