Summary: From the AP, “The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants.” Article also states that this might be a temporary step as the new administration gets all of the departments in line with new priorities, but this still remains highly concerning.
Possible Impact to North Carolina: Day 5 of the Trump administration: Freezing EPA grants and contracts could jeopardize environmental projects in NC
- Call Senators Burr and Tillis, as well as your Representative to let them know your concerns.
- Show support for a possible Scientist March on Washington. Nothing has been confirmed, so far, but show your support on social media (@ScienceMarchDC is the Twitter handle) if you’d like to see this march take place. Science is clearly under threat with this new administration, and we will all pay a price if this important work can’t continue.
Summary: According to Reuters, “Trump signed orders on Tuesday smoothing the path for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines in a move to expand energy infrastructure and roll back key Obama administration environmental actions.”
- Call your members of Congress and ask them to investigate the potential conflicts of interested between the Trump Administration and these pipelines. Many members of the cabinet (including Trump) have financial investments in companies that will benefit from these pipelines being constructed.
- Follow Shaun King on social media. He has been very vocal about DAPL and is trying to connect the dots with the money and politicians.
- Sierra Club has a form on their website for submitting comments about DAPL. Should still be relevant in light of the new executive orders.