Ep. 12: Standing Up for Science
Ep. 11: Powering Down the Clean Power Plan
Recent actions by the Trump Administration have scientists fired up. Many are asking if the federal government is now anti-science. Three scientists explain why they are speaking out.
Ep. 10: Three Takeaways from Trump’s First 60 Days
Last week — to the surprise of no one — Donald Trump issued an executive order to begin dismantling the Clean Power Plan. But the country's keystone rule on climate change isn't dead yet.
Ep. 9: Handcuffing the 'Food Police'
On everything from climate to coal to the weirdness at the EPA, we take a look at what we've learned so far — and what to expect next.
Ep. 8: Deconstructing the EPA
In Trump's big push to trim government regulations, could key protections for food safety be next on the chopping block?
Ep. 7: POTUS versus WOTUS
Trumpism may not be the most coherent of political philosophies. But when White House strategist Steve Bannon recently told a crowd of conservative activists that one of their major goals is “deconstruction of the administrative state,” he brought into focus a theme that may very well come to define a large part of the Trump era. In fact, we’re already starting to see it take shape at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ep. 6: Postscript at Standing Rock
On everything from healthcare to immigration, President Trump has been busy doing 180s on Obama-era policy. This week, he set his sights on a controversial expansion of the Clean Water Act known as the Waters of the U.S. Rule, or WOTUS. But pulling the plug might not be so easy.
Ep. 5: See You in Court
There are still chapters to be written in the larger fight over the Dakota Access pipeline. But as of Thursday, the months-long protest encampment at Standing Rock is no more. So what have we learned? And could the historic protest be a prelude to larger national conversations on energy, Native American sovereignty and climate change?
Ep. 4: Meet Myron Ebell, the Climate Change Skeptic Who Has Trump's Ear
If the first three weeks are any guide, expect the U.S. court system to be busier than ever in the Trump era. And that may mean Trump’s pick for Supreme Court could be key in deciding the fate of major shifts in policy — including on the environment.
Ep. 3: Trump’s First 12 Days, the Planet’s Next 1,000 Years
Much has been made of Steve Bannon’s influence on the early executive orders flooding out of the Trump White House. If you’re looking for a similar figure on environmental policy, the breadcrumbs lead to Myron Ebell.
Ep. 2: What's Up with Trump and the EPA?
Veteran journalist Andrew Revkin has an appreciation for nuance. You can hear it in his take on the super-recent past of the Trump administration's big, early moves on the environment; and why he thinks the big-picture debate on climate change is way more complicated than most of us realize.
Ep. 1: What Trump Can (and Can't) Do
It’s been a week of big changes — and turmoil — at the Environmental Protection Agency. First, President Trump ordered a freeze on EPA grants and contracts and barred anyone at the agency from communicating with the public. Then, in a stance which flies in the face of the agency’s current scientific integrity policy, a White House official announced that EPA research may be subject to review by the administration. Seriously, you keeping up? So to get some perspective on it all, we reached out to Christine Todd Whitman, former head of the EPA under George W. Bush.
As of Friday’s inauguration, we can now say ‘President Donald Trump’, and that new status could have far-reaching implications for the environment. While campaigning, Trump said he would make some big changes to environmental regulations, including spearheading an overhaul of the Environmental Protection Agency. That sounds like a big claim. But what exactly can Donald Trump do when it comes to the country’s environmental laws and rules? That is, what does he actually have the power to do as President? We put that question to Jody Freeman, the founding director of Harvard’s Environmental Law Program.