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Stop a Toxic EPA Nominee! | Dive Into Democracy

It is no secret that President Trump’s nominees to lead America’s environmental programs are intended to undermine and weaken our environmental protections. The current head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, is clearly in the pocket of industry and working on the behalf of polluters, not the public and the environment. ...

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Stop a Fossil Fuel Bonanza | Dive Into Democracy

As early as this week, the United States House of Representatives may vote on H.R. 4239, deceptively called the “SECURE American Energy Act.” This bill contains massive giveaways to the fossil fuel industry. It would make it easier for companies to use our public lands and offshore areas for fossil fuel extraction while eliminating provisions ...

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URGENT: Protect Our Waterways From Aquatic Invaders | Dive Into Democracy

The Senate could vote as soon as today on a bill that could weaken Clean Water Act protections against the spread of invasive species in waterways. The “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act” (VIDA) has been included in a bill reauthorizing funding for the Coast Guard (S. 1129). VIDA would exempt ballast water from regulation by the ...


URGENT ACTION: Don’t let the timber industry capitalize on disaster | Dive Into Democracy

Save our national forests — clear-cutting is not the answer to wildfires. This Wednesday, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.” Far from what the name suggests, this bill will threaten the health of our forests and the ability of the public to have a say ...

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Don’t Let EPA Dismantle the Clean Power Plan | Dive Into Democracy

By James D. Flynn, Esq. Jamie received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and is pursuing an LL.M. in environmental and energy law at New York University School of Law. He currently serves as a legal intern at Waterkeeper Alliance. Photo courtesy of NASA. On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed the deceptively-titled Executive ...


Protecting the Clean Water Act | Dive Into Democracy

The Clean Water Act—celebrating its 45th anniversary this week—is one of the United States’ most influential environmental laws. Prior to this law, there was no uniform, effective way of preventing pollution from entering waterways throughout the country. Waterways were ravaged by the impacts of toxic waste, heavy metals and sewage released from manufacturing, industrial agriculture, ...

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Stop the Dam Attack on Rivers | Dive Into Democracy

“In the West, it is said, water flows uphill toward money. And it literally does, as it leaps three thousand feet across the Tehachapi Mountains in gigantic siphons to slake the thirst of Los Angeles, as it is shoved a thousand feet out of Colorado River canyons to water Phoenix and Palm Springs and the ...


Keep Politics Out of Science | Dive Into Democracy

In March 2017, a bill ironically called the HONEST Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill purports to create greater transparency surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) use of scientific studies by requiring that all the research and data utilized by the agency be made publically available. But the HONEST Act misrepresents how ...

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Healthy Waterways Need A Healthy Democracy

Many of the actions we have covered in Dive into Democracy are inspired by Members of Congress or the Trump administration putting the profits of a few before the needs of the many. Issues like climate change inaction, rolling back regulations on toxic water pollution that contaminates drinking water, and attacking the ability of the ...

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Strong Environmental Review Protects Us All!

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is a monumental law passed in 1970 to ensure that decisions made by federal agencies that will impact the environment are made in a transparent, well-informed manner. It requires agencies to take a “hard look” at the potential impacts of their decisions, consider other available alternatives, and provide the ...