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Scott Pruitt Just Hung Up a List of His Top ‘Environmental Achievements’ at EPA

Scott Pruitt Just Hung Up a List of His Top ‘Environmental Achievements’ at EPA

New banners on display at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters highlight five “environmental achievements” under Administrator Scott Pruitt’s leadership. But most of Pruitt’s so-called achievements are in fact disastrous rollbacks of decades of environmental progress, said Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook. Eric Lipton of The New York Times posted a photo of […]

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    Majority of National Parks Panel Quits in Protest of Ryan Zinke

    Majority of National Parks Panel Quits in Protest of Ryan Zinke

    Nearly all members of the National Park Service advisory panel abruptly quit on Monday in protest of the Trump administration’s policies, which they say have neglected science, climate change and environmental protections. “From all of the events of this past year I have a profound concern that the mission of stewardship, protection, and advancement of […]

    Nearly All Coastal Governors Denounce Plan to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling

    Nearly All Coastal Governors Denounce Plan to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling

    Politicians from coastal states around the country continue to call for their states to be exempt from the Trump administration’s proposed expansion of offshore drilling following its politically-tinged decision last week to remove Florida from the plan. The Interior Department said last week that Secretary Ryan Zinke had spoken with seven coastal governors opposed to […]

    Florida’s Exemption From Offshore Drilling Plan Called ‘Political Stunt’

    Florida’s Exemption From Offshore Drilling Plan Called ‘Political Stunt’

    The Trump administration will exclude Florida from its controversial offshore oil drilling plan after a plea from the state governor, Rick Scott. “I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,” Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke said Tuesday. “As a result of discussion with […]

    DOI to Allow Road Construction Inside National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska

    DOI to Allow Road Construction Inside National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska

    The Interior Department has reached a deal with a remote Alaskan village to construct a controversial road through a national wildlife refuge. Local officials from King Cove in the Aleutian Islands said last week that the Interior Department has approved a land swap that would allow the village to build a 12-mile gravel road through […]

    Zinke Adds Oceans to the Chopping Block

    Zinke Adds Oceans to the Chopping Block

    In late April, President Trump issued an executive order promoting oil and gas drilling off America’s coasts—and Thursday, in response, U.S. Department of the Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke plans to unveil a five-year leasing plan that opens our oceans to dangerous development. Zinke’s plan is intended to replace the five-year plan President Obama issued weeks […]

    17 Ways the Trump Administration Assaulted the Environment Over the Holidays

    17 Ways the Trump Administration Assaulted the Environment Over the Holidays

    By John R. Platt While visions of sugarplums danced in some of our heads, the Trump administration had a different vision—of a country unbound by rules that protect people, places, wildlife and the climate. Over the past two weeks, the administration has proposed or finalized changes to how the government and the industries it regulates […]

    Trump Administration Repeals Obama Rule Designed to Make Fracking Safer

    Trump Administration Repeals Obama Rule Designed to Make Fracking Safer

    The Trump administration is rescinding Obama-era rules designed to increase the safety of fracking. “We believe it imposes administrative burdens and compliance costs that are not justified,” the Interior Department‘s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wrote in a notice published Friday in the Federal Register. The 2015 rule required companies drilling for natural gas and […]