Neil Bhaerman - Communications Manager

Coal Ash at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant / photo: (CC BY 2.0)

Scott Pruitt’s Latest Attack on Environmental Justice

April 24, 2018

Help us make sure that Scott Pruitt doesn’t increase the burden that communities of color face. Help us stop the rollback on coal ash protections.

Flood wall in Matewan, WV commemorating the Mine Wars, photo: Neil Bhaerman

Teachers on the Front Lines in Fossil Fuel States

March 15, 2018

In the classrooms, and in state capitals, teachers are confronting powerful oil, gas, and coal industries. We should stand in solidarity with them and draw inspiration from their organizing

Ryan Zinke / photo: cc

The Misadventures of Ryan Zinke

March 1, 2018

It’s been exactly a year since Zinke inexplicably rode a horse to his first day of work as Secretary of the Interior – and it’s been a great year for the oil and gas industry, but a bad year for public lands, clean air protections, and government accountability.

Hurricane Harvey, image via NOAA

That tweet.

December 5, 2017

Here’s my problem with Donald Trump's tweet: the thought that you can separate out “hurricane effects” and only look at the rest of the economy.

Matewan Massacre marker, Matewan, WV. photo: NDB

Protect History and Water by Protecting Blair Mountain

October 23, 2017

If we want to shift our energy future and protect our water and climate, then we will need to go head-to-head with the fossil fuel industry. History reveals this is possible.

EPA office building

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.

Ryan Zinke & Rick Perry / photo: Secretary Zinke twitter account

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?

question mark / photo: (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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.

Mystery Date game box / via J. Van Meter on wikipedia, cc

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?

Cracked shale streambed photo: Mark Hersh from the Raymond Proffitt Foundation

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."