10 thoughts on “Trump’s shutdown, autocracy and xenophobia update

  1. Over 13,000 EPA employees are not working because of the Trump Shutdown, but Trump just nominated former dirty coal and uranium lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to be the administrator of the EPA.

    From rolling back toxic coal ash safeguards to gutting the Clean Water Rule to making it so our families could be exposed to more mercury pollution, Wheeler has proved during his tenure as acting EPA administrator that he will prioritize corporate polluters over the people. In just six months, Wheeler has proved he is just as big — if not bigger — a threat to our clean air, clean water, and public health protections as Scott Pruitt was.

    As a former lobbyist for Big Polluters including Murray Energy, we know that he has spent his career working against the environment. Putting Wheeler in charge of the EPA is like a fox guarding the hen house — and we can’t let it stand.

    Trump thinks that the public will be too consumed with the Trump Shutdown to notice this attack on the EPA, but we need to prove him wrong. We must keep Wheeler out of the EPA — and we need supporters like you to step up now and contact your senators.

    The hearing is in less than a week. Tell the Senate: Don’t let Andrew Wheeler take over the EPA »

    Once a coal lobbyist, always a coal lobbyist. Wheeler has worked to pass legislation that would have dangerously delayed critical improvements to our air quality. Wheeler even questions the science behind climate change in an effort to push the agenda of his polluter industry allies. And his short tenure as EPA administrator has been nothing but attack after attack on our environmental protections. His record speaks for itself — we know who he’s really working for, and it isn’t the people of America.

    We have to go after Wheeler just as hard as we went after Pruitt. After nearly 1 million people across the country — including nearly 200,000 LCV supporters like you — demanded Pruitt’s resignation, he finally stepped down. It was because of the relentless efforts by people like you that the media, our elected officials, and ultimately Pruitt himself listened. We can continue that fight now and stop our senators from putting another climate denier in charge of the EPA, but only if we keep the pressure on.

    We cannot let the Senate make the same mistake it did when it confirmed Pruitt. That will only happen if enough of us contact our senators NOW and tell them to keep Wheeler from becoming the head of the EPA.

    We successfully booted Pruitt. Now make sure that the next EPA administrator isn’t just as dangerous. Please, contact your senators today »

    We forced Pruitt out. If we can stop Wheeler, there is a real chance that we can change the course of this administration’s attacks on the environment and our health. But we can’t let up now.

    Thank you for taking action.

    Brooke Still
    Director of Digital Strategy
    League of Conservation Voters


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