Celia Wexler

POGO

The Feds’ Secret Workforce

Reading Time: 7 minutes The federal workforce is at the same size as it was in the days of John F. Kennedy, while the use of federal contractors has surged. That trend may only get worse with expected federal budget cuts.

Duke Energy

Op-eds Endorsing Atlantic Coast Pipeline Came From Big Power, Activists Charge

Reading Time: 1 minute As we reported last April and May, a controversial 550-mile pipeline crossing Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina is roiling Virginia politics — right in the middle of a hotly contested gubernatorial race.The pipeline to bring natural gas from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to consumers in Virginia and North Carolina has drawn the opposition Read More

When Toxic Politics Clash With Toxic Chemicals

Reading Time: 7 minutes For 40 years, the federal government has failed to protect the public from toxic chemicals. Last year, a bipartisan Congress passed a law to change that state of affairs. Public health advocates worry that the Trump administration is now undermining it.

Can the EPA Survive Trump & Congress?

Reading Time: 10 minutes With draconian budget cuts, behavior causing committed staff to leave, and the passage of laws that would make it impossible for an agency to function under any administration, are Trump and Congress trying to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency?

Department of State

Trump White House Flouts Longstanding Right of Dissent at State Department

Reading Time: 2 minutes State Department employees appear to be losing a valuable free speech right in existence since the days of the Vietnam War under the new Trump regime.  Since 1971, the agency has permitted State Department staff to express dissenting views on policies without fear of retaliation. These “dissent memos” often are taken seriously by State Department Read More