Trump Times 2018

December 2018

Who Stands to Gain, Lose in Push to Open Arctic Wildlife Refuge to Drilling — See Map & Photos (The New York Times, 12/3/18). Read a Q&A with a polar bear expert here.

Trump Wants to Cancel Electric Car Subsidies Already Set to Phase Out on Own (Bloomberg, 12/3/18).

• U.S. Only Nation Not Signing G20 Joint Statement on Climate Change (Vox, 12/3/18). Read more, see photos and video here.

November 2018

• NMFS Grants 5 Permits for Seismic Surveys Along Atlantic Coast, Putting Dolphins, Whales, Marine Life, Fisheries, Beach Tourism at Risk — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 11/30/18). Read more here.

Trump Talks Usual Self-Aggrandizing Gibberish in Rejecting Findings of Climate Report — See Video (USA Today, 11/27/18). Read more here.

 Opinion: Climate-Change Deniers Sacrifice Truth to Self-Interest (The New York Times, 11/26/18).

Trump Admin Releases Legally Mandated, Damning Climate Report on Black Friday — See Photo (The New York Times, 11/25/18).

• Gov Jerry Brown Blames California Fires on Climate Change, Sec of Interior Zinke Blames Environmentalists — See Photo, Listen to Interview (EcoWatch, 11/20/18).

• Federal Judge Halts Keystone Pipeline, Says Trump Admin Can’t Just Ignore Environmental Concerns — See Video (The Washington Post, 11/9/18).

EPA Allows Farmers to Keep Using Destructive Pesticide Dicamba for 2 More Years (EcoWatch, 11/2/18).

October 2018

Zinke Being Investigated for Using Office to Help Himself — See Video (The Washington Post, 10/31/18). Read more, see more photos here.

Trump Policy Changes Lead to Boom in Fracking on Federal Lands — See Map, Charts & Photos (The New York Times, 10/27/18).

Zinke Approves First Oil Drilling Project in Arctic — See Photos, Map & Video (EcoWatch, 10/25/18).

Trump Picks Loyalist/Former Monsanto Exec as New Head of FWS — See Photos (EcoWatch, 10/24/18).

Trump’s Supreme Court Puts Brakes on Young People’s Climate Suit — See Photos (EcoWatch, 10/22/18).

Opinion: EPA Putting Corporate Profits above Public Health in Move to Loosen Limits on Low-Dose Radiation Exposure — See Photos (The Conversation, 10/19/18).

• Federal Judge Throws Out Trump’s Latest Effort to Stop Young People’s Climate Suit against Government — See Photos (EcoWatch, 10/15/18).

New EPA Chief’s Retweets Reflect Noxious Beliefs — See Photo (The Hill, 10/9/18).

EPA Keeps Own Scientists in Dark about New Rule Restricting Studies Agency Can Use as Basis for Regs (The Washington Post, 10/3/18). Read more here.

New EPA Rule Cancels Curbs on Ozone-Depleting Chemical, Cuts Mentions of Climate-Change Impacts on Children (The Hill, 10/3/18).

September 2018

Zinke Wants to Open Marine Monument off Northeast Coast to Commercial Fishing — See Map (, 9/29/18). Thanks to Linda Lee for this item.

• NHTS to Trump: Fuel Efficiency Regs Won’t Save Planet, Temps Will Increase 7º F by 2100  — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 9/28/18). Read more here.

EPA to Eliminate Office that Makes Sure EPA Policies are Based on Sound Science (The New York Times, 9/27/17).

EPA Strips Head of Children’s Health Office of Badge, Phone, Keys, Won’t Say Why — See Photos (EcoWatch, 9/27/18).

9,000+ Scientists to Trump Administration: Leave Endangered Species Act Alone! — See Photo (EcoWatch, 9/25/18).

Paleontologists, Conservationists Sue to Stop Trump from Opening Fossil-Rich Utah Monument to Drilling & Mining — See Map & Photos (The Conversation, 9/21/18).

Trump DHS Siphoned $10 Million from FEMA Budget, Gave It to ICE (EcoWatch, 9/12/18). Read more, see news report here.

• Zinke Loosens Hunting Restrictions in 30 National Wildlife Refuges (EcoWatch, 9/12/18).

• Sec of Interior Zinke Wants Feds to Back Off, Let States Take Lead on Managing Wildlife (The Hill, 9/11/18).

EPA Moves to Cut Monitoring Methane Emissions at Oil, Natural Gas Wells from 2x Annually to Once Every 1 or 2 Years (Nature, 9/11/18).

EPA Moves to Devalue Health Benefits in Calculating Costs vs. Gains of Clean Air Regs (The New York Times, 9/7/18).

New NSC Head of Emerging Technologies Called Climate Science “Cult Movement (EcoWatch, 9/6/18).

August 2018

Gore Calls on Trump to “Resign”; Samoan PM Says Trump, All Climate-Denying Leaders Belong in Loony Bin — See Video (EcoWatch, 8/31/18).

Trump Administration Releases Proposal for Gutting Obama Era Clean Air Regs (Politico, 8/21/18). Read more here and here.

Federal Court Judge Halts EPA Attempt to Overturn Obama-Era Clean Water Regs (EcoWatch, 8/17/18).

Zinke: California Wildfires Have “Nothing to Do with Climate Change (EcoWatch, 8/13/18).

July 2018

FWS Issues 38 Permits to Let Lion-Hunters Import Trophies from Animals Killed in Zimbabwe, Zambia (EcoWatch, 7/26/18).

Study: Border Wall Would be Devastating to Environment, Biodiversity — See Photo (COSMOS, 7/25/18).

• Trump’s Attack on Environment: 76  Regulations Going or Gone  (The New York Times, 7/6/18).

• NOAA Wants to Open Marine Reserves to Commercial Fishing (EcoWatch, 7/6/18).

EPA Head Scott Pruitt Resigns — See Photo & Video (The New York Times, 7/5/18).

As Aides Shed Light on Pruitt’s Spending, Management Style, Mom/Teacher Confronts Him in DC Restaurant, Calls on Him to Resign — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 7/2/18). Read more here.

CDC’s Occupational Safety & Health Institute Replaces Phrase “Climate Change” with “Climate” on Website (The Washington Post, 7/2/18).

June 2018

Trump Replaces Obama Policy to Protect Oceans, Great Lakes with Order Encouraging Drilling, Industrial Initiatives — See Video (The Hill, 6/20/18).

April 2018

Dept. of Interior Wants to Give Industry More Freedom to Destroy Migratory Bird Habitats — See Maps & Photos (The Conversation, 4/15/18).

Giant Wind Turbine Goes Up Off Trump’s Scottish Golf Course — See Photo & Videos (EcoWatch, 4/12/18).

Dept. of Interior Plan to Jack Up National Park Entrance Fees Scrapped after Public Protests (The Washington Post, 4/12/18).

Officials from 25 States Vow to Resist EPA Rollback of Fuel-Efficiency Regs (EcoWatch, 4/4/18).

EPA Plans Rollback of Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Standards, Wants California to Comply — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 4/2/18).

March 2018

• Trump’s 2019 Budget would Slash Funding for NASA Earth Science, Climate Change Programs — See Photos, Videos & Charts (EcoWatch, 1/30/18).

FEMA’s New Strategic Plan Never Mentions Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather (EcoWatch, 3/16/18).

Trump’s FWS Decides Some Elephant Trophies Might be OK (The Hill, 3/5/18). Read more here and here.

February 2018

Judge Trump Attacked for Being Mexican Says Trump Can Waive Environmental Regs to Build Wall (EcoWatch, 2/28/18).

January 2018

Trump Nominates Another Climate-Change Denier to Environmental Post (EcoWatch, 1/9/18).