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Trump just banned EPA employees from posting on social media

  • Trump has instituted a social media ban for employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the AP reported on Tuesday.
  • EPA employees are now banned from posting updates on social media or giving updates to the press.
  • News broke on Monday that the EPA is under orders from the Trump administration to freeze its grant programs, which include funding for education, water testing and air quality monitoring.
  • The Huffington Post reported on Monday that it’s unclear whether the freeze will be indefinite. Read more

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Science, it’s worth remembering, doesn’t read your Tweets. It doesn’t care about the size of your Electoral College victory.
—  Jeffrey Kluger in Time Magazine, “Why Trump Will Lose His War on Science.” Read it here. 

Via the Alt National Park Service:

“Today the EPA asked a federal court to delay an oral argument in a challenge involving a 2012 regulation limiting the amount of mercury, lead, and other airborne toxins emitted from power plants. Under President Trump, the EPA has asked judges to stay multiple rules adopted under the Obama administration that target power plants, including ones regulating carbon emissions and the release of toxic metals in plants’ wastewater, as well as one limiting ozone emissions generated by fossil-fuel burning. Why is this a problem? Power plants are the single biggest emitter of mercury, a neurotoxin that can cause brain damage, especially in young children. Over time, these emissions have built up in fish, whose elevated levels of mercury are absorbed by people who eat it. What difference would it make? At the time the regulation came out, the EPA estimated it would prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks a year when fully implemented. It projects that reducing these emissions would save between $37 billion and $90 billion in 2016 in annual health costs and lost workdays.”

Since Trump signed a gag order on American scientists, various rogue science and environmental Twitter accounts have been popping up and need your love!

Rogue Nasa (@RogueNasa)

Alternative US Forest Service (@AltForestServ)

Alternative US National Park Service (@AltNatParkSer)

Alternative Environmental Protection Agency (@ActualEPAFacts)

Alternative CDC (@Alt_CDC)

Alternative HHS (@AtlHHS)

Alternative FDA (@alt_fda)

Alternative NIH (@Alt_NIH)

#Resist

The EPA’s decision to protect major corporations, like Dow Chemical, instead of the health of our children and grandchildren is unconscionable. The chemical the EPA head just approved, chlorpyrifos, is a pesticide that poisons farm workers, children and rural communities. No amount of it is safe in our food or drinking water. Trump’s EPA is arbitrarily reversing course on this chemical that is so dangerous the EPA had already decided it should be totally banned. The EPA should stand for sound science and environmental protection, not the protection of profits of massive corporations.
latimes.com
Trump directs EPA to begin dismantling clean water rule
Stepping up his attacks on environmental protections, Trump takes aim at a signature Obama legacy.
By Evan Halper

“The directive to undo the clean water initiative is expected to be closely followed by another aimed at unraveling the Obama administration’s ambitious plan to fight climate change by curbing power plant emissions. … Trump vowed Tuesday that he would continue to undermine the Obama-era environmental protections wherever he sees the opportunity, arguing they have cost jobs.”

Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference.

The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving” event in Toronto, where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, meetings at the University of Pennsylvania focused on how to download as much federal data as possible in the coming weeks, and a collaboration of scientists and database experts who are compiling an online site to harbor scientific information.
My Administration is committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and to protecting endangered species.
—  The lying asshole who put climate change skeptics/deniers in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of the Interior; repealed the Stream Protection Rule; removed funding for the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Air Act, the Green Climate Fund, and the EPA itself; revived the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines; and whose administration is rolling back regulations on methane emissions and vehicle pollution standards and is “reconsidering” the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards and the Clean Water Act

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washingtonpost.com
Trump administration tells EPA to freeze all grants, contracts
The move could affect everything from state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities.
By https://www.facebook.com/eilperin

Reposted:

You’ve got to be kidding me. Silent, no longer.

The EPA was just directed to freeze all grants. This means that grad students and researchers funded on EPA funds are now without funds. All ongoing studies are stopped. This happened in a moment with a memo, by executive action, with zero input or oversight. It could happen to any Federal institute, including the National Science Foundation, which funds research at universities around the country – including the health insurance and living stipends of many, many students.

Please, if you can safely raise your voice, raise it loudly. Call your congresspeople, call the White House, write op-eds and articles and blog posts. This is only Day 4. Please, stand up for science and the environment. This is the emergency we were all worried about.

(Share widely. I did not write this. It was copied and pasted from a scientist who wants to remain anonymous. The fear of retaliation is real.)

nytimes.com
E.P.A. Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board
A spokesman for the agency’s administrator said he would consider replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries the agency is supposed to regulate.
By Coral Davenport

Continuing Trump’s grand plan to defund and dismantle every aspect of government that interferes with corporate profits: The EPA just threw the academic scientists off its Board of Scientific Counselors. And climate change denier Scott Pruitt, whom Trump appointed to head the EPA, isn’t exactly making a secret of his plan for their replacements:

“A spokesman for the E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, said he would consider replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate.”

Happy Earth Day! In 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published, documenting the detrimental effects of the pesticide DDT on birds and bringing environmental concerns to the American public. The resulting outcry led to a nationwide ban on DDT for agricultural uses and inspired an environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

nyti.ms
E.P.A. Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board
A spokesman for the agency’s administrator said he would consider replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries the agency is supposed to regulate.
By Coral Davenport