Vets Affairs Official Downplays Agent Orange Risks, Questions Critics

"A key federal official who helps adjudicate claims by veterans who say they were exposed to Agent Orange has downplayed the risks of the chemical herbicide and questioned the findings of scientists, journalists and even a federal administrative tribunal that conflict with his views."

Source: ProPublica, 06/14/2017

"Gas Industry Says 'Trust Us' On Tracking Cyberthreats"

"At the end of a Senate hearing last month, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) challenged Dave McCurdy, president of the American Gas Association, to say how Congress and the public can be confident about the cybersecurity defenses of the nation's natural gas infrastructure when no one is keeping score."

Source: EnergyWire, 05/30/2017

"Trump Seeks To Sell Off Half Of The Strategic Petroleum Reserve"

"As part of its 2018 budget, the Trump administration is proposing to reduce by half the size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a cushion against global price shocks and supply disruptions. The administration said it expects the drawdown to reduce the federal deficit by $16.6 billion, part of a package of deficit reduction measures over the next 10 years."

Source: Washington Post, 05/23/2017

"Trump’s EPA Is Seeking A 24/7 Security Detail For Its New Leader"

"The Trump administration has proposed whacking the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly a third, eliminating thousands of employees and scrapping dozens of programs, including climate-change research and cleanup efforts in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. But a detailed budget plan obtained by The Washington Post last week includes a request to add positions within the agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance 'to provide 24/7 security detail' for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt."

Source: Washington Post, 04/13/2017

Trump Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Threat

"Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves."

Source: ProPublica, 03/15/2017


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