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  • Bill Nye: Taxing cow farts a 'fantastic thing'

    05/23/2018 6:46:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 103 replies ^ | 5/23/2018 | James Delingpole
    Netflix host “Science Guy” Bill Nye has a new solution for the world’s environmental problems: taxing cow farts. “Well, this is what we can do and it’s a win-win: to have a fee on carbon. So if you are raising livestock and producing a lot of carbon dioxide with your farm equipment and the exhaust from the animals, then you would pay a fee on that and it would be reflected in the price of meat, reflected in the price of fish, reflected in the price of peanuts,” Bill Nye said in a recent interview with the Daily Beast. “This...
  • The Latest: EPA bars AP, CNN from summit on contaminants

    05/22/2018 2:01:06 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 18 replies ^ | MAY 22, 2018 | Unknown
    The Environmental Protection Agency is barring The Associated Press, CNN and the environmental-focused news organization E&E from a national summit on harmful water contaminants. The EPA blocked the news organizations from attending Tuesday’s Washington meeting, convened by EPA chief Scott Pruitt.
  • EPA’s Scott Pruitt: Cleaner Than Critics Claim

    05/21/2018 7:40:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies ^ | 5/21/2018 | Deroy Murdock
    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been hounded lately by allegations of rich spending and poor judgment. While he could have detonated himself during recent congressional-oversight hearings, the former Oklahoma prosecutor seems to have survived those tests. Nonetheless, EPA’s inspector general, the Government Accountability Office, and various congressional panels continue to probe Pruitt’s official conduct. While Pruitt has plenty for which to answer, on at least three key counts, he seems to be cleaner than his critics claim. Pruitt’s foes have attacked him for allocating too much on bodyguards. Senator Tom Udall (D - New Mexico) slammed Pruitt for “taking 30...
  • Denying Trump's Accomplishments Is Increasingly Irrational

    05/11/2018 2:08:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | May 11, 2018 | David Limbaugh
    Some people still can't stomach the idea of a Donald Trump presidency and so remain in denial about his mounting policy successes, but their resistance is looking increasingly proud and petty. It's risky to predict future trends, especially the political fortunes of government leaders and the results they might achieve, because there are so many moving parts. We've seen so much volatility and fluidity, and we have a plethora of unknowns. So I admit that it would be foolish to take for granted that President Trump will continue to rack up remarkable, substantive policy achievements, but it would be...
  • Trump’s EPA Will Axe Obama’s ‘De Facto Ban On New Coal Plants’

    05/08/2018 9:48:58 AM PDT · by Signalman · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/7/2018 | Michael Bastach
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans on repealing an Obama-era requirement effectively mandating all new coal-fired power plants be outfitted with unproven emissions technology, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. EPA will modify the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for power plants as part of its effort to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) — the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s climate agenda. EPA will drop the de facto requirement that new coal plants install carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology Obama administration critics said would make it nearly impossible to build new coal plants. “It’s fantastic that the...
  • Flashback: Will This Man Take Down Donald Trump? (Schneiderman article from 2/2017)

    05/07/2018 8:03:59 PM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | February 03, 2017 | DAVID FREEDLANDER
    “I like you. You and me, we’re going to be best friends.” It is early January, and Eric Schneiderman is sitting in his 25th-floor office above Lower Manhattan, doing his best Donald Trump impression, puckering his lips into a duck face, scrunching up his nose and lowering his voice into something that resembles the president’s outer-borough growl. Schneiderman is recalling his meeting with Trump in 2010. Back then, Schneiderman was running for attorney general of New York, and Trump was still in his pre-birther, reality TV host phase. Trump had donated money to one of Schneiderman’s opponents in the Democratic...
  • Repeal of the EPA regulations mandating unwanted portable gas container nozzles

    05/07/2018 8:30:57 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 67 replies ^ | 5/7/2018 | Self
    I hate the gas cans the way they are made with a "spill-proof" nozzle and no vent hole. The first thing I did with my new EPA-compliant can is destroy the anti-spill crap and drill a vent hole in them, and plug the vent hole with a screw. Please sign my petition and share it on your social media pages.
  • Vanity -Something everyone should agree on -Bring back the old style gas cans

    05/02/2018 8:48:12 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 85 replies
    The old style gasoline cans with the separate spout and vent worked fine. You could fill your lawnmower without spilling a drop. About ten years ago, the EPA mandated the new "environmentally friendly" gas cans. It is almost impossible to fill your lawnmower using these without spilling gasoline everywhere, including on the hot engine. I'll bet the new rule came from someone who never even cut their own lawn. How does spilling gasoline all over help the environment, your safety and your wallet? Bring back the old style cans!
  • California, 17 other states sue Trump administration to defend Obama-era climate rules for vehicles

    05/01/2018 11:08:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies ^ | 5/1/2018 | Chris Mooney
    Eighteen states on Tuesday sued President Trump’s administration over its push to “reconsider” greenhouse-gas-emission rules for the nation’s auto fleet, launching a legal battle over one of Barack Obama’s most significant efforts to address climate change. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in April said he would revisit the Obama-era rules, which aim to raise efficiency requirements to about 50 miles per gallon by 2025. Pruitt’s agency said that the standards are “based on outdated information” and that new data suggests “the current standards may be too stringent.” But in the lawsuit, the states contend that the EPA acted “arbitrarily...
  • Ending Secret Science at EPA

    04/28/2018 6:18:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | April 28, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed to end the longstanding EPA practice of using secretive, often questionable, questionable, even deceptive science to support agency policy and regulatory initiatives. His proposed rules will ensure that any science underlying agency actions is transparent and publicly available for independent experts to examine and validate – or point out its flaws. It also responds to growing concerns that extensive scientific research in environmental, medical and other arenas cannot be replicated by other scientists, or is compromised by cherry-picked data, poor research design, sloppy analysis or biased researchers. The situation has led to...
  • EPA Readies Plan to Weaken Rules That Require Cars to Be Cleaner (setting up fight with California)

    04/27/2018 6:28:12 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | 27 April 2018 | Hiroko Tabuchi, Brad Plumer and Coral Davenport
    The Trump administration has drafted a new set of regulations on planet-warming emissions from cars and light trucks that would dramatically weaken Obama-era standards. The proposal, if implemented, would also set up a legal clash between the federal government and California by challenging the state’s authority to set its own, stricter, air pollution rules. Details of the proposal, which is being jointly drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department and is expected to be sent to the White House for approval in coming days, were described to The New York Times by a federal official who had...
  • The Scott Pruitt Show Trial

    04/26/2018 9:58:56 PM PDT · by lowbuck · 6 replies
    Spectator ^ | 26 April 2018 | George Neumayr
    The attacks on Trump cabinet officials intensify in direct proportion to the effectiveness of the policies they advocate. Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA administrator, is Exhibit A of this phenomenon. Because he is preventing green ideologues at the EPA from harassing businesses, because he is at the forefront of Trump’s deregulatory successes, the Sierra Club and other left-wing groups organized a smear campaign against him. That campaign has culminated in the show trial of grandstanding Congressmen who feign outrage at Pruitt’s lack of “ethics.” . . . snip The point of all of this propaganda is to make the Trump administration...
  • Five takeaways from Pruitt's big testimony

    04/26/2018 4:41:18 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/26/18 | Miranda Green and Timothy Cama
    According to The Hill: He escaped disaster His strategy was don't apologize and blame others Republicans are concerned, but criticism was muted Pruitt has plenty of allies in Congress Some of his statements could come back to haunt him
  • Israeli Team Refused to Brief Trump Officials As Long as McMaster Appointee Ali Was in the Room

    09/13/2017 3:17:51 PM PDT · by Kalamata · 66 replies
    Youtube ^ | September 13, 2017 | Martiin Brodel
    Original sourced article at: BREAKING: Israeli Team Refused to Brief Trump Officials As Long as McMaster Appointee Mustafa Ali Was in the Room
  • New rule could force EPA to ignore major human health studies

    04/25/2018 6:35:36 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 29 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 4/25/18 | Warren Cornwall
    At an event at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., that was closed to the press, agency head Scott Pruitt touted the new policy as a way to increase transparency and enable the public to double-check research underpinning environmental regulations. The rule would require the agency to use only studies in which the underlying data are available for public scrutiny when formulating new “significant” regulations, which typically are regulations estimated to impose costs of $100 million or more. Specifically, the proposed rule says that EPA is seeking transparency for “the dose response data and models that underlie what we are calling...
  • 95% of plastic polluting world's oceans comes from just 10 rivers

    04/20/2018 6:18:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 78 replies ^ | 4/19/2018 | unk
    Up to 95 per cent of plastic polluting the world’s oceans pours in from just ten rivers, according to new research. The top 10 rivers – eight of which are in Asia – accounted for so much plastic because of the mismanagement of waste. About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources – such as the Yangtze and the Ganges – could almost halve it, scientists claim. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt flew in coach-class seats on at least two trips home to Oklahoma when taxpayers weren’t footing the bill, despite claims he...
  • 170 lawmakers sign resolution calling for Pruitt's resignation (All Dems)

    04/18/2018 1:35:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 18, 2018 | Miranda Green
    A group of 131 representatives and 39 senators signed a resolution introduced Wednesday that calls for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt to resign. The resolution states that the co-signers have "no confidence in the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and [are] calling for the immediate resignation of the Administrator." Highlighted within the resolution are concerns about Pruitt's use of taxpayer money, "dramatic" budget cuts and waivers given to employees to work at connected companies while still employed by the EPA. "The Agency is hemorrhaging staff and experts needed to protect the health, safety, and livelihood of mil-lions...
  • EPA chief Scott Pruitt's $43K soundproof phone booth violated federal spending laws, GAO says

    04/16/2018 1:01:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/16/2018 | Ethan Sacks
    A $43,000 soundproof telephone booth that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt put in his office has caused federal watchdogs to speak up loudly. On Monday, the General Accountability Office sent an eight-page letter to Senate lawmakers reporting that the booth violated federal spending law that caps the amount a presidential appointee can spend on upgrading their office at $5,000 without notifying the appropriations committees in the Senate and House beforehand. GAO General Counsel Thomas Armstrong also wrote that the purchase violated the Antideficiency Act, "because EPA obligated appropriated funds in a manner specifically prohibited by law.” The booth —...
  • Top government ethics official demands EPA probe Pruitt’s ethics controversies

    04/09/2018 2:16:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 9, 2018 | By Brady Dennis
    A top government ethics official wants the Environmental Protection Agency to address any violations linked to Administrator Scott Pruitt’s spending habits, his condo lease from a lobbyist and his personnel decisions. In a letter dated Friday and released Monday, David J. Apol, the acting director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, took the atypical step of telling EPA officials that several recent ethics questions deserve further scrutiny. “Public trust demands that all employees act in the public interest, and free from any actual or perceived conflicts,” he wrote to Kevin Minoli, the EPA’s principal deputy general counsel and the...
  • California's Summer Gas Is Approaching $4.00/gal

    04/08/2018 8:20:00 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 73 replies
    9 April 18 | hapnHAL
    As California's Summer Gas Is Approaching $4.00/gal what can we expect from President Trump and changes to onerous EPA regulations? Part of gasoline’s price increase is largely seasonal, as refiners tend to process less crude oil into fuel during maintenance and are starting to transition to summer-grade gasoline, which is more expensive to make. According to analysts prices will likely climb further as the weather warms and driving picks up. We need to get gas prices under control in order to MAGA.