EPA Archives - State of the Planet

Scott Pruitt, Andrew Wheeler, and Regulatory Capture at the EPA

There’s a new deputy in town: Andrew Wheeler, a fossil fuel fanatic who once served on the staff of snowball-wielding climate denier Senator James Inhofe.

by |April 16, 2018

EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Misguided Conclusions About Climate Change

Last week, Scott Pruitt provided us with additional insight into his views about climate change.

by |February 12, 2018
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Columbia Environmental Law Clinic Challenges EPA’s Scott Pruitt on Behalf of Scientists

The lawsuit filed today asserts that Scott Pruitt’s ban on EPA-funded scientists on EPA advisory boards is illegal, undermines the integrity of science, and threatens public health.

by |December 21, 2017
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Scott Pruitt’s Attack on Scientists Serving on EPA Advisory Boards is Illegal

Pruitt’s policy runs counter to existing conflict-of-interests law, and is on its face arbitrary and capricious.

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Former Head of EPA Looks to Businesses, Courts, and Citizens to Fight Climate Change

In a lecture at Columbia Law School, Gina McCarthy sharply critiqued the Trump administration’s environmental policies, but offered hope that grassroots movements and other branches of government can make a difference.

Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump’s Stealth War on the EPA

The Trump Administration’s understated attack on environmental regulation could have more impact than some of its higher-profile actions.

by |August 14, 2017

The Myth that Regulations Kill Jobs

In a real world of complex new technologies, crowded cities, multiple interests, and exponential information growth, we need regulations.

by |August 7, 2017

Resisting the Deregulation of Environmental Protection

Today we have an EPA Administrator who is willfully and aggressively deregulating elements of environmental protection. We need to resist federal cutbacks in environmental protection policies and programs, while also continuing to keep our eye on the daily, operational tasks of creating sustainable economy.

by |July 10, 2017

Rural America’s Drinking Water Crisis: No Help From Trump Budget

O’Brien is just one of thousands of small communities in the United States that struggle to find the resources to ensure that the water coming out of the tap is safe to drink. The budget proposal by the Trump administration will only make matters worse.

by |June 13, 2017

A Small Senate Victory Maintains Methane Regulation

While I see little hope of modernizing the environmental regulatory structure under the current regime, last week provided some hope that the U.S. Senate won’t allow our environmental laws to be dismantled.

by |May 15, 2017