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Mar 27, 2020. 8 comments

To Fight Covid-19, Trump's EPA Will Bravely Allow Companies to Pollute with Impunity

To Fight Covid-19, Trump's EPA Will Bravely Allow Companies to Pollute with Impunity

As covid-19 continues to ravage all corners of the world, the Trump administration has a plan to protect the real victims: polluting companies.

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a sweeping suspension on its enforcement of environmental laws, telling companies they can decide for themselves if they’re capable of meeting legal requirements on reporting air and water...

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Mar 06, 2020. 8 comments

The EPA's Proposal to Restrict Science Somehow Gets Worse

The EPA's Proposal to Restrict Science Somehow Gets Worse

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new draft of one of its most controversial plans , somehow taking it from bad to worse.

The new draft revises a rule first proposed by then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in 2018 that would require the agency to only use scientific research based on data that’s available to the public to create regulations. The new version of the rule, which...

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Feb 19, 2020. 6 comments

EPA Science Advisory Board Full of Industry Shills Calls Air Pollution Research 'Not Trustworthy'

EPA Science Advisory Board Full of Industry Shills Calls Air Pollution Research 'Not Trustworthy'

A study released last week in the medical journal the BMJ put into stark relief the deadly toll of ozone pollution. Researchers found cities plagued by this pollution saw 6,000 additional deaths each year. Saving those lives requires regulations that limit the precursors emitted from tailpipes and industrial sources, the researchers said. It’s part of a growing body of evidence showing the...

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Feb 11, 2020. 14 comments

Trump's Budget Proposal Is an Assault on Clean Air and Water

Trump's Budget Proposal Is an Assault on Clean Air and Water

The Trump administration submitted its 2021 budget proposal to Congress on Monday, and folks, it’s great! Just kidding. It’s awful on many fronts, especially when it comes to the climate and environment.

The plan would cut the Energy Department’s budget by 8 percent and the Department of the Interior’s by 16 percent. The Environmental Protection Agency made out particularly badly: For the...

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Jan 31, 2020. 8 comments

EPA Is Getting Sued Over the Toxic Chemicals Used To Clean Up Oil Spills

EPA Is Getting Sued Over the Toxic Chemicals Used To Clean Up Oil Spills

Ten years ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, spilling 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the worst oil spill in history.

In the months following, emergency responders dumped millions of gallons of chemical dispersants into the Gulf to help clean up the spill, but that didn’t get rid of all the oil—and the chemicals themselves created a whole host of other...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 25, 2020. 5 comments

'We're Fighting for Our Rights': The EPA's First Bill of Rights Decries Trump's Deregulatory Tactics

'We're Fighting for Our Rights': The EPA's First Bill of Rights Decries Trump's Deregulatory Tactics

For employees who’ve spent decades working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Trump administration is like nothing they’ve ever seen before. That’s exactly why—for the first time ever—the agency’s union employees have authored a Bill of Rights to set the agency back on track to meet its mission.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) began organizing EPA staff...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 04, 2020. 12 comments

Trump's 'Tremendous Work' on Superfund Sites Includes Not Funding Their Cleanup

Trump's 'Tremendous Work' on Superfund Sites Includes Not Funding Their Cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency under Donald Trump promised to clean up the most polluted sites in the U.S. Remember former administrator Scott Pruitt? He loved to go on and on about doing this when he wasn’t grifting . Well, turns out the EPA is doing a worse job under this dumb-ass president than it has in previous years.

The number of Superfund sites that didn’t begin cleanup last...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Dec 19, 2019. 9 comments

The Worst Environmental Rollbacks of 2019

The Worst Environmental Rollbacks of 2019
Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the best, worst, and most significant moments of the year, and look forward to next year.

The Trump administration issued blow after blow to environmental protections this year. Sometimes, you couldn’t even finish reading about one when the next popped up. It was hard to whittle this list down because there were so many environmental rollbacks to...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 19, 2019. 22 comments

As He's Impeached, Trump Denies to Rally-Goers That He Always Has to Flush the Toilet 10 Times

As He's Impeached, Trump Denies to Rally-Goers That He Always Has to Flush the Toilet 10 Times

As the House of Representatives voted 230-197 and 229-198 on mostly party lines to impeach Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Wednesday night, Trump spent a good stretch of a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan waging his ongoing feud against water-conserving bathroom fixtures.

Earlier this month, Trump used a small business roundtable at the White House as an...

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Dec 16, 2019. 3 comments

Por qué el Porsche Taycan Turbo ha sacado tan mala nota en autonomía

Por qué el Porsche Taycan Turbo ha sacado tan mala nota en autonomía

Esta semana, supimos que la EPA calificó la autonomía del Porsche Taycan Turbo 2020 en solo 321 km con una carga. Eso es peor que casi todos los demás autos eléctricos a la venta actuales, y mucho peor que el Porsche de 482 km que se anunciaba, entonces, ¿qué hizo que la nota de la EPA fuera tan baja?

Hay dos factores muy claros que dieron como resultado que el Porsche Taycan Turbo llegara...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 07, 2019. 23 comments

The President Has Toilet Problems

The President Has Toilet Problems

President Donald J. Trump is having some toilet trouble—extremely normal toilet trouble that happens to all of us on a regular basis. Like how we sometimes have to flush 10-15 times before it all goes down, and that is totally due to wacko liberals demanding environmentally friendly toilets.

At a roundtable at the White House on reducing the supposedly onerous regulatory burdens on the...

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Nov 28, 2019. 4 comments

The EPA Sends Half-Assed Thanksgiving Message About Food Waste

The EPA Sends Half-Assed Thanksgiving Message About Food Waste

It’s no secret that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Donald Trump gives zero fucks about the planet. So imagine the irony of EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging Americans to “fill bellies, not landfills this Thanksgiving.”

Yet that is exactly the message Wheeler sent Wednesday morning about the food waste that typically accompanies my favorite holiday. Every...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Nov 27, 2019. 14 comments

'A Catastrophe': Leading Journals Warn Against EPA Proposal to Limit Science

'A Catastrophe': Leading Journals Warn Against EPA Proposal to Limit Science

Editors of the nation’s leading academic journals have come together to voice their worries with the president’s attempt to limit science within the Environmental Protection Agency.

In a joint statement published Tuesday, the editors-in-chief of Science, Nature, Cell, PNAS, PLOS, and the Lancet called out the EPA’s so-called science transparency proposal , which would require that scientists...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Nov 12, 2019. 12 comments

The EPA Amends Its 'Transparency' Proposal to Somehow Be Even More Terrible

The EPA Amends Its 'Transparency' Proposal to Somehow Be Even More Terrible

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking its denial of science a step further. The New York Times got its hands on a new draft of “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science,” a proposal the agency first announced last year. Unfortunately the latest version of the document looks even worse than the last.

In an effort to supposedly increase the transparency of the science...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Sep 19, 2019. 14 comments

Trump Says Homeless Americans Are Polluting Ocean With 'Needles' and EPA Will Take Action

Trump Says Homeless Americans Are Polluting Ocean With 'Needles' and EPA Will Take Action

President Donald Trump claims the homeless population in San Francisco is polluting the ocean and says the Environmental Protection Agency will issue some kind of notice to the city within a week, according to reporters traveling with the president on Air Force One last night. Trump said that “needles” and “other things” were pouring into the ocean, but at least once San Francisco official...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 18, 2019. 19 comments

Donald Trump Swoops in to Save Us All From the Tyranny of Cleaner Cars That Use Less Gas

Donald Trump Swoops in to Save Us All From the Tyranny of Cleaner Cars That Use Less Gas

Donald Trump, fresh off moving to eviscerate lightbulb efficiency standards he thinks will make him look too orange and declaring war on the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest , is reportedly set to revoke California’s ability to regulate vehicle emissions.

Tailpipe emissions are the single largest source of CO2 emissions in the U.S, contributing to global climate change already...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Sep 12, 2019. 12 comments

Report: Trump Is Killing a Major Rule to Protect Drinking Water and Wetlands

Report: Trump Is Killing a Major Rule to Protect Drinking Water and Wetlands

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers are moving forward to finalize the death of a rule meant to protect more bodies of water under the Clean Water Act.

The Waters of the United States—or WOTUS—Rule defines what waters the Clean Water Act covers. Former President Barack Obama expanded the definition in 2015 to include smaller waterways, such as roadside ditches...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Sep 06, 2019. 3 comments

The EPA Is Pausing Operations at Toxic Sites as Hurricane Dorian Lashes the Southeast

The EPA Is Pausing Operations at Toxic Sites as Hurricane Dorian Lashes the Southeast

In response to Hurricane Dorian arriving in the South , the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun to temporarily shutdown operations at some of the region’s most toxic facilities.

Hurricane-force winds from the Category 2 storm are whipping across parts of coastal Carolinas and Georgia. Storm surge could be as high as 7 feet in parts of the Carolinas, according to the National...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Aug 29, 2019. 12 comments

Trump EPA Moves to Gut Clean Air Act by Deregulating a Major Greenhouse Gas

Trump EPA Moves to Gut Clean Air Act by Deregulating a Major Greenhouse Gas

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced plans to roll back an Obama-era regulation to cut methane emissions from power plants and fossil fuel infrastructure.

Anne Idsal, the acting assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), told the Wall Street Journal which broke the news, that administration questions whether methane “should have been regulated in the...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 09, 2019. 19 comments

Trump Administration Authorizes 'Cyanide Bombs' to Kill Feral Hogs. Seriously.

Trump Administration Authorizes 'Cyanide Bombs' to Kill Feral Hogs. Seriously.

On Thursday the Trump administration authorized another weapon in America’s war on the hordes  of 30 to 50 feral hogs running through yards and terrorizing our nation’s children: “cyanide bombs.”

That’s what critics call M-44s, traps used by federal agencies like Wildlife Services to kill coyotes, foxes, and other wild animals ranchers and farmers would consider pests. The spring-loaded...

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