Scott Pruitt spent much of his energy as Oklahoma attorney general suing the EPA. Now that he’s heading the agency, Pruitt is trying another tactic—delaying new rules that protect our air and water, rather than challenging them head-on in court. Earthjustice is fighting to defend these rules—because for every delay, lives are lost. The following statistics show how communities have been impacted by Pruitt's deadly delays.
Editor’s note: As the Trump administration considers the fate of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the monument’s place as a climate change refuge for numerous plants and animals is even more important. Guest author Dr. Pepper Trail, an ornithologist and conservation biologist, highlights three species that call the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument home.
This position in Earthjustice’s Policy and Legislation Department is focused on advocating for and defending laws and policies that promote a shift from fossil fuel to clean energy in key states and opposing measures that seek to increase fossil fuel development and consumption.
Chas Lopez, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Earthjustice: “When we’re representing people, we need to make sure we’re mindful and respectful and acknowledge that history of a lack of trust — based on the way that these organizations or communities feel like they’d been treated in the past.”
Kristen Boyles, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “There is huge public support for this monument from the local communities and state ... This monument doesn’t fit the pattern of the DOI review, and yet here we are because of one industry that has a very narrow view of how federal lands should be managed.”
Afton Surwillo journeyed from Colorado to Capitol Hill last week to join with moms, doctors and faith leaders to voice concerns over congressional attacks on clean air protections. She had several reasons for making the trip and enduring D.C.’s record temperatures and “orange alert” air quality. A big reason was her son Luc.