Will Congress Turn Its Back on the Safety of America’s Workers?

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Let’s say someone you care about—mother, father, wife, husband, partner, son, daughter, friend, and neighbor—works in a facility that’s had a history of serious injuries or illnesses. You know, like burns, amputations, and broken bones that happen...
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Trump Has Declared War on the EPA: 5 Chilling Examples

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By Jeremy Symons, Environmental Defense Fund While running for president, Donald Trump threatened to virtually eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leaving only “little tidbits.” Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA administrator, has been tasked with the job of tearing down the agency from...
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Rolling Back EPA’s Clean Car Standards Is Bad for America. Here’s Why.

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By Jason Mathers, Environmental Defense Fund Last month, a group of American carmakers urged President Trump to remove cost-effective vehicle emission and fuel efficiency standards in an attempt to capitalize on changing political winds in Washington. Trump didn’t waste any time: On March 15,...
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The REINS Act: A Threat to Good Government and Clean Water

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By Andrew Grinberg, Clean Water Action Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration are saying “regulatory reform” a lot. It sounds boring – but it’s code for a dangerous corporate giveaway that could unravel the basic safeguards we take for granted by destroying our basic...
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President Trump Has a Wrecking Ball (and It’s Aimed at the Climate)

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists The wrecking ball that is the Trump presidency is taking aim at the foundation of our country’s response to climate change. Today, the Trump Administration is announcing a re-opening of the fuel efficiency/emissions standards for cars, which can...
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Who Pays for Rolling Back Regulations?

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By Joe Valenti and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Center for American Progress The new Congress and administration seem to understand—as Oscar Wilde once quipped—the price of everything and the value of nothing. The House of Representatives is quickly advancing bills that would cripple federal...
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EPA Pulls Back Sound Policy Judgment at Behest of Auto Industry

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rescinded the determination that the EPA standards for 2022-2025 are appropriate.  This decision was made at the request of automakers seeking to supplant more than four years of robust, technical analysis with a...
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Trump Administration Attacks Public Health Protections with Proposed Cuts to EPA Budget

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By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists News reports indicate that the Trump administration’s ‘skinny budget,’ to be announced tomorrow, will include draconian cuts to the EPA’s staff and budget. It’s pretty clear that despite President Trump’s claims that he will work “to promote...
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Skinning Clean Energy Budgets Risks Our Money, Jobs and More

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By Elizabeth Noll, Natural Resources Defense Council The biggest consumer savings program you’ve never heard of may be just one of dozens of Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives at risk of deep cuts under President Trump’s extreme new budget proposal. Funding for DOE’s hugely successful...
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Stand Up for Science: 5 Ways Scientists Can Make Their Voices Heard

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists As the Trump Administration and the new Congress have gotten down to work, there is a lot of chaos and confusion. But there are a few clear themes. There is a concerted attempt to enact by executive order or statute major rollbacks of...
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