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Lobbyist helped arrange Scott Pruitt’s $100,000 trip to Morocco ~ Partly arranged by longtime lobbyist and friend, it cost taxpayers about $100,000 ➔ Washington Post

Scott Pruitt’s Crusade Against “Secret Science” Could Be Disastrous for Public Health ~ When Pruitt arrived on the scene he breathed new life into the old debate. Real researchers are angry. ➔ The New Yorker

Top Interior Official In Email To Staff: ‘Our Job Is To Protect The Secretary’ ~ A scheduler spent $4,000 on a week in the U.S. Virgin Islands to prepare for Ryan Zinke’s trip. Will draw an inspector’s  ➔ Huffington Post

Pruitt’s staffer reportedly had a genius plan to help his boss: smear Ryan Zinke ~ Plan to throw Zinke under the bus hit a major snag: The White House.   ➔ Vox

EarthDesk’s Latest

Scott Pruitt’s Selective Memory

It was quite a spectacle, as a series of skeptical members of Congress tried to pin down an exceedingly wriggly Pruitt, pleading with him to give straight answers to straightforward questions about allegations of self-dealing, cronyism, corruption, and revenge firings

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Protecting America from “Regulatory Rampage”

Senator John Barrasso, climate denier, winner of an 8% rating from the League of Conservation Voters, and chair of the Senate Environment Committee is pleased America is being saved from the “regulatory rampage” of the Obama years. His Wyoming constituents have a new “spring in their step.”

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The Pale Blue Dot: “Where We Make Our Stand”

It is customary to mark anniversaries in years divisible by 5. EarthDesk makes an exception to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Pale Blue Dot, and the late Carl Sagan’s timeless reminder that “in our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves . . . Earth is where we make our stand.”

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Letter to the Children of 2100

I was once asked to write a letter to the Children of 2100, for a time capsule. I thought long about human achievements that could endure a century’s passing. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the first manned landing on the moon stood out as symbols of the age.

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