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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Donald Trump’s Buy One and Lose Two Regulation Deal is Unconstitutional

By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council Imagine a doctor declaring we can’t find a cure for cancer unless we abandon vaccines for polio and smallpox. Or a cop who will only enforce speed limits if we get rid of stop signs and traffic lights. Or a housing inspector who...
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Congress is Trying to Protect Federal Scientists Because President Trump Isn’t

By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Today members of the Senate, led by Senator Bill Nelson, introduced a bill to strengthen scientific integrity in federal decision making. If ever there was a time that such a bill is needed, it is now.   The Trump administration has...
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Moyers on Pruitt

By Tom Valtin, Sierra Club Journalist, political commentator, and native Oklahoman Bill Moyers went on record recently on the Moyers & Company website to say that “President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency might put it on the endangered species list. “Oklahoma...
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Standing Up to Pernicious New Attacks on Federal Climate Scientists

By Peter Frumhoff, Union of Concerned Scientists The time-tested climate denial strategy of attacking the reputations of prominent climate scientists in order to sow doubt about the evidence and risks of climate change is being trotted out again. Exhibit A: The Daily Mail, a British tabloid,...
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Chamber of Litigation

By Dan Dudis, U.S. Chamber Watch On Tuesday, Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Much of the ensuing media coverage focused on Gorsuch’s positions on hot button issues such as abortion, same sex marriage, and affirmative action. This is perhaps...
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Scott Pruitt on Ocean Acidification: Wrong Again

By Lisa Suatoni, National Resources Defense Council Much has been written about how Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has tried to reject the science of climate change.  Pruitt’s answers to Senators’ questions about ocean acidification –...
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Trump Orders Review of Wall Street Ethics Rule

By Neil Gordon, Project On Government Oversight The Project On Government Oversight is closely following the Trump administration’s rollback of federal rules that increase governmental and corporate accountability and transparency. One such rule that may eventually get the axe is a forthcoming...
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