PEER Blog

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 ...

BLOG | Schedule F: America’s Toxic Politics is Killing Us

by Tim Whitehouse | November 3, 2020
Giving political appointees the ability to easily hire and fire civil servants in policy positions put the American people at risk by politicizing the civil service ...

BLOG | When Government is Run By A Gilded Few, Essential Workers Pay the Price

by Tim Whitehouse | October 28, 2020
With the White House still pushing to “reopen” at all costs, essential workers will continue to pay the highest prices in the COVID-19 pandemic ...

BLOG | Proposed Definition of ‘Habitat’ Could Spell Trouble for Marine Life 

by Guest Contributor | October 26, 2020
Redefining "habitats" hinders federal agencies to protect endangered marine species in an age of warming oceans, including the North Atlantic right whale ...

BLOG | Is Pendley Indispensable at BLM or Just Undetectable?

by Jeff Ruch | October 9, 2020
A federal court in Montana is now determining which of William Pendley actions as illegal head of the Bureau of Lang Management (BLM) should be invalidated ...

Op-Ed | Should We Stop Spraying for Mosquitoes During the Pandemic?

by Kyla Bennett | October 7, 2020
Should we be using pesticides when spraying for mosquitoes that may compromise someone’s respiratory system during a pandemic ...

BLOG | EPA’s Embalmed Formaldehyde Report 

by Kevin Bell | October 2, 2020
The EPA’s Formaldehyde Report has still not seen the light of day, despite what the EPA says ...

BLOG | Pendley Debacle Unmasks David Bernhardt’s Legal Charades

by Jeff Ruch | September 30, 2020
Judge rules WIlliam Pendley cannot serve as a de facto Director of the BLM despite the anemic arguments to the contrary by David Bernhardt ...

BLOG | COVID-19 Pressure on FDA and CDC Accelerate as Election Nears

by Tim Whitehouse | September 29, 2020
White House pressuring the FDA and CDC to ignore science and stick to political messaging on the COVID-19 pandemic ...

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 ...

BLOG | 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 ...

BLOG | 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 U.S. National Forests ...

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 ...

Op-Ed: Science protections must be enforceable

by Jeff Ruch | September 6, 2020
“Recognizing that things have gotten so out of hand, Congress must enact new, strong enforcement mechanisms to free us from the grip of “alternative facts.” Failure to do so will mean we did not learn the hard lesson of the Trump experience and we have left the door open for it ...

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 ...