Environmental Protection Agency
See also EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
|2013.03.02||Trump is proposing to slash a quarter of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's budget, targeting climate-change programs and those designed to prevent air and water pollution like lead contamination. mobile.reuters.com (See also First 100 Days, Climate Change, Water, Environment)|
|2017.02.23||Pruitt emails demonstrate that as Oklahoma attorney general he worked hard to challenge, undermine, and defeat the EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment. mobile.nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environment)|
|2017.02.24||The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office confirms that Scott Pruitt used a private email account for state business when he was Oklahoma Attorney General, which is in direct conflict with Pruitt’s written and oral testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works committee during his confirmation process as E.P.A. administrator. okcfox.com (See also Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.02.24||World’s biggest automakers ask E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt to relax late-Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. washingtonpost.com (See also Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.03.02||Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is being pressed to explain omissions in congressional testimony at his confirmation hearing regarding his use of a personal email account for official business as Oklahoma state attorney general. washingtonpost.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.03.03||A draft EPA budget document includes the virtual elimination of 38 EPA programs, a 25 percent reduction in the annual EPA budget, and a resulting reduction in workforce of 19 percent. abcnews.go.com (See also Budget)|
|2017.03.07||The EPA's science office removes the word 'science' from its mission statement, provoking fears that under Scott Pruitt the EPA will prioritize business interests over public health and the environment. businessinsider.com (See also First 100 Days, Environment, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.03.09||EPA chief Scott Pruitt claims carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming, contradicting the EPA's own scientifically backed conclusions. cnbc.com (See also First 100 Days, Climate Change, Environment, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.03.15||Trump directs the Environmental Protection Agency to shelve aggressive vehicle fuel economy targets that have been a foundation for battles against climate change and harmful pollution in California and across the country. latimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Climate Change)|
|2017.04.05||The EPA moves to dismantle programs that protect kids from lead paint. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.05.24||Scientists publish scientific paper refuting EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's assertion that climate change has been "leveling off." washingtonpost.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environment, Climate Change, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.06.01||Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement. nytimes.com (See also Climate Change, Environment)|
|2017.06.15||Republicans and Democrats came together on Thursday to jointly attack the Trump administration’s proposal to slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by $2.4 billion, or 31%, next year. buzzfeed.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Climate Change)|
Rep. Ken Calvert, a Republican from California, raised strong concerns about Trump’s budget proposal in his opening remarks to a two-hour EPA budget hearing, held by an appropriations subcommittee focused on the environment and chaired by Calvert.
|2017.06.19||Like EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he does not believe CO2 emissions from human activity are the primary driver of climate change. cnbc.com (See also Rick Perry, Scott Pruitt, Climate Change, Department of Energy)|
This is, of course, at odds with at odds with the EPA, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
|2017.06.20||The Environmental Protection Agency plans on shedding more than 1,200 employees by early September through buyouts and early retirements, as part of a broader push by the Trump administration to practically eliminate the agency “in almost every form.” washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Government, Environment)|
|2017.06.28||The Trump administration’s top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before removing a ban on a widely used pesticide, despite health studies showing it can harm children’s brains. apnews.com (See also Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.06.30||EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is leading a formal initiative to challenge mainstream climate science. eenews.net (See also Environment, Climate Change, Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry)|
|2017.07.03||A federal appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot suspend an Obama-era rule to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environment)|
|2017.07.11||Trump is aggressively scaling back government regulations out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts. propublica.org (See also Conflicts of Interest, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education, Corruption)|
|2017.07.18||Trump on Monday the controversial toxicologist Michael Dourson, who self-publishes science-inspired Bible books, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s work on chemical safety and pollution prevention. buzzfeed.com (See also Trump Cabinet, Assaults on Government, Assaults on Facts)|
Dourson “writes books matching science and Biblical text,” according to his Twitter profile on Tuesday afternoon.
|2017.08.07||A report awaiting approval by the Trump administration concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now, which directly contradicts claims by Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain. nytimes.com (See also Climate Change, Assaults on Facts, Scott Pruitt)|
The report directly contradicts Trump administration claims about global warming and concludes that temperatures have risen rapidly since 1980.
|2017.08.07||The USDA won’t let its staff use the phrase “climate change” in any of its work. mic.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Climate Change, Environment)|
|2017.08.11||Scott Pruitt has made it clear that he intends to dismantle the E.P.A.’s environmental mission, but his critics say he is deploying extraordinary secrecy as he does so. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt)|
He has made it clear that he intends to dismantle the E.P.A.’s environmental mission. His critics say he is deploying extraordinary secrecy as he does so.
|2017.08.14||The Trump administration is reassessing strict Obama-era standards for how major coal-fired, natural gas, and nuclear power plants treat and dispose of wastewater laced with toxic pollutants. buzzfeed.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environment)|