Environmental Protection Agency
See also EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
|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)|
|2017.09.04||The Environmental Protection Agency has taken the unusual step of putting a political operative in charge of vetting the hundreds of millions of dollars in grants the EPA distributes annually, assigning final funding decisions to a former Trump campaign aide with little environmental policy experience. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Government, Environment, Scott Pruitt, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.09.06||Buyouts offered by the Trump administration to more than 1,200 Environmental Protection Agency employees have prompted 400 people to leave their posts. the-scientist.com (See also Climate Change, Assaults on Government, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.09.14||The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will reconsider a rule regulating coal ash waste from power plants in a win for utility industry groups that petitioned for changes. reuters.com (See also Environment, Scott Pruitt)|
Environmental groups warned that if EPA rolls back the safeguards, it would put the public at risk because coal ash pits are located near waterways and groundwater.
|2017.09.26||The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to construct a secure, soundproof communications booth in the office of Administrator Scott Pruitt. washingtonpost.com (See also Corruption, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.09.27||Much like Tom Price, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken at least four noncommercial and military flights since mid-February, costing taxpayers more than $58,000 to fly him to various parts of the country. washingtonpost.com (See also Corruption, Tom Price, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.10.03||Since taking office in February, Scott Pruitt, head of the E.P.A., has held back-to-back meetings, briefing sessions and speaking engagements almost daily with top corporate executives and lobbyists from all the major economic sectors that he regulates — and almost no meetings with environmental groups or consumer or public health advocates. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.10.05||Donald Trump nominated Andrew R. Wheeler, a coal lobbyist with links to outspoken deniers of established science on climate change, to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency, who is reviled by environmental activists but hailed by industry as having the know-how to dismantle Obama-era fossil fuel regulations. nytimes.com (See also Environment, Climate Change, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.10.05||The Environmental Protection Agency will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan - the Obama administration’s centerpiece regulation to fight climate change, designed to lower carbon emissions from existing US power plants by 2030 to 32% below 2005 levels. reuters.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Climate Change)|
|2017.10.05||The Trump administration — with help from Republicans in Congress — has sought to reverse nearly 50 environmental rules, including major Obama-era regulations aimed at fighting climate change. nytimes.com (See also Environment, Climate Change, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.10.09||Tax incentives for the wind industry should be eliminated, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt said, to help coal survive. bloomberg.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Climate Change, Environment)|
|2017.10.09||The EPA announced plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, while climate and health experts say this will increase health costs from air pollution and do little to limit emissions. buzzfeed.com (See also Environment, Scott Pruitt, Climate Change)|
|2017.10.16||The EPA set new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels when it comes to radiation, setting them ten times the drinking water standard for radiation recommended under the previous administration. bloomberg.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Climate Change)|