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  • The Top Ten Toxic Threats The E.P.A.’s Top 10 Toxic
    Threats, and Industry’s Pushback

    Oct. 21, 2017 - The E.P.A.has published a list of 10 toxic threats it will evaluate first under a law passed last year intended to crack down on hazardous chemicals.

    They are among 90 chemicals identified by the agency that may harm children, damage nerve tissue, cause cancer, contaminate the environment, accumulate in the bloodstream or show up in consumer products. As the review begins, industry and other interest groups are urging the E.P.A. to limit any restrictions.

    Click for the list that should
    not be on your top ten.

  • A Rich Trump Advisor Tries Getting Richer Carl Icahn’s Failed
    Raid on Washington

    Aug. 28, 2017 - One day in August, 2016, the financier Carl Icahn made an urgent phone call to the Environmental Protection Agency. Icahn is one of the richest men on Wall Street, and he has thrived, in no small measure, because of a capacity to intimidate.

    A Texas-based oil refiner in which he had a major stake was losing money because of an obscure environmental rule that Icahn regarded as unduly onerous.

    Icahn is a voluble critic of any government regulation that constrains his companies. So he wanted to speak with the person in charge of enforcing the policy: a senior official at the E.P.A. named Janet McCabe.

  • CC Advisory Committee Dropped Administration Disbands Climate
    Change Advisory Committee

    Aug 20, 2017 - The Trumpv administration of has decided to disband a federal advisory panel on climate change - in a further sign of the White House's view on environmental policy.

    The panel is part of the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping officials and policy makers integrate the US Government's climate change analysis into their long-term planning.

  • House War on the Environment U.S. House Hacks Away at
    Renewable Energy, Efficiency Programs

    July 27, 2017 - The U.S. House of Representatives brushed aside Democrats' efforts to preserve federal funding for clean energy and energy efficiency as it voted to approve a large spending bill Thursday that would slash those programs by 45 percent while maintaining federal support for fossil energy research and development.

    The GOP-led House tucked its $9 billion federal energy spending plan into its so-called "minibus" budget bill, a catch-all package to fund one-quarter of the federal government when the new fiscal year begins in October.

  • Climate Skeptic Heads Top Science Post New USDA Research Head
    Thinks Climate Science Is 'Junk'

    July 20, 2017 - President Trump has nominated a well-known climate change doubter to the top science job at the Department of Agriculture.

    The nomination, which had been expected, was announced in a statement by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Sam Clovis, an early campaign adviser to Trump, will serve as undersecretary for research, education and economics.t

  • The Great Lakes a State Problem? Trump Says 'Yes' - Congress Says 'No'

    July 14, 2017 - Together, the five lakes hold nearly one-fifth of the earth’s surface freshwater. They’re home to 3500 species of plants and animals, including 170 species of fish. Not to mention the drinking water for about 35 million people, in eight states plus Canada. They have been a major highway for transportation, trade and migration. And more than 1.5 million jobs are directly connected to the lakes.

    But the Trump administration views the health of the Great Lakes as a local issue. Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow and budget director Mick Mulvaney squared off at a budget hearing a couple months ago on the topic. You can watch the exchange here:

  • Shades of White House Climate Denial 5 Shades of Climate Denial,
    All on Display in the White House

    June 9.2017 - - From ‘it’s not real’ to ‘it’s not urgent,’ take a tour through the many shades of climate change denial wielded by Donald Trump's administration.

  • The Bi-Parisan Climate Solutions CaucusRepublicans Who
    Care About climate change:
    'They are done with the denial'

    Apr. 27, 2017 - The failure of American politics to deal with, or even coherently discuss, climate change was perhaps best illustrated when James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, took to the floor of the US Senate in February 2015 with a Ziploc bag and a mischievous grin.

The 112th Congress was the most
anti-environmental in history.
But You ain't seen nuthin' yet!

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  • LCV Scorecard How Congress
    Voted on Environmental Issues

    The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) keeps track of how our elected officials are (or not) protecting us.

    Click now to catch up.

  • Pruitt's Climate Data Is 'WRONG'So Called EPA Chief
    Gets Climate Change Completely Wrong

    May 25, 2017- A group of prominent climate scientists have written a study explicitly refuting statements made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on climate data. During his Senate confirmation hearing, Pruitt claimed in a written response that satellite data shows a "leveling off" of warming over the past two decades.

    The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, takes Pruitt's claim to task by examining three sets of satellite data since 1979, concluding that "temperature measurements do not support" Pruitt's statement.

  • Trump Plans EPA Staff Cut of 20%They Plan to Cut
    EPA Staff By 20%,
    Eliminating Key Programs

    Mar. 1, 2017- The White House has proposed deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce the agency’s staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate dozens of programs, according to details of a plan reviewed by The Washington Post.

  • Temporary EPA Grant Ban LiftedThe Admin. Lifts Temporary
    Freeze on EPA Grants

    Jan. 30, 2017- The Trump administration has lifted a temporary freeze on billions of dollars of grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the programs will continue as planned.

    An email sent late Friday from the EPA’s acting administrator, career official Catherine McCabe, informed staffers that officials had completed a review of the agency’s extensive list of grants and that all "are proceeding normally, and nothing has been delayed," including revolving grants to states and Native American tribes.

  • Make Your Voice Heard in Washington5 Ways to Make Your Voice
    Heard, and 2 That
    Are Not Worth Your Time

    Jan. 30, 2017- As a new era in American politics begins, citizens across the political spectrum may find themselves engaging in some collective hand-wringing. No matter your political leanings, times are changing, and many people are clamoring to make their voices heard.

  • Mr. Trump - Are You Listening? Trade Group Outlines
    Benefits of Geothermal in
    Paper for Trump Administration

    Jan. 23, 2017 - In the paper, “Geothermal is Good for America,” GEA said that there are 104 operating geothermal plants in the U.S. with a capacity of 3.7 GW, and there are more than 80 new projects in development.

    ”Geothermal delivers a triple bottom line to our energy system: It is an abundant domestic energy source, it brings economic benefits in the form of taxes and long-term, high-paying jobs, and it has one of the lowest Levelized Costs of Energy of all power sources in the United States,” the paper said.

  • The True Cost of Climate Change Battle Between Economists
    and the Trump Team

    Dec. 22, 2016,- As we learn more and more about the tenor of the Trump transition, a key part of its regulatory rollback strategy on climate change is coming into focus.

    It seems increasingly likely that the Trump administration would either alter, or attempt to stop using entirely, an Obama-era metric known as the “social cost of carbon” in its federal rule-making processes. And that could have major effects on the way environmental policies are written (or unwritten) in the coming years

  • Sen. Inhofe and Big Oil Only a Slight Conflict?

    Senator James Inhofe is Chair of the Energy Committee. We should question how he can serve the best interests of the people he is supposed to be protecting, while his camaigns have been mostly funded by the fossil fuel industry.

    Click now to see what we mean.

(The Leading Anti-Environmentlists)

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Click on it to learn more about actions associated with that name.
 

Name

Affiliation

Consequences

  Mike Crapo U.S. Senator (R - Idaho) Shameful record on votes against the environment
  James Inhofe Chair, U.S. Senate Environment Committee Stiflling of good Senate environmental legislation
  Darrel Issa House of Reps (R - California) Trying to copy the worst environmental records in Congress
  Charles & David Koch Koch Industries Anti-environment election influencing
  Scott Pruitt Head of EPA, Appointed in November, 2016 Known for having sued the EPA many times in his earlier gig
  Jeff Sessions Newly Appointed U.S. Attorney General A big fan of mercury pollution.The LCV is not one of his fans

Trump's Environmental Cabinet Choices


 

Post

Appointee

Consequences

 
Attorney General
Jeff Sessions

A Climate skeptic has been named for this post. He has ridiculed greenhouse gas regulations. Has attacked EPA for "regulatory outrereach." His Senate campaigns have been financed by the fossil fuel industry. Big suprise! Read more.

 
EPA Director
Scott Pruitt

EPA Director-designate Scott Pruitt has gained notoriety for his extreme anti-environmental positions, having sued the EPA multiple times and called for deregulation of the fossil fuel industry.

Pruitt has unusually close ties to the fossil fuel industry. Indeed, in 2014, when Pruitt was suing the EPA, he sent a thousand-word comment letter to the government that was actually drafted for him by energy industry lawyers, according to an explosive New York Times investigation.

 
Energy Secretary
Rick (*Opps!) Perry

Now that he has been named to the position, he promises never again to forget the name of the department. In a book written by Perry in 2010, he called Climate Change a "contrived phony mess."

On so many lwvels, it's reaussuring to know that this man will be in charge. Not to scare you, but the Energy Department alao keeps watch our our nuclear weapons.

 
Secretary of State
Rex Tilerson

Spent most of his carreer at ExxonMobil - most recently as CEO. Has close ties with Vladimir Putin and the Russian state oil company. That was good for ExxonMobil, but doesn't make a strong statement for combatting climate change. More about Rex

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