Make America polluted again?

During the current pandemic President Trump has resisted safety precautions like distancing and wearing face masks. His reaction to the first 100,000 deaths was to congratulate his administration because it wasn’t worse. And he insisted on having an indoor rally Saturday night in a 19,000-seat stadium in Tulsa, two days after Oklahoma hit a record …

EPA Failing America

Just over a year ago, Scott Pruitt resigned as chair of the Environmental Protection Agency. Many Americans were relieved. Not only was he involved in some ethical scandals–remember his $43,000 soundproof booth?–he managed to reverse decades of EPA action. As CNN said, “Pruitt moved aggressively to scale back Obama-era moves on climate change, automobile pollution …

Judges who care

Since last October North Carolina’s Republican leadership has been threatening the state’s Superior Court.  Legislators have the power to limit the court’s jurisdiction, cut judicial funding, gerrymander judicial districts, and impeach judges. Last week the chair of the N.C. Republicans repeated the threats as judges consider a case concerning “deceptive wording” of two ballot measures …

Environment: The Attack has Started

by Judy Ferro In his recent speech to Congress, President Trump declared his desire to work across party lines “to promote clean air and clear water.” Just hours earlier he had signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency, to “reconsider” its definition of “navigable water” covered by the Clean Water Act. The agency’s …