Trump on Earth

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Tracking the latest environment-related shenanigans from Trump & his allies.

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That Time We Could Have Stopped Climate Change. . .

April 17th, 2019


Forty years ago, the U.S. government began to take climate change seriously and for a short time period, politicians from both parties endorsed …

An Explosion in Drilling on Public Lands Driven by 'Energy Dominance'

April 4th, 2019


President Trump's push to have oil and gas drilling on public lands has hit some snags lately. A federal court recently halted leasing on 300,000 …

The Green New Deal: Two Takes

March 20th, 2019


Now that a proposal is on the table, some see it as a chance to create jobs and equalize the economy. But critics say it should laser focus on …

The Pollution Police

February 20th, 2019


What happens when environmental laws and rules aren't enforced? When the environmental cops just aren't on the beat?

Under Trump, EPA inspections …

A Surge of Black Lung Disease in Appalachia

February 8th, 2019


This week we're bringing you a interview with NPR's Howard Berkes about the proliferation of black lung disease among coal miners in Appalachia. It …

Green New Deal. You've Heard the Phrase. Here's What it Means.

January 24th, 2019


If there were a billboard top 100 for policy ideas, the Green New Deal would be at the top of the charts for several weeks running. It’s not a …

Zinke's Out. What's the Damage to Public Lands?

January 10th, 2019


The federal government is the nation's largest landowner, managing 500 million acres under the Department of the Interior. And while some expect that America's public lands are managed for the benefit and enjoyment of …

As the World Burns

January 7th, 2019


Three years ago, most of the world’s nations signed onto the Paris Climate Agreement, which committed countries to do their best to avert a climate catastrophe. Well, things are different now. President Donald Trump has …

What's at Stake Under the New Trump Water Rule

December 14th, 2018


When President Trump started his tenure he promised to repeal something called the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule. And this week he made good on that …

America Voted. How did the Environment Fare?

November 9th, 2018


President Donald Trump’s performance and policies were front and center in many races across the country--whether candidates were for or against …

Environmentalists Could Change Election Outcomes. They Just Need to Vote.

October 31st, 2018


Historically, polls have shown that environmentalists are terrible at voting. In the 2014 midterm election, more than 15 million environmentalists …

Inside the Industry Takeover at the EPA

October 17th, 2018


President Trump says he'll look into a recent UN Climate Change report that predicted we have 12 years to drastically lower our carbon footprint or else the world will witness catastrophic impacts of climate change. He …

Climate Change: How Bad Can it Be?

October 10th, 2018


You’ve probably heard by now that, according to a new UN report, the world has just over a decade to get climate change under control before it’s too …

Bonus Episode: Michael Mann’s Journey Through the Climate Wars

October 4th, 2018


Today we're bring you an episode of a podcast we've been enjoying lately. Democracy Works, produced by Penn State's McCourtney Institute for Democracy, aims to rise above the daily news grind and take a broader look at …

Why The Trump Resistance Keeps Winning in Court

September 19th, 2018


This administration is hell bent on dismantling environmental and human health protections, but judges are pushing back on Trump's deregulatory …

Faith in the People's Climate Movement

September 6th, 2018


People of faith are joining the ranks of the People Climate Movement, which takes to the streets this weekend demanding action. One religious leader tells us why climate change is becoming a top priority.

Fletcher …

How the UK Won its War on Coal

August 9th, 2018


Coal was the engine of the Industrial Revolution and employed nearly 1.2 million people in Britain at its height. But the UK has gone more than 1,000 …

Ep. 45: Brett Kavanaugh is Trump's Pick. Should Environmentalists Be Worried?

July 12th, 2018


Less than a week after the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy would retire, President Trump nominated DC Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh as …

Ep. 44: Goodbye Scott Pruitt, Hello Andrew Wheeler

July 11th, 2018


For months on end, Pruitt seemed to defy the laws of gravity at the EPA, maintaining his job through more than a dozen scandals. But Pruitt’s term has ended after it was reported that President Trump’s Chief of Staff …

Ep. 43: Could the Endangered Species Act go Extinct?

June 28th, 2018


When Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act on December 28, 1973, it made the United States the only nation on Earth to declare a basic right of existence for species other than our own. Currently, the Act …

Ep. 42: Read the Label: Chemical Safety Under the EPA

June 14th, 2018


Earlier this month, Scott Pruitt gave a big gift to the chemical industry in the form of narrowing how the EPA will determine the health risks posed …

Ep. 41: The Making of Scott Pruitt

May 30th, 2018


Before he was EPA administrator, before he was Oklahoma's attorney general, before he was even a state senator, Scott Pruitt was an unknown attorney …

Ep. 40: Pruitt’s Transparency Problem (and it's not his ethics scandals)

May 10th, 2018


From its inception, science has been at the core of the EPA’s mission. It’s used science about the health effects of industrial pollution to make our …

Ep. 39: Will He Stay Or Will He Go?

April 11th, 2018


First class flights, pricey office furniture, a soundproof booth and a security detail the size of a small police department. And don’t forget a …

Trump's Next Frontier

April 4th, 2018


The Trump administration says it wants to open up nearly all of the country’s oceans to oil and gas drilling. So what will this mean for communities around the country that depend on our coasts for their livelihood? …

Alaska: Open for Business

March 21st, 2018


More than 60 percent of Alaska is owned by the federal government. That's 225 million acres; a plot of land bigger than Texas. So if any state is going to be impacted by environmental decisions made in Washington D.C., …

Ep. 36: One Down, Three to Go.

February 28th, 2018


There have been lots of presidential orders and proclamations, and many proposals are in the works. But just how effective has Trump been in changing …

Ep. 35: Do Regulations Kill Jobs? Or Save Lives?

February 14th, 2018


Rolling back regulations is fundamental to the philosophy of the Trump administration. And a lot of the action has been directed towards …

Ep. 34: Inside the EPA's Regulatory Rollback Machine

January 17th, 2018


The Trump administration has rolled back 60 environmental policies at last count. ProPublica reporter Talia Buford dug into the overturning of one of …

Ep. 33: The Crux of Coal

January 11th, 2018


The whole concept of "clean coal" is wonky. Real technical, real complicated. Not as simple as President Trump would have you believe. But what does …

Ep. 32: Who Will Pay for Trump's Plan to Bail Out Coal?

January 3rd, 2018


We all remember the financial and auto bailouts during the Great Recession. They arguably saved significant parts of the economy from even further damage. The Trump administration says the federal government now needs …

Ep 31: The Incredible Shrinking Monuments

December 21st, 2017


A few weeks ago, President Trump approved the largest rollback of federal land protection in our country’s history. Trump’s announcement to …

Ep. 30: Meet the Scientist Standing Up to Scott Pruitt

December 6th, 2017


Can scientists who get grant money from the Environmental protection agency be objective enough to serve on its advisory boards? According to Administrator Scott Pruitt, the answer is “no.” Today’s episode examines one …

Ep. 29: Living With Oil and Gas

November 29th, 2017


The Trump administration has been pulling back federal environmental regulations as fast as it can. The legal argument is that states should be the …

Ep. 28: A Profound Shift in Environmental Protection

November 16th, 2017


In October, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt ordered scientists who receive EPA grants to either end their grants or get off EPA scientific advisory boards.  What about industry-backed …

Ep. 27: Is Ryan Zinke *really* a 'Teddy Roosevelt Guy'?

November 8th, 2017


About three quarters of the 640 million acres of land that the federal government owns is managed by the Department of the Interior. And under the leadership of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Department of Interior …

Ep 26: Roads, Bridges and the Future of Civilization

November 2nd, 2017


As Congress pays out more than 36 billion dollars in disaster relief, the General Accounting Office recommends that the federal government find ways …

Ep. 25: Global Warming: How Bad Could it Be?

October 18th, 2017


The NY Magazine article "The Uninhabitable Earth" presents a portrait of a worst case scenario of climate change in which the planet gets so hot, humans can no longer live there. It imagines a future so grim, it spawned …

Ep. 24: A Clean Power Postmortem

October 12th, 2017


On Tuesday, administrator Scott Pruitt signed the paperwork to revoke the Clean Power Plan. But what is the case for its repeal? And what happens …

Ep. 23: Scientists Need Not Apply?

September 28th, 2017


Sam Clovis is Trump's pick for head scientist at the USDA. He has been many things --  Air Force fighter pilot, conservative talk show host, defeated U.S. Senate candidate, co-chair of Trump’s presidential campaign. But …

Ep. 22: The Quiet Dismantling of Obama's Environmental Legacy.

September 20th, 2017


While the world has been paying attention to President Trump's action on immigration and health care, his administration has been steadily reshaping …

Ep. 21: Can We Talk About Climate Change Now?

September 13th, 2017


Increasingly sophisticated climate science is able to tell us a lot more about the role climate change is playing in extreme weather events. But …

Ep. 20: The Red State Paradox

August 30th, 2017


Arlie Russell Hochschild spent five years in some of the most polluted parishes of Louisiana trying to find out why some of the people whose lives …

Ep: 19. Renewables in the Trump Era: Doomed or Too Big to Fail?

August 14th, 2017


What is the future of renewable energy under Donald Trump? Are recent gains made by solar and wind in jeopardy? Or is the momentum these industries …

Ep. 18: Meet the Republican Who is Breaking Ranks with Denial

July 25th, 2017


Only 11 percent of conservative Republicans say climate scientists understand the causes of climate change very well. So, can anything change their …

Ep. 17: Trump Says Great Lakes a Local Issue. Congress Disagrees.

July 15th, 2017


The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds projects that protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world. Can it be saved? 

Ep. 16: And Environmental Justice For All?

June 21st, 2017


In this episode of Trump on Earth, we talk with environmental justice lawyer Lisa Garcia, who was senior adviser to the administrator for Environmental Justice at the EPA during the Obama Administration. Garcia explains …

Ep. 15: It's Not Pittsburgh or Paris. It's the Planet

June 6th, 2017


In this episode, we talk with Ann Carlson who for years has been watching the UN climate negotiations that led to the Paris agreement. She’s a professor of Environmental Law and the director of the Emmett Institute on …

Bonus Episode: Guess What Else the Border Wall Keeps Out

May 24th, 2017


President Trump’s proposed 2,000-mile long, 30-foot high border wall would obstruct more than just a pretty landscape. It could bring an end to the …

Ep. 14: Will This Land Still Be Your Land?

May 11th, 2017


About one-third of the country is federally-owned. That means it belongs to all of us -- the public. But that also gives the President a lot of power over these places. Today on Trump on Earth, we’re taking a closer …

Ep. 13: The Climate of Mann

April 27th, 2017


Somewhere between 97 and 99 percent of scientists are convinced by the evidence that climate change is real, human caused, and a problem. But at a recent hearing held by the House Committee on Science, Space and …

Standing Up for Science

April 21st, 2017


This weekend, thousands of scientists will be marching to protest the Trump administration. On this episode we hear from three of them. 

Ep. 11: Powering Down the Clean Power Plan

April 7th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 10: Three Takeaways from Trump’s First 60 Days

March 24th, 2017


Trump’s first months in office have left us with more questions than answers. But on environmental policy, some themes are emerging that will likely …

Ep. 9: Handcuffing the 'Food Police'

March 15th, 2017


Trump’s big push to rollback federal regulations could impact everything from the price of healthcare to the size and scope of the EPA. It might …

Ep. 8: Deconstructing the EPA

March 8th, 2017


Trumpism may not be the most coherent of political philosophies. But when White House strategist Steve Bannon recently told a crowd of conservative …

Ep. 7: POTUS versus WOTUS

March 2nd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 6: Postscript at Standing Rock

February 24th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 5: See You in Court

February 14th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 4: Meet the Climate Change Skeptic Who Has Trump's Ear

February 9th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 3: Trump’s First 12 Days, the Planet’s Next 1,000 Years

February 1st, 2017


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 …

Ep. 2: What's Up with Trump and the EPA?

January 27th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 1: What Trump Can (and Can't) Do

January 26th, 2017


As of Friday’s inauguration, we can now say ‘President Donald Trump’, and that new status could have far-reaching implications for the environment. …

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