Trump Administration

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

Why UCS Is Suing Trump Over Car Standards

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On September 27, the Trump administration issued a new rule that purports to take away the right of California and thirteen other states to cut carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light duty trucks and require increasing percentages of new car sales to be electric vehicles or other zero emitting technology.

Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists filed suit against the Trump administration for this action. UCS does not typically file lawsuits that focus on the legal authority of states and the federal government. But this suit is about much more than that. Read more >

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New Analysis Shows Government Lacks Plans to Save Endangered Species from Climate Change

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Today, a new analysis published in Nature Climate Change shows that the US government doesn’t have many plans to conserve hundreds of endangered species that are at-risk of being affected by climate change. The analysis finds that 99.8% of the 459 US animals listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are at risk of having their populations further decrease under a changing climate. However, the two agencies in charge of managing conservation of these species, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), have plans to manage the effects of climate change for only 18% of them. Read more >

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Dubious Advice: Bears Ears, National Park Campgrounds, and the Rise of Captured Committees

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The advisory committee for Bears Ears National Monument has been criticized for being skewed toward energy interests. The “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee recommends privatizing America’s national parks campgrounds. They both represent a new type of advisory committee designed to give the appearance of impartiality and independent review when they are actually disproportionately stocked with enablers of the administration’s political agenda. Read more >

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Five Things to Yell About in the EPA’s New Opaque “Transparency” Supplemental Rule

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The Trump administration is making a bad proposal worse as a leaked draft comes to light of the Environmental Protection Agency’s soon-to-be-released supplemental proposal to their so-called Transparency Proposed Rule. Read more >

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Congress Lifts Voices of Communities Affected by Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

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On October 30th, the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force and House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-3) will host a briefing that will lift the voices of underserved communities who have long been affected by the government’s sidelining of science. We will hear stories of how underserved communities have dealt with air and water pollution, been left out of decision-making processes, or have wondered how they will live day-to-day as the government sidelines science and undermines programs specifically intended to provide support to communities harmed first and worst. Read more >

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