Trump transition team limits EPA at environmental forum

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The Environmental Protection Agency halved the number of staffers attending an annual Anchorage forum on issues like climate change in response to a request from President Donald Trump’s transition team.

Trump transition official Doug Ericksen told Alaska’s Energy Desk in an email that the EPA was directed to limit staff at the conference to save money on travel. “This is one small example of how EPA will be working cooperatively with our staff and our outside partners to be better stewards of the American people’s money,” Ericksen wrote.

Alaska Forum on the Environment Director Kurt Eilo says even some Anchorage-based EPA employees were pulled, as were some who would have traveled from Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Climate change is a major issue in Alaska. One town has had to move further back from its shoreline position because of rising seas caused by climate change.

“We got a phone call from the local office of EPA, and we were informed that EPA was directed by the White House transition team to minimize their participation in the Alaska Forum on the Environment to the extent possible,” Eilo said.

Eilo said he was given three days’ notice that 17 instead of 34 staffers would attend.

One session had to be canceled as a result.

From @NPR – EPA Halves Staff Attending Environmental Conference In Alaska http://n.pr/2lz1oJQ 

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EPA Halves Staff Attending Environmental Conference In Alaska

The Trump administration’s transition officials ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to cut its presence at the event. The team cited travel costs in explaining the abrupt move.

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He said there is concern about what the halved EPA delegation foreshadows.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty among folks here at the forum,” Eilo said. “There’s concern about the tribal programs, there’s concern about how we’re going to address things like climate change in the next upcoming administration.”

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6 thoughts on “Trump transition team limits EPA at environmental forum

  1. Quote from Trump’s “Transition Team: “This is one small example of how EPA will be working cooperatively with our staff and our outside partners to be better stewards of the American people’s money,” Ericksen wrote.

    What a bunch of crap. Typical of this Goldman Sachs, Rich White Men’s Regime—who can gut any environmental efforts, under the pretense “SAVING MONEY.” Really? Why don’t we discuss just how much taxpayer $$$$ are going for Trump’s Mar Lago Estate White House, and the Trump Tower White House—we have for pay to this Dishonest Rich Man’s Wet Dreams.
    The whole fiasco of his model/3rd wife’s “business” enterprises, and his spoiled daughter Ivanka’s clothing business connections at Nordstrom, should land Trump and his mafia types in jail.

  2. The EPA has been weakened enough already. Lead in Detroit’s water? Animus River mine waste spill? Giving an eternity to comply with regulations and too much compromise? and many more examples. This is just more of the same. Like most of our protection laws, they’re getting gradually chipped away at by legislation from both parties, in favor of continuing human activities and standard of living.

  3. I, as of the recent election, cannot bear either party. (Just for the record) I’ve never seen the media behave more disgustingly in my lifetime, spitting nails and propaganda because the Democrats lost power. That’s all they’re concerned about, not the serious issues we have facing us. It dominates the entire news. The Democrats dropped the ball, and show no signs of recovering it.

  4. Isn’t it time you started blaming those who are now in power? One of the most dangerous markers of a Totalitarian government is the blacklisting, badmouthing, and use of “alternative facts” to further confuse those, like yourself, who seem to be very confused, causing them to blame everything else but those who are now in the Power Seat.
    No, things were not perfect before. Yes, the EPA, ESA had problems. But, now, with this Wealthy, Goldman Sachs, Right-Wing Fascist government, whatever was in place to protect civil liberties, women’s rights, environment, immigrants, animals, will most likely be destroyed.
    This is Not Like Before. Donald Trump and Steve Bannon will destroy, cause more violence and chaos, than even Nixon did.
    In a Totalitarian State (which this is becoming) the Free Press (not perfect but needed) is one of the first things to go.
    Caution: This is not just “more of the same.” It is much more worse in degree and ideology. At least, Hilary, whom you usually have blamed for everything, would Not be appointing anti-abortion, anti-birth control judges & she was Not a Climate Denier–and this will not only take place in the High Court, but in the lower courts as well, making lawsuits next to impossible for those try to save civil liberties, the environment, or a woman’s right to an abortion.

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