The new Democratic-led House can restore teeth to the agency that safeguards our health – they did it once before.
The Environmental Protection Agency made news recently for excluding reporters from a “summit” meeting on chemical contamination in drinking water. Episodes like this are symptoms of a larger problem: an ongoing, broad-scale takeover of the agency by industries it regulates.
Pruitt relied on tactics deployed by two previous Republican administrations — Ronald Reagan, who staged a frontal assault on the EPA early in his presidency, and George W. Bush, who worked to undermine the science underpinning the EPA’s actions.
by Jennifer Liss Ohayon, EDGI Member, and Claudia Polsky, Op-Ed reblogged from Los Angeles Times. A posted Proposition 65 warning sign at a Starbucks coffee shop in Burbank, on March 30. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press) It’s official: Coffee sold in California must carry cancer warnings, a Los Angeles judge ruled this week. The […]
by Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, EDGI Members, Op-Ed from the New York Times. Scott Pruitt during an interview in his office at the Environmental Protection Agency in October. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) By altering and removing climate websites built over years and paid for by tax dollars, the Trump administration is actively working to muddy the overwhelming […]
by Leif Fredrickson, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from Washington Post. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is key to President Trump achieving his deregulatory vision. (Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images) The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is foreign to most Americans. It had no cameos in “The West Wing” or “House of Cards,” […]
by Leif Fredrickson, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from The Guardian. ‘The EPA began in 1970 as an agency charged with curbing pollution.’ Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt, has called for a “back-to-basics” or “originalist” approach to the agency. It is unclear what he means, but in a 22 May […]
by Leif Fredrickson, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from Washington Post. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt doesn’t understand his own agency’s history. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has set a “back-to-basics” agenda for the agency. In media interviews, he refers to himself as an “EPA originalist.” What on earth […]
by Lindsey Dillon, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from The Conversation. Abandoned industrial buildings at San Francisco’s Pier 70, with a smokestack in the background. Lindsey Dillon, CC BY-NC-ND San Francisco has embarked on a project to transform its industrial southeast waterfront into a bike-friendly destination called the Blue Greenway. When completed, the Blue Greenway will be a 13-mile network of […]
by Christopher Sellers, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from Vox Media. Pruitt has been packing the EPA with climate skeptics and following through on Trump’s campaign promises to give “relief” to fossil fuel interests. (Andrew Harnik/AP) The Trump administration is on track to damage the agency even more than the Reagan administration. It’s been quite […]