"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's scientific integrity watchdog is reviewing whether EPA chief Scott Pruitt violated the agency's policies when he said in a television interview he does not believe carbon dioxide is driving global climate change, according to an email seen by Reuters on Friday."
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- Source: Reuters, 04/03/2017
"The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new, more detailed plan for laying off 25 percent of its employees and scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety, water runoff control, and environmental cooperation with Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement."
"The number of Chinook salmon predicted to return to the Klamath River on the California-Oregon border this fall fishing season is around 11,000 fish. That is the lowest number in recorded history. Coho salmon is already listed under the Endangered Species Act in California and Oregon."Source: Indian Country Today, 04/03/2017
"Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to new research that offers one of the clearest looks yet at the potential long-term health impact of the potent neurotoxin."
"Within hours of moving by executive order to dismantle U.S. actions on the climate change crisis, the Trump Administration asked a federal court to stand down on pending litigation over the Clean Power Plan. The legal salvo could keep regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel power plants in limbo for the foreseeable future."Source: InsideClimate News, 04/03/2017
"WASHINGTON — On the fourth floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the staff of the White House chief technology officer has been virtually deleted, down from 24 members before the election to, by Friday, only one."Source: NY Times, 04/03/2017
"The Trump administration is aiming a half-billion-dollar cut at the main U.S. hub for renewable energy research — 25 percent of the agency’s budget, and that’s just for the final five months of this federal fiscal year."
"As of [Friday], the number of Obama-era rules that Republicans can toss under the Congressional Review Act has been capped at fewer than 40, according to the watchdog group Public Citizen."Source: Greenwire, 04/03/2017
"CROW AGENCY, Mont. — The pale yellow halls of the Crow government building here are nearly empty these days, with 1,000 of this tribe’s 1,300 employees recently laid off."Source: NY Times, 04/03/2017
"America's top environmental official was in the hot seat on Sunday over his dubious views on climate change."Source: Mashable, 04/03/2017
"House Republicans just passed two bills that will make it harder for the Environmental Protection Agency to use scientific research to protect health and the environment. And they’ve done so under the deceptive guise of 'transparency.'"Source: Vox, 03/31/2017
"OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Bar Association is investigating an ethics complaint against former state Attorney General Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The complaint was filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and associate professor Kristen van de Biezenbos of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.Source: AP, 03/31/2017
"Six environmental groups have sued President Trump's administration over its approval of a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline."Source: The Hill, 03/31/2017
"Many of America’s biggest corporations including Apple Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are sticking by their pledges to fight climate change even as President Donald Trump guts his predecessor’s environmental policies."Source: Bloomberg, 03/31/2017
"When President Donald Trump signed his “energy independence” executive order on Tuesday, he made no mention of making it easier for energy companies to drill for oil in national parks. But tucked into his 2,300-word order is a sentence that could do just that, potentially affecting national park lands in Florida, Kentucky, Texas and other states."Source: McClatchy, 03/31/2017