Ignore the facts — only way to justify rollback of EPA’s greenhouse gas standards

Rows of vehicles in traffic spewing emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to massively roll back its undeniably successful car greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards while totally ignoring the technical and scientific facts, as well as its world-renowned federal, career staff. This is unprecedented and will go down as one of the most anti-science and anti-transparency actions in agency history. … Read more

Oil and Gas Fields Leak Far More Methane than EPA Reports

Oil well flaring gas

Higher than expected levels of the potent short-lived climate pollutant raise questions about whether natural gas can be an effective bridge to lower emissions. All of us should be concerned about how methane emissions from natural gas production, especially fracking, are negatively impacting our air quality. There has been much controversy for years over how … Read more

U.S. Moving Forward on Climate – Despite Trump’s Backpedalling

UN Climate Change Conference Shows Progress in Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement Marking the next step on the way to international implementation of measures to limit global warming and other climate impacts of increased greenhouse gas emissions, the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was held … Read more

Pruitt’s Strategic Plan for EPA – and Why It Matters

  The Trump/Pruitt team has released its roadmap for EPA. What is strategic planning? A systematic process of envisioning a desired future, and translating this vision into broadly defined goals or objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them. Strategic plans create a framework for accountability between the Agency, Congress and the American people. … Read more

Western Wildfires and Climate Change

Smoke billowing across the ocean from Mendocino to San Francisco

We’re watching those out-of-control wildfires raging in California with horror, sorrow and a lot of empathy. Our hearts go out of the thousands of people watching their homes go up in flames.  This drone footage posted by the Washington Post yesterday conveys the total devastation that wildfires can bring.    Sadly, Western US wildfires have … Read more

Our best climate program is under attack

Rows of vehicles in traffic spewing emissions.

“Clean car standards are one of the quickest, most effective and easiest ways to help us get on the right track to carbon-free transportation and a safer, healthier climate.” By Garrett Garner-Wells, Paul Guzyk and Luke Walch Boulder Daily Camera  10/03/2017 What if we told you there’s a five-year-old who is on the front lines … Read more

Inspiration in Dark Times

Fight like your world depends on it. Because your world depends on it. – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power If you haven’t yet seen  An Inconvenient Sequel-Truth to Power hustle your buns out to the the movies this weekend. It’s now showing in mainstream theaters across the country.  I found this film to be powerful, … Read more

Summertime – and the climate is heating

Denver may see a month of 100-degree days by 2080. It’s early June and temperatures in Denver are already in the mid-90s. Climate modeling predicts a lot more of those days to come. Today’s Denverite has a good piece about summertime getting hotter and what Denver and the State of Colorado are doing – and … Read more

Boulder’s Climate Researchers Wary Of White House Budget, Paris Accord Exit

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 more

Talking Colorado Climate Change: Rising Temps, Shorter Ski Seasons And Possibly More Air Turbulence

How often have you cringed when you heard an airline pilot or flight attendant come on the P.A. system to inform you that there was turbulence in the air? Turns out those announcements may become more commonplace, because of climate change. A study from England’s University of Reading finds turbulence could get two or three times worse if carbon dioxide … Read more

Save EPA has been an all-volunteer group of former EPA officials who became alarmed about the Trump agenda for EPA and joined together to fight it.

With newly-elected President-Elect Biden and VP-Elect Harris coming in January, the need to "save EPA" is much less urgent. This is not to imply all clear skies ahead - there is much re-building to do, there will be negative pressures on the new administration, and we will likely have policy differences in the future. However, we are hopeful that these differences will be discussed rationally, using science as a basis for moving forward, and keeping EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment in the forefront.

And so, we are going back to retirement!  We're keeping our website up at http://saveepaalums.info/ , as a resource for those who want to follow and influence the restoration work. Our report on the Trump record at EPA describes the actions that need to be reversed [saveepaalums.info/Trump+era+report], and our guide to participating in the rulemaking process [http://saveepaalums.info/Resistance+Guide] can help you be part of the solution.

Thank you for your support and commitment during the past 3.5 years.  While the Trump assaults were unending, they were also frequently unsuccessful, and that was due in large part to public outrage.  Keep it up!  Although EPA will be in much better hands with a Biden administration, there is always a need for an informed and engaged public.