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June 28, 2017 Opinion

EPA May Be Losing Ability to Protect Waters of the U.S.

By: W. Douglas Smith

On June 27th, the Environmental Protection Agency rescinded a 2015 Obama regulation expanding federal control of some waters on private land. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the intent was to...

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June 25, 2017 Opinion
The San Andreas fault running through Carrizo Plain National Monument in Southern California. (Photo: Doc Searles / Flickr)

Trump Doesn't Care if You Die in an Earthquake

By: Brian Klonoski

The West Coast of the United States is long overdue for a catastrophic earthquake. This, unfortunately, is fact -- not opinion or fake news. In Southern California, the Pacific Plate...

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June 16, 2017 Opinion
A 1969 Pontiac GTO. (Photo: Greg Gjerdingen / Flickr)

You Can Have My Guns, But Don't Touch My Horses

By: Peter Banner

For probably the vast majority of the auto purchasing population, the definition of a “good” car is one that gets you from point A to point B in the most...

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June 14, 2017 Opinion
President Donald Trump, seen here in 2011, demands nothing less than absolute loyalty from his cabinet. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Trump's Cabinet of Horrors

By: W. Douglas Smith

On Monday, the President of the United States held a group hug and circle jerk Cabinet meeting. Don Corleone could not have done it better when he held a gathering...

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June 2, 2017 Opinion
President Trump at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. (Photo: U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

There's Still Hope, Even After Trump's Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

By: Brian Klonoski

President Trump strolled into a lush and sunny White House Rose Garden on Thursday and rather casually announced the United State's withdrawal from the Paris accord, a non-binding agreement between...

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May 22, 2017 Opinion
Always Dreaming sprints toward a first-place finish at the 2017 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. (Photo: Heidi Carpenter / Flickr)

The Perpetuation of a Cruel Pastime

By: Brian Klonoski

It was an exhilarating finish at the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. The favorite, Always Dreaming, jumped to an early lead out of the gate, trailed closely...

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May 16, 2017 Opinion
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, just to the northwest of the site of the proposed Pebble Mine project. (Photo: NPS / Flickr)

Pebble Mine Will Always Be the Wrong Mine in the Wrong Place

By: Brian Klonoski

Late last week, the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), led by administrator Scott Pruitt, quietly reached a deal with a company called Pebble Limited Partnership, which had been suing the...

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May 8, 2017 Opinion
A protester at the People's Climate March on April 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Becker1999 / Flickr)

The End of the EPA... For Now

By: Brian Klonoski

Scott Pruitt, a climate denier with a long history of suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was always a terrible choice to lead it. His contributions have been swift, pernicious...

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April 26, 2017 Opinion
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will give special attention to the controversial Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, designated by President Clinton in 1996. (Photo: Bob Wick / BLM)

Destined to Lose, Trump Lurches Into Public Lands Debate

By: Brian Klonoski

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review every national monument over 100,000 acres designated since 1996, including the controversial Bears...

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April 17, 2017 Opinion
That bottled water is safer than tap water is a myth funded by the bottled-water industry. (Photo: Mark Lee / Flickr)

An Open Letter to Erin Brockovich on Supporting Public Water

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

LAist declares in a recent post that “LA’s Water is Officially as Clean as Bottled Water.”  The article cites LADWP’s move toward using UV light to disinfect water and to its...

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April 16, 2017 Opinion
As Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, consolidates power in the White House, environmentalists find themselves with an opportunity to seize the President's ear. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

An Opportunity for Environmentalists to Seize President Trump's Ear

By: Brian Klonoski

Have you heard? Steve Bannon -- President Trump's chief strategist and architect of the "America first" doctrine -- appears to be doomed. The feisty, hard-nosed populist has become increasingly isolated...

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April 6, 2017 Opinion
A grizzly bear and her cub in Alaska's Denali National Park. (Photo: Christoph Strässler / Flickr)

In Alaska, Cruelty Masquerades as Sovereignty

By: Brian Klonoski

The words "predator control" sound benign and well-intentioned, but in Alaska, they carry a cruel meaning. The term refers to gruesome tactics like gunning down wolves and bears from airplanes;...

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