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What Led Donald Trump to Select His Cabinet Appointees


In February, Steve Bannon (pictured) declared that key members of Trump’s Cabinet were “selected for a reason.” That reason has become clear.

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Are Progressives Suffering From ‘Trump Fatigue’?


Many achievements of the past 40 years are on the president’s chopping block, but we must not allow ourselves to become too exhausted to take action.

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The Earth Enters ‘Uncharted Territory’ With Unprecedented Heat and Carbon Dioxide Levels


The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization confirms reports that 2016 was the hottest year on record and predicts more bad news for 2017.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE

U.S. Pressures Group of 20 Into Dropping Climate-Change Reference From Joint Statement


Finance ministers of the world’s leading economies, defying German leadership, have removed a clause about funding, a G-20 official tells Reuters.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

A Crisis With No End: Why Flint Is Still the Issue


The lead in Flint’s water has taken a physical and mental toll on residents, and the water remains tainted.

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How to Respond to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Destructive Views on Climate Change


If Pruitt angers you, swing into action. Find out whether there is a coal plant near you and work to close it.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye Tackle Climate Issues in the Age of Trump (Video)

The Vermont senator and the “Science Guy” take to Facebook Live to discuss the president’s disavowal of climate change.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Pipeline Valve-Turners Fight for Peaceful Disobedience


Ken Ward shut off a pipeline in Washington state last year to protest a government “unresponsive” to climate change. Now he and others face imprisonment.

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Via Twitter, National Parks Service and NASA Defy Trump’s Gag on Climate Change Information


Many in the scientific community are also spreading word of an upcoming “Scientists March on Washington.”

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Donald Trump Issues Media Blackout at Multiple Federal Agencies


The moves come amid growing concern that Trump and his appointees will suppress scientific innovation and research to advance their own ideological agenda.

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Flint Residents Protest Exclusion From Water Quality Meeting


Advocates and residents express concern that officials are rushing to declare the city’s water supply safe.

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Henry A. Giroux: Trump’s Cabinet Will Be a Group of ‘Neoliberal Evangelicals’

The president-elect’s appointments “are indicative of forthcoming policy decisions that will increase the attack on democratic institutions and public goods,” says the scholar (pictured).

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump and the Climate: His Hot Air on Warming Is Far From the Greatest Threat


The president-elect, who has called climate change a hoax, has frightened many with his embrace of fossil fuels. What’s truly scary, scientists and others say, is how much larger the problem is than one American president.

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What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

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EPA Finally Concludes That Fracking Is a Threat to U.S. Water Supplies


The Environmental Protection Agency’s finding, endorsed by environmentalists, comes as Donald Trump’s nascent administration prepares to rethink regulation of the gas drilling industry.

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How We Can Fight Back Against Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency


With regard to fighting global warming, the American public is, at best, now on its own. At worse, the federal government will change its laws to encourage activities that make the environment dirtier, more dangerous and hotter.

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How to Swamp Washington and Double-Cross Your Supporters


It’s been a month since the election, and here’s what’s clear: Crony capitalism, the kind that festers and grows when offered public support in its search for private profits, is the order of the day among Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks.

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California and EPA Poised to Expand Program With Potential to Pollute Water Reserves


Under federal environmental law, a little-known program is being used to permit oil and gas companies to inject waste into the state’s aquifers, even as the thirst for groundwater grows.

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Lead Contamination at Indiana Low-Income Housing Site Is Being Addressed After Decades of Inaction

A video investigation of conditions at an affordable-housing complex in northern Indiana shows how the crisis came to be and how it might be “worse than Flint.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

More Bad News About Water Safety Could Affect Millions of Americans


A new Harvard study reveals excessive levels of toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other ailments.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE

How Do We Save the Bees? (Photos)

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Nearly 70 percent of crops are pollinated by bees, and the flying insects are becoming endangered because of the use of toxic pesticides.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

When Red Tape Is a Good Thing


We don’t just need to get money out of politics—we need to get it out of policy, too.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE

All Eyes on Flint, but Drinking Water Crisis Stretches Nationwide


A USA Today investigation finds 350 schools and day-care centers failed lead tests about 470 times from 2012 through 2015.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE

Caving to Coal Interests, Supreme Court Blocks Key Climate Action


“We’re disappointed the rule has been stayed, but you can’t stay climate change and you can’t stay climate action,” says an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman.

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Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water


The thousands of Michigan children who were knowingly poisoned were victims of an American moral malaise: Our nation has bred generations of bureaucrats who are blind to values other than self-advancement and profit.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE

FBI is Now Involved in the Investigation Into the Flint Water Crisis


Federal prosecutors are reportedly “working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter.”

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Flint All Over Again? Lead Poisoning Scandal Strikes Ohio Town


The state’s Environmental Protection Agency has asked its federal counterpart to open a criminal investigation into what occurred in Sebring.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE

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Jon Stewart: Thanks to SCOTUS, Americans Can Still Kill Prisoners Painfully and Everyone Else Slowly

After celebrating SCOTUS’ momentous decisions on same-sex marriage, the Fair Housing Act and Obamacare, the “Daily Show” host has one more thing to say to the Supreme Court justices: “What the fuck?”

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Jon Stewart: Expectations of Congress May Be Low, but Budget Bill Is Not a Monumental Achievement

The “Daily Show” host is struggling to understand how so much “random stuff” ended up in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress recently passed.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Report Criticizes EPA Oversight of Injection Wells


The Government Accountability Office says environmental regulators are failing to adequately enforce rules for wells used to dispose of toxic waste from drilling.

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Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution


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For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.

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Saving the World One Coal Plant at a Time


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Even for people who don’t believe in it, climate change just got real. It’s about time.

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Faced With Global Warming Threat, Obama Fudges EPA Carbon Reduction


President Obama’s decision to unleash the Environmental Protection Agency on U.S. carbon dioxide emitters is a sea change in environmental policy and is extremely welcome to any who care about the planet. But its real significance does not lie in the targets for carbon dioxide reduction Obama has set.

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Did the Supreme Court Just Kill Dirty Coal Plants and Save the World?


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The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency has the prerogative to regulate air pollution that spills across state lines.

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You Can No Longer Eat American Apples in Europe. Here’s Why


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Apparently an apple a day will not keep the doctor away in the U.S.

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Obama as Unreliable Narrator on Climate Action: From SOTU to NSA Spying at Copenhagen


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When President Obama looked us in the eye and said that the U.S. is not engaged in electronic surveillance for economic reasons, he was lying through his teeth.

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West Virginia Toxic Disaster Requires More Than Silence


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More than a week since the chemical spill in Charleston, the state capital, contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people, there has been little solid information about the danger to human health—and little outrage from officials in Washington, who seem to expect West Virginians to take the whole thing in stride.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE

Supreme Court Preview: A Storm Is on the Horizon


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As the war clouds gather over Washington in preparation for airstrikes against Syria, the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court have returned from summer break and are preparing to kick up a legal storm of their own as they resume their quest to radically transform federal law and the Constitution.

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EPA’s Abandoned Fracking Study One Retreat of Many


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In 2011, the agency issued a draft report saying that the controversial practice of fracking was to blame for the pollution of an aquifer deep below the town of Pavillion, Wyo., the first time such a claim had been based on a scientific analysis. Now the EPA will hand the study over to Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana—the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE

How Dick Cheney’s Son-in-Law Helped Deregulate Chemical Plants

MSNBC host Chris Hayes explained on his program Thursday how the Bush administration—and specifically the former vice president’s son-in-law—played a critical role in defeating regulations that would have strengthened federal oversight of chemical plants like the one that exploded and killed 15 people in West, Texas, last week.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

A Policy in Search of a Proponent


Now that the foundations of austerity are crumbling because of an Excel coding error, few may be willing to champion the economic theory; sci-fi may become part of the mandatory reading list for West Virginia students; meanwhile, flamenco has become more than a dance—it’s a new way to protest the banks. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Exxon Threatens to Arrest Reporters for Entering Arkansas Oil Spill Site


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The oil giant is sure doing its best to prevent journalists from covering the recent oil spill from its Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, Ark., reporters say. And unfortunately for them, a pliant county sheriff’s office has shown it’s all too willing to help Exxon Mobil out.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 READ MORE

More Than Half of U.S. Rivers in Trouble


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More than half of the country’s rivers and streams are unable to support healthy populations of aquatic insects and other creatures, a survey of nearly 2,000 locations by the Environmental Protection Agency reported Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE

Jeb Bush Reverses Immigration Stance, Brian Williams ‘Disappointed’ With U.S., and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including the White House weighing in on whether cellphones should be locked and Democratic lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to raise the minimum wage.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE

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