Jul 15, 2019

EPA failed to follow rules for science panels overhaul, watchdog finds

The Trump administration failed to follow ethics rules during its overhaul of the Environmental Protection Agency’s science advisory boards, the Government Accountability Office said in a report published Monday.

The big picture: Senate Democrats had asked the federal watchdog to investigate after the EPA dismissed academic advisory board members and replaced them with appointees connected to industry, AP notes.

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The climate legacy of Justice Stevens

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens testifies before a Senate panel in 2014. Photo: Allison Shelley/Getty Images

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died yesterday at age 99, wrote the landmark 5-4 decision in 2007 that clearly gave EPA the power to regulate GHG emissions.

Why it matters: EPA began acting on that authority during the Obama years. Major rules include emissions standards for cars and power plants, which the Trump administration is weakening.

Go deeperArrowJul 17, 2019

EPA will not ban pesticide linked to children's health problems

Scott Pruitt testifies at a 2018 hearing. He reversed an Obama-era decision to ban chlorpyrifos. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The Environmental Protection Agency will not ban chlorpyrifos, a commonly used pesticide linked with heath and developmental problems in children, the NYT reports.

Flashback: Thursday's decision follows a federal appeals court ruling last August banning the pesticide. Chlorpyrifos was banned in 2015 by the Obama administration, after EPA studies demonstrated its potential for brain damage in children. Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt reversed that decision in 2017.

Go deeperArrowJul 18, 2019

Scoop: Ex-Twitter executives launch startup advisory firm

Dick Costolo (l), Adam Bain (r). Photos: Steve Jennings/Getty Images, Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images.

Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and former Twitter COO Adam Bain have launched a San Francisco-based startup advisory and investment firm called 01 Advisors, Axios has learned from multiple sources.

The bottom line: Costolo and Bain have been angel investing and advising together for the past couple of years, including in companies like TripActions, but are now formalizing their efforts.

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