An Administration Defined by Its Conflicts (and What That Means for Science and Policy)

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The first six months of President Trump’s time in office have consisted of a whirlwind of questionable governing decisions. From the outset, the Center for Science and Democracy established a baseline of the types of protections for science within...
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How the CFPB Stops the Growth of the Racial Wealth Gap

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By Amy Traub, Demos This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns 6 years old. In an op-ed on Univision.com, my colleague Vijay Das and I consider the vital ways the agency stands up for the interests of American consumers, even as its independence and authority are...
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EPA Chemical Safety Nominee Aided DuPont in Teflon Scandal

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By Bill Walker, Environmental Working Group Michael Dourson, President Trump’s expected nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety office, has made a career of helping industry stave off or weaken regulations on toxic chemicals. Particularly disturbing is his work on...
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The Trump Administration’s Record on Science Six Months After Inauguration

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists To address unsolved questions, scientists develop experiments, collect data and then look for patterns. Our predictions of natural phenomena become more powerful over time as evidence builds within the scientific community that the same pattern...
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OSHA to Expand Voluntary Protection Programs Without Assessing Benefits to Workers

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform On Monday, July 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) convened a public meeting to hear input from stakeholders about how the agency might grow and strengthen its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). Given the change in...
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Environmental Injustice in the Early Days of the Trump Administration

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By Britt Paris and Rebecca Lave, Union of Concerned Scientists When the EPA was established in 1970 by Richard Nixon, there was no mandate to examine why toxic landfills were more often placed near low-income, Black, Latino, immigrant, and Native American communities than in more affluent,...
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Auto Industry Attacks Clean Car and Fuel Economy Standards

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council There they go again. Automakers are once more on the attack, attempting to weaken the clean car and fuel economy standards that are protecting our health, planet and pocketbooks, that they agreed to just five years ago. If successful, their...
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It Makes No Sense to Eliminate Successful CFPB, Weaken Wall Street Reforms

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Wall Street reform turns 7 years old and its precocious centerpiece Consumer Financial Protection Bureau turns 6 tomorrow Friday, July 21. Established after the 2007-2008 economic collapse to help prevent another crisis by making consumer markets safe, the new...
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11 Ways Corporate America Benefits From Trump

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen Given the scandal-plagued Trump administration’s failure to advance its priorities in Congress, it is tempting to conclude that Donald Trump is not accomplishing anything of significance. In fact, he is delivering giveaway after giveaway to industry. Six months...
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Trump Touts Plan to Wipe Out Health and Safety Regulations

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By the Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump administration has released a list of hundreds of federal rules it plans to weaken or eliminate. Presented under the guise of helping businesses, Trump’s ill-conceived plan helps polluters and harms Americans. “Make no mistake. Trump’s...
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What’s Behind Attacks on the Endangered Species Act? Lots of Industry Money

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By Rebecca Bowe, Earthjustice A small yet vocal group of congressmen are gearing up this summer to dismantle the Endangered Species Act. Campaign finance records of these lawmakers reveal that they have all taken significant money from extractive industries frustrated by the law’s protection of...
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Benefits Lost: The Blueprint for the Trump Administration’s Assault on Our Safeguards

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Early this morning, the Trump administration released its Spring 2017 Regulatory Agenda, which outlines the regulatory and deregulatory actions the administration expects to take over the next 12 months. Because it is the first of the Trump...
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