"Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is poised to make wholesale changes to the agency’s key advisory group by jettisoning scientists who have received grants from the EPA and replacing them with industry experts and state government officials."
Via Think Progress
"This week, the Department of the Interior offered its largest lease sale ever for oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Not to be outdone, the Commerce Department sent recommendations Wednesday to the White House that could open up even more U.S. waters to oil and gas companies and will make permitting processes easier."
"In April, President Trump issued executive order 13795 instructing Secretary of Commerce Ross to conduct reviews of certain marine monuments and marine sanctuaries. Nearly 100,000 public comments were submitted to the Department of Commerce during this period, of which 99% supported these blue parks protection. The Commerce Department sent its report to the White House today but has not released the report publicly or announced when it will. After complaining that the original process for designating the marine monuments was not public enough, the Trump administration has made its review of the monuments and sanctuaries behind closed doors."
"Starting as early as January, the entrance fee for a single automobile would spike to $70 at Joshua Tree National Park in California — the largest price increase since World War II. A similar increase at 12 more parks would take effect in May and then at the final four in June. The cost of riding a motorcycle into the parks would rise to $50 and walking or biking in would cost $30."
"But right now, Thunder Bay’s expansion -- and the critical research and tourism it supports -- is at risk...We were extremely alarmed when earlier this year, President Donald Trump issued an executive order seeking to roll back or eliminate protections in eleven marine sanctuaries and monuments across the country that were created or expanded over the past decade -- including Thunder Bay."
"Northwest salmon fisheries are in trouble, impacted by warming oceans and overdeveloped, dammed and silted spawning rivers and streams.
Pre-contact indigenous groups in the region once organized their societies around sustainable fishing tribal agreements that worked. More recently, under past presidential administrations, Canadian, US and tribal authorities came together to save the declining salmon fisheries.
Especially successful have been federally funded local, state and tribal programs, administered by NOAA, that protect and restore Northwest spawning streams — an investment in habitat and healthy local economies.
Trump’s 2018 budget would cut all those programs, though for now Congress has restored them. However, politicians and regulators are concerned that Trump’s abandonment of Northwest fisheries and local economies will persist through his administration."
"The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the speaking appearance of three agency scientists who were scheduled to discuss climate change at a conference on Monday in Rhode Island, according to the agency and several people involved."