According to reporting from POLITICO and Bloomberg, President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team has asked the agency for the names of employees and contractors who worked on climate policy during the Obama administration.
A questionnaire asks for a list of DOE workers who have attended United Nations climate change meetings, as well as those who have worked on the "social cost of carbon.”
Sources close to President-elect Trump say he is expected to appoint pro-oil drilling advocate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to head the U.S. Department of the Interior.
350.org Executive Director May Boeve gave the following response:
President-elect Donald Trump is expected today to announce his plans to appoint Chair of the House Republican Conference, Cathy McMorris Rodgers as Secretary of the Interior. McMorris Rodgers currently represents the state of Washington.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued the following statement.
The following is a statement from Drew Caputo, Earthjustice’s Vice President of Litigation for Lands, Oceans, and Wildlife, in response to reports of President-elect Trump’s nomination of Cathy McMorris Rodgers to head the U.S. Department of the Interior:
“Americans should be deeply concerned by the nomination of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to lead the Department of the Interior. She has a troubling track record of actively undermining our environment.
“In what has sadly become a reoccurring theme of Donald Trump’s transition, his expected pick for Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, constitutes a slap in the face of science. Ms. McMorris Rodgers is a proud climate denier who has voted consistently against common-sense environmental protections, rules for fossil fuel drilling on public lands, and virtually anything seen as a hinderance to big oil and gas companies making more money.
The President can now impose economic sanctions on individuals involved in corruption or human rights abuses thanks to action by Congress. The so-called "Global Magnitzky Act" passed the Senate on December 8 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. In 2012, an earlier version of the act passed that was specific to addressing corruption in Russia. The new legislation expands the President's powers to any individual no matter their country of origin. President Obama is likely to sign the bill into law soon.
SEIU’s Henry: Trump Grossly Out of Touch With What Working America Needs, Labor Nominee Puzder Dead Wrong for America's Working Families
SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement on President-elect Trump’s intended nomination of Andrew Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, to be Secretary of Labor:
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Blasts Trump’s Anti-Jobs, Anti-Family, and Anti-Worker Labor Secretary Pick
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to news that President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate the anti-family, anti-worker, and anti-jobs CEO of a fast food chain, Andy Puzder, to lead the Department of Labor:
“Andy Puzder wants nothing more than to cut jobs, wages, and benefits. When he’s not defending himself from lawsuits from his employees, he’s advocating for replacing them with robots.
Today House Natural Resources Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva introduced the Preventing Preventable Earthquakes Act, which would require states and the EPA to enforce provisions designed to prevent the occurrence of seismicity. The bill would also require state programs to be reviewed every five years to make sure they are on the path to zero induced seismicity.
In response to reports that Donald Trump will nominate Andy Puzder as U.S. Secretary of Labor, the Fight for $15 released the following statement from Carl’s Jr. cook Rogelio Hernandez from Santa Monica, Calif. and Hardee’s cashier Lacretia Jones from Richmond, Va.:
Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal will be joined on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m. outside the Governor’s Mansion by residents of the Belhaven area and NC NAACP members who want to tell their stories of the hardships endured since Pungo District Hospital closed in 2014. The group will include family members of people who have died as a result of lack of access to care.
Obama Administration Announces Final Rule to Address Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud in United States
Today, the Obama administration announced a final rule to implement the Seafood Import Monitoring Program to address illegal fishing and seafood fraud in the United States. The final rule will require imported seafood at risk of illegal fishing and seafood fraud to be traced from the fishing boat or farm to the U.S. border, helping to stop illegally caught and mislabeled seafood from entering the United States.
The nomination of Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of Oklahoma, to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is potentially disastrous for vital science-based policies that protect public health, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will not move forward with the controversial release of millions of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes in the community of Key Haven in Monroe County, Florida. The release of the GE mosquitoes would have been the first-ever in the United States, but FDA failed to conduct adequate testing for potential impacts to people, threatened and endangered species, and the environment.
“Today Donald Trump’s transition team announced Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will head the Environmental Protection Agency in his administration.
“It’s no secret that Trump wants to abolish environmental protections. Pruitt, who has already fought the EPA on fracking standards on behalf of the fossil fuel industry and has consistently stood for deregulating agricultural pollution in the state, will lead this agenda. And we will be fighting it tooth and nail.
President-elect Trump announced today that he intends to appoint Oklahoma attorney general, and close fossil fuel industry ally, Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following response:
350.org Responds to Exxon Subpoena: “Exxon is Trying to Distract the Public by Directly Attacking Us”
Nobel prize winners and scientists urge the Nobel Foundation to divest its $420 million endowment from fossil fuels in a letter released today, ahead of the Nobel Prize 2016 ceremonies this Saturday. They argue that the institution ‘should not profit from the destruction of our planet’s climate’.
A federal appeals court will hear oral argument Friday in Richmond, Virginia, in the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a broad group of organizations challenging the National Security Agency’s mass interception and searching of Americans’ international internet communications.
The plaintiffs are the Wikimedia Foundation, the Rutherford Institute, The Nation magazine, Amnesty International USA, PEN America, Human Rights Watch, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Global Fund for Women, and Washington Office on Latin America.
Analysis: North Dakota Pipelines Average Four Spills Per Year; 3 Million Gallons Spilled in Past 21 Years
Existing pipelines in North Dakota have spilled crude oil and other hazardous liquids at least 85 times since 1996, according to an analysis released today by the Center for Biological Diversity. These 85 spills — an average of four a year — caused more than $40 million in property damage, according to the data compiled from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.