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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

Renewable Roundup: Whatever it is, it’s time (from MLK to John Lewis to me and you)

We became a majority in the US in the 1990s, held back only by the Vast RightWrong-Wing Conspiracy of lies, hate, gerrymanders, voter suppression, a corrupt Supreme Court, and the Russians, aided by thatidiotComey. But now it’s time. By Mokurai Our time has come. All of us, Black, White, Green, or Purple; Jew and Gentile and Muslim and whatever; […]

July 27th

Election 2020: Four more years of Donald Trump could delay global emissions cuts by 10 years

Donald Trump’s decision to step back from international climate action pushes any prospect of hitting global emissions targets to “near zero”. Modelling suggests there are only very limited circumstances where the Paris Agreement’s warming limit of 2C is met – and a US departure from the landmark 2015 deal restricts those options further for every term […]

July 24th

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

‘Violence by Number Tampering’: Trump manipulated government estimates of climate costs, says GAO report

A nonpartisan congressional report released Tuesday reveals how the Trump administration manipulated data to justify deregulating carbon emissions by drastically understating the costs of allowing fossil fuel extraction—and the resulting climate crisis—to continue. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan investigative office of the U.S. Congress, shows in the report that the Trump administration revised […]

July 16th

Steamrolling rights of people and planet, Trump finalizes rule weakening bedrock environmental law NEPA

Environmental defenders on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of trampling the rights of frontline communities as it finalized plans to weaken the law known as “the Magna Carta of environmental legislation.” President Donald Trump was expected to announce at a campaign stop in Atlanta Wednesday the rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which was signed into law by […]

July 16th

Watchdog accuses Trump’s NOAA of choosing extinction for critically threatened right whales by hiding scientific evidence

As the North Atlantic right whale was placed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of critically endangered species Thursday, environmental protection groups accusing the U.S. government of bowing to fishing and fossil fuel industry pressure to downplay the threat and failing to enact common-sense restrictions to protect the animals. By Julia Conley Common Dreams […]

July 13th

Langston Hughs – Let America Be America Again

Langston Hughes was a great man and a great poet. In particular he is the perfect antidote for MAGAism. “Let America Be America Again (America never was America to me.)” We should have trumpeted today’s poem from the moment Trump came down the escalator. We should be declaiming it in chorus every day. For myself, I […]

July 12th

Why Trump wants to kill NEPA – the biggest environmental law you’ve never heard of

Following the rapid industrialization and population boom of the early 1900s, the environment stood as a casualty of society’s capitalistic growth. Rivers caught fire, DDT crashed bird populations, and scientists feared devastating harms caused by the escalating concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. These issues were exacerbated by the lack of federal regulation, as states led […]

War on Science: The Far Right’s absurd war on masks (in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic)

The chief cultural signifier of our times is this: Wearing a mask. Or not. These low-tech, low-cost, high-impact coverings are simple and effective at helping reduce the COVID-19 infection rate. Our top political leaders’ failure to produce, distribute, and require them en masse when the pandemic first spread ranks somewhere between stupid and criminal. By Jim […]

July 6th