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The Trump Administration’s Latest: A Plan to Foul the Alaska Arctic

In a complete disregard for science, conservation, and climate change, the administration has released a draft plan that could allow oil and gas operations on more than 17 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic. Read more >

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Keeping Up With Scientific Integrity: July-September 2019

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

Nearly three years into the Trump administration, we’ve seen so many attacks on science—as well some spirited defenses of it—that it can be hard to remember all that’s occurred. To help us all stay on top of fast-moving situations, I’m starting a new project: quarterly updates on scientific integrity actions. The somewhat belated update for the third quarter of 2019 is below, and future editions will also appear on this blog. Read more >

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Profiles in Cowardice: Toyota, GM, and Fiat Chrysler Join the List

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Toyota, GM, Fiat Chrysler, and other members of the so-called “Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation” have thrown sustainability (and any green credentials) out the window and joined Trump administration efforts to gut existing environmental standards. Read more >

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Trump’s Newest SNAP Rule Will Leave Families in the Cold

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

As the weather turns colder, many of us are pulling out our bulkiest sweaters and diving headlong into hygge. But as we reach for all of our coziest creature comforts to stay warm this winter, there’s one thing that no one should have to worry about: choosing between our heating bill and our grocery list.

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The EPA’s ‘Censored Science’ Rule Isn’t Just Bad Policy, It’s Also Illegal

James Goodwin,

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears poised to take the next step in advancing its dangerous “censored science” rulemaking with the pending release of a supplemental proposal. The EPA presumably intends for this action to respond to criticism of the many glaring errors and shortcomings in its original proposal, hastily released in 2018. Unfortunately, if the leaked version of the supplemental proposal is any indication, the agency is no closer to curing one of the 2018 proposal’s biggest defects: identifying a plausible legal authority to issue the rule in the first place. As such, if and when it’s finalized, the rule is doomed to easy rejection on the judicial review that is certain to follow. Read more >

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