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Defender of Chemical Companies Takes Charge of EPA Unit Overseeing Toxins

She has represented the American Chemistry Council, an industry group whose members include Dow Chemical Co. and ExxonMobil. Now Nancy Beck has moved to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE


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China’s Xi Jinping and France’s Emmanuel Macron Talk Climate

The Chinese president called the new French leader this week, urging him to adhere to the Paris agreement, from which President Trump is considering withdrawing.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE



Why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Is Unfit to Be Attorney General

In the few short weeks since his confirmation, Sessions has come forth with a number of loathsome actions or statements on race, ethnicity or minority rights. And he’s probably just getting started.

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Set to Nominate Coal Lobbyist, Boeing Executive to Deputy Positions

The president’s latest hires confirm that his policy isn’t so much to drain the swamp as to fill it, according to many observers.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 READ MORE



A Crisis With No End: Why Flint Is Still the Issue

The lead in Flint’s water has taken a physical and mental toll on residents, and the water remains tainted.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE



How to Respond to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Destructive Views on Climate Change

If Pruitt angers you, swing into action. Find out whether there is a coal plant near you and work to close it.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye Tackle Climate Issues in the Age of Trump (Video)

The Vermont senator and the “Science Guy” take to Facebook Live to discuss the president’s disavowal of climate change.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Feb 20, 2017 ENLARGE



Via Twitter, National Parks Service and NASA Defy Trump’s Gag on Climate Change Information

Many in the scientific community are also spreading word of an upcoming “Scientists March on Washington.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump Issues Media Blackout at Multiple Federal Agencies

The moves come amid growing concern that Trump and his appointees will suppress scientific innovation and research to advance their own ideological agenda.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE



What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE



EPA Finally Concludes That Fracking Is a Threat to U.S. Water Supplies

The Environmental Protection Agency’s finding, endorsed by environmentalists, comes as Donald Trump’s nascent administration prepares to rethink regulation of the gas drilling industry.

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE


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How We Can Fight Back Against Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency

With regard to fighting global warming, the American public is, at best, now on its own. At worse, the federal government will change its laws to encourage activities that make the environment dirtier, more dangerous and hotter.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE


The EPA’s New Boss, ‘White Flight’ in Higher Education and Bernie Sanders’ ‘Identity Politics’

In this week’s episode of “Informed Rant,” host Josh Scheer speaks with Greg Dotson, vice president of energy policy at the Center for American Progress, about Donald Trump’s proposed pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Scheer also sits down with research professor Anthony Carnevale and writer Katie Halper.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Will Christie Whitman Follow Her 9/11 Apology With One for Her Nuclear Shill Game?

The former EPA chief regrets misleading the public about the air quality after the New York terrorist attacks. Her apology leaves some doubting her sincerity.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE


Lead Contamination at Indiana Low-Income Housing Site Is Being Addressed After Decades of Inaction

A video investigation of conditions at an affordable-housing complex in northern Indiana shows how the crisis came to be and how it might be “worse than Flint.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Long Beach Files Lawsuit Against Monsanto

The city joins six others on the West Coast that have sued the agrochemical giant for allegedly contaminating water sources with PCBs.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE



More Than Exxon: Big Oil Companies for Years Shared Damning Climate Research

New investigative reporting exposes that a task force headed by the American Petroleum Institute also knew about global warming since the 1970s.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Other GOP Candidates Attack Obama’s Plan to Curb Climate Change

Before President Obama could announce his administration’s new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, Republican presidential hopefuls were insisting they know better than the scientists whose work he relied on.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE



Republican Climate Denier to Get Top Senate Environment Job

In the wake of the Republican sweep of the 2014 midterms, Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, one of the United States’ biggest names in climate change denial, is slated to lead the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee.

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American Catch

We are “a seafood debtor nation,” with imported seafood gracing more than 85 percent of our plates. Why not embrace the ocean bounty that can still be found off America’s shores, Paul Greenberg’s book asks.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



Faced With Global Warming Threat, Obama Fudges EPA Carbon Reduction

President Obama’s decision to unleash the Environmental Protection Agency on U.S. carbon dioxide emitters is a sea change in environmental policy and is extremely welcome to any who care about the planet. But its real significance does not lie in the targets for carbon dioxide reduction Obama has set.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Did the Supreme Court Just Kill Dirty Coal Plants and Save the World?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency has the prerogative to regulate air pollution that spills across state lines.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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You Can No Longer Eat American Apples in Europe. Here’s Why

Apparently an apple a day will not keep the doctor away in the U.S.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Rural N.Y. Communities Use Fracking Waste to De-Ice Roads

Maybe this is why there’s a New York city named Fishkill. Road crews in some rural areas around the state are using toxic fracking waste liquid to de-ice roads, despite a moratorium on fracking in the state and a federal EPA warning against using the juice. Exactly what’s in the liquid? Only the frackheads know, and they’re keeping it a secret.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE



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EPA’s Abandoned Fracking Study One Retreat of Many

In 2011, the agency issued a draft report saying that the controversial practice of fracking was to blame for the pollution of an aquifer deep below the town of Pavillion, Wyo., the first time such a claim had been based on a scientific analysis. Now the EPA will hand the study over to Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana—the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE


How Dick Cheney’s Son-in-Law Helped Deregulate Chemical Plants

MSNBC host Chris Hayes explained on his program Thursday how the Bush administration—and specifically the former vice president’s son-in-law—played a critical role in defeating regulations that would have strengthened federal oversight of chemical plants like the one that exploded and killed 15 people in West, Texas, last week.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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More Than Half of U.S. Rivers in Trouble

More than half of the country’s rivers and streams are unable to support healthy populations of aquatic insects and other creatures, a survey of nearly 2,000 locations by the Environmental Protection Agency reported Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



Jeb Bush Reverses Immigration Stance, Brian Williams ‘Disappointed’ With U.S., and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the White House weighing in on whether cellphones should be locked and Democratic lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to raise the minimum wage.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE



Bush Health Update, Starbucks Gets Bipartisan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the newest member to be sworn in to the U.S. Senate and Barbara Walters’ awkward interview with the Obamas.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE


The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers That Inject Pollutants Into the Earth

Injection wells have proliferated over the past 60 years, in large part because they are the cheapest, most expedient way to manage hundreds of billions of gallons of industrial waste generated in the U.S. each year. Yet the dangers of injection are well known: In accidents dating to the 1960s, toxic materials have bubbled up to the surface or escaped, contaminating aquifers that store supplies of drinking water.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


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The Republicans’ War on the Environment

As unsurprising as it is utterly stupid, a Republican-dominated House subcommittee has voted to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, while a parallel bill has been introduced in the Senate.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



Fouling the Clean Air Act

In a largely hidden component of its attack on the federal budget, the House of Representatives has approved a key Republican campaign promise to big business: protecting it from what the new majority calls the handcuffs of environmental safeguards.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



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EPA Sharpens Its Regulatory Teeth

Though it was politically vague and took no immediate action, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will put some regulatory pressure on power plants and oil refineries to limit greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2012.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE


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EPA Weighs Waste Plants’ Impact on the Poor

The EPA will be closely examining the effects of hazardous waste recycling plants on low-income and minority communities. Poorer people disproportionately live in areas where such plants exist and suffer from health-related illnesses caused by the sites. The move reinstates a law dating back to the Clinton era that was largely ignored by the Bush administration.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Zeroes In on Auto Industry

President Barack Obama called for tougher regulations on auto emissions on Monday, promising not to let a sour economy stand in the way of progress. “I want to be clear from the beginning of this administration that we have made our choice: America will not be held hostage to dwindling resources, hostile regimes and a warming planet,” he said during a meeting with environmentalists in the White House’s East Room.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


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