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Trump on Earth

Trump on Earth

Trump on Earth is a new podcast exploring the environment in the Trump era.

23:00 | Aug 30th

A top climate scientist resigned from the Agriculture Department this month. Lewis Ziska says the USDA buried his research. He's one in a line of researchers who've left the federal government because they claim the administration is censoring climat...Show More

24:08 | Aug 14th

The nation's nuclear fleet is aging. What should we do about it? Our guest is Steve Clemmer, director of energy research and analysis for the non-profit Union of Concerned Scientists. In the age of climate change, Clemmer says he doesn't want the dem...Show More
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19:14 | Jul 31st

The Trump administration has rolled back more than 80 environmental regulations but some states are fighting back. No state has been more active in the resistance than California. Case in point: last week, the state defied the Trump administration b...Show More

21:17 | Jul 19th

President Trump recently gave a speech at the White House touting his own environmental record. Even though he’s tried to rolled back environmental regulations at a record pace, he painted a picture of a country where economic growth has occurred as ...Show More

37:29 | Jun 27th

It's here: President Trump's not-so-ambitious plan to deal with climate change. So now what? To help us understand what's in the new plan, we turn to Jody Freeman, founder of Harvard's environmental and energy law program. She served in the Obama Whi...Show More

30:42 | May 23rd

There wasn't a single question about global warming in the 2016 presidential debates. Will 2020 be different? There are 23 Democrats vying for their party's nomination. Who has a plan to fight climate change (and who doesn't)? And what will Presi...Show More

39:30 | May 5th

Recent reports stress the urgency of reducing carbon emissions to check the worst effects of climate change. On this episode we listen in as some very knowledgable experts wade into the possibilities, obstacles and potential solutions.

38:38 | Apr 17th

Once upon a time politicians from both parties endorsed taking actions to avert what was by then understood to be an existential problem for humanity. So what happened? Our guest is Nathanial Rich, a writer at large for the New York Times magazine. H...Show More

27:21 | Apr 4th

Despite some recent setbacks, companies are still racing to drill on America's public land with the administration's blessing. And in one Southwest town, drilling has overwhelmed the agency tasked with protecting America’s lands.

24:16 | Mar 20th

Now that a proposal is on the table, some see it as a chance to create jobs and equalize the economy. But critics say it should laser focus on climate action.

23:04 | Feb 20th

What happens when environmental laws and rules aren't enforced? When the environmental cops just aren't on the beat? Under Trump, EPA inspections have fallen to a 10-year low. On this episode, we hear from Juliet Eilperin who has covered this story ...Show More

35:39 | Feb 8th

This week we're bringing you a interview with NPR's Howard Berkes about the proliferation of black lung disease among coal miners in Appalachia. The interview covers not just this administration's current policies on coal mine safety but those of pre...Show More

28:11 | Jan 24th

If there were a billboard top 100 for policy ideas, the Green New Deal would be at the top of the charts for several weeks running. It’s not a policy, or a bill--more like aspirations that combine swift action on climate change with broad social and ...Show More

24:33 | Jan 10th

Trump's first interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, literally rode into Washington on a horse a couple of years ago promising to be a land steward in the style of President Theodore Roosevelt. But last month he signed his resignation letter in a now infamo...Show More

20:36 | Jan 7th

Three years ago, most of the world’s nations signed onto the Paris Climate Agreement, which committed countries to do their best to avert a climate catastrophe. Well, things are different now. President Donald Trump has vowed to take the U.S. out of ...Show More

19:16 | Dec 14th, 2018

When President Trump started his tenure he promised to repeal the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule. And this week he made good on that promise. The revised definition of “Waters of the United States” eliminates protections for half of the nations wetlands a...Show More

25:42 | Nov 9th, 2018

President Trump’s performance and policies were front and center in many races across the country and the environment was on the ballot, some cases, literally. A least nine states had ballot initiatives focused on environmental issues from b...Show More

19:02 | Oct 31st, 2018

Environmentalists are terrible at voting. In the 2014 midterm election, more than 15 million environmentalists - who were all registered to vote - didn't show up on Election Day. So why are they so bad at voting? And will they turn out in the mid...Show More

26:01 | Oct 17th, 2018

A lot of the work President Trump has been done unraveling environmental protections has been done in concert with lobbyists from the fossil fuel industry, including some who now work at the EPA. We know this, in part, thanks to the work of Eric Lip...Show More

21:38 | Oct 10th, 2018

You’ve probably heard by now that, according to new UN report, the world has just over a decade to get climate change under control before it’s too late. And the report says we need to a profound transformation to get there. The report has got us thi...Show More

37:40 | Oct 4th, 2018

What role to experts have to play in moving out of the lab and into the spotlight to defend the scientific process? This is a special bonus episode from our friends at the Democracy Works Podcast.

20:37 | Sep 19th, 2018

This administration is hell bent on dismantling environmental and human health protections, but judges are pushing back on Trump's deregulatory agenda in sometimes rapid fire succession. On this episode we hear from Mitch Bernard, chief counsel fo...Show More

17:42 | Sep 6th, 2018

People of faith are joining the ranks of the People Climate Movement, which takes to the streets this weekend demanding action. One religious leader tells us why climate change is becoming a top priority. Fletcher Harper is an Episcopal priest and...Show More

15:37 | Aug 9th, 2018

Coal was the engine of the Industrial Revolution and employed nearly 1.2 million people in England at its height. But the UK has gone more than 1,000 hours without using coal to generate electricity this year - the longest streak since Thomas Edison ...Show More

31:42 | Jul 12th, 2018

Less than a week after the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy would retire, President Trump nominated DC Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Kennedy’s replacement. In this episode, we learn more about Kavanaugh's environmental record and what cas...Show More

15:41 | Jul 11th, 2018

For months on end, Pruitt seemed to defy the laws of gravity at the EPA, maintaining his job through more than a dozen scandals. But Pruitt’s term has ended after it was reported that President Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly--presumably at the pre...Show More

26:10 | Jun 28th, 2018

When Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act on December 28, 1973, it made the United States the only nation on Earth to declare a basic right of existence for species other than our own. Currently, the Act protects more than 1,600 species ac...Show More

30:30 | Jun 14th, 2018

Earlier this month, Scott Pruitt gave a big gift to the chemical industry in the form of narrowing how the EPA will determine the health risks posed by chemicals. Is it a policy change that could prove deadly?

33:41 | May 30th, 2018

Before he was EPA administrator, before he was Oklahoma's attorney general, before he was even a state senator, Scott Pruitt was an unknown attorney in the suburbs of Tulsa, Oklahoma. What do Scott Pruitt's early days in public life tell us about his...Show More

29:32 | May 10th, 2018

From its inception, science has been at the core of the EPA’s mission. It’s used science about the health effects of industrial pollution to make our air and water cleaner. But EPA administrator Scott Pruitt wants to limit what kinds of research the ...Show More

34:57 | Apr 11th, 2018

First class flights, pricey office furniture, a soundproof booth and a security detail the size of a small police department. And don’t forget a rented room inside a condo owned by a lobbyist’s wife. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is embroiled in a s...Show More

22:42 | Apr 4th, 2018

The Trump administration says it wants to open up nearly all of the country’s oceans to oil and gas drilling. So what will this mean for communities around the country that depend on our coasts for their livelihood? What will this mean for our oceans...Show More

30:55 | Mar 21st, 2018

More than 60 percent of Alaska is owned by the federal government. That's 225 million acres; a plot of land bigger than Texas. So if any state is going to be impacted by environmental decisions made in Washington D.C., it's Alaska. On this episode, w...Show More

19:52 | Feb 28th, 2018

There have been lots of presidential orders and proclamations, and many proposals are in the works. But just how effective has Trump been in changing environmental policy during his first year in office?  To answer that we spoke with Dan Farber, an e...Show More

27:45 | Feb 14th, 2018

Rolling back regulations is fundamental to the philosophy of the Trump administration. And a lot of the action has been directed towards environmental regulations. According to a review done by the Washington Post, 63 environmental rules have been t...Show More

27:32 | Jan 17th, 2018

The Trump administration has rolled back 60 environmental policies at last count. ProPublica reporter Talia Buford dug into the overturning of one of EPA rules that took the agency a decade to craft and the Trump administration just months to undo. T...Show More

29:11 | Jan 11th, 2018

The whole concept of "clean coal" is wonky. Real technical, real complicated. Not as simple as President Trump would have you believe. But what does the term actually mean? In truth, it can mean a lot of different things. When many people talk about ...Show More

20:09 | Jan 3rd, 2018

We all remember the financial and auto bailouts during the Great Recession. They arguably saved significant parts of the economy from even further damage. The Trump administration says the federal government now needs to step in to save the coal and ...Show More

27:19 | Dec 21st, 2017

A few weeks ago, President Trump approved the largest rollback of federal land protection in our country’s history. Trump’s announcement to drastically slash the size of two national monuments in Utah - Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante amon...Show More

17:53 | Dec 6th, 2017

Can scientists who get grant money from the Environmental protection agency be objective enough to serve on its advisory boards? According to Administrator Scott Pruitt, the answer is “no.” Today’s episode examines one aspect of the sweeping changes ...Show More

29:51 | Nov 29th, 2017

The Trump administration has been pulling back federal environmental regulations as fast as it can. The legal argument is that states should be the ones to decide what level of environmental protection and regulation is right for them. In practice, m...Show More

36:14 | Nov 16th, 2017

In October, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt ordered scientists who receive EPA grants to either end their grants or get off EPA scientific advisory boards.  What about industry-backed scientists? They can stay In this ...Show More

30:39 | Nov 8th, 2017

About three quarters of the 640 million acres of land that the federal government owns is managed by the Department of the Interior. And under the leadership of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Department of Interior is poised to shrink the borders...Show More

21:50 | Nov 2nd, 2017

As Congress pays out more than 36 billion dollars in disaster relief, the General Accounting Office recommends that the federal government find ways to minimize the economic impacts of climate change. President Obama started moving in this direction....Show More

20:58 | Oct 18th, 2017

The NY Magazine article "The Uninhabitable Earth" presents a portrait of a worst case scenario of climate change in which the planet gets so hot, humans can no longer live there. It imagines a future so grim, it spawned response articles like “Are we...Show More

29:10 | Oct 12th, 2017

On Tuesday, administrator Scott Pruitt signed the paperwork to revoke the Clean Power Plan. But what is the case for its repeal? And what happens next in the search to rein in carbon dioxide pollution?We’ve heard from many of the proponents of the Cl...Show More

20:10 | Sep 28th, 2017

Sam Clovis is Trump's pick for head scientist at the USDA. He has been many things --  Air Force fighter pilot, conservative talk show host, defeated U.S. Senate candidate, co-chair of Trump’s presidential campaign. But one thing not on his resume: s...Show More

21:35 | Sep 20th, 2017

While the world has been paying attention to President Trump's action on immigration and health care, his administration has been steadily reshaping environmental policy. But how far has it gotten? And what can we expect out of Washington in the comi...Show More

13:28 | Sep 13th, 2017

Increasingly sophisticated climate science is able to tell us a lot more about the role climate change is playing in extreme weather events. But while Hurricane Irma was bearing down on South Florida last week, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said now...Show More

29:02 | Aug 30th, 2017

Arlie Russell Hochschild spent five years in some of the most polluted parishes of Louisiana trying to find out why some of the people whose lives have been ravaged by the oil and petrochemical industry are deeply hostile to environmental regulation....Show More

40:11 | Aug 14th, 2017

What is the future of renewable energy under Donald Trump? Are recent gains made by solar and wind in jeopardy? Or is the momentum these industries have gained over the past eight years made them borderline unstoppable. This week on the Trump on Eart...Show More

31:37 | Jul 25th, 2017

Only 11 percent of conservative Republicans say climate scientists understand the causes of climate change very well. So, can anything change their minds? One conservative says ‘yes’. Bob Inglis is a former South Carolina Republican congressman who ...Show More

20:39 | Jul 15th, 2017

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds projects that protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world. Can it be saved?

27:15 | Jun 21st, 2017

In this episode of Trump on Earth, we talk with environmental justice lawyer Lisa Garcia, who was senior adviser to the administrator for Environmental Justice at the EPA during the Obama Administration. Garcia explains just what environmental justic...Show More

27:35 | Jun 6th, 2017

In this episode, we talk with Ann Carlson who for years has been watching the UN climate negotiations that led to the Paris agreement. She’s a professor of Environmental Law and the director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environme...Show More

10:24 | May 24th, 2017

President Trump’s proposed 2,000-mile long, 30-foot high border wall would obstruct more than just a pretty landscape. It could bring an end to the species that live in the lush coastal grasslands, searing hot deserts, and staggering mountain peaks i...Show More

36:10 | May 11th, 2017

About one-third of the country is federally-owned. That means it belongs to all of us -- the public. But that also gives the President a lot of power over these places. Today on Trump on Earth, we’re taking a closer look at what’s at stake, and what ...Show More

21:39 | Apr 27th, 2017

Somewhere between 97 and 99 percent of scientists are convinced by the evidence that climate change is real, human caused, and a problem. But at a recent hearing held by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, only 25 percent of the wit...Show More

29:53 | Apr 21st, 2017

Thousands of scientists have marched in the streets to protest the Trump administration. On this episode we hear from three of them.

29:38 | Apr 7th, 2017

Last week — to the surprise of no one — Donald Trump issued an executive order to begin dismantling the Clean Power Plan. But the country's keystone rule on climate change isn't dead yet.

25:48 | Mar 24th, 2017

Trump’s first months in office have left us with more questions than answers. But on environmental policy, some themes are emerging that will likely shape a lot of what’s to come. In this week’s episode, we dig into three key storylines to watch with...Show More

25:06 | Mar 15th, 2017

Trump’s big push to rollback federal regulations could impact everything from the price of healthcare to the size and scope of the EPA. It might also leave the USDA and FDA with fewer powers on food safety.

24:14 | Mar 8th, 2017

Trumpism may not be the most coherent of political philosophies. But when White House strategist Steve Bannon recently told a crowd of conservative activists that one of their major goals is “deconstruction of the administrative state,” he brought in...Show More

27:22 | Mar 2nd, 2017

On everything from healthcare to immigration, President Trump has been busy doing 180s on Obama-era policy. This week, he set his sights on a controversial expansion of the Clean Water Act known as the Waters of the U.S. Rule, or WOTUS. But pulling t...Show More

36:06 | Feb 24th, 2017

There are still chapters to be written in the larger fight over the Dakota Access pipeline. But as of Thursday, the months-long protest encampment at Standing Rock is no more. So what have we learned? And could the historic protest be a prelude to la...Show More

21:49 | Feb 14th, 2017

If the first three weeks are any guide, expect the U.S. court system to be busier than ever in the Trump era. And that may mean Trump’s pick for Supreme Court could be key in deciding the fate of major shifts in policy — including on the environment.

22:39 | Feb 9th, 2017

Much has been made of Steve Bannon’s influence on the early executive orders flooding out of the Trump White House. If you’re looking for a similar figure on environmental policy, the breadcrumbs lead to Myron Ebell.

27:51 | Feb 1st, 2017

Veteran journalist Andrew Revkin has an appreciation for nuance. You can hear it in his take on the super-recent past of the Trump administration's big, early moves on the environment; and why he thinks the big-picture debate on climate change is way...Show More

19:55 | Jan 27th, 2017

It’s been a week of big changes — and turmoil — at the Environmental Protection Agency. First, President Trump ordered a freeze on EPA grants and contracts and barred anyone at the agency from communicating with the public. Then, in a stance which fl...Show More

23:55 | Jan 26th, 2017

As of Friday’s inauguration, we can now say ‘President Donald Trump’, and that new status could have far-reaching implications for the environment. While campaigning, Trump said he would make some big changes to environmental regulations, including s...Show More