Neil Bhaerman - Communications Manager

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Get to know the “Dirty Deputies”

October 4, 2017

Today the Senate is considering nomination for four top positions at EPA. All four have close ties to the chemical and fossil fuel industries, and all four are committed to rolling back programs that keep our water clean or protect our families from toxic chemicals.

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Checking in on the Rigged Cabinet

July 27, 2017

In the early days of the Trump administration, we expressed many concerns about the collection of billionaires and ideologues that the President was nominating for his cabinet. So what have these folks been up to lately?

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Who are these people? Part 2 - Energy Beachhead Hires

March 14, 2017

Last week, we introduced you to Donald Trump’s “beachhead hires” at EPA – executive branch staff who can be influential in determining an agency’s mission under a new President. Today, we’ll take a look at the Department of Energy beachhead hires.

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Who are these people? Part 1 - EPA Beachhead Hires

March 10, 2017

On Wednesday, ProPublica reported on 400 “beachhead hires” across Donald Trump’s administration. So who are they?

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Was the Stream Protection Rule a “job-killing” regulation?

February 24, 2017

Earlier this month, Donald Trump signed a repeal of the Stream Protection Rule, under the Congressional Review Act, and at the signing, he called the Rule “another terrible job killing rule."

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Lancaster Residents Prepare to Resist Pipeline

February 22, 2017

With a federal government dominated by fossil fuel insiders and allies, it’s more important than ever for communities to stand together as one to protect their water, land, and health.

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Big Oil's Cabinet Choices

December 20, 2016

Donald Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. These choices show that Donald Trump will attempt to enact a policy of climate denial and open hostility toward putting any environmental or public health issue above corporate profits. We're ready to fight back, but we need your help.

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November 9, 2016

President-Elect Trump is a reality now and the implications are massive. And not just for our water or action on climate - our progress on health care, poverty and economic justice, and racial justice is at risk. Luckily, this is just the start and we know what to do - come together, organize, and get ready to push back hard. Let's get to it.

Vote like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Election Day 2016 Live Blog

November 8, 2016

Hello! Welcome to the Clean Water Election Day 2016 Live Blog. We'll update this space all day with info about the election, what we're hearing when we go to the polls, and more so come back. And, in the meantime - Be a Clean Water Voter. Check out the Clean Water Voter Guide and our Congressional Scorecard before you go to the polls.

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Flash Forward Friday – Blog Post for Wednesday, November 9th

November 2, 2016

Resist President-Elect Trump’s Polluter-Friendly Agenda

Sigh. I did not really think this is a sentence I would have to write: Donald Trump won a shocking victory yesterday, edging out Hillary Clinton in the electoral college.

President-Elect Trump has vowed to abolish the Clean Water Rule and the Clean Power Plan, to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, and to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. At times, he has even promised to eliminate the entire EPA.