An investigation by ProPublica reveals that President Trump has quietly installed more than 400 officials across the federal government "to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency"—including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. And wouldn’t you know it: Trump’s so-called “beachhead teams” contain a striking number of former lobbyists, many of whom “lobbied in the same areas that are regulated by the agencies they have now joined." See the full list here.
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Why We Need the EPA
ExplainerPuerto Rico, New York City, United States, ClevelandBrian Palmer
Let’s not forget what America looked like before we had the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Our rivers caught on fire, our air was full of smog, and it stank (literally).
Trump Admin and Congress Want to Destroy Public Protections
Expert BlogScott Slesinger
In his speech to Congress, President Trump simultaneously continued his attack on the regulatory system and continued to claim that he supports clean air and water, among other public goods. The problem is that the way we’ve cleaned our air…
Scott Pruitt Wants to Take Us Back to the ’50s
ExplainerUnited StatesBrian Palmer
The incoming head of the EPA believes states should be in charge of their own environmental regulations. Been there, done that, got the oil-soaked T-shirt.