Public Outcry Has Led to Two Small Victories, So Far (Keep It Up!)
The resistance movement has not yet been able to prevent Donald Trump from signing some nasty executive orders — including a gag on funding abortions internationally, an order to roll back the mandate on Obamacare, and an expected one to bar Syrian refugees from entering the United States and one to begin production on The Wall — but the noise is being heard, and the pushback has resulted in two very small victories.
First up, the gag order on the Department of Agriculture — which had ordered scientists and employees of its research arm not to release any of its work to the public — has been lifted amid public outcry. However, the blackout on the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, and the Interior are still in place, despite resistance to Trump’s efforts to silence the National Parks and their climate science facts.
Meanwhile, while the EPA is still under a media blackout, it has agreed to “stand down” and suspend its plans to remove the main climate change page from the agency’s website. In other words, for now at least, the EPA website still recognizes that climate change is a thing.
But my favorite news of the day, really, is that banner behind the White House that Greenpeace protestors installed on a crane. Just when your spirits fall the lowest, America’s resistance fighters show up to re-energize us.
Yes, we’ve got to endure four years of Trump. But he’s also got to endure four years of us! Let’s make his stay in the White House as completely fucking miserable as possible.
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