PEER Blog

EPA’s Bad Chemistry Is Killing Us 

by Jeff Ruch | February 25, 2021
We cannot afford to wait for EPA to finally become a 21st century regulator of harmful chemicals that find our way into food, water, and air ...

BLOG | Renewable Energy and Public Lands

by Guest Contributor | February 23, 2021
Tensions may emerge between the dual goals of protecting natural areas and reducing GHG emissions, particularly when it comes to public lands ...

BLOG | The Risks of Paying for Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Sequestration

by Peter Jenkins | February 17, 2021
As climate programs are revived under the new Administration, the role of greenhouse gas reduction offsets ​in agriculture are under fresh scrutiny ...

Research Suppression at USDA and Stagnation of Agricultural Science

by Guest Contributor | February 11, 2021
Research Suppression at USDA and Stagnation of Agricultural Science Former PEER client Jonathan Lundgren, PhD, was a top-rated USDA research scientist until he started revealing the environmental harms, especially to bees and other pollinators, of the neonicotinoid insecticides ( ...

Vilsack Pick Fails Scientific Integrity Test

by Jeff Ruch | February 3, 2021
Vilsack Pick Fails Scientific Integrity Test On January 21, President Biden issued an extensive Executive Memorandum to department heads on the issue of scientific integrity. One federal agency that conducts much important scientific work is the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA’s ...

BLOG: Social Distancing to Curb COVID-19 and Park Overcrowding

by Jeff Ruch | February 1, 2021
Biden Executive Order on COVID-19 protocols on federal property puts the National Park Service under a direct presidential order to do something it's resisted for years - manage overcrowding ...

Statement | Biden Administration’s New Direction on Climate

by Tim Whitehouse | January 28, 2021
These executive orders are the first steps to a rapid transition from fossil fuels and increased protections for our communities, public lands and oceans ...

BLOG: Restoring Confidence in the Senate Confirmation Process

by Monica Mercola | January 22, 2021
After four years of deceit under the Trump administration, it is time to restore confidence in government, including in the Senate confirmation process ...

Biden’s Approach to Climate Disruption: What Will It Mean for Federal Agencies?

by Guest Contributor | January 21, 2021
Biden’s Approach to Climate Disruption: What Will It Mean for Federal Agencies? President Biden has called for a “whole of government” approach (WGA) to addressing climate disruption. How would this approach help bend down our nation’s carbon emissions trajectory? What might it ...

BLOG | The Dumpster Fire Presidency in Review

by Peter Jenkins | January 19, 2021
The Trump Administration went out of its way to violate “good government” laws and norms. Here's a list of their worst "Dirty Dozen" abuses ...

Beyond 2020: Pollution Enforcement

by Tim Whitehouse | January 13, 2021
The strength of pollution regulation in the U.S. relies on enforcement, and the agency in charge is falling down on the job ...

BLOG: If You Had Any Decency, You’d Resign

by Jeff Ruch | January 8, 2021
Following the Trump-inspired mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol, a growing parade of high-ranking Trump officials have resigned ...

PEER Statement on Armed Protestors Storming the U.S. Capitol

by Tim Whitehouse | January 6, 2021
In response to large groups of armed Trump followers storming the U.S. Capitol today, PEER’s Executive Director Tim Whitehouse has released the following statement: Armed and violent Trump followers have stormed the U.S. Capitol, destroyed federal property, attacked police officers ...

BLOG: Wheeler Trashes Science on His Way Out the Door at EPA

by Tim Whitehouse | January 5, 2021
The new rule is an attempt to restrict EPA’s ability to rely on science when taking regulatory actions or making science-based decisions ...

Statement | Ten Steps to Ensure that Proper Leaders Run the Department of the Interior

by Peter Jenkins | December 22, 2020
A guide for the Biden administration to avoid repeating the Trump administration's unlawful actions in making appointments in the Interior Department ...

Statement | In Praise of COVID Whistleblower Rebekah Jones

by Tim Whitehouse | December 8, 2020
Rebekah Jones exposed wrongdoing and abuse of power in Florida during the COVID pandemic to save lives and make government more accountable ...

BLOG: Time to Break the PFAS Bond

by Kyla Bennett | December 2, 2020
We need Congress and the EPA to stop the introduction of PFAS into the environment and our water sources to protect public health ...

BLOG: Will Biden Pick Whistleblowers?

by Jeff Ruch | November 25, 2020
The need to employ public sector reformers has not been more acute nor has the community of reformers/whistleblowers been so large ...

BLOG: The U.S. Lags Way Behind Other Countries in Banning Harmful Pesticides  

by Guest Contributor | November 17, 2020
The U.S. needs to catch up on pesticide regulation, through updates to laws and a political commitment to getting rid of the worst offenders ...

BLOG: COVID-19, Yellowstone, and the Company that puts the American Public at Risk

by Guest Contributor | November 10, 2020
Winter snow guides in Yellowstone protest pandemic response in managed Yellowstone National Park, six guides were fired as a result ...