What *should* be in the speech are some of the truly great challenges we need to tackle as a nation, from climate change to nuclear weapons, transportation to public health. So I’ll be watching , live-tweeting using the #RealSOTU hashtag, and highlighting some of the crucial facts that the president will not. I hope you can join me. Read more >
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February 4, 2019 2:54 PM EDT
November 13, 2018 3:31 PM EDT
The election is all but over, and the result is a divided Congress.
Take a deep breath, scientists, and remember that divided government in these United States is what our Constitution was designed for. A guiding principle was one of checks and balances – a check on dominance of one point of view and balance in the resulting policies for the people. Something that, in my view, has been sorely missing for the last two years because adherence to party has superseded service to constituents and country.
October 19, 2018 10:33 AM EDT
The Environmental Protection Agency released its updated regulatory agenda this week. That document lays out the timeline for regulatory actions the agency is working on over the next two years. One item of note: the administration is delaying by a year its timeline for finalizing the agency’s terrible proposal to restrict the science it would rely on to only those studies where the raw data and all other information can be made public. The science community and those who believe our public health and safety protections should be based on science can take some credit for forcing the agency to re-think and consult before moving ahead. Read more >
October 12, 2018 11:51 AM EDT
Yes, the acting administrator of the EPA should apologize. But more importantly, he must show us all by his actions that he knows his job is to enact policies that actively protect those most impacted by pollution across the nation. Read more >
September 13, 2018 6:09 PM EDT
The primary task of the US Environmental Protection Agency is to protect public health and the environment. To do so, the agency must ensure that everyone, whether in the private sector or in government, complies with our nation’s laws and regulations. These safeguards are in place to protect health and safety for everyone anywhere in the country. Their enforcement safeguards are also a matter of fairness—all entities that might adversely impact our health and environment are supposed to follow the rules. So, it is particularly disturbing that the EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) has taken a major hit in staffing over the past 19 months in the Trump Administration. Read more >