President Donald Trump is down with more mercury in the air if that’ll help the coal industry. According to the Washington Post, the Environmental Protection Agency sent a proposal to the White House Friday that suggests altering a rule regulating emissions of mercury—a potent neurotoxin—because the current regulations cost too much.
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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just proposed a rule that would, by its own admission, result in more Americans getting sick and dying. And the whole reason we know that is because of landmark public health studies the Trump administration is trying to limit access to.
The Trump administration just released a new rule proposal at the centre of its environmental deregulatory frenzy. The long-anticipated rule would replace the Clean Power Plan, an Obama era initiative to rein in pollution from coal-fired power plants that was considered the former president’s signature policy for combatting climate change.
Some days, you may roll out of bed and wonder why the hell you’re working a job that doesn’t make a difference where your boss treats you like crap. You could look for a new job. Or you could wash that sense of ennui away by realising it could be worse. You could be a scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Every boneheaded Trump administration move has been met with a flurry of legal challenges. Last week's proposed rollback of future fuel efficiency standards will be no different.
President Donald Trump has signed a directive that authorises NASA to return American astronauts to the Moon - a mission that would lay the foundation for a possible mission to Mars. The renewed emphasis on space exploration, said Trump, is to ensure America's primacy in space, to protect its citizens, and to create jobs. But while a coherent and ambitious space program is welcome news, the announcement can also be seen as a distraction.
Remember Palmer Luckey? You know, the disgraced Oculus founder and cosplay enthusiast who left Facebook in the midst of a $US2 billion ($2.7 billion) lawsuit? Well, it looks like Luckey is ready to wreak more havoc upon the world, this time in the form of a virtual border wall that he might sell to the Trump administration. You'll never guess who wants to pay for it.
Remember the day after the US presidential inauguration? OK, we were hungover, too, but do you remember how Trump violated US federal records-keeping laws by illegally deleting his tweets? Turns out, the National Archives also heard about that and took action.
In 2016, a coalition of 28 US states sued the Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that a new US federal plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions called the "Clean Power Plan" was illegal, unfairly penalised coal-dependent states and would cause massive layoffs in the energy sector. But according to a new report released Wednesday, the US isn't just meeting the federal requirements, its currently poised to significantly surpass them.
On Tuesday, the executive branch's apparent campaign to silence reality reached a disturbing new low when (objectively true) tweets by Badlands National Park referencing climate change were mysteriously deleted. It's unclear whether this was done directly at the White House's behest, but restrictive gag orders by the Trump administration have already leaked from several federal agencies, muzzling them online.
Last week, the transition team of the US president-elect sent a survey to the Department of Energy asking for a list of staff members who have worked on climate change policies. This week the department told Trump, in essence, "nope." Trump is now backing down.