WHY THE VETERANS WILL PROTECT STANDING ROCK

The news came hard on the heels of the Trump Army’s approving full-speed-ahead on the multi-billion-dollar Dakota Access pipeline planned at the Standing Rock reservation: American war veterans are returning to Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where they vow to form a human shield protecting the Lakota Sioux and their supporters from authorities out to evict […]

THE BATTLE OF STANDING ROCK

On Tuesday, two weeks after Trump ordered that the review of the Dakota Access Pipeline be expedited, the acting secretary of the Army (Robert Speer) told Congress that he was putting a stop to the environmental impact statement required by the Obama administration before construction could proceed.  The Army was giving the pipeline’s owner, Energy […]

A CLIMATE-CHANGE DENIER FOR THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT, ALREADY GUTTING ANIMAL WELFARE

It’s hard to believe the Trump administration would even alienate animal lovers.  You’ve probably never heard of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but it’s long kept important records used by animal welfare advocates to keep track of how the government is regulating treatment in scientific research labs, […]

HUNDREDS IN EPA PROTEST PRUITT APPOINTMENT WHILE CONGRESSIONAL BILL WOULD ABOLISH THE AGENCY

Here’s what’s transpiring as the full Senate prepares to vote on whether Scott Pruitt should be allowed to run the Environmental Pollution Agency – woops, I mean Protection Agency. Last Friday, U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (a Florida Republican) introduced legislation that would abolish the EPA by the end of 2018, leaving it up to local […]

THE GORSUCH NOMINATION: I REMEMBER MAMA

The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to a seat on the Supreme Court brought to mind what happened 34 years ago, when his mother had to resign as EPA Administrator under President Reagan.  This followed a scandal involving mismanagement of the agency’s Superfund toxic waste funds, and Anne Gorsuch’s refusal to honor a congressional subpoena for […]