The EPA’s sweeping new attack on science ~

The Trump administration just announced a new rule limiting the amount of science allowed at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).1

That’s not a typo. The Trump EPA is cracking down on science.
The new rule bans the use of a huge range of scientific and medical studies that can be used to set environmental and public health protections — including some of the most groundbreaking and important research ever done on the health risks of environmental pollution.

This might be the Trump administration’s most egregious attack on the environment — and it will gut some of our most important environmental protections.

We need to do everything possible to block this new EPA rule before it is finalized. Will you donate to help stand up for science?

Trump’s new anti-science rule says that studies cannot be used unless researchers release all of the raw data, including confidential health reports — ruling out crucial science needed to stop dangerous air and water pollution.2

For instance, in 1993, Harvard University released a study of 22,000 people’s medical histories and home air-quality data in order to definitively link air pollution with mortality. The groundbreaking study was the basis for many of the emissions regulations we have in place today.3

But under Trump’s new rule, this study can no longer be used to set environmental rules.

That’s because to gain the data, the researchers had to guarantee confidentiality, which only makes sense: people don’t want their medical histories becoming part of the public record, and they won’t participate in these studies if that’s the case.
Worse yet, Trump’s science ban can be applied retroactively, giving the EPA grounds to roll back regulations that have been in place for decades.

Regulations for how much toxic waste an agribusiness can dump, how much coal ash can leak into groundwater, emissions levels from cars — all would be in question if this new rule is finalized.

This new rule goes against everything Food & Water Action and our supporters believe. We need science so we can organize for the change our planet needs. It’s important to know and understand all the scientific facts and research so we can fight for powerful laws to protect our access to healthy food and clean drinking water, and maintain a livable planet.

The good news is we’ve defeated this rule before. Trump’s former EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, tried to propose nearly the same rule in 2018, and scientists and the public raised such an outcry that the rule was shelved

Now that the public’s attention is elsewhere, the new administrator, Andrew Wheeler, is trying to bring it back. We need to push back with the same public show of force until this rule is gone for good.

Will you donate to help stand for science and block the EPA’s new rule?

Onward together,

Wenonah Hauter
Founder and Executive Director
Food & Water Action and Food & Water Watch

1. E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules, The New York Times, November 11, 2019.
2. E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules, The New York Times, November 11, 2019.
3. E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules, The New York Times, November 11, 2019.

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In the Library: Things Fall Apart: by Chinua Achebe ~ born 11/16

Author Chinua Achebe died at 82 on March 22, 2013
Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.
My first exposure to Achebe was my first year lit class in college. Unfortunately, there were far and few books from authors like Chinua available at my high school. I thank the Ethnic Studies Prof for the experience and will always think of Chinua Achebe, as a pioneering African writer, government critic and advocate for African storytelling. His books, filled with great imagery of a place I know is a part of my ancestry but will never visit …  I may not agree or like some of the practices or the sub-culture, but this book gives the reader a better understanding of traditions, trials and tribulations of the times
~ Nativegrl77