PEER Blog

BLOG | Vilsack Pick Fails Scientific Integrity Test

by Jeff Ruch | February 3, 2021
Biden’s nominee for USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, had a dubious record on scientific integrity and ties to agri-business during his previous stint at USDA ...

BLOG | Social Distancing to Curb COVID-19 and Park Overcrowding

by Jeff Ruch | February 1, 2021
Biden Executive Order on COVID-19 protocols on federal property puts the National Park Service under a direct presidential order to do something it's resisted for years - manage overcrowding ...

Statement | Biden Administration’s New Direction on Climate

by Tim Whitehouse | January 28, 2021
Biden's executive orders are the first steps to a rapid transition from fossil fuels and increased protections for our communities, public lands and oceans ...

BLOG | Restoring Confidence in the Senate Confirmation Process

by Monica Mercola | January 22, 2021
After four years of deceit under the Trump administration, it is time to restore confidence in government, including in the Senate confirmation process ...

BLOG | Biden’s Approach to Climate Disruption: What Will It Mean for Federal Agencies?

by Guest Contributor | January 21, 2021
President Biden has called for a “whole of government” approach to addressing climate disruption. What does this mean ...

Op-Ed | Viewpoint: EPA Needs to Return to Its Public Health Roots

by Guest Contributor | January 20, 2021
By returning to its public health roots, the EPA can begin to restore the public’s trust in its ability to protect both public health and the environment ...

BLOG | The Dumpster Fire Presidency in Review

by Peter Jenkins | January 19, 2021
The Trump Administration went out of its way to violate “good government” laws and norms. Here's a list of their worst "Dirty Dozen" abuses ...

Beyond 2020: Pollution Enforcement

by Tim Whitehouse | January 13, 2021
The strength of pollution regulation in the U.S. relies on enforcement, and the agency in charge is falling down on the job ...

BLOG | If You Had Any Decency, You’d Resign

by Jeff Ruch | January 8, 2021
Following the Trump-inspired mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol, a growing parade of high-ranking Trump officials have resigned ...

Statement | PEER Statement on Armed Protestors Storming the U.S. Capitol

by Tim Whitehouse | January 6, 2021
We call on all leaders to condemn the armed protestors that stormed the Capitol and those who incited it, and support a peaceful transition to the new duly elected president ...

BLOG | Wheeler Trashes Science on His Way Out the Door at EPA

by Tim Whitehouse | January 5, 2021
The new rule is an attempt to restrict EPA’s ability to rely on science when taking regulatory actions or making science-based decisions ...

Statement | Ten Steps to Ensure that Proper Leaders Run the Department of the Interior

by Peter Jenkins | December 22, 2020
A guide for the Biden administration to avoid repeating the Trump administration's unlawful actions in making appointments in the Interior Department ...

Statement | In Praise of COVID Whistleblower Rebekah Jones

by Tim Whitehouse | December 8, 2020
Rebekah Jones exposed wrongdoing and abuse of power in Florida during the COVID pandemic to save lives and make government more accountable ...

BLOG | Time to Break the PFAS Bond

by Kyla Bennett | December 2, 2020
We need Congress and the EPA to stop the introduction of PFAS into the environment and our water sources to protect public health ...

BLOG | Will Biden Pick Whistleblowers?

by Jeff Ruch | November 25, 2020
The need to employ public sector reformers has not been more acute nor has the community of reformers/whistleblowers been so large ...

BLOG | The U.S. Lags Way Behind Other Countries in Banning Harmful Pesticides  

by Guest Contributor | November 17, 2020
The U.S. needs to catch up on pesticide regulation, through updates to laws and a political commitment to getting rid of the worst offenders ...

BLOG | COVID-19, Yellowstone, and the Company that puts the American Public at Risk

by Guest Contributor | November 10, 2020
Winter snow guides in Yellowstone protest pandemic response in managed Yellowstone National Park, six guides were fired as a result ...

BLOG | Schedule F: America’s Toxic Politics is Killing Us

by Tim Whitehouse | November 3, 2020
Giving political appointees the ability to easily hire and fire civil servants in policy positions put the American people at risk by politicizing the civil service ...

BLOG | When Government is Run By A Gilded Few, Essential Workers Pay the Price

by Tim Whitehouse | October 28, 2020
With the White House still pushing to “reopen” at all costs, essential workers will continue to pay the highest prices in the COVID-19 pandemic ...

BLOG | Proposed Definition of ‘Habitat’ Could Spell Trouble for Marine Life 

by Guest Contributor | October 26, 2020
Redefining "habitats" hinders federal agencies to protect endangered marine species in an age of warming oceans, including the North Atlantic right whale ...