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Administration Watch

The EPA’s Scott Pruitt has to go ~ He is single-handedly imperiling the Earth by dismantling the EPA, and arguing the wrong side of every issue ➔ The Los Angeles Times

White House frustrated with EPA’s Pruitt for apartment controversy ~ Pruitt is at the center of an expanding controversy over his decision to rent a room in Washington, DC, from an energy lobbyist. White House refuses to defend Pruitt. ➔ CNN

The political favor Ryan Zinke offered to Florida’s governor – and no one else. ~ Rick Scott (R) obtainined from the Interior Secretary a special exemption from the administration’s offshore drilling plan ➔ Washington Post

Zinke tells employees diversity is not important ~ accusations come as he is under investigation by agencies regarding employee reassignment ➔ CNN

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Drilling Disaster Looms off New York State Coast

Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck calls out Interior Secretary Zinke for his plan to open up oil and gas drilling on the east and west coasts. Florida was exempted when its Republican governor complained. Why not NY? Why not wind instead?

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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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Peace on Earth by Charles Henry Alston

We present this image by Charles Henry Alston to honor our veterans, more than 100,000 of whom will be homeless Christmas Day. A central figure in the Harlem Renaissance Movement, Alston knew the towering musical figures of the day, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. He made this drawing while staff artist for the Office of War Information in 1940.

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