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Andy Wheeler: Trump’s Pick for EPA Deputy is a Threat to Our Climate and Health

, director of Climate & Energy

Washington’s latest parlor game involves predictions about the number of days left in Scott Pruitt’s tenure at the EPA.  There’s even a website where you can place bets on it and some very funny memes and gifs on the internet.  Amid the controversies over discounted condos, high priced furniture, self-important sirens, and questionable personnel practices, the outrage over Pruitt’s policies is getting lost in the noise.  If his ethical lapses result in his ouster, what’s to stop his replacement from continuing the destruction of nearly half a century of environmental progress? Read more >

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FEMA and HUD Budgets are Vital for Disaster and Climate Preparedness

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Last year’s record-breaking disasters—including hurricanes, wildfires and floods—were a reminder of how climate change and faulty development policies are colliding to create dangerous and costly outcomes for the American public. While much attention is focused on post-disaster recovery, we need to invest much more in preparing for disasters before they happen. The good news is that the omnibus budget deal recently passed by Congress appropriated significant funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help foster community resilience, in many cases undoing steep cuts that had been proposed by the Trump administration. Read more >

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Photo: David Nagy CC-BY-SA-2.0 (Flickr)

Shell Knew About Climate Risks Since the 1980s, Will it Act Now?

, climate accountability campaign manager

The year is 1988. The Wonder Years debuts on TV, George Michael’s “Faith” tops the Billboard charts, gas costs $1.67 at the pump, the U.S. Surgeon General states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine, and Royal Dutch Shell writes a confidential report on climate science and its own role in global warming. This report is one of dozens of internal documents unearthed by journalist Jelmer Mommers of De Correspondent and posted this week on Climate Files that shed more light on what Shell knew decades ago about the risks of burning fossil fuels. Read more >

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Industry Representatives and Administrator Pruitt looking quite pleased at the press conference where they rolled out their rollback of the fuel efficiency standards. Left to right - Peter Welch, NADA, Administrator Pruitt, Mitch Bainwal, Alliance, John Bozzella, Global. Screenshot from C-SPAN

5 Things the EPA Gets Wrong as it Re-Evaluates the Fuel Efficiency Standards (and One Thing it Ignores)

, Sr. Manager of Government Affairs

On Monday April 2nd, the EPA released a “redetermination” of the incredibly popular and successful car and light truck global warming emissions standards – spoiler alert – EPA said that the standards are not appropriate and need to be weakened. The redetermination is full of questionable assumptions and strange conclusions. We picked five falsehoods that are core to their reasoning and explain why they’re wrong. Read more >

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Dear EPA Staff, We Fixed Your Climate Change Talking Points for You

, climate scientist

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent a memo with “talking points” regarding climate change science and adaptation. They make some plainly inaccurate claims. So I made some edits in the interest of scientific clarity, and to make the guidance more useful for the states, cities, and tribes that the EPA is supposed to serve. Read more >

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