Tag Archives: Trump Administration

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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Trump Administration Overturns Obama Policy To Discourage Water Bottles at National Parks

Plastic water bottle in nature. Not a good fit.

The National Park Service announced on August 16 that it would discontinue a policy in 2011 that encouraged national parks to eliminate the sale of disposable water bottles. The stated reason for rescinding the policy is that “hydration options for recreationalists, hikers, and other visitors to national parks” have been expanded. The NPS pointed out that the 2011 policy “removed the healthiest beverage choice …

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

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

“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 climate denial of change, and …

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

A Trump Climate Catastrophe

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 protect slave owning states–Donald …

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