The Man Who Sued the EPA is Now Running It. What Does That Mean for the Environment?

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists Voting largely along party lines, Congress just confirmed Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—an attorney who has spent his professional career suing the EPA to stop the agency from performing its fundamental...
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GOP Begins Anew Its Attack on the Endangered Species Act

By Nora Apter, Natural Resources Defense Council Today—just barely a month into the 115th Congress—Republicans held an oversight hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) titled, “Modernization of the Endangered Species Act.” Of course, anyone who has followed...
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The Financial Services Industry Doesn’t Want You to Care About This. We Do.

By Clyde Weiss, AFSCME Retirees, especially those who lack pensions, depend on their savings to last the rest of their lives. Some seek the help of financial advisers. But those advisers aren’t required to put their clients’ best interests ahead of their own. They often steer their clients...
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Connect the Dots Between Climate Change and Public Health

By Kim Knowlton, Natural Resources Defense Council Over 700 people—most of them elderly or poor—died prematurely during the 1995 Chicago heat wave. This public health disaster resulted from a deadly combination of extreme weather with temperatures soaring over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, lack of...
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Trump’s First Law Is a Gift to Exxon and Despots

By Franz Matzner, Natural Resources Defense Council Republicans in Congress and President Trump have made it easier for oil, gas, and coal companies to bribe foreign governments without accountability. Together, they killed a recently finalized Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule that...
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Heads Up—The GOP Is Helping Wall Street Pick Your Pocket

By Monique Morrissey, Economic Policy Institute While the headlines are dominated by White House leaks and personnel scandals, the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have been quietly helping the financial industry siphon off your retirement savings. First, the administration...
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