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News from Ground Control: Planet Trump (Dec. 9)

Friday, December 9, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s posture and plans for the nation’s environmental and public health laws took their most ominous turn yet with the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Here are several of this week’s deep-dives into the looming policies we could see under Trump and Pruitt, should the latter be confirmed by the Senate.

New York Times, Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton (Dec. 7, 2016) Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead EPA

“During the campaign, Mr. Trump regularly threatened to dismantle the E.P.A. and roll back many of the gains made to reduce Americans’ exposures to industrial pollution, and with Pruitt, the president-elect would make good on those threats,” said Ken Cook, head of the Environmental Working Group, a Washington research and advocacy organization.

It’s a safe assumption that Pruitt could be the most hostile E.P.A. administrator toward clean air and safe drinking water in history,” he added.

Los Angeles Times, Evan Halper (Dec. 7, 2016) Trump Names Climate Change Skeptic and Oil Industry Ally to Lead the EPA

“Pruitt could be the most hostile EPA administrator toward clean air and safe drinking water in history,” said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group. 

New York Times, Jasmine C. Lee and Adam Pearce (Dec. 8, 2016) How Trump Can Influence Climate Change

Mother Jones, Tom Philpott (Dec. 8, 2016) Trump Just Wrapped Up a Nice Double Gift to the Meat Industry

NPR, Around the Nation (Dec. 8, 2016) Trump’s Pick to Lead the EPA Has a History of Battling the EPA


The Independent, Andrew Griffin (Dec. 8, 2016) Donald Trump Does U-Turn on Biggest U-Turn, Appointing Climate Change Denier as Environmental Chief

The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson (Dec. 8, 2016) Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Climate-Denying EPA Pick, is Worse Than You Think

The Guardian, Oliver Milman (Dec. 8, 2016) EPA Fears ‘Unprecedented Disaster’ for Environment Over Scott Pruitt Pick

The Atlantic, Ed Yong (Dec. 2, 2016) How Trump Could Wage a War on Scientific Expertise

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