Trump Administration

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


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A Toxic Nomination Hangs in the Balance: Who Will Stand Up to Finally Topple Michael Dourson?

Michael Dourson and his firm have routinely judged chemicals to be safe at levels hundreds of times greater than the current standards issued by the EPA. He is clearly unfit to protect us from dangerous chemicals. To doom his nomination, only one more vote is needed. Who will topple him? Read more >

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Would Chemical Safety Measures Under Dourson Protect Military Families? Probably Not.

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

Update (December 14, 2017): Michael Dourson has withdrawn his nomination to head the EPA’s division of chemical safety. Read the statement from UCS President Ken Kimmell, Dourson’s Withdrawal a Victory for Science, Health.


Dr. Michael Dourson, a toxicologist with a history of providing consultation to the chemical industry, could become the head of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dourson has consistently defended the use of several chemicals found to pose major adverse health effects, manipulating his research in favor of industry interests. This could spell trouble for public health and safety, particularly in low-income communities and communities where residents are predominately people of color—which often includes military bases. Read more >

Charise Johnson
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USDA Secretary Sidelines Science, Sells Out Farmers, Workers, and Eaters

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Lest you think the Trump administration’s headlong rush toward rejecting science in favor of industry deregulation is mostly a problem in Scott Pruitt’s EPA, recent less-reported developments at the US Department of Agriculture demonstrate otherwise. Over the past few weeks, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has taken a variety of steps to sideline science and betray farmers, food chain workers, and eaters. Let’s review… Read more >

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You Heard Right—The Trump Administration is Bailing Out Coal Plants

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

No one likes paying more on their electric bills. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what might happen if the US Department of Energy gets its way with a recent request that bails out uneconomic coal plants. Read more >

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NEPA is a landmark law that is crucial for identifying and considering environmental impacts on people, communities, and our shared environment. Photo: Bill Hughes, FracTracker Alliance

Kathleen Hartnett White Nomination Spells Trouble for the Magna Carta of Environmental Law: NEPA

, executive director

I could go on (and on and on) to express my dismay and alarm about this impending appointment, especially why you should care about two acronyms most American’s have never heard of: CEQ and NEPA. Read more >

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