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Andrew Wheeler testifies Photo: Al Drago, AFP via Common Dreams
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, appeared before Congress yesterday and when asked about all the rollbacks of environmental regulations by the agency recently, he defended his leadership saying “All our rules make things better.” Just in the last few weeks alone, under his leadership, the EPA has refused to regulateperchlorate, a toxic chemical compound that contaminates water and has been linked to fetal and infant brain damage, told polluters that because of COVID-19 he would suspend enforcement of environmental laws that require companies to monitor their pollution, and failed to back up his staff who objected to the Transportation Department’s rationale for rolling back the Obama Clean Car Rule.
Why This Matters: It is patently clear that EPA is making things better for corporate polluters, not ordinary citizens who are negatively impacted by them. This administration has systematically worked to pull back dozens of environmental protections for the public — these rollbacks make people sick and they hasten the deaths of thousands of Americans. And now as we face the COVID-19 pandemic, which we know is more deadly for people who have been exposed to pollution, they are busy trying to expose even more Americans to pollution.
The nation’s most famous war memorial is Arlington National Cemetery. it is celebrating the centennial of Amphitheater’s dedication during the month of May. “The centerpiece of the 100th-anniversary commemoration is ANC’s first online exhibit. While Arlington National Cemetery remains closed to visitors, this online exhibit allows the public to virtually explore these hallowed grounds.” To take […]
It’s the unofficial first day of summer and we are all either beginning to get out or looking forward to the day very soon when we emerge from our homes and start to venture beyond the confines of our neighborhoods or support jobs. That is good. But doing it safely is going to be a […]
Most of us know Mika Brzezinski as a journalist, commentator, and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe but she has another noteworthy title: devoted animal lover. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, animals have provided us comfort, companionship, and stories about them have generated immense interest from our ODP readers. It’s why we wanted to sit down with […]
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