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Climate Hawks Vote endorses Sara Gideon for Senate to unseat Susan Collins in Maine

Climate Hawk Democrats can flip the Senate by ousting Susan Collins, the endangered Senate Republican who tries to pretend that she’s moderate. Her moment in the national spotlight came in September 2018 when she defended Brett Kavanaugh and cast the deciding vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court, declaring that he would respect settled […]

July 6th

If Trump wins re-election, you can kiss environmental protection goodbye

Donald Trump has been using cover of COVID-19 and his wannabe strongman response to Black Lives Matter protests to continue his pro-polluter agenda, recently with an Executive Order tossing basic environmental protections out the window under guise of economic recovery.   By Climate Denier Roundup Fortunately, this appears to be yet another pointless distraction., As Niina […]

In targeted strike against environmental and racial justice, Trump EPA curbs states’ right to reject fossil fuel projects

With the nation focused on the coronavirus pandemic and protests against U.S. police brutality that have sprung up across the globe, the Trump administration continues to quietly attack federal policies that protect public health and the environment to limit the legal burdens faced by planet-wrecking fossil fuel companies. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a final […]

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 […]