The new EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has defied science and common knowledge by claiming that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to climate change. This stance from President Trump’s appointee reflects an administration-wide disregard for climate change and caters to the bottom line of billionaire polluters, rather than protecting our public health.
Never before has a person been nominated to lead the Environmental Protection Agency whose record is as antithetical to the agency’s mission as that of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. That’s why Earthjustice is standing alongside hundreds of other groups to demand that the Senate reject this nomination.
The eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency are now over. Donald Trump’s inauguration is upon us. This momentous transition, with global implications at an historic scale, deeply affects Earthjustice and every other organization dedicated to protecting our rights, our health and our planet. We are called to fulfill our essential role as never before. We are prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead, as I’ve described, and we will keep you up to date on the battles to come.
Reginald K. Brack Jr., a force of nature and honorary life trustee of Earthjustice, passed away on October 4 at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was 79. Mr. Brack, who was known as Reg, served as a trustee for 19 years and used his experience as a media executive to guide the evolution of our communications department from its infancy to its current sophistication. Earthjustice would not be the organization it is today if it were not for all that he contributed.
In North Dakota, thousands of people are now encamped on the banks of the Cannonball River to oppose the Dakota Access pipeline with the Standing Rock Sioux. Routed through sacred sites, the $3.8 billion pipeline would transport Bakken oil under the Missouri River, where a break or leak would poison water for Standing Rock and potentially millions of people downstream. Members of at least 280 tribes and First Nations have come from around the U.S. and Canada to peacefully demonstrate, making this the largest gathering of tribes in generations.
Super Tuesday marks a shift of our national attention to what is for most people the most important political battle, the election of a new president. As our attention shifts, we must not lose track of the most critical presidential battle remaining for our current President—nominating a Supreme Court justice.
[Editor’s note: Today, Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., to encourage and support Pope Francis’ moral call to action to protect our planet for all people. Most notably for Earthjustice’s work, the pontiff will highlight his call to defend God’s creation set forth in his historic papal encyclical, Laudato Si, released this summer. Below is a transcript of Van Noppen’s speech.]