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Trump’s vaccine chief has vast ties to drug industry, posing possible conflicts

Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive, is now overseeing the U.S. initiative to develop coronavirus treatments and vaccines. His financial interests and corporate roles have come under scrutiny.
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New emails reveal CDC employees were doing the bidding of Coca-Cola

Instead of protecting Americans' health, insiders at the CDC were dutifully helping Coke sell sugar water.

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Toxics

EPA: Wheeler's ex-firm lobbied agency on efforts he oversees

A former colleague of acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler repeatedly met with top EPA officials about toxic waste sites and regulations that Wheeler now controls, newly released emails show.
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Climate

Scott Pruitt: After the high life, a job hunt

Forced to resign amid ethics probes, the former Oklahoma attorney general is among those whose rise was derailed after joining the Trump administration.
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Climate

Ryan Zinke to step down as Interior secretary

Zinke shrunk national monuments, rolled back sage grouse protections and ramped up drilling.
Climate

Interior Secretary Zinke resigns amid investigations

He was under intense pressure due to multiple probes of his conduct in office and personal dealings.
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Dark money paid new Trump Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s salary for 3 years

Today, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that Matthew G. Whitaker, who served as chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, would replace his boss. Sessions was forced from office a day after the midterm elections, which were rough for climate and anti-fracking measures around the
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Climate

Trump’s pick to lead energy tech innovation program is invested in gas utilities and pipeline companies

A nominee to head a cutting-edge research program in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is personally invested in various natural gas-based utilities and gas pipeline companies.
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Energy

INTERIOR: Who's meeting Zinke? His calendar doesn't say

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's schedule obscures whom he meets with and what he discusses. The calendar is supposed to serve as a proxy for Zinke's priorities and a guide to who influences his decisions.
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Opinion

Scott Pruitt is out, far too late

Pruitt's departure is only the beginning, says conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin.

Climate

Pruitt’s resignation is just the beginning

The damage he caused to the E.P.A., the federal government and the Trump administration will linger for years.
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This ex-NRA lobbyist looks like a walking ethics violation for Zinke’s Interior Department

For years, Benjamin Cassidy pushed for change at Interior on behalf of the gun lobby. Now he holds a powerful post at the federal agency.
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Climate

Scott Pruitt’s rocky relationship with his aides set the stage for His fall

He built an extraordinary team of like-minded officials at the E.P.A. only to watch many of them question his actions or depart amid scandals.
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Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

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An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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