Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt kicks out professors, researchers under federal grant money rule

Charles Werth was nearing the end of his first three-year term as an adviser to the Environmental Protection Agency, and had hopes of being kept on …

Climate

EPA scientific integrity in the balance: what’s at stake

CLOSE<p>EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has decided to end former President Obama's Clean Power Plan, rolling back another one of his signature …

Climate

Trump makes it easier to exploit consumers

Richard Cordray, head of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) since 2012, says he will resign before his five-year term expires. His …

Richard Cordray

The Ultimate in Deregulation

In the first 10 months of the Trump presidency, the blueprint for peeling back regulations has looked something like this:<p>First, issue executive …

Conservative View

Trump presidency spurs cottage industry of ethics watchdogs

WASHINGTON — One group has filed 12 lawsuits targeting either President Trump or the actions of his administration. Another organization has submitted 527 public-records requests sprinkled throughout the federal government. Yet another has collected 1.3 million signatures calling for President …

Government

Censoring Climate Change

The Trump administration is making it harder to find government information about climate change on the web. If you searched Google for the words “climate change” a little over six months ago, one of the first hits would have been the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.<p>But that was before …

Climate

Major wind (and solar) power deals on hold while US politicians argue tax laws – $50 billion at risk

The US House of Representatives passed a tax-reform bill on Nov. 16 that would change the amount of tax credit each kWh of wind power created gets going forward. The US Senate, disagreeing, has returned a bill without this change.<p>While being argued, signed projects at various stages of development …

Renewable Energy

In Two Tech Actions, Trump Administration Stresses Enforcement

WASHINGTON – Over just two days this week, the Trump administration has both sued AT&T Inc. to block its planned takeover of Time Warner Inc. and proposed allowing internet-service providers -- like AT&T -- to form closer alliances with content companies, like Time Warner.<p>The two government moves …

Trump Administration

How Greed, Fear and Our Own Biases Blind Us to the Realities of Climate Change

Click here for reuse options! By the time climate change is no longer a long-term threat, it will be too late.The Climate Science Special Report that …

Climate

Trump Rejects Icahn-Backed Bid to Change Biofuel Mandate

The Trump administration is formally rejecting a bid to relieve refiners of their obligation to fulfill annual biofuel quotas, dealing a blow to …

Business

EPA chief Scott Pruitt: 'environmentalism' is use rather than preservation

EPA head Scott Pruitt will likely go down as one of the most controversial agency chiefs in that agency's history of almost 50 years.<p>The former …

Climate

'Valve-turners' putting lives on the line for our climate emergency: Guest opinion

<b>BY LEONARD HIGGINS</b><p>In October 2016, while President Barack Obama was still in office, five climate change activists, including me, cut chains and …

Climate

Des Moines' most notorious toxic site could be home to new police station, school stadium

CLOSE<p>The Des Moines school district is considering a plan to build a new stadium at the former Dico plant, a heavily contaminated and abandoned …

Des Moines

Electric-car plugs, 'environmentalism' at today's EPA, Big Oil's future, EV penetration: Today's Car News

Today, a possible plug conflict for electric cars, a redefinition from the EPA chief, a study suggesting Big Oil will wane, and our latest Twitter …

Autos

The Endangered Species Act is endangered - Salon.com

As powerful climate deniers threaten to destroy even the most basic environmental protections, the Endangered Species Act is also under attack, thanks to a series of proposed bills in the House of Representatives. As Climate Central explained earlier this year:<p>Often photographed clinging to Arctic …

U.S. Politics

How Methane Pollution Puts African-American Communities at Greater Risk

African-Americans are disproportionately at risk.<p>Environmental racism is real.<p>The U.S. oil and gas industries are responsible for dumping tons of toxic pollutants into our environment annually. The U.S. gas industry alone is estimated to be responsible for offloading [roughly 9 million tons of …

Climate

The turkey industry is very thankful for Donald Trump

Ron Sachs/CNP/Zuma<p>In keeping with a longstanding pre-Thanksgiving presidential tradition, President Trump on Tuesday spared the lives of two …

Liberal View

After Flint, Helping Doctors Recognize Chemical Exposure

Before doctors in Flint, Mich., knew they were dealing with a crisis of lead poisoning, there were warning signs of a problem with the water supply. The doctors just didn’t know what to do with them — including Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician credited with uncovering the widespread lead …

Opinion

The Toxic Chemical Industry Is Having a Really Great Year

The scariest part about the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia was that, in the beginning, no one really knew anything about the chemical that …

Liberal View

What EPA chief Scott Pruitt promised — and what he’s done

Is carrying out further staffing cuts, including the potential for closing certain regional offices, all of which would may make outreach harder.<p>Under Obama, there was “at least a sense that we would have a nice polite meeting, but that feedback was moot because the path had already been decided,” …

Politics

Meet the Trump Officials Making Government a Family Business

It’s not just Jared and Ivanka—at least 20 other families have multiple members serving in federal posts.<p>Most people have heard of Ivanka and Jared, …

News (China)

Republicans Block Marijuana Banking Measure

Marijuana Businesses Don’t See 280E Reform Success, But There’s Still Hope<p>Published<p>5 days ago<p>on<p>November 14, 2017<p>Fairness. That’s what marijuana …

Cannabis

A civil rights 'emergency': justice, clean water and air in the age of Trump

Disadvantaged communities have long borne the disproportionate – and deadly – burden of environmental destruction. Now, as Trump rolls back protections, the battle has become more urgent<p>The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle …

News (U.S.)

A year-old video shows Trump has stayed more focused in his first year than you might think

<i>Welcome to Mic’s daily read on Donald Trump’s America. Want to receive this as a daily email in your inbox?</i> <i>Subscribe here</i><i>.</i><p>Monday’s dispatch: Trump’s …

LaVar Ball

EPA Revises the Social Cost of a Potent Greenhouse Gas

The Trump administration is tweaking how it measures the costs of emitting a potent greenhouse gas, a move that will have major impacts for climate …

Climate

Your Outrage Over Business Jets Is Silly

Brace yourself for a little thing called "nuance."<p>Eric Adams / The Drive<p>Eric AdamsView Eric Adams's …

Ryan Zinke

Scott Pruitt Drains the Swamp at the EPA

As Pruitt commented, the focus at EPA should be sound science, not political science. It is about time other agencies adopt the same approach.

Trump Administration

Keystone XL and the big American rollback

Even back in August 2017, as U.S. President Donald Trump raged over Congress's failure to kill Obamacare, oil billionaires Charles and David Koch, …

Koch Brothers

President Donald Trump's pick to lead New England EPA lauded by environmentalists

BOSTON -- The Trump administration's pick to lead Region I of the Environmental Protection Agency is drawing praise from environmental …

Climate

The politics of contamination

Since entering office, the Trump administration has diverged from its predecessor on many fronts. Environmental regulation and drug control are two …