Timeline of Damage – Assault on Planet Earth by the Trumpians
(Thanks @AltNPS – bless those Feds!)
On January 20, 2017, Trump silenced the National Park Service from using social media, after the Badlands tweeted out Climate Change Data. On the same day the Fed’s all over started a “resistance” movement on Twitter. Look for the ALT accounts – follow, support, and amplify their voices. Most of the entries in the following table are from the @AltNPS site.
|Date||Nature of the Damage Event|
|January 19, 2018||The Washington Post reported that Earth had its hottest 4-year stretch since taking records was begun. In the meantime, the Trump administration continues to reverse many efforts to forestall the effects of climate change.|
|January 16, 2108||Water Online reported that Pruitt's EPA has overstated the Trump administration's work on Superfund cleanups, taking credit for work performed by previous administrations. In the meantime, Trump's budget calls for significant cuts in funding of toxic-waste cleanup.|
|January 16, 2018||NPS Memo states that buyouts are coming to the National Park Service. We already have staff shortages, low morale, an $11.3 billion maintenance backlog. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will soon ask employees to accept voluntary early retirement.|
|January 12, 2018||The EPA is targeting two rules designed to prevent exposure to toxic chemicals by workers under the age of 18. The agency has filed notices with the federal register of its intent to either tweak or eliminate these protections for underage workers. These two rules the agency is looking to change is was adopted in 2015 which prohibited farmworkers under the age of 18 from handling and dispersing certain pesticides deemed too toxic for public sale.|
|January 12, 2018||HR 518 becomes law. This bill amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to exclude from energy conservation standards for external power supplies any power supply circuit, driver, or device designed to power light-emitting diodes (commonly known as LEDs) or to power ceiling fans using direct current motors.|
|January 9, 2018||Interior memo says grants should promote Trump priorities. The Interior Department has implemented a new policy that asks staff awarding federal grants to ensure the awards "promote the priorities" of the administration. The approval process is unprecedented in the department. In some cases, it would be in violation of federal law. The memo warns that employees who do not follow the new process will be subject to “greater scrutiny” from higher-ups.|
|January 8, 2018||On January 8th, Regulators kill Perry’s proposal to prop up coal, nuclear power plants
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Monday rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to prop up coal and nuclear power plants. In a unanimous order released Monday afternoon, the five-person commission said Perry and other supporters of the proposal failed to show that current electricity markets are not just or reasonable.
|January 7, 2018||The Interior Department approved a land swap that allows a remote Alaskan village to construct an access road through the Izembeck National Wildlife Refuge. Besides violating the 1964 Wilderness Act and probably violating the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the move sets a dangerous precedent for fragmenting and developing wilderness-designated areas.|
|January 7, 2018||Daniel Smith has been chosen for the deputy director post. He was a former National Parks Service official whom improperly helped the owner of the Washington Redskins cut down more than 130 trees around Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. That deal skirted environmental laws and opened up the National Parks Service to accusations that it had acted out of special interest.|
|January 5, 2018||The Interior Department issued Secretarial Order 3360, signed by Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, it wipes away four separate directives and policy manuals aimed at showing departmental employees how to minimize the environmental impact of activities on federal land and in federal waters.|
|January 4, 2018||Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke created a five-year leasing plan that opens our oceans to drilling. The plan will replace the current five-year plan which made the Arctic and Atlantic oceans off-limits to drilling through 2022.|
|January 1, 2018||The EPA is proposing to Rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule This rule—particularly important in the arid West—mandates, for example, protecting tributaries that connect to navigable waterways and adjoining wetlands, even if they flow only part of the year. If it’s revoked, those tributaries could be filled in, ditched, or diverted for construction or farming without federal review.|
|January 1, 2018||The GOP has created a new bill House Resolution 3990. This bill is called "National Monument Creation and Protection Act." The name is completely misleading and deceptive it should be called, "No More Parks Act." The bill was created by Rep. Rob Bishop the same person who dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. This bill is being co-sponsored by eight other Republican representatives (including Congressman Doug Lamborn, Tom McClintock, and Paul Gosar.)|
|December 29, 2017||On December 29th, Trump administration proposed to remove offshore-drilling safety regulations put in place after the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster.|
|December 28, 2017||On December 28th, the administration announced a plan to repeal an Obama-era rule that governed fracking standards on federal and tribal lands. The rule would have required companies to disclose chemicals used in their fracking fluids, set standards for well construction, and required surface ponds holding fracking fluids to be covered.|
|December 27, 2017||On December 27th, the administration allowed oil and gas leasing and development near and even inside greater sage-grouse habitat management areas.
|December 27, 2017||On December 27th, a plan was announced to consider increasing the use of neonicotinoid insecticides known as thiamethoxam, which is proven to be deadly to bees.|
|December 23, 2017||On December 23rd, It was reported that hundreds of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists were barred from attending an industry conference this month.
|December 22, 2017||On December 22nd, Reversed a previous Obama-era Interior Department decision to withdraw permits for a proposed $2.8 billion copper mine in Minnesota.
|December 22, 2017||On December 22nd, Ruled that "incidental" killings of 1,000 migratory bird species are not illegal under the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This legalizes the incidental killing of birds as long as there is no effort "to render an animal subject to human control." Later, a number of ex-Interior officials (under both Republican and Democratic presidents) protested the move.
|December 22, 2017||On December 22nd, The Republican “tax reform” bill was signed and included opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
|December 21, 2017||On December 21st, Independent studies were halted that would improve the safety of offshore drilling platforms and another to look at health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining in central Appalachia.|
|December 21, 2017||On December 21st, Revoked the Obama-era Resource Management Planning Rule (Planning 2.0 Rule), which advocated new technologies to improve transparency related to mining on public lands. A Federal Register filing said this rule "shall be treated as if it had never taken effect."|
|December 20, 2017||On December 20th, Toxic chemical bans were indefinitely postponed for methylene chloride, N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) and trichloroethylene (TCE).|
|December 19, 2017||On December 19th, in the emergency supplemental funding bill language was hidden that would exempt Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) from following requirements set by the Endangered Species Act.|
|December 19, 2017||On December 19th, EPA has ended a contract with a group (Definers Public Affairs) that had been investigating any EPA employees who disagreed with the Trump administration agenda.
|December 18, 2017||On December 18th, Trump announced the US will no longer regard climate change by name as a national security threat.|
|December 16, 2017||On December 16th, Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using a list of words, including "fetus," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "vulnerable," "evidence-based" and "science-based."
|December 15, 2017 (estimated)||Trump greatly reduces the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to make way for potential energy-resource development and mining|
|December 15, 2017||On December 15th, It was reported that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke brought David Smith the superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park to his office to reprimand him for climate change-related tweets the park sent via Twitter.
|December 14, 2017||On December 14th, Trump administration removed net neutrality. This now allows broadband providers to block websites like ours. The Internet has played an increasingly vital role in political expression and organizing. Groups like ours have used social media to share information, plan events, and motivate participation.
|December 8, 2017||On December 8th, the Trump administration will suspend a rule to limit methane leaks from oil and gas operations on federal land.
|December 7, 2017||On December 7th, Trump administration drops rule requiring mining companies to have money to clean up pollution, despite an industry legacy of abandoned mines that have fouled waterways across the U.S.
|December 4, 2017||On December 4th, Trump gave a speech in Salt Lake City announcing his intentions to reduce two Utah national monuments Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Bears Ears would be reduced by 1.35 million acres (-85%) and Grand Staircase Escalante would be reduced by 1.88 million acres (-50%).
|November 28, 2017||On November 28th, the Trump administration has approved an oil company’s request to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.
|November 28, 2017||On November 28th, The Cause of Action Institute (a group aligned with GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch) have filed suit accusing EPA employee of using an encrypted messaging services to protect their jobs. They report that EPA employees were using an encrypted messaging app to determine how to respond to a feared purge of climate science from the new Trump administration.
|November 25, 2017||On November 25th, Oil drilling in a vast Alaskan wildlife refuge moved a step closer to reality after the U.S. Senate energy and natural resources panel voted 13-10 to open part of the reserve
|November 24, 2017||On November 24th, Tucked away in the Senate report accompanying the funding bill for the Department of the Interior is a directive to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end the Red Wolf recovery program and declare the Red Wolf extinct.
|November 16, 2017||On November 16th, The Keystone pipeline has leaked and spilled about 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline has been temporarily shut down.
|November 16, 2017||On November 16th, The Trump administration has reversed the ban on elephant trophy imports. They have agreed to allow the remains of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back to the U.S.
|November 15, 2017||10 Senators sign letter demanding protection of EPA Science Boards. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is poised to make wholesale changes to the agency’s key advisory group by jettisoning scientists who have received grants from the EPA and replacing them with industry experts and state government officials|
|November 15, 2017||November 15, The EPA is bringing in Robert Phalen as an adviser , an air pollution researcher who holds a pretty controversial view: that air quality can, in fact, be "too clean" for people's health. Back in 2012, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), Phalen claimed American children should be inhaling more pollution in order for their bodies to learn to handle it. According to a write-up on the AAAS official website, Phalen said “Modern air is a little too clean for optimum health.”|
|November 9, 2017||November 9th, FEMA to transport Puerto Rico’s Hurricane survivors to US mainland|
|November 9, 2017||November 9th, 80% of Puerto Rico lost power again The power line that has failed in Puerto Rico –issue appears to be a line where @WhitefishEnergy did work, as recently as October 25th. Municipalities in the North have been affected.|
|November 9, 2017||November 9th Tesla Restores Power to Children's Hospital in Puerto Rico in 'First of Many' Solar + Storage Projects|
|November 8, 2017||November 8, Last week: Gov report unequivocally states human-caused climate change is existential threat. This week: Pruitt reiterates plan to do absolutely NOTHING about it. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that the report won't deter him from continuing to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a major rule aimed at combating climate change.|
|November 7, 2017||November 7th, Syria signs Paris Accord; only US is not on board. Donald Trump will not be invited to the big summit.|
|November 3, 2017||November 3 : Scott Pruitt issued a directive to prohibit individuals from serving on the agency's independent scientific advisory boards if they also receive research grants from the agency.|
|November 3, 2017||November 3 . The Environmental Protection Agency has removed six university researchers — whose expertise ranges from economics to environmental health — from the agency’s Science Advisory Board, replacing them with advisers with more industry-friendly views. Pruitt said: To ensure that EPA is receiving the best independent scientific advice, I am appointing highly-qualified experts and scientists to these important committees,” The list of new appointees to the Science Advisory Board includes industry representatives, red-state officials, and independent scientists who share Pruitt’s critical views of major federal environmental regulations.|
|November 2, 2017||On November 2nd , Rick Perry stated that fossil fuels help prevent sexual assault in Africa|
|November 1, 2017||Nov 1 , Bridenstein (R-Okla) – climate denier and Science illiterate had Confirmation hearing in Scinece committee to be Next NASA Chief|
|October 31, 2017||October 31, 2017 - For the new chair of the EPA's Science Advisory Board, Pruitt selected Michael Honeycutt, who is well known to environmental activists and mainstream researchers for questioning the scientific evidence tying health risks to smog.|
|October 13, 2017||October 13 th , Puerto Rico still in the dark (30% electricity), and trucked in water|
|October 13, 2017||October, Pruitt Nominated Michael Dourson, to run the agency’s chemical office. Dourson’s consulting company, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, or TERA, was paid by Dow Chemical, CropLife America, the American Chemistry Council, the American Petroleum Institute, Koch Industries, and other companies and industry groups to study dozens of chemicals. Fortunately, Dourson withdrew his nomination on|
|September 29, 2017||On September 29, Rick Perry, , asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to adopt a new rule to pay certain coal and nuclear plants more than they would otherwise earn in a competitive market.|
|September 20, 2017||On September 20 th , Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico.Trump claimed a success far exceeding Obama’s response to Sandy.|
|September 18, 2017||On September 18 th , it was reported – “More national monuments should be opened for exploitation, Zinke says In leaked memo, 10 protected areas be modified to allow for ‘traditional uses’ such as mining, logging and hunting”|
|September 17, 2017||In September , Appropriations Bills will be Considered with massive cuts to science, and the Agencies responsible for protecting Air, Water, and Natural Resources|
|September 14, 2017||On September 14th, passed bill prohibiting House CDC from conducting research on the causes of gun violence and effective ways to prevent it|
|September 11, 2017||On September 11 th , Trump administration halts pollution controls at Utah coal plants - An appeals court granted a request Monday from Admin to halt plan for new pollution controls at Utah's oldest coal-fired power plants aimed at reducing haze near national parks.|
|September 8, 2017||On September 8 th , even woman who falsely claimed “air is clean” at 9/11 site, Christie Whitman, compelled to write op-ed in NYTs in defense of the EPA Christine Todd Whitman: How Not to Run the E.P.A. SEPT. 8, 2017|
|September 7, 2017||On September 7 th , “Climate Change” as a term exists still on the Federal Register and Regulations.Gov and Congress.Gov Websites (Democrats introduce many bills in Congress in favor of protecting the planet – will die in Committee).|
|August 22, 2017||On August 22nd, the trump administration has suspended a study of health risks to residents who live near mountaintop removal coal mine sites in the Appalachian Mountains......|
|August 18, 2017||On Aug. 18, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine received an order from the Interior Department that it stop work on what seemed a useful and overdue study of the health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining. The $1 million study had been requested by two West Virginia health agencies following multiple studies suggesting increased rates of birth defects , cancer and other health problems among people living near big surface coal-mining operations in Appalachia. The order to shut it down came just hours before the scientists were scheduled to meet with affected residents of Kentucky. The Interior Department said the project was put on hold as a result of an agencywide budgetary review of grants and projects costing more than $100,000.|
|August 7, 2017||On August 7th , The DOI relaxes aspects of sage grouse protection to help with the Trump administration’s efforts to increase energy production on federal lands.|
|August 2017||In August, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke repealed a 2016 Obama rule designed to ensure that taxpayers get a fair return on oil, gas, and coal. The Obama administration estimated the rule would have increased the royalties that fossil fuel industries pay to mine and drill federal lands and waters by about $80 million a year. The rule was meant to eliminate a loophole that allows companies to sell to affiliated companies that then export and resell the minerals at higher prices, reducing royalties. Zinke said it was too complex and plans to draft a new rule.|
|July 19, 2017||On July 19th the DOI called for re-examination of rules that protect bears and wolves in national preserves in Alaska.|
|June 26, 2017||On June 26th , the administration called for the repeal of the Clean Water Rule|
|June 20, 2017||June 20th - The Environmental Protection Agency gave notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shakeup that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency.|
|June 19, 2017||On July 19th , the DOI called for re-examination of rules that protect bears and wolves in national preserves in Alaska from egregious hunting methods, including baiting bears with grease-soaked donuts and killing mother bears with their cubs.|
|June 18, 2017||On June 18 , Seventeen Sites were removed by US Government from UN Biosphere Reserve Network|
|June 12, 2017||On June 12th , Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended that Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah’s red rock country be shrunk by President Trump.|
|June 8, 2017||On June 8th , Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday ordered a review of an Obama administration conservation plan to protect the greater sage grouse to determine if that plan interferes with Trump administration efforts to increase energy production on federal lands.|
|June 6, 2017||Over 1.5 million comments on National Register in favor of keeping national monuments.|
|June 6, 2017||On July 6th , U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved a permit that would allow Dominion Energy, to build 17 enormous transmission towers near Colonial National Historical Park, the site of the United States first English colony.|
|June 1, 2017||On June 1st , POTUS announces he will pull us out of the Paris Climate Accord. LaMar Smith’s committee tweets exultantly: Spontaneous protests with Bill Nye at the White house, and across the world!|
|May 15, 2017||May 15, President’s budget zero’s out major science and environment programs – 31% cut in EPA budget|
|May 5, 2017||On May 5th , the EPA dismisses several members of the Board of Scientific Counselors.|
|April 29, 2017||On April 29th , the Resistance marches across the Globe in support of Climate Science and the Environment|
|April 28, 2017||On April 28th , EPA scrubs climate change from their website.|
|April 27, 2017||On April 27th , the EPA delayed a lawsuit over a rule regulating airborne mercury emissions from power plants.|
|April 26, 2017||On April 26th , Trump instructs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review as many as 40 national monuments created since 1996 to determine if any of Trump’s three predecessors exceeded their authority when protecting large tracts of already-public land under the Antiquities Act of 1906.|
|April 22, 2017||On April 22nd , Scientist March on Washington, voicing support for science’s role in society.|
|April 19, 2017||On April 19th , An Interior Department official updates the department’s climate change website, deleting much of its content in the process.|
|April 16, 2017||On April 16th , Trump issued an executive order calling on the DOI to reopen its five-year plan for offshore drilling.|
|April 7, 2017||On April 7th , staff members at EPA’s headquarters who specialized in climate change adaptation have been reassigned.|
|April 7, 2017||On April 7th Rolled back limits on toxic discharge from power plants into public waterways.|
|April 3, 2017||April 3rd , Overturned a ban on hunting of predators in Alaskan wildlife refuges, including the hunting of bear cubs in and around their dens, aerial hunting of bears and wolves, and bear-baiting in Alaska.|
|March 29, 2017||On March 29th , against the advice of the EPA’s chemical safety experts, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt rejects a decade-old petition asking that the EPA ban all use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Research suggests that chlorpyrifos may be associated with brain damage in children and farm workers, even at low exposures.|
|March 29, 2017||On March 29th , Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, revoked the freeze and review on new coal leases on public lands.|
|March 28, 2017||On March 28th , Trump issued an executive order charging the DOI with reviewing rules for oil and gas drilling inside the boundaries of our national park sites. Trump's executive order also made the EPA start the process of rewriting the Clean Power Plan.|
|March 27, 2017||HR Joint Resolution 44 passes, nullifying the rule finalized by the Department of the Interior on December 12, 2016, relating to revising regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. This effectively halted Obama administration plans to protect millions of acres of public lands, particularly in the West.|
|March 16, 2017||On March 16th , the Trump administration proposed a 13 percent budget cut to the Park Service funding. These budget cuts would lose 1,242 full-time equivalents (FTE) staff, leading to significant challenges at almost every park.|
|March 13, 2017||March 13th , White House releases its first preliminary budget under Trump. The budget outlines deep cuts to U.S. science and environmental agencies|
|March 9, 2017||On March 9th , EPA admin Scott Pruitt stated that carbon dioxide’s role in the Earth’s changing climate remains unclear.|
|March 7, 2017||On March 7th , EPA’s Office of Science and Technology removed the word “science” from its mission statement.|
|March 2, 2017||On March 2 , U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spends his first day on the job rescinding an Obama-era prohibition of lead ammunition on federal lands and waters.|
|March 2, 2017||On March 2 , the EPA, Scott Pruitt, canceled a requirement for reporting methane emissions.|
|February 28, 2017||February 28th , President Trump issues an executive order formally asking the EPA to review the “Waters of the United States” rule.|
|February 22, 2017||February 22nd , New record! We’ve found 7 Earth-sized planets around a single star outside our solar system; 3 in habitable zone – No comment|
|February 17, 2017||On February 17th , U.S. Senate confirms Scott Pruitt as the head of the U.S. EPA. In his prior role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt frequently sued the EPA over its regulations, notably leading a 27-state lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan|
|February 16, 2017||On February 16th , Trump signs a joint resolution passed by Congress revoking the U.S. Department of the Interior’s “Stream Protection Rule.” The stream protection rule, which prevented mining companies dumping their waste into streams, is axed under the Congressional Review Act.|
|February 9, 2017||On February 9th, A grade-school girl brought the house down at Chaffetz's UT town hall with this question: "Do you believe in science? Because I do."|
|February 7, 2017||On February 7 th , Trump administration giving final green light to Dakota Access pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers will grant the final approval needed to complete the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline|
|February 2, 2017||On February 2nd , GOP House votes to reject Stream Protection Rule|
|February 1, 2017||On February 1st , U.S. Senate confirms ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state|
|January 24, 2017||On January 24th , Trump issues several memoranda aiming to hasten permitting from the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.|
|January 20, 2017||On January 20th , National Park Service starts a “resistance” movement on social media accounts. And other Fed’s Follow (Look for AltEPA, AltCDC, AltUSDA, AltETC)|
|January 20, 2017||On January 20th ,Trump silenced the National Park Service from using social media. The main Twitter account of the National Park Service was temporarily asked to stop posting following the retweeting of two tweets — one about the lack of crowds at the inauguration and one about LGBTQ and Civil Rights pages vanishing from the White House website — that didn’t exactly make the new administration look good.|