What to Expect—and Ways to Respond—as the Trump Administration Assumes Power

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My Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Tomorrow, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. We are entering a time of significant uncertainty; it will be many weeks before the administration is fully staffed with lower-level political appointees. But there are...
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Yes We Did: The Fight For Clean Air and Water, Clean Energy and the Climate During the Obama Administration

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club On President Obama’s final day in office, here’s something I’m incredibly thankful for — our air and water are a lot cleaner and safer than they were eight years ago, and we still have a fighting chance to turn the corner on climate change,...
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The Dirty 31: Is Your State Arguing Against Clean Water?

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By Janette Brimmer, Earthjustice “The Dirty 31” is what we’re calling the 31 states that recently joined the usual suspects—big polluting industries, corporate agribusinesses and mega-developers—in attacking the EPA’s Clean Water Rule in federal court. These states aggressively argue that they...
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New Rule Cracks Down on Corporate Muzzling of Whistleblowers

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By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight Last week, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA issued a final rule that will deny taxpayer funds to businesses that force employees to sign away their rights to blow the whistle on possible fraud, waste, and public...
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Paving the Way for an Efficient Light Bulb in Every Socket

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By Noah Horowitz, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Department of Energy has just updated and expanded its definition of what constitutes an everyday light bulb in our homes and businesses, paving the way for the Trump administration to implement the second phase of a bipartisan law...
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Workers Share Workplace Violence Stories, Win Commitment for Federal OSHA Standard

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By Rebecca L. Reindel and Eunice Salcedo, AFL-CIO The Occupational Safety and Health Administration held a stakeholder meeting last week on preventing workplace violence in health care and social assistance—industries where nurses, social workers, emergency response workers, home care workers,...
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Scott Pruitt Is the Worst Candidate Ever Nominated to Lead the EPA

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council Scott Pruitt spent much of his Senate confirmation hearing trying to explain why he sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a 2011 complaint on his official Oklahoma attorney general letterhead, when the letter was actually written by lawyers...
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