PEER Blog

BLOG: BLM Forges Ahead With Nevada Oil and Gas Leasing

by Chandra Rosenthal | September 22, 2020
Public lands in Nevada are being leased for oil and gas extraction despite little financial benefits to government but big losses to the public ...

Climate Denier David Legates Joins NOAA

by Tim Whitehouse | September 18, 2020
NOAA appointee Legates is unqualified, illegally appointed, and an eager spokesperson for anti-science/climate denier crusaders ...

Another Roll-Back That the Oil and Gas Industry Hoped You Wouldn’t Notice

by Chandra Rosenthal | September 16, 2020
The Forest Service hopes to pass a new rule making it easier for private companies to drill for oil and gas on our national forest systems ...

BLOG: The Whistleblower Protection Act is Dead

by Jeff Ruch | September 10, 2020
Major issues with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), including a large backlog of cases, have rendered the Whistleblower Protection Act dead ...

PEER Testifies Before Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

by Kyla Bennett | September 4, 2020
Kyla Bennett testified in front of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission to require a robust analysis of the impacts of oil and gas development ...

BLOG: BLM Needs a Future Far Brighter Than Its Past 

by Jeff Ruch | August 26, 2020
Under the Trump administration, BLM has declined even further than in previous decades. We hope for a brighter future for BLM, which is so needed ...

BLOG: EPA’s Latest Toxic PFAS Whitewash Revealed

by Tim Whitehouse | August 25, 2020
EPA delayed and continues to delay release of its interactive PFAS map, which shows local sources of PFAS, forever chemicals linked to cancer ...

What is the EPA Hiding?

by Kevin Bell | August 17, 2020
The EPA is crippling the Environmental Appeals Board, disempowering communities and enabling polluters ...

Trump’s Temporary Insanity

by Jeff Ruch | August 12, 2020
Trump's latest attempt to avoid the Senate’s confirmation process is Lanny Erdos of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement ...

PEER Outlines Plan to Get Park Service Back on Track

by Guest Contributor | August 5, 2020
PEER outlines the critical steps that the National Park Service must take in order to return the agency to its original mission and move into the future ...

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Autocratic Power Grab

by Peter Jenkins | August 3, 2020
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Autocratic Power Grab In an obscure announcement on July 22nd about President Trump’s border wall obsession, the Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, stated that he was handing 66 acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the ...

BLOG: Don’t Mention COVID-19 at NOAA

by Kyla Bennett | July 22, 2020
NOAA has informed its employees to avoid mentions of COVID-19 in publicly available documents as the hyper-political White House attempts to win reelection ...

PEER Statement on Uplisting of North Atlantic Right Whales

by Susan Sargent | July 9, 2020
The IUCN has uplisted the North Atlantic right whales from endangered to critically endangered which means is it "facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild ...

BLOG: How GAO Is Helping Shine A Light on My Former Federal Agency

by Guest Contributor | July 8, 2020
Former DOE scientist Bill Dam reveals groundwater contamination coming from several former uranium mills in Wyoming, endangering two Native American tribes ...

BLOG: Reforming Whistleblower Protection Laws 

by Paula Dinerstein | July 7, 2020
In light of the dangerous pattern of retaliation by the Trump Administration against those who report wrongdoing, it is more important than ever to preserve and reform federal whistleblower protections ...

BLOG: Trump’s Dangerous Salute to Toadyism at Mt. Rushmore

by Jeff Ruch | June 29, 2020
Trump plans to stage a dangerous distraction disguised as fireworks at Mt. Rushmore, risking both wildfires and potentially, public health from the crowds ...

BLOG: Protect Honeybees and Pollinators by Ending the Use of Toxic Pesticides 

by Rina Herzl | June 24, 2020
Pollinators are collapsing around the world and even more so in the United States. What we are witnessing is an “insect apocalypse ...

BLOG: The Decimation of the Public Sector Workforce

by Tim Whitehouse | June 18, 2020
Not passing the HEROES Act will have devastating consequences to the economy, state governments and the public sector workforce ...

BLOG: National Forests and COVID-19. What’s Happening?

by Tim Whitehouse | June 12, 2020
National Forests receive less attention than parks during COVID-19, but overcrowding, lack of resources, and risk to gateway communities are the same ...

BLOG: 43 Steps for the Next Presidential Term

by Kevin Bell | June 11, 2020
The advice the government gets from its formal scientific advisors should be robust and independent, and the government should rely on the expertise of those advisors ...