Friday, June 26, 2020

Filling the Swamp

In the "Filling the Swamp Department", Huffington Post reports Trump will nominate anti-environmental extremist and opponent of public lands to Director of the Bureau of Land Management. Mr. Perry has been acting Director of the BLM since July 2019 and considers horses and burros the greatest threat to public lands.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Trump EPA - Talk Versus Action

On Thursday, June 18th, 2020, Administrator Wheeler announced that he's DROPPING percholate regulations. Percholate causes brain damage and is wide spread in drinking water due to the problem of runoff from this ingredient of jet fuel. More on this latest tragedy is available form PBS:

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Where Did the Relief Money Go?

Where did the $500 billion dollars Congress appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act go? Treasury Secretary Mnuchin doesn't want you to know! What could he possibly be hiding? Clientelism, nepotism, theft? His claim that it's proprietary information rings hollow. These are public funds and Congress has a right to know. Meanwhile, the CARES Congressional Oversight Commission reported in May the program eliminated a requirement that companies have to attest they need money "due to the exigent circumstances presented by" the coronavirus, and modification of a requirement that companies make "reasonable efforts" to maintain payroll and retain employees during the term of a loan. Instead, they will be required to make "commercially reasonable efforts" to do so.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Trump Opens Only Atlantic Marine Monument to Commercial Fishing

On Friday, June 5th 2020, Trump signed a proclamation allowing commercial fishing in the only marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The monument is home to rare and endangered whales and turtles and contains three underwater canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon and four underwater mountains. The Monument was created in response to citizens requesting for area in the Northeast Atlantic to be protected, due to its importance as a biodiversity hotspot, habitat for numerous rare and endangered species, and a valuable scientific and historical site.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trump Announces He's Pulling Out the Open Skies Treaty

Last week Trump announced that he is pulling the U.S. out of the Open Skies Treaty, a multilateral agreement among 34 countries that allows countries to conduct reconnaissance flights in order to provide transparency regarding military activities. The treaty allows for reconnaissance flights at short notice to lessen the uncertainty about a nation’s military intentions. Here are five reasons why the US should not withdraw from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Trump Greenlights Factory Farming the Oceans

In a blow to fishermen and women across the country, Trump issued an executive order on May 7th to open US territorial waters to fish farming. In addition to driving fishers out of business, fish farms are gross polluters, breed disease, and threaten wild populations. See the full story on Huffington Post and the Food and Environment Reporting Network.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Report: US Forces Burn Syrian Wheat Fields

SANA--the Syrian Arab News Agency--reports that US forces have burned 200 dunums (acres) of Syrian wheat fields. This in a country facing record food insecurity. More on the story is available at Veteran's Today.