President Trump issued another Executive Order today. NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2017 as National Preparedness Month. I encourage all Americans, including Federal, State, and … Read moreIt’s “National Preparedness Month”
Scott Pruitt came to Colorado on August 4th to visit the Gold King Mine. His companions, Senators Cory Gardner & Michael Bennet, Representative Scott Tipton, and Governor John Hickenlooper, held a town hall in Durango following their visit to the mine. Pruitt skipped out. There were folks outside the town hall who wanted to ask … Read morePruitt’s Hypocritical Visit to the Gold King Mine
The EPA Alumni Association has created an on-line job center to help EPA staffers find new work https://jobs.epaalumni.org On Monday, August 6, the Trump Administration begins its assault on EPA staffing. This Administration plans to eliminate more than 3000 jobs – in an agency with only 15,000 employees. The pink slips start flowing with folks … Read moreJob Center open for EPA staff being ousted by Trump
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt defended the Trump Administration’s massive cuts to the EPA budget before a key House subcommittee on Thursday. The plan to dismantle our environmental protections was not well received – by either party. Bloomberg reports: The criticism of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at a budget hearing Thursday illustrates the difficulty Trump … Read moreProposed EPA Budget Cuts Meet Stiff Bipartisan Resistance from House Appropriations Subcommittee
Thanks to the Environmental Protection Network for this summary analysis of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts to EPA – and our environmental protections. The Trump Administration claims that it supports clean air and water, but its proposed FY 2018 Budget tells another story. Their deep cuts would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s Budget 42% … Read moreThe Trump Budget Aims to Cripple Environmental Protection
The alpine Niwot Ridge research site, about 21 miles west of Boulder, is one of about 100 NOAA sites around the globe that tracks carbon dioxide levels. The Colorado data is one of the longest sets, stretching back 50 years. Grace Hood/CPR News For decades, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has depended on a … Read moreBoulder’s Climate Researchers Wary Of White House Budget, Paris Accord Exit
Yesterday’s Washington Post offered some insights into the Trump Administration’s plans to reduce earnings for federal workers – both present and past. (Article links below.) Perhaps only the heartlessness the president’s budget demonstrates for the poor, the hungry and the sick exceeds the billionaire’s absence of empathy for the federal employees who serve them… [it] would … Read moreTrump’s budget calls for hits on federal employee retirement programs (in addition to staffing cuts)
April 27, 2017 To Our Elected Leaders at All Levels of Government – As former employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we know that science is at the heart of the bipartisan progress our nation has made toward protecting public health and the environment. Americans enjoy cleaner air, water and land today because for … Read moreThe Earth Warms While Trump Ignores Science: A letter from 777 EPA Alums.
EPA has opened a comment period soliciting input on which regulations to repeal and which to keep. The docket does not provide a closing date for comments, but assume it’s short – recommendations are due to the White House by May 15. Use this link to submit your comments. https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190 Commenting tips from Altepa: To … Read moreWhich environmental protections do you want to keep?
Here’s some great advice from a savvy advocate about how to talk to people who aren’t in the pro-EPA camp. “We need to reach these guys with language/framing that will leverage their system of values, if we want them to change their positions/ be strong in maintaining pro EPA position. Instead of climate change, talk … Read moreBudget talking points for climate deniers (& folks who don’t “get” EPA)