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February 7, 2017 Politics
Members of the House Science Committee are planning to gut the EPA. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

House Republicans Are Plotting to Gut the EPA

By: Common Dreams

By Nika Knight Only two weeks into the climate change-denying Trump administration, Republican members of Congress are already setting their sights on destroying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [caption id="attachment_26432"...

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February 7, 2017 Environment
EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo: EPA / Flickr)

5 Ways the EPA Has Made America Great

By: Erica Wohldmann

Born in the late 1970's, I am among the first generation of Americans who would never know life without an Environmental Protection Agency — at least that’s what I thought...

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February 6, 2017 Opinion
First light craws across the eastern face of Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the Lower 48. Located in California, the mountain straddles two chunks of public land -- Sequoia National Park to the west and Inyo National Forest to the east. The boulders in the foreground are in yet another area of public land, the Alabama Hills Recreation Area, managed by the BLM. (Photo: Brian Klonoski)

Public Lands: Common Ground in a Divided America

By: Brian Klonoski

A Republican Congress joined at the hip to the fossil-fuel industry is trying to pull a fast one on Americans. It started with a subtle rule change authored by Utah...

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February 2, 2017 Environment

Pruitt Will Help Dismantle Our Environmental Protections

By: Marc Yaggi

Reposted with permission from Waterkeeper Alliance This morning, Republican Senators on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee green-lit Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator despite objection from all of the...

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February 2, 2017 Politics
Scott Pruitt is likely to become the next EPA Administrator, even though he has sued the agency more than a dozen times to prevent it from carrying out its work. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Will Trump Abolish the EPA?

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis Scott Pruitt, the pick to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has advanced closer to his confirmation vote, after Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public...

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February 2, 2017 Politics
An oil field in California. (Photo: CGP Grey / Flickr)

Trump's Energy Plan Is a Throwback to Fossil-Fuel Indulgence

By: Nick Marinoff

In the week following his highly publicized inauguration, President Donald Trump spoke with world leaders about terrorism, enforced travel restrictions on citizens from seven (primarily Muslim) countries, and got the...

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February 1, 2017 Politics
Ever since the Citizens United ruling, fossil-fuel interests have been spending money to dismantle the Endangered Species Act. (Photo: glasseyes view / Flickr)

Fossil-Fuel Interests Are Funding an Effort to Dismantle the Endangered Species Act

By: Jedamiah Wolf

“If you look at how much money is spent on the other side and the power of wildlife opponents to hire lobbyists, to give campaign contributions and to constantly promote...

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February 1, 2017 Climate & Energy
The Dakota Access pipeline winds through Iowa. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Trump Is About to Reverse Obama's Decision and OK the DAPL Easement

By: Common Dreams

By Deirdre Fulton While the nation was distracted by President Donald Trump's prime-time Supreme Court announcement, members of North Dakota's congressional delegation revealed that the controversial Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was moving one step closer...

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January 31, 2017 Politics

Iraqi Waterkeepers Impacted By "Muslim Ban"

By: Marc Yaggi

Reposted with permission from Waterkeeper Alliance It has been just a little over a week and the Trump Administration has acted with speed to open the door to fast track...

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January 31, 2017 Climate & Energy
Demonstrators protest the Keystone XL Pipeline. (Photo: chesapeakeclimate / Flickr)

Massive Resistance Forming Against Revived Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Common Dreams

By Deirdre Fulton With his order to revive the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, President Donald Trump "has declared war on Indigenous nations across the country," one Cheyenne River Sioux organizer said Monday....

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January 27, 2017 Politics
EPA headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Ordonez / Flickr)

A Chaotic Transition at the EPA

By: Nick Marinoff

Since Trump’s controversial nomination of Scott Pruitt, it seems the EPA has held its place in American news on a daily basis. Mid-January marked a high step in the EPA’s...

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January 26, 2017 Environment
Beachgoers in Los Angeles rely on EPA-funded water quality tests. (Photo: Ana Paula Hiram / Flickr)

A Big Chill for the EPA

By: Heal the Bay

By Matthew King These are strange and unsettled times in Washington, D.C. Many conservatives and populists are euphoric about the promise of a new administration, while progressives grow increasingly pessimistic...

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January 25, 2017 Environment

Federal Employees Create Alternative NPS Twitter Account to Protest Trump

By: Brian Klonoski

Having wasted no time declaring war on the environment, President Trump now faces what appears to be the first major sign of mutiny from within the executive branch over which...

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January 25, 2017 Climate & Energy
The KAPITAN DRANITSYN moored in the Arctic Ocean ice, north of western Russia. (Photo: NOAA Climate Program Office / NABOS 2006 Expedition)

Arctic Oil and Environmental Legacy in the Crosshairs

By: Belinda Waymouth

President Barack Obama’s last days in the Oval Office included a flurry of new environmental protections. In his first days, the incoming president is busy trying to dismantle them. One...

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January 23, 2017 Environment
Roseate spoonbills at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. (Photo: Jonathan Milak / USFWS)

On Final Day, Obama Administration Phases Out Lead Ammo, Tackle From Wildlife Refuges

By: Center for Biological Diversity

On the last full day of the Obama administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an order phasing out the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges...

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January 23, 2017 Politics
Demonstrators protest President Trump's denial of climate change. (Photo: Julia DeSantis / Climate J20 / Flickr)

Every Mention of Climate Change Vanishes From White House Website As Trump Takes Power

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos Soon after Donald Trump took his oath as the 45th President of the United States, the new White House web page for his administration went up. Among the key differences from...

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January 22, 2017 Opinion
President Obama didn't focus on the environment early in his term, but he more than made up for it. (Photo: dcblog / Flickr)

Remembering Barack Obama's Pragmatic Environmentalism

By: Brian Klonoski

In the waning days of his presidency, Barack Obama did his finest Teddy Roosevelt imitation, taking steps to protect the environment by establishing national monuments, safeguarding vast swathes of sea...

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January 19, 2017 Environment
Sunset at Cedar Mesa Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears National Monument in Nevada. (Photo: Bureau of Land Management / Flickr)

Revoking Obama’s National Monuments: Can Trump Really Do That?

By: Ariane Sims

As the final hours of Obama’s presidency draw to a close, one of the many looming questions on both sides of the aisle is whether Trump can unilaterally declassify the...

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