Trump Administration

Our experts and analysts weigh in on the latest developments in the Trump administration.

What I Told CNN: A Climate Denier Shouldn’t Be Leading at NOAA

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just appointed a climate denier to an agency leadership position. I went on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer yesterday to explain why the appointment of Dr. David Legates is dangerous for NOAA, for the future of federal climate change leadership, and for the public. Here’s why this appointment is a reckless move. Read more >

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The Deadly Consequences of Sidelining Science and Government During a Pandemic

, Research Analyst

In the US to date, more than 185,000 people have died due to COVID-19—many times in pain, unable to breathe, and separated from their families. Many of these deaths, which disproportionately affect Black and Brown communities, could have been prevented if governments had made different public policy choices. And yet at every stage of the pandemic, some federal and state governments have chosen to sideline science and policy choices based on science. Read more >

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Migratory Birds vs. the Trump Administration: This Time the Birds Win

, Climate scientist

The Department of the Interior was dealt a serious blow earlier this month in its attempt to dismantle one of our most vital laws for protecting wildlife, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A federal judge ruled that attempts by the agency to reinterpret the act to allow more bird deaths were unlawful, lacked any opportunity for public comment, and showed that “agency expertise is questionable at best.” Read more >

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Acting BLM Director William Pendley at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on September 10, 2019 Photo: House Natural Resources Committee

William Pendley is Still Bad News—and Still Illegally Leading the Bureau of Land Management

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Pendley never should have been nominated in the first place. His myriad conflicts of interest and his very opposition to the mission of the agency he was nominated to lead should have disqualified him from the beginning. That makes it all the more troubling that the administration is illegally continuing Mr. Pendley as the effective acting administrator of the BLM despite withdrawing his nomination. Read more >

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President Trump walks into Lafayette Square after US Park Police and other law enforcement agents forcibly cleared peaceful protestors on June 1, 2020. Photo: The White House

The Clearing of Lafayette Square: Interior Park Police Chief’s Testimony Stains Agency’s Reputation

, Climate scientist

The allegation that park police misused their authority in violation of the first amendment and contributed to a possible slide toward autocracy makes me sick to my stomach. Read more >

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