Government

Trump Review of Auto Emissions Standards Upsets Deal

Has President Donald Trump really unraveled Obama-era auto mileage standards and the climate policy they supported? Far from it, explains our latest Backgrounder. Here's why true change on auto emissions will take much more than a presidential fiat. And get angles and sources to report the ongoing issue. 

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"White House: Trump Aides Cause Friction at EPA, Other Agencies"

"White House political appointees are clashing with U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Staffers installed on the Trump administration's 'beachhead team' at EPA have been at odds with the agency's new chief since Pruitt and his aides arrived at headquarters last month."

Source: Greenwire, 03/21/2017

Charting SEJ’s Course in Chaotic Times

In this President's Report, SEJ's Bobby Magill outlines plans for the organization amid political tumult. In the works: a rebranding, a website revamp and a new strategic vision under the guidance of Executive Director Melisa Klem. Find out more, plus how you can share your perspective, such as at SEJ's member-led meetups.

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With NOAA Cuts, Will Trump Starve Climate Messenger?

Proposed budget reductions for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could undermine the work of agencies as varied as National Weather Service and Sea Grant, as well as a satellite network informing much climate research. The latest TipSheet outlines NOAA stories that may emerge ... or vanish.

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"Trump’s Budget Takes A Sledgehammer to the EPA"

"The Trump administration plans to take a sledgehammer to the Environmental Protection Agency. Thursday’s proposal by the White House would slash the EPA’s budget by 31 percent — nearly one third — from its current level of $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion. It would cut 3,200 positions, or more than 20 percent of the agency’s current workforce of about 15,000."

Source: Washington Post, 03/16/2017

How To File a FOIA Request

As SEJournal's part during Sunshine Week, we've put together a step-by-step for filing your own Freedom of Information Act requests. Find out about best practices for waiving fees, expediting requests, pushing back on exemptions, appealing FOIA denials and using state open-records laws. [Image: © Clipart.com]

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Sunshine Events, Standing Rock, FERC and Pruitt

It's Sunshine Week, and open government events are scheduled around the United States. This month's WatchDog TipSheet has a rundown, plus news on SEJ concerns over restrictions to press access at FERC meetings, on a 7,564-page FOIA email dump on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and more. 

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EPA Budget Cuts Threaten a Program Near You

As the Trump administration proposes big cuts at environmental agencies like the U.S. EPA, the latest TipSheet explores how to dig up local angles from the budget action. Examples: Tracking changes at EPA regional offices and labs, at Superfund or at state revolving funds for clean water and safe drinking water programs.

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"E.P.A. Head Stacks Agency With Climate Change Skeptics"

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, "a former Oklahoma attorney general who built a career out of suing the agency he now leads, has moved to stock the top offices of the agency with like-minded conservatives — many of them skeptics of climate change and all of them intent on rolling back environmental regulations that they see as overly intrusive and harmful to business."

Source: NY Times, 03/08/2017

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