Eyes on Washington week ending 02.24.17

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Scott Pruitt, the newly confirmed chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, had closely coordinated ties with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, while he served as the Attorney General in Oklahoma.

Prior to his confirmation, an Oklahoma judge ruled that Pruitt had been illegally withholding his correspondence, which is public record under state law, for the last two years. Over 7,000 pages of email communications were released last Tuesday. Pruitt’s office was forced to release the emails after he was sued by the Center for Media and Democracy. Additional emails are still being held pending further review by the judge.

Democrats sought to delay the vote on Pruitt’s confirmation until the requested emails were released.

Meanwhile, Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke’s nomination for Secretary of the Department of Interior is pending a full Senate floor final vote. Zinke was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on January 31st.
Sonny Perdue, Trump’s pick for the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture remains pending a Senate committee hearing. and

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March for Science

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The March for Science is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on “Earth Day,” Saturday April 22, 2017.

Jonathan Berman, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health and Science Center in San Antonio and lead organizer of the March said, “Yes this is a protest but it’s not a political protest. The people making decisions are in Washington and they are the people we are trying to reach with the message: You should listen to the evidence.”

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society will be participating in the March for Science. If you would like to join our pride on April 22nd, please visit our On the Prowl or Lionesses for Wildness pages for meet up location and times.

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