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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 ...


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 ...


We Can’t Afford to Keep Silent on Climate | Dive Into Democracy

As hurricanes pummel the southeast United States and the Caribbean, the western United States is on track to have the worst fire season in a decade. The process of healing and rebuilding communities affected by these destructive disasters will take years and tens of billions of dollars. As this process begins, it begs the question ...


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We Need a Fully Funded EPA!

Congress returns from its summer recess this week, and one of its most pressing tasks is coming to an agreement on a federal budget. In the spring, the Trump administration revealed a proposed budget that would slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by a third. After the president proposes a budget, both ...


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UPDATE: Don’t Let EPA Gut the Clean Water Act! | Dive Into Democracy

UPDATE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps announced that they are extending the comment period on the proposed first step of the revoking and rewriting of the definition of ‘Waters of the U.S.’ to September 27, 2017. Please take advantage of this opportunity and tell EPA that you oppose any rollback of clean water protections! ...


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A Persistent Voice for Clean Water

Since Dive into Democracy launched in March, we have covered many of the ways that the Trump administration and Members of Congress are attempting to push an environmental agenda that puts industry profits before the health, safety, and rights of all Americans. While it often feels like an uphill battle, speaking out makes a difference. ...


Say “No” to Offshore Drilling! | Dive Into Democracy

Back in May, we warned that the Trump Administration had plans to vastly expand the areas open to offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans and the already embattled Gulf of Mexico. Now, the Interior Department is beginning the process of implementing this plan. Within the Interior Department, the Bureau of Ocean Energy ...


Investment in Infrastructure is Investment in Public Health | Dive Into Democracy

We all need clean and safe drinking water and public waterways free from sewage and other pollutants. While we do not often think about them, complex systems of pipes, storage systems, and treatment facilities are needed to bring safe drinking water to our homes, properly remove and dispose of sewage, and keep stormwater from overwhelming ...


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Don’t Give Pipeline Companies A Free Pass | Dive Into Democracy

A month ago, we discussed how oil and gas pipeline construction can be devastating to the environment and communities and can lead to long-lasting damage and the continued risk of spills. We also explained how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the federal agency in charge of approving interstate natural gas pipelines, unfairly prioritizes fossil ...