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April 4, 2017 Politics
Donald Trump in 2014. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Optimism in the Face of Ecocide

By: Brian Klonoski

Through a series of devastating executive orders, memoranda and decisions, the Trump administration has taken aim at the environment and has sought to erase President Obama's signature achievements related to...

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March 31, 2017 Politics
Demonstrators in Cambridge, MA protest the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2015. (Photo: Peter Bowden / Flickr)

Groups File Lawsuits to Resist Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Common Dreams

By Lauren McCauley Rising to the challenge set by the Trump administration's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, environmental organizations and Indigenous groups are already firing back with a pair of lawsuits...

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March 27, 2017 Climate & Energy
Los Angeles is reducing emissions and conserving water by implementing cool streets and light colored roof tops along with increased tree canopy. (Photo: Josh Rose / Unsplash)

America’s Largest Cities Tackle Climate Change Despite Trump’s Anti-Environmental Agenda

By: Jedamiah Wolf

While dark clouds of climate denialism loom over the nation's capital, mayors from America's largest cities continue to champion climate policy and sustainability initiatives in their local jurisdictions. Planet Experts...

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March 20, 2017 Opinion
Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Scott Pruitt, How the Hell Do You Sleep at Night?

By: Ariane Sims

Dear Mr. Pruitt, Congratulations on your confirmation last month as the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. What a political coup that was! Surely, no other nominee has ever faced...

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March 16, 2017 Environment

Clean Water Needs EPA

By: Marc Yaggi

Reposted with permission from Waterkeeper Alliance On the spring day of April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans took to the streets to demand clean water, clean air, and...

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March 13, 2017 Opinion
Protesters in Washington, D.C. rally against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who denies incontrovertible evidence linking humans to climate change. (Photo: Lorie Shaull / Flickr)

Scott Pruitt Needs to Consult His Own EPA Experts on Climate Change

By: W. Douglas Smith

A federal agency is required to respond to public inquiries about their mission. The person responsible for directing a federal agency and mission is the Administrator appointed by the President...

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March 1, 2017 Opinion
President Trump at the unveiling of the Boeing 787-10 in North Charleston, SC. (Photo: North Charlston / Flickr)

Are You Drinking Trump's Kool-Aid?

By: W. Douglas Smith

Forget global warming and climate change. Despite their importance, those terms have become somewhat hackneyed and mind-numbing in the public consciousness. Let’s talk economics instead. Is the new Trump administration...

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February 24, 2017 Opinion
Scott Pruitt is an enemy of the EPA as well as its leader. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Should Resign

By: Brian Klonoski

Scott Pruitt was always a dubious choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Formerly the attorney general of Oklahoma, he made a name for himself by suing the EPA 14...

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February 23, 2017 Politics
Current EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at last year's Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

The Lowdown on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's Fossil-Fuel Soaked Emails

By: Common Dreams

By Deirdre Fulton Thousands of pages of emails between newly confirmed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and fossil fuel companies during his time as Oklahoma attorney general — released per court order on...

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February 22, 2017 Climate & Energy
A conservative climate solution seeks to curb warming with a carbon tax rather than regulations. (Photo: veeterzy / Unsplash)

EPA Veteran Skeptical of Conservative Climate Solution

By: Nick Marinoff

The 2016 election has produced its fair share of conflict. Believing Hillary Clinton was a shoe-in as America’s next president, protesters have taken to the streets objecting to Donald Trump’s...

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February 17, 2017 Opinion
A section of existing border fence along the Mexican border. (Photo: Steve Hillebrand /USFWS)

Border Wall May Negatively Affect 111 Endangered Species

By: The Humane Society of the United States

No matter where you stand on the issue of the border wall between the United States and Mexico, we can all agree that the deleterious harms a border wall could...

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February 16, 2017 Politics
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced two bills to substantially weaken protections for endangered species and give special rights to Big Oil. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Texas Senator John Cornyn Introduces Bills to Gut Endangered Species Act

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced two bills today to substantially weaken protections for endangered species. The “Endangered Species Act Settlement Reform Act” (S. 375) would make it harder for citizens to...

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February 14, 2017 Politics
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is leading the charge to dismantle the Endangered Species Act. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

GOP Sharpens Knives as Lawmakers Prepare to Gut Endangered Species Act

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Senate Republicans will hold a hearing Wednesday to begin attempting to gut and repeal the Endangered Species Act. This is the first hearing on the Act to be chaired by...

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February 13, 2017 Politics
Puppies rescued by the HSUS from a puppy mill in Wisconsin. (Photo: The Humane Society of the United States)

USDA Scrubs Animal Abuse Records -- But Why?

By: Jedamiah Wolf

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act (HPA) violation records from its website earlier this month. These documents have...

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February 10, 2017 Human Health
Fresh nuggets of Candyland, a sativa-dominant hybrid. (Photo: Brian Klonoski / Planet Experts)

A Guide to Question 4 and Wicked Legal Weed in Massachusetts

By: Brian Klonoski

Seeing that it was the birthplace of the American Revolution and all -- not to mention the first state to pass sweeping healthcare reform and allow same-sex marriage -- it's...

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February 9, 2017 Opinion
Don't worry -- there are remedies aplenty for those suffering from Trump Trauma. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

10 Ways to Deal With Trump Trauma

By: Scott Rodwin

If you, like me, are experiencing daily emotional trauma over the state of politics and what Trump is doing to our country (aka Trump Trauma), here are 10 simple, practical...

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February 8, 2017 Politics
The "Trumpire" is silencing scientists and targeting data relevant to climate change. (Illustration: Planet Experts via taymtaym and Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

The Real Rogue One: Scientists, Environmentalists Fight to Save Our Climate

By: Jedamiah Wolf

In the words of George Orwell, “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” Trump’s fight against fact has sparked outcry from...

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February 7, 2017 Politics
Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's pick to lead the Department of the Interior. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

170 Conservation Groups Urge Senate to Reject Zinke for Interior Secretary

By: Center for Biological Diversity

One hundred seventy conservation groups urged the U.S. Senate to reject Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as the next interior secretary. Senators will vote in the coming weeks on whether to...

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