PEER Blog

BLOG: It’s Time to Take on Interior Department Corruption

by Tim Whitehouse | June 2, 2020
In the midst of a pandemic, corruption at the Department of Interior continues with slashed oil and gas royalties and fines on renewable energy companies ...

BLOG: National Parks Stumble Towards Reforms

by Jeff Ruch |
In order for national parks to remain “America’s Best Idea,” park managers must move from merely maximizing crowds to actually managing them ...

We Must All Address Racism and Economic Injustice

by Tim Whitehouse | June 1, 2020
The outrage over recent racial violence and injustice, has been another reminder of our failure to address a history of racism and economic injustice ...

BLOG: EPA Creating A “Pandemic of Pollution” Since COVID-19 Crisis

by Tim Whitehouse | May 26, 2020
Despite the connection between exposure to air pollution and adverse outcomes from COVID-19, EPA continues to accelerate its efforts to gut important air quality protections, unleashing what a new staff report by U.S. Senator Carper calls a “pandemic of pollution.” Since March 1, EPA ...

BLOG: New Age of Impunity: Trump’s Relentless Attack on Oversight

by Jeff Ruch | May 22, 2020
Trump's firing of the State Department’s Inspector General should send a shiver of fear down the spine of every oversight functionary left in Washington ...

BLOG: Opposing the EPA Plan to Restrict Science

by Kyla Bennett | May 21, 2020
The new EPA plan to restrict science is subject to the interests of political appointees and is not based on exisitng scientific integrity standards ...

BLOG: There Is No “Trump Exemption” – That Is Why We Are Suing

by Tim Whitehouse | May 19, 2020
PEER and Western Watersheds Project sued the Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, alleging that Bernhardt has used temporary appointees to lead the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management in violation of federal laws and the U.S. Constitution ...

BLOG: Dr. Bright’s COVID-19 Cronyism Case Is Tough to Crack

by Paula Dinerstein | May 13, 2020
The case of Dr. Rick Bright concerning corruption in federal vaccine development should be Exhibit A for serious reform of the federal whistleblower system by the next Congress ...

BLOG: Why Blow the Whistle?

by Kevin Bell | May 12, 2020
What makes whistleblowers finally blow the whistle? When their daily outrage at wrongdoing begins to outweigh their personal risk ...

BLOG: Sliming Lincoln’s Memorial

by Jeff Ruch | May 7, 2020
Interior Secretary Bernhardt ordered the Lincoln Memorial closed so that President Trump could give an interview on the current pandemic ...

BLOG: EPA Should Sit Out Earth Day This Year

by Jeff Ruch | April 20, 2020
Recent actions by the Environmental Protection Agency’s current leadership cast a sad reality- the EPA should sit out Earth Day this year ...

PEER During the Pandemic (Updated Apr 10, 2020)

by Tim Whitehouse | April 15, 2020
During the pandemic, PEER continues to support government whistleblowers, protect public employees, and represent epidemiologists at both the CDC and EPA ...

Losing Our Voice: The Attack on Public Health Science

by Guest Contributor | April 14, 2020
Politicians are leading our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health experts and scienists, sidelined and ignored, have lost their voices ...

Can National Parks Practice Social Distancing?

by Jeff Ruch | April 13, 2020
The still-unfolding pandemic has underlined the public health risks that national parks and refuges pose both to the visiting public and their own employees. How can national parks dedicated to attracting crowds operate in a new era of social distancing ...

National Parks Epitomize Trump COVID Inconsistency

by Jeff Ruch | April 8, 2020
As more than 100 national park units have closed, hundreds more remain open in an uneven handling of COVID-19 by the Trump administration ...

BLOG: Trump’s War on Watchdogs

by Jeff Ruch | April 7, 2020
Trump conitnues war on watchdogs in latest firing of Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General for the intelligence community ...

BLOG: COVID-19 Power Grab

by Chandra Rosenthal | April 2, 2020
Buried deep in the $2 trillion coronavirus bill, was a change in the tax code that “could result in $170 billion in tax breaks for real estate investors ...

BLOG: How Mitch McConnell Gutted the Pandemic Response

by Tim Whitehouse | March 25, 2020
While he has been the Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell has led efforts to cut $1.6 trillion in critical funding for CDC and NIH research. And now, as our public health services are begging for resources to save lives from the pandemic, Americans are living the policy result of Sen ...

PEER Letter to Suspend Action During Coronavirus Crisis

by Peter Jenkins | March 23, 2020
A coalition of more than 90 conservation groups issued a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging the department to "suspend major policy changes, changes to regulations, oil and gas lease sales and public comment periods ...

BLOG: Self-Dealing, COVID-19 and the Public Trust

U.S. Senators sold millions of dollars in stock after receiving non-public information during Congressional briefings in January on the coronavirus threat ...