Environmental

The Latest Happenings of Zinke’s Corrupt Interior Department

The corruption of Ryan Zinke

The happenings within the Trump administration can read like a soap opera. The recent departures of two top Interior Department officials are the latest storyline. Downey Magallanes, former deputy chief of staff and a top adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, resigned on August 24. She already started a new job at BP. She worked on policy and operations, according to Think Progress, which …

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Is Being Gutted Under Trump

Under Trump's USDA, buying organic may not mean what you think it does.

Gutting regulations is nothing new for the Trump administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is not immune. The USDA announced the decision in the spring to withdraw from the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017. Withdrawal became effective on May 13, 2018. The rule sets production standards for organic livestock and poultry. It establishes “clear …

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Dirty Water Amendment to a House Spending Bill Guts the Clean Water Rule

Water is life

Water is a basic human necessity. We need it to live. But some folks in Washington want to weaken environmental protections for that necessity. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill. It is a spending bill that would reduce funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. The bill also includes what is termed the “Dirty Water Rider” which …

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