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Trump Replaces Rex Tillerson With Someone Who May Be Worse

Twitter is now the accepted format to make major political announcements. President Trump announced on the social media site that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Trump’s tweet proclaimed that “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson…

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The EPA’s Plans to Gut the Clean Water Rule

President Trump vowed “to promote clean air and clear water” in February 2017. Flash forward a year and that promise seems to be a flimsy one at best. The Trump administration has recently made it clear it will gut an Obama-era rule designed to protect smaller bodies of water in the U.S. On January 21, 2018, the EPA and the…

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Walking the gaslit streets

Climate change, the Pentagon, and Gaslight

Climate change is hereby canceled A story published last week in Reuters led with the headline “Pentagon strategy document will not include climate change” Sure, that’s the “official” statement. Gotta keep Mr. Trump and his bumbling buddies happy. Like the president says, “bundle up!” In fact, the military has long understood climate change as a threat multiplier. Like the insurance…

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Global warming isn't fake news. Why do so many think it is?

The Paris Agreement and the Trump Effect

Easier said than done Last week, Taryn Fransen and Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute published an informative analysis on the “Trump Effect” on the Paris Agreement, signed in Paris at COP21 in  December 2015. It was historic in many respects, not least of which was that it was the first time the whole world agreed on anything so…

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The lunatic fringe: resist Kathleen Hartnett White

Trump’s Pick To Lead the Council on Environmental Quality Is An Extreme Climate Change Denier

Kathleen Hartnett White is President Trump’s pick to run the Council on Environmental Quality. She is a climate change denier. Harnett White, a senior fellow at the Koch brothers and Exxon-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation, “might be the most extreme and dangerous” climate change denying picks of Trumps, according to Credo Action. The role of the Council on Environmental Quality,…

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Pruitt's war on the EPA and the Clean Power Plan

The EPA Repeals the Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a notice proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP is the cornerstone of former President Obama’s climate change policy. In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, developed under the Clean Air Act. The Supreme Court…

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We are better than the Trump Environment Fail

Trump May Not Care About the Environment – But We Do

When the Trump administration’s 2018 fiscal budget proposal included 40 percent of funding cut for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), few were surprised. The president doesn’t seem to understand what is at stake with such cuts. If passed, Trump’s proposed budget will impose significant funding cuts from enforcement programs that impose penalties on environmental offenders. With reports of polluted water…

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