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Timeline – Assault on Planet Earth by the Trumpians


11/15/17 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
11-15-17 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.”
11-9-17 November 9th, FEMA to transport Puerto Rico’s Hurrican survivors to US mainland
11-9-17 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.
11-9-17 November 9th Tesla Restores Power to Children’s Hospital in Puerto Rico in ‘First of Many’ Solar + Storage Projects
11-8-17 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.
11-7-17 November 7th, Syria signs Paris Accord; only US is not on board.  Donald Trump will not be invited to the big summit.
11-3-17 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.
11-3-17 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.
11-2-17 On November 2nd, Rick Perry stated that fossil fuels help prevent sexual assault in Africa
11-1-17 Nov 1, Bridenstein (R-Okla) – climate denier and Science illiterate had Confirmation hearing in Scinece committee to be Next NASA Chief
10-31-17 October 31, 2017 – The new chair of the EPA’s science board — For the Science Advisory Board, Pruitt selected Michael Honeycutt, is well known to environmental activists and mainstream researchers for questioning the scientific evidence tying health risks to smog.
10-13-17 October 13th, Puerto Rico Still in the dark (30% electricity), and trucked in water
10-13-17 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.
9-29-17 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.
9-20-17 On September 20th, Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico.Trump claimed a success far exceeding Obama’s response to Sandy.
9-18-17 On September 18th, 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”
9-17-17 In September, Appropriations Bills will be Considered with massive cuts to science, and the Agencies responsible for protecting Air, Water, and Natural Resources
9-14-17 On September 14th, passed bill prohibiting House CDC from conducting research on the causes of gun violence and effective ways to prevent it
9-11-17 On September 11th,  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.
9-8-17 On September 8th, 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
9-7-17 On September 7th, “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).
8-22-17 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……
8-18-17 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.
8-7-17 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.
7-19-17 On July 19th the DOI called for re-examination of rules that protect bears and wolves in national preserves in Alaska.
6-26-17 On June 26th, the administration called for the repeal of the Clean Water Rule
6-20-17 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.
6-19-17 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.
6-18-17 On June 18, Seventeen Sites were removed by US Government from UN Biosphere Reserve Network
6-12-17 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.
6-8-17 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.
6-6-17 Over 1.5 million comments on National Register in favor of keeping national monuments.
6-6-17 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.
6-1-17 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!
5-15-17 May 15, President’s budget zero’s out major science and environment programs – 31% cut in EPA budget
5-5-17 On May 5th, the EPA dismisses several members of the Board of Scientific Counselors.
4-29-17 On April 29th, the Resistance marches across the Globe in support of Climate Science and the Environment
4-28-17 On April 28th, EPA scrubs climate change from their website.
4-27-17 On April 27th, the EPA delayed a lawsuit over a rule regulating airborne mercury emissions from power plants.
4-26-17 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.
4-22-17 On April 22nd, Scientist March on Washington, voicing support for science’s role in society.
4-19-17 On April 19th, An Interior Department official updates the department’s climate change website, deleting much of its content in the process.
4-16-17 On April 16th, Trump issued an executive order calling on the DOI to reopen its five-year plan for offshore drilling.
4-7-17 On April 7th, staff members at EPA’s headquarters who specialized in climate change adaptation have been reassigned.
4-7-17 On April 7th Rolled back limits on toxic discharge from power plants into public waterways.
4-3-17 April 3rd, Overturned a ban on hunting of predators in Alaskan wildlife refuges. Including the hunting of bear cubs in and around their dens.
3-29-17 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.
3-29-17 On March 29th, Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, revoked the freeze and review on new coal leases on public lands.
3-28-17 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.
3-16-17 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.
3-13-17 March 13th, White House releases its first preliminary budget under Trump. The budget outlines deep cuts to U.S. science and environmental agencies
3-9-17 On March 9th, EPA admin Scott Pruitt stated that carbon dioxide’s role in the Earth’s changing climate remains unclear.
3-7-17 On March 7th, EPA’s Office of Science and Technology removed the word “science” from its mission statement.
3-2-17 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.
3-2-17 On March 2, the EPA, Scott Pruitt, canceled a requirement for reporting methane emissions.
2-28-17 February 28th, President Trump issues an executive order formally asking the EPA to review the “Waters of the United States” rule.
2-22-17 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
2-17-17 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
2-16-17 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.
2-9-17 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.”
2-7-17 On February 7th, 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
2-2-17 On February 2nd, GOP House votes to reject stream Protection Rule
2-1-17 On February 1st, U.S. Senate confirms ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state
1-24-17 On January 24th, Trump issues several memoranda aiming to hasten permitting from the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.
1-20-17 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)
1-20-17 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.