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EPA Rolls Back Environmental Regulations

We can’t let Trump roll back 50 years of environmental progress.
“On the first Earth Day in 1970, millions of Americans took to the streets to demand clean air, water and land, and advocate for a healthier and more sustainable environment. By the end of the year, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was founded…Over the past four years, the Trump administration has reversed or rolled back many policies that protected Americans’ health and environment. Under this administration, the EPA has been transformed from an agency of environmental protection to an accommodating servant of special interests”

“The Trump EPA has repealed or weakened almost 100 environmental regulations, even when affected industries have not objected to the rules. The number and speed of these repeals puts us in uncharted territory. Critical public health and worker protections are being rolled back solely to maximize corporate profits.” See: Harvard’s
‘”I was gratified to find common voice with many of my former EPA colleagues through the newly created Environmental Protection Network (EPN); within three years, the EPN has grown into a national network of more than 500 EPA alumni who volunteer their time, expertise and experience to push back against this administration’s efforts to undermine public health and environmental protections.” ‘ See Environmental Protection Network

From the UK Guardian

Susan Crawford on Telecommunications Deregulation

Susan Crawford comments on deregulation of the telecom industry:

  • ‘Radicalized’ ex-Obama adviser blasts deregulation of telecom. By Andrew Feinberg, The Hill (05/21/12)

    She said telephone service had long been considered, along with water and electricity, to be among the utilities that were extended to all based on a “collective responsibility” to ensure that everyone receives the benefits of modern society.

    Crawford said that “basic network” of services should now include Internet access, but argued deregulation is undermining that goal by creating a consolidation in the cable and wireless industries that will limit choice and make it harder for people to afford services.

    One-third of people in the United States still lack Internet access, Crawford said, which will hurt competitiveness at home and abroad.

Crawford is Visiting Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and a columnist for Bloomberg View and Wired. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy during 2009 and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations.