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    Last Friday, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for allowing sulfoxaflor, a bee-killing pesticide linked to a nationwide honeybee die-off, back on the market. Beekeepers around the country lost over 40% of their colonies last year, and the decision by the Trump administration will only make things worse for them, and for our food system.

    The insecticide was first approved in 2013, reversed in 2015, and reversed again in July of 2019.

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    It will only keep the lawyers "rich", in the mean time Trump has reversed all the pollution laws which Obama introduced.

    So what else is new?

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    On a positive note, climate denialist William Happer is leaving the Trump administration tomorrow.

    Dr. Happer, a physicist who gained notoriety by claiming that the greenhouse gases contributing to warming the planet are beneficial to humanity, and for likening attacks on fossil fuels to “the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler” in a 2014 interview, serves on the National Security Council as President Trump’s deputy assistant for emerging technologies.

    Environmental activists cheered Dr. Happer’s departure but said they are still bracing for continued attacks on climate science from the White House, which means we STILL can't breathe easier.

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    EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has already signed a notice eliminating a rule designed to protect small streams and endangered wetlands. The Clean Water Rule, instituted by President Obama in 2015, replaced a set of overlapping and contradictory rules that were entangled in court challenges with a single, consistent set of federal protections. Without it, no one—no one—knows what waters are protected, and which are not.

    Creating the Clean Water Rule was the work of years. It not only included a carefully structured legal framework for dealing with issues of water rights, but featured extensive scientific data and analysis showing why the rule was necessary

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    California has been able to set tougher state-level standards than those put forth by the federal government since 1970.

    The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House to strike twin blows against both the liberal-leaning state that President Trump has long antagonized and the environmental legacy of President Barack Obama.

    A revocation of the California waiver would have national significance. Thirteen other states follow California’s tighter standards, together representing roughly a third of the national auto market.

    Because of that, the fight over federal auto emissions rules has the potential to split the United States auto market, with some states adhering to stricter pollution standards than others. For automakers, that represents a nightmare scenario.