Trump Times 2017

September 2017

• Trump Picks Climate-Change Denier to Head NASA — See Video (EcoWatch, 9/5/17)

August 2017

Trump’s Dept of Interior Halts Obama Study on Health Risks of Mountaintop-Removal Mining — See Photo (The New York Times, 8/21/17).

Trump Rescinds Obama Rule that Government-Funded Building Projects Must Factor Climate Change, Environmental Risks into Design (Reuters, 8/15/17).

Trump EPA Chief Pruitt Dismantling Agency Staff, Policies behind Closed Doors — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 8/11/17).

July 2017

Trump Taps Industry-Friendly Creationist as EPA Chief of Pesticides, Industrial Chemicals (Science Magazine, 7/21/17).

Trump Nominates Right-Wing Climate-Change Denier for Top USDA Scientist — See Photo (Gizmodo, 7/20/17). Read more here and here.

NOAA under Trump Reports Greenhouse Gases Spiked in 2016, Ignores Link to Human Activities (The New York Times, 7/13/17).

Coalition of U.S. States, Cities, Businesses Vow to Pursue Paris Climate Accord Goals despite Trump (The New York Times, 7/11/17).

G20 Leaders Minus Trump Reaffirm Commitment to Climate Accord (The New York Times, 7/8/17).

Macron Still Determined to Bring Trump Into Climate Change Fold (The Washington Post, 7/8/17).

Merkel’s Husband Taking G20 Spouses, Melania, Ivanka, on Tour of Climate Change Lab (Quartz, 7/7/17).

Trump Wants Protected Marine Areas Opening to Drilling, Mining (EOS, 7/6/17).

Appeal Court Says EPA Can’t Suspend/Postpone Existing Environmental Regs While Working to Rewrite Them — See Photos & Graphics (The Washington Post, 7/3/17).

Pruitt Working Hard, Fast to Undo Wide Range of Environmental Protections — See Photos (The New York Times, 7/1/17).

June 2017

Trump, Pruitt to Revoke Rule Giving EPA, Army Corps of Engineers Power to Protect Waterways (The Washington Post, 6/27/17). Read more here and here.

U.S. Mayors Vow to Pressure Trump on Climate, Commit to Meeting Own Climate Goals — See Photos (The New York Times, 6/26/17).

Trump at Iowa Rally: We’ll Make the Wall a Solar Wall, “Pretty Good Imagination, Right? My Idea” — See Video (ABC News, 6/21/17). Read more here and here.

Opinion: Country Will Keep Making Green Progress Despite Trump (The New York Times, 6/20/17).

Heads of EPA, Interior Hold Private Meeting with 45 Gas, Oil Czars at Trump’s D.C. Hotel (Daily Kos, 6/16/17).

UNESCO Announces 38 New World Heritage Sites, Grants U.S. Request to Cancel 17 American Listings — See Photos (National Geographic, 6/14/17).

Trump, Mayor of Shrinking Island in Chesapeake Chat on Phone, Agree Sea Level Rise Isn’t Happening — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 6/14/17).

Trump Administration Cancels Rule Backed by Fishing Industry to Protect Whales, Other Marine Life from Net Entanglement — See Photos & Video (CBS News, 6/12/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

There He Goes Again: Trump Refuses to Join G7 Countries in Climate Commitment (The Hill, 6/12/17).

Law Professor: Trump Withdrawal from Climate Accord Grounds for Impeachment (Huffington Post, 6/10/17)

MIT Scientist: Trump Cited Our Study, Twisted Meaning to Justify Pulling Out of  Climate Accord (The Washington Post, 6/8/17).

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Accord, Says “I Represent Pittsburgh, Not Paris”; Mayors of 2 Cities Respond (The New York Times, 6/7/17).

Opinion: Trump Withdrawal from Accord Makes it Harder, Not Impossible, for U.S. to Reach Climate Goals (The New York Times, 6/7/17).

Trump Clears Way for Seismic Exploration Off East Coast (The Charlotte Observer, 6/6/17). Read more herehere and here. See photos and video here.

Rick Perry to Japan on U.S. Position on Climate Issues: “Ignore Trump, Watch What We Do” — See Photo (The New York Times, 6/5/17).

Trump Announces He’s Pulling U.S. Out of Paris Climate Accord (The New York Times, 6/1/17). See video of his announcement here and here. Read more about the announcement here. Read opinions, reactions and analyses herehere, hereherehereherehere, here, hereherehere, herehere and here. Read how cities, states, countries, organizations and people of standing are responding to the announcement here, herehere, hereherehere, here,  here and here.

NOAA, FEMA Rudderless as Hurricane Season Begins (NPR, 6/1/17). Read more, see more photos here. See news report here.

May 2017

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Trump Mulls Decision on Climate Accord: Stay In or Drop Out (The New York Times, 5/31/17). Read more here and here.

Trump Proclaims National Ocean Month with Promises to Exploit, Not Preserve — See Photo & Proclamation (Quartz, 5/31/17). Read more, see more photos here.

G7 Leaders Press Trump to Stay in Paris Climate Accord (The Washington Post, 5/26/17).

Trump Budget’s Way of Reducing Wild Horse Population: Kill Them or Send to Mexican, Canadian Slaughterhouses — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 5/26/17).

Trump Budget Defunds 5 NASA Projects — See Photo & Video (, 5/24/16). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Pope Presses Trump on Climate Change with Gift of Encyclical on Caring for Planet — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/24/17).

• Trump’s Federal Money-Making Scheme: Sell Off Oil Reserves, Open Arctic, Coasts to Drilling — See Video (Fortune, 5/23/17).

16-Square-Foot Sinkhole Opens on Road in Front of Mar-a-Lago — See Photos & News Report (The Hill, 5/22/17).

50 Farm Workers Fall Sick in California, Pesticide Pruitt Refused to Ban Believed Cause — See Photo (The Guardian, 5/17/17).

• Analysis: India, China May Exceed Climate Promises, Help Hold Line Against U.S. Backing Out (The Washington Post, 5/15/17).

EPA Clears Way for Alaska Pebble Mine Project to Go Forward — See Map & Photo (The Washington Post, 5/12/17).

Tillerson Signs Fairbanks Declaration Affirming Need for International Action Against Climate Change (Los Angeles Times, 5/11/17). See video here.

48 Democratic, 3 Republican Senators Stop Bill to Overturn BLM Limits on Methane Emissions from Oil, Gas Drilling (The Hill, 5/10/17). Read more here. See video here.

Trump to Huddle with Team on Staying In, Quitting Climate Accord (The Hill, 5/8/17). Read more here.

EPA, Interior Dept. Start Dismantling Scientific Advisory Boards — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/8/17). Read more here.

EPA Updates Website, Makes Students’ Guide to Climate Change Impossible to Find (The Washington Post, 5/6/17).

Trump’s Dept of Interior to Review, Reconsider Status of Utah’s Bears Ears Monument, Other Preserved Land, Marine Sites — See Video (Idaho Statesman, 5/7/17). Read more here. See video here. Read the Presidential Order here.

EPA’s Pruitt Recuses Self from Suits He Pushed as Gov of Oklahoma against Obama-Era Clean Air, Water Regs (The New York Times, 5/5/17).

• Ivanka Quotes Jane Goodall in Book, Goodall Responds: “Help Us Protect the Planet” — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 5/3/17).

White House Climate Accord Debate: Pull Out Completely or Stay In but Promise Less (The New York Times, 5/2/17).

April 2017

Officials Purge EPA Website of Info, Facts that Contradict Trump-Era Priorities, Beliefs — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 4/29/17).

• Trump Jr. Shoots Prairie Dogs with Republican Congressional Candidate in Montana (Daily Kos, 4/26/17).

Trump Orders Review of Monument Designations Protecting Federal Land from Commercial Exploitation — See Video (The Hill, 4/26/17). Read more, see more video here and here.

Trump Team Split on Staying In, Dropping Out of Paris Climate Accord (The Washington Post, 4/26/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Opinion: Trump Budget Cuts Threaten American Fisheries (The New York Times, 4/25/17).

Trump Tells Astronauts He Wants to Send Mission to Mars While in Office — See Photo (Quartz, 3/25/17).

Trump Earth Day Statement Adds Insult to Injury (The Huffington Post, 4/22/17).

Expert Opinion: Trump’s Actions Now Could Doom Planet (The New York Times, 4/20/17).

Dow, Big Campaign Contributor, Presses Trump to Ignore Findings on Dangerous Pesticides (AP, 4/20/17).

Ivanka, Jared, Tillerson, Others Urging Trump to Stay in Paris Accord (The New York Times, 4/18/17).

Trump’s EPA Seeks to Delay Arguments in Court Challenge to Clean Air Regulations (The Washington Post, 4/18/17).

• Pruitt Pushes Trump’s Back-to-Coal Agenda at Mine Owned by Company Divesting from Coal (The New York Times, 4/17/17).

• Trump Takes First Steps to Allow Drilling in Arctic, Atlantic Coast (The Washington Post, 4/7/17).

• Environmentalists Sue after EPA Ditches Long-Sought Pesticide Ban (The New York Times, 4/5/17).

March 2017

EPA Releases Plans for Deeper Staff, Program Cuts — See Chart & Video Report (The Washington Post, 3/31/17).

Congress Wants to End President’s Power to Preserve Federal Lands, Marine Environments as National Monuments (The New York Times, 3/31/17).

Former NYC Mayor: Fear Not, Efforts to Forestall Climate Change Will  Continue (The New York Times, 3/31/17).

Trump’s EPA Loses 2nd Climate-Change Denier (The Washington Post, 3/30/17).

Pruitt Rejects EPA Recommendation, Refuses to Ban Dangerous Insecticide (The New York Times, 3/29/17).

Donald Trump Jr. Teaches Sons How to Abuse Marine Life in Palm Beach — See Photo & Video (IBTimes, 3/27/17).

Pruitt Filling EPA Top Slots with Climate-Change Skeptics (The New York Times, 3/7/17).

Opinion: Trump Voters Will Not Be Happy when EPA Stops Protecting Air, Water (The New York Times, 3/7/17).

Scientists Freaked by Cuts in NOAA Funding — See Video (USA Today, 3/6/17).

Changes to Government Websites Reflect New Priorities, Make Scientific Information Harder to Find, Save — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/6/17).

NOAA Budget Cuts Will Impair Ability to Predict, Warn of Severe Weather — See Photos & Video (Mashable, 3/5/17).

• Trump Budget Slashes Funds for NOAA Research, Satellites — See Images & Video (The Washington Post, 3/3/17). Read more, see more photos and video here

• Trump’s EPA, Transportation Secretaries to Cancel Regs on Car Emissions (The New York Times, 3/3/17).

Pruitt EPA Gives Oil, Gas Industries Free Pass on Methane Emissions (The Washington Post, 3/2/17).

• Members of Trump Inner Circle Disagrees on Pulling Out of Climate Accord (The New York Times, 3/2/17).

• Melania Trump Extols Healing Power of Nature in Visit to Children’s Hospital — See Photos (, 3/2/17).

• Conservationists Leery of Newly Confirmed Secretary of Interior — See Video (The Washington Post, 3/1/17). Read more, see photos here and here.

February 2017

• EPA Funding among First to Go under Trump (The New York Times, 2/26/17).

• EPA Funding among First to Go under Trump (The New York Times, 2/26/17).

• Trump Signs Order to Let Coal Industry Pollute Rivers, Streams with Worse to Come (The New York Times, 2/23/17). Read more here, here and here.

• Climate-Change Deniers to Trump: Withdraw U.S. from U.N. Treaty (The Hill, 2/23/17).

• Pruitt Emails Confirm New EPA Chief was Industry Puppet (The New York Times, 2/22/17).

• Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA (The New York Times, 2/17/17). Read more here and  here.

• Volunteer Programmers Race to Gather Climate-Change, Science Data from Government Websites Before It Disappears (The Christian Science Monitor, 2/17/17).

• GOP to NASA’s Climate-Change Scientists — You’re Fired (Scientific American, 2/17/17).

• Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA (The New York Times, 2/17/17). Read more here.

• Trump Gears Up to Rescind Obama’s Clean Energy, Clean Water Rules (Bloomberg, 2/16/17).

• EPA Employees Beseech Senators to Block Pruitt (The New York Times, 2/16/17).

• NASA Continues Sharing Climate-Change Info with Public — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 2/16/17). Read more, see more photos here.

• Republicans Take Aim at Endangered Species Act (Huffington Post, 2/15/17)

• 2 Republican Congressmen Introduce Bill to Eradicate EPA (Daily Kos, 2/15/17).

• Endangered Listing of Rusty Patched Bumblebee Delayed by Regulatory Freeze — see Photo (The Washington Post, 2/9/17).

Acting Secretary of Army Green Lights Dakota Pipeline (The New York Times, 2/7/16).

• USDA Purges Website of  Info Used by Journalists, Advocates on Quality of Animal Care  at Circuses, Labs, Zoos (The Washington Post, 2/3/17). Read more here.

• Climate-Change Denier Will Help Decide Who Runs NOAA under Trump (Quartz, 2/1/17).

January 2017

• Anonymous Park Service Employees Tweeting Climate Change Facts in Defiance of Trump Gag Order (The Washington Post, 1/25/17).

• EPA Resists Trump Order to Remove Climate-Change Info from Website (The Washington Post, 1/25/17).

• CDC Cancels Conference on Climate & Health on Eve of Trump Inauguration (The Washington Post, 1/23/17).

• Climate Change Info Disappears from Trump’s White House Web Site (The New York Times, 1/20/17).

• Trump’s EPA Nominee Repeatedly Sued Agency to Block Clean Air, Water Regulations (The Huffington Post, 1/3/17).