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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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Blasting Scott Pruitt's leadership to protect human health and the environment

Former EPA Employee Once Again Blasts Scott Pruitt for Failure of Leadership

“To protect human health and the environment” The following open letter from former EPA employee Michael Cox. After 25 years with the agency, Cox retired last March. Upon his departure from EPA Cox wrote a withering letter to newly appointed EPA chief Scott Pruitt. Among his many criticisms, Cox zeroed in on Pruitt’s confounding statements on EPA’s mission, his outright…

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A Trump Climate Catastrophe

The Trump Administration is Far Worse for the Planet than Most Realize

We need to take stock of where we are if we are to have any chance of getting to where we need to go. After years of slow but steady climate action, the U.S. now has a climate and environment destroying president and legislature. Although Hilary Clinton won the majority of votes, under the collegiate system –which was designed to…

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Climate change under a Trump presidency. Darkness

John Kerry Gives Impassioned Speech at COP22

“I’m not a Cassandra, but I am a realist. Time is not on our side.”  – John Kerry at COP22 Secretary of State John Kerry pulled no punches in a speech at the COP22 climate talks, now in their second week in Marrakesh, Morocco. A stalwart champion of climate change action throughout his career, Kerry made clear the outgoing Obama administration…

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Can we avert a climate dystopia? the next few years will tell.

Guarded Optimism – Can We Avoid a Climate Dystopia?

It is official as of today, November 4, 2016: The Paris Agreement, adopted last December by 195 nations, comes into force. The process displays a political will rarely seen within the global community. Throughout the decades-long effort leading up to the Paris Agreement, fractious disunity, distrust, and disappointment has been the general order. What happened leading up to Paris, the two-week…

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Emissions reductions based on science. Failure is not an option

The Importance of Science-Based Emission Reduction Targets

The importance of science-based emissions reduction targets cannot be overstated. Failure to adhere to these targets will augur a climate catastrophe. The first round of emission reduction targets agreed to at COP21 are laudable, but climate scientists tell us that we must be even more ambitious.  Even if all nations achieve the emissions reduction targets contained in the Paris Climate…

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Trump, the U.S. elections, and climate change. A pivotal moment

U.S. Elections are a Pivotal Moment for Climate Change Policy

Dean Scott, the senior climate change reporter for Bloomberg, moderated a panel discussion this weekend at the 2016 conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The topic at hand was the upcoming U.S. elections and what it means for climate change policy, particularly if Donald Trump wins the presidency. You might think that his position on climate change is “typical”…

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