The Center for Biological Diversity, along with noted conservation biologist Stuart Pimm and the Center for Media and Democracy, launched an effort today to prevent hundreds of environmental data sets on government websites from being removed by the Trump administration.
Several public health advocacy groups have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that aims to undo OSHA’s requirement for employers to electronically submit worker injury and illness data for public view.
On March 21, organizations including watchdog group Public Citizen, the American Public Health Association, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the Center for Media and Democracy filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. The groups argue that they are entitled to act as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed against OSHA by the National Association of Home Builders and other industry groups.
“Yes,” Pruitt replied. “As I indicated in my opening statement, I really believe that public participation, transparency in rule-making is very important.”
Pruitt’s answer was pretty nonsensical, since he’d been so withholding himself during the confirmation process: Democrats later boycotted the committee’s final vote to approve his nomination, citing his lack of response to their questions and failure to provide documents. (Pruitt told Democrats they could get the documents by contacting the office of the attorney general of Oklahoma — the office that he ran.) That same day, the Center for Media and Democracy sued Pruitt for failing to release emails they had requested over two years previously.
Last month, Pruitt was sued to release those emails under open records litigation from the liberal-leaning Center for Media and Democracy — some of which he has now released, providing more details on his state office’s close relationship with the oil and gas industry.
People for the American Way senior fellow Arn Pearson says he thinks Democrats are “entitled” to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination and should slow any attempt to confirm him. Pearson is primarily interested in how Gorsuch will answer questions about issues of corporate influence and campaign finance.
Research by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) on the political influence of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides some revealing insights into why the Arizona Chamber is engaging in such dishonorable political lobbying efforts: “On April 4, 2016, the Center for Media and Democracy … released documents that it obtained from a top GOP polling firm which show widespread support from the Chamber’s members for policies such as an increase in the minimum wage, paid sick leave, paid paternity and paid maternity leave.
One chain of emails show that American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), a lobby group for oil and gas, coordinated with Pruitt in 2013 to oppose the Renewable Fuel Standard Program and ozone limits. AFPM pursued its own case against the regulations, but later that year, Pruitt also filed a case suing the EPA over the same thing and used similar language to that in the emails.
This worries many Democrats and environmentalists because close ties with oil can often equal a disregard for the well-being of the environment. Republicans, on the other hand, believe that these ties with oil and gas will ensure that the government won’t overreach into those industries. You can find the emails on the Center for Media and Democracy’s website.
This week, as President Trump reportedly prepares to begin unwinding the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and as Congressional Republicans continue their systematic dismantling of environmental protections, the heads of electric utilities are showing up in Washington, D.C. to raise money for the GOP leadership.
The failed 2015 Fourth of July weekend effort by state lawmakers to gut the state’s open records law could be repeated, open government advocates said Wednesday.
The Koch brothers, multi-billionaires Charles and David, have been funding state and local governmental laws and candidates for many years. Through ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, they are working to benefit corporations and to dismantle voter rights, health care and other governmental benefits for our citizens.