The Environmental Injustice of Declining Budgets for Water Infrastructure

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By Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform This year more than most, it bears repeating that a budget is a moral document, or at least that it has moral implications. It’s particularly important to remember not just because President Trump’s budget is so appallingly skewed in...
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Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Guts Critical Water Safeguards

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By Becky Hammer, Natural Resources Defense Council The president’s infrastructure plan asks us to choose between new infrastructure and a healthy environment. That is a false choice, as 94% of Americans already know. Despite Trump’s frequent scapegoating rhetoric, environmental reviews and...
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The FCC Chairman Is Under Investigation

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By Candace Clement, Free Press The New York Times is reporting this morning that the FCC inspector general is actively investigating whether FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his aides improperly pushed for rule changes that would clear the way for Sinclair’s purchase of Tribune Media. That’s...
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Judge: Trump’s Delay on Energy Efficiency Standards Illegal

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council A federal judge ruled today that the Trump administration illegally delayed four energy efficiency standards that will save America’s consumers and businesses more than $8 billion in energy costs, finding that delaying the standards was “a...
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Since the Lead Crisis, Reading Scores in Flint Dropped Dramatically

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By Olga Naidenko, Environmental Working Group Third-graders’ reading scores in Flint, Mich., have dropped dramatically since the city’s crisis of lead contamination in drinking water began, according to reports in the Detroit Free Press and The New Republic. Standardized test results show that...
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Net Neutrality Politics Is Local

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press “All politics is local,” the late House Speaker Tip O’Neill famously said. O’Neill is less known for another saying that also holds true: “You can’t assume anything in politics. That’s why every Saturday I walk around my district.” It’s easy for cloistered Washington...
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