Special Policy News 11: The Transition
May11

Special Policy News 11: The Transition

This issue of Policy News concludes ESA’s series of special editions covering the US Presidential Transition. With many vacant positions remaining in the new administration, we will continue to report on relevant updates in our regular Policy News and monitor them in the Federal Agency Transition Tracker. In This Issue: President Trump’s Use of Executive Authority in the First 100 Days Modern record set for executive orders 2017...

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Special Policy News 10: The Transition
Apr12

Special Policy News 10: The Transition

We are keeping you up-to-date on the appropriations process with a Federal Budget Tracker for FY 2018. We are also continuing to update our Federal Agency Transition Tracker. In This Issue: Executive Order Reshapes Climate Policies President signs order at EPA, directs agencies to review fossil fuel actions, implications for international agreements increasingly unclear EPA Budget Funding cuts, program eliminations, and agency-wide...

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Special Policy News 9: The Transition
Mar23

Special Policy News 9: The Transition

We are keeping you up-to-date on the appropriations process with a new Federal Budget Tracker for FY 2018. We are also continuing to update our Federal Agency Transition Tracker. In This Issue: Budget Blueprint Slashes Non-Defense Discretionary Budgets Hiring freeze, agency reorganizations, and budget blueprint cause concern in scientific community House Science Committee Seeks to Prioritize Basic Physical Sciences Research NSF...

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Special Policy News 8: The Transition
Mar08

Special Policy News 8: The Transition

We are keeping you up-to-date with a Federal Agency Transition Tracker. In This Issue: Transition Update Trump addresses Congress and signs two STEM bills Bipartisan bills promote women in STEM Executive Orders Waters of the U.S. Rule Foreign Travel and Immigration Department of the Interior – Zinke takes the reins Greeted by documents requests, signs two secretarial orders Department of Energy – Perry confirmed and sworn...

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How is a good ecologist to react to the new administration? Letter from ESA President David Lodge
Mar06

How is a good ecologist to react to the new administration? Letter from ESA President David Lodge

March 6, 2017 Dear ESA Members: Like many of you, I have found it hard to know how to react to the style, tone, and substance of the new administration in Washington. I have followed a common admonition: wait and see. I have been hesitant to speak out because so much remains uncertain about what policies the administration will pursue. I don’t want my reactions to get ahead of policy decisions. Indeed, on several topics there have...

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ESA joins other scientific societies in support of Clean Water Rule
Mar01

ESA joins other scientific societies in support of Clean Water Rule

ESA and six other scientific societies sent a letter to President Trump expressing support for the Waters of the United States Clean Water Rule and endorsing an amici curiae brief filed by wetland and aquatic scientists in support of the rule. A version of the letter was also sent to Congress urging members to defend the Clean Water Rule. March 1, 2017 President Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC...

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Special Policy News 7: The Transition
Feb27

Special Policy News 7: The Transition

Our Society is only as strong as our members. Have you renewed for 2017? We are keeping you up-to-date with a Federal Agency Transition Tracker. In This Issue: Transition Update Pruitt Begins at Environmental Protection Agency Newly confirmed and sworn in, Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt met with agency staff, broad changes hinted Zinke Cloture Vote Set for February 27 Other cloture and confirmation votes to...

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Special Policy News 6: The Transition
Feb08

Special Policy News 6: The Transition

Our Society is only as strong as our members. Have you renewed for 2017? We are keeping you up-to-date with a Federal Agency Transition Tracker. In This Issue: Scientists and doctors unite against Trump immigration order  International transit of people and ideas essential to scientific progress and competitiveness Senate votes on nominations Confirmation votes advance Remaining nominees may face unified Democratic opposition...

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Special Policy News 5: The Transition
Jan27

Special Policy News 5: The Transition

Our Society is only as strong as our members. Have you renewed for 2017? We are keeping you up-to-date with a Federal Agency Transition Tracker. Read ESA’s letter to President Trump asking him to protect scientific integrity and independence. In This Issue: “Expedited Environmental Reviews and Approvals” An executive order directs the Council on Environmental Quality to speed review of “high priority”...

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ESA letter to President Trump urges open communication of federal research and scientific information
Jan25

ESA letter to President Trump urges open communication of federal research and scientific information

January 25, 2017 President Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500   Dear President Trump: I am writing on behalf of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the nation’s largest society of professional ecologists. As a representative of over 10,000 ecological scientists, we ask you to protect the scientific integrity and independence of federal scientists. The scientific enterprise is composed...

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