U.S. EPA climate policy

Niina Heikkinen



Niina is a reporter with Climatewire and joined the company in 2015. She covers the shifting world of climate policy at U.S. EPA under the Trump administration, following changes from Capitol Hill to the scientist's workbench. She has previously covered agriculture, fisheries and biofuels, with a focus in scientific research and ecological conservation. Before joining the E&E News staff, she was a reporting fellow for Climatewire. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and dual bachelor's degrees in animal science (with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine) and journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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The staffer escape network

With widespread discontent among U.S. EPA staffers over the Trump administration's policies and a push to downsize the agency through buyouts, some career employees are looking to jump ship. Their former colleagues on the outside are ready to help.


Scott Pruitt, Christ follower

The ides of March were the start of a new routine for Scott Pruitt. At 7 a.m., the U.S. EPA administrator met with other Cabinet members for a Bible study session. Since Pruitt came to Washington, little attention has been paid to his evangelical faith and how it helps shape his decisions on the environment. Pruitt has not spoken publicly on the subject, but the views of religious leaders close to him could offer some clues.