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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

Hurricane Pruitt a bigger risk to superfund sites than Harvey or Irma

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we learned that Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located, is home to 13 abandoned industrial sites so populated by toxic waste that over the years they’ve been assigned Superfund cleanup status by the Environmental Protection Agency. We also learned from the work of two Associated Press reporters that seven of those […]

September 12th

Scott Pruitt’s EPA red-team blue-team on climate change is anything but teamwork (Part 2)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is leading a formal Trump administration program to plan a debate about climate change. He wants to recruit government scientists to challenge other scientists about the scientific consensus on climate change. “What the American people deserve, I think, is a true, legitimate, peer-reviewed, objective, transparent discussion about CO2,” Pruitt said. By Pam Shaouy […]

September 11th

Scott Pruitt’s EPA red-team blue-team on climate change is anything but teamwork (Part 1)

With the pace of news these days, sometimes it’s tough to zoom out and see larger trends or patterns. This two-part blog series helps us do that, putting much-needed context around EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s climate comments and plans to debate climate science. By Pam Shaouy Citizens Climate Lobby When you think about our earliest […]

September 8th

Just when we need the EPA most, Scott Pruitt has it destroying its own mission

At a time when we’re all still thinking of Hurricane Harvey’s survivors (and donating to their recovery efforts), Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt continues to steer his agency off a cliff by ignoring its mission and putting people at risk: An Associated Press story broke over the weekend demonstrating that the agency hadn’t been on site […]

September 7th

Hurricane Harvey: How Pruitt and Abbott helped burning Texas chemical plant break the rules

It’s one of those stories we know all too well. A company prone to spreading environmental hazards  – in this case, the global chemical giant Arkema – also spreads cash to politicians. It gets cited – and modestly fined – for violating protective rules it has fought to keep from being imposed. The piddly fines don’t […]

September 1st

EPA-wrecker Scott Pruitt runs an agency slouching into paranoia

Until now, Ronald Reagan-appointed Anne Gorsuch Burford [mother of nepotastic stolen-seat Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch] was the worst administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in its nearly half-century of existence. She cut its budget by a fifth and worked diligently to please polluting industries that she claimed were over-regulated. She was just one appointee […]

August 12th

War on science: Don’t let the Trump admin censor its comprehensive climate change report

As the news appeared this week about U.S. Department of Agriculture employees being told to avoid the term “climate change” in their work, the draft of a new report on climate change also appeared. That report, published Monday by The New York Times, is, according to Katharine Hayhoe, a professor of political science at Texas Tech University, among “the most comprehensive climate science reports” […]

August 9th

EPA and Scott Pruitt will stop trying to make you breathe more smog. For now.

The US Environmental Protection Agency and its controversial administrator, Scott Pruitt, have been forced to back down from delaying the implementation of Obama-era regulations designating areas impacted by excessive levels of ground-level ozone, or smog. By Joshua S Hill  Only a day after the EPA was sued by 16 Democratic state attorneys general, Scott Pruitt and […]

August 8th

Let’s stop Pruitt from letting coal plants dump toxins in your water

This week, I was honored to stand in Washington, D.C. alongside community and environmental leaders from 10 states to oppose Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt’s continuing efforts to weaken  clean water protections against coal plant pollution. We started the day with a press conference at the National Press Club, where I called on Trump and Pruitt to […]

August 2nd

Methane emissions: Court gives Trump regime another kick, but fight is not over

In a ruling issued Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia smacked the Environmental Protection Agency again, requiring that it immediately begin enforcing an Obama administration rule that set standards for the oil and natural gas industry’s methane emissions. By Meteor Blades  The Trump regime had issued […]

August 2nd