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What Does Equitable Climate Policy Actually Look Like?

What Does Equitable Climate Policy Actually Look Like?

By Sharon Zhang Back in March, when the pandemic had just planted its roots in the U.S., President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do something devastating: The agency was to indefinitely and cruelly suspend environmental rule enforcement. The EPA complied, and for just under half a year, it provided over 3,000 […]

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    EPA Has Granted More Than 3,000 Pollution Monitoring Exemptions to Oil and Gas Industry

    EPA Has Granted More Than 3,000 Pollution Monitoring Exemptions to Oil and Gas Industry

    Environmental regulators across the country granted more than 3,000 requests from polluting oil and gas operations, government facilities, chemical plants, and other facilities to stop pollution monitoring and other procedures intended to protect human health and the environment, an expansive two-month AP investigation revealed. For a deeper dive: AP For more climate change and clean […]

    Trump’s Toxic Wake: 10 Ways the EPA Has Made Life More Hazardous

    Trump’s Toxic Wake: 10 Ways the EPA Has Made Life More Hazardous

    By Melanie Benesh, Legislative Attorney From the beginning, the Trump administration has aggressively slashed environmental regulations. A New York Times analysis identified 100 environmental protections that have been reversed or are in the process of getting rolled back. The administration’s record on chemical safety has been especially hazardous for the health of Americans, especially children. […]

    EPA Expected to Allow More Methane Emissions From Oil and Gas Industry

    EPA Expected to Allow More Methane Emissions From Oil and Gas Industry

    In the coming days, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to use its power to roll back yet another Obama-era environmental protection meant to curb air pollution and slow the climate crisis. This new rollback concerns methane, a potent greenhouse gas destructive to the earth’s atmosphere. The EPA is expected to make the […]

    Democratic Bill Banning Toxic Pesticides Applauded as ‘Much-Needed’ Step to Protect Kids and Planet

    Democratic Bill Banning Toxic Pesticides Applauded as ‘Much-Needed’ Step to Protect Kids and Planet

    By Jake Johnson Democrats in the House and Senate on Tuesday introduced sweeping legislation that would ban some of the most toxic pesticides currently in use in the U.S. and institute stronger protections for farmworkers and communities that have been exposed to damaging chemicals by the agriculture industry. The Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticide […]

    Polluted U.S. Neighborhoods Haven’t Improved in 40 Years

    Polluted U.S. Neighborhoods Haven’t Improved in 40 Years

    If you lived in a community suffering from bad air quality in 1981, chances are your neighborhood hasn’t improved much. That’s the takeaway from a new study that found despite years of progress to improve air pollution, wealthy, white Americans are breathing much cleaner air than low-income communities of color, The Guardian reported. “Disadvantaged communities […]

    EPA Watchdog to Investigate Trump’s Tailpipe Emissions Rollback

    EPA Watchdog to Investigate Trump’s Tailpipe Emissions Rollback

    The inspector general for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will look into one of the Trump administration’s hallmark environmental rollbacks: the weakening of Obama-era emissions standards. The law from the Obama administration was designed to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing fuel-efficiency standards. Now, the EPA’s inspector general will try to determine whether […]

    EPA Approves Two Lysol Products to Kill Coronavirus on Surfaces

    EPA Approves Two Lysol Products to Kill Coronavirus on Surfaces

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a list of 431 products that are effective at killing viruses when they are on surfaces. Now, a good year for Lysol manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser just got better when the EPA said that two Lysol products are among the products that can kill the novel coronavirus that […]