Environmental Protection Agency
See also EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
|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.
|2017.08.11||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)|
|2017.10.20||The Environmental Protection Agency has removed dozens of online resources dedicated to helping local governments address climate change, as a new analysis found that an E.P.A. website has been scrubbed of scores of links to materials to help local officials prepare for a world of rising temperatures and more severe storms. nytimes.com (See also Censorship, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.10.21||A scientist who worked for the chemical industry now shapes policy on hazardous chemicals within the E.P.A., causing fear that public health is at risk. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.10.22||The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the speaking appearance of three agency scientists who were scheduled to discuss climate change at a conference in Rhode Island. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Climate Change, Censorship)|
|2017.10.23||The Environmental Protection Agency is beefing up security measures surrounding Administrator Scott Pruitt to an unprecedented level, as members of Congress are asking if the costs are a "potential waste or abuse of taxpayer dollars," by by hiring a dozen more agents for ateam that works in shifts to provide him around-the-clock protection, something unheard of for Pruitt's predecessors. cnn.com (See also Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.10.31||Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, stripped a half-dozen scientists and academics of advisory positions Tuesday and issued new rules barring anyone who receives E.P.A. grant money from serving on panels that counsel the agency on scientific decisions, effectively shutting out many academic scientists who rely on federal funding, replacing them with researchers from industry. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Censorship)|
|2017.10.31||Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, stripped a half-dozen scientists and academics of advisory positions Tuesday and issued new rules barring anyone who receives E.P.A. grant money from serving on panels that counsel the agency on scientific decisions. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.11.03||Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization. nytimes.com (See also Climate Change, Environment, Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.11.07||Syria announced that it would sign the Paris agreement on climate change which, coming on the heels of Nicaragua signing the accord last month, will leave the United States as the only country that has rejected the global pact. nytimes.com (See also Environment, Climate Change, Syria)|
|2017.11.08||EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said a newly released government report that lays most of the blame for the rise of global temperatures to human activity won't deter him from continuing to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a major rule aimed at combating climate change. usatoday.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environment, Climate Change)|
|2017.12.01||The EPA appears close to unveiling its program to question mainstream research on global warming and climate science, referred to as a "red team" exercise. eenews.net (See also Climate Change, Scott Pruitt, Assaults on Facts)|