Trump Administration

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

Gas flaring from an oil drilling site in San Juan County, New Mexico. Photo: John Fowler/Flickr

As Oil Prices Crash, BLM Wants to Open Up Public Lands in New Mexico for More Extraction

, Climate scientist

BLM leadership has chosen to use the current public health crisis to muffle the voices of people living near the public lands the agency is supposed to protect. The agency recently announced a plan to proceed with oil and gas extraction efforts in northern New Mexico, including in an area near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park Read more >

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The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds

This is what reopening looks like in the United States today. To the White House, governors, and the privileged, they are merely reopening business. To the laborers who keep those businesses open, the madness of being forced back to work when coronavirus still rages reopens the enduring wounds of structural racism. The coronavirus is proving beyond anything we’ve known in modern times how an infected wound can become a death sentence. Read more >

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Responder al COVID-19 no tiene que significar sacrificar a las comunidades vulnerables

, Lead science and policy analyst

En su respuesta a la crisis COVID-19, es imperativo que el gobierno no cargue a las comunidades vulnerables y a los trabajadores esenciales con las consecuencias de decisiones apresuradas. Read more >

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Publio Gonzalez, a biologist with the Gorgas Institute, holds a bat June 6, 2018, in Meteti, Panama. Gonzalez and U.S. military doctors were participating in an Emerging Infectious Diseases Training Event, in which they received informational lectures from Panamanian infectious disease experts and field studies of possible virus-carrying wildlife and insects.  Dustin Mullen/US Air Force

Trump Administration Axes Coronavirus Research

, Research scientist

News broke yesterday that the Trump administration is defunding a research program studying bat-human virus transmission, a probable cause of the current pandemic. The Ecohealth Alliance, which develops science-based solutions to prevent pandemics and promote conservation, was receiving the funding to conduct this research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH normally only cuts research funding when they find that an award recipient has violated some form of research integrity (i.e., plagiarized, falsified results). Read more >

Photo: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released)
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Data tell only part of the story; they don’t begin to capture the pain and loss of the families left behind.

Worker Memorial Day in the Time of COVID-19

, executive director

Tuesday, April 28, is Worker Memorial Day, when we should all pause from our daily routines to recognize, remember, and honor those who have suffered and died of injuries and illnesses related to their work. Every year, the toll is far too high. But this year, in the midst of a pandemic, the story is especially egregious, heartbreaking, and worthy of our attention and action. Every year, the toll on workers’ lives, health, and livelihoods is far too high. But this year, in the midst of a pandemic, the story is especially egregious and heartbreaking. Read more >

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