Voting largely along party lines, Congress just confirmed Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—an attorney who has spent his professional career suing the EPA to stop the agency from performing its fundamental mission of ensuring clean air and water for all Americans. Read more >
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February 17, 2017 1:23 PM EDT
January 26, 2017 4:01 PM EDT
The first week of the Trump administration is underway and, suffice to say, it has been a bad week for science. Scientists at several federal agencies have been told they can no longer speak to the media or use social media; staff at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was notified that scientific work will be reviewed by political appointees, that climate web content was being removed, and that all contracts and grants by the agency were on hold.
January 17, 2017 9:49 AM EDT
One well-reported thing about Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee for EPA Administrator, is his penchant for filing lawsuits to block the EPA from enforcing clean air, clean water, and climate regulations, rather than suing polluters in his own state of Oklahoma.
This alone ought to provide ample grounds for rejecting his nomination. But a closer look at these lawsuits and the legal arguments Pruitt has advanced (or signed onto) tells an even more disturbing story. Read more >
November 23, 2016 11:35 AM EDT
UPDATE (January 30, 2017): President Donald Trump has signed a reckless executive order requiring agencies to cut two rules for every new one issued. Read our response.
The President-elect recently described in a Youtube video what he intends to do on his very first day in office. Among other things, he will issue a new command to all federal agencies: “if you want to issue a new regulation, you must repeal two existing ones.” Read more >
November 9, 2016 6:29 PM EDT
This election raised the specter of backsliding on the critical progress we’ve made on climate change and other vital issues—but in no sense did the voters grant the new president a mandate to turn back the clock. Read more >