Trump’s environmental rollbacks hit California hard, despite Sacramento’s resistance

[Source: Los Angeles Times] When 50,000 acre-feet of water went gushing out of the Sacramento River last month, it fast became a test of California’s ability to protect its environmental policies from an increasingly hostile Trump administration. The episode proved humbling. Heeding the calls of big agriculture interests and area congressional Republicans, the administration pumped Read More…

Small business lobby opposed to GOP tax bill

[Source: The Hill] A top small business group has come out against the Republican tax-reform bill, arguing the legislation “leaves too many small businesses behind.” “We are concerned that the pass-through provision does not help most small businesses. Small business is the engine of the economy. We believe that tax reform should provide substantial relief Read More…

Scott Pruitt blocks scientists with EPA funding from serving as agency advisers

[Source: The Washington Post] The head of the Environmental Protection Agency upended the agency’s key advisory groups on Tuesday, announcing plans to jettison scientists who have received EPA grants. The move sets in motion a fundamental shift, one that could change the scientific and technical advice that historically has guided the agency as it crafts Read More…

Angry that Scott Pruitt pulls agents off of environmental investigations for his security detail?

[Source: Washington Examiner] Scott Pruitt is under fire, this time for trying to stay safe. Because the EPA chief requires 24/7 security, according to a new Washington Post report, the agency has pulled agents from environmental investigations to serve on his security detail. There is an obvious solution to this staffing problem. End the demonization Read More…