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  • DELINGPOLE: Scott Pruitt Is Failing to Drain the Swamp at the EPA

    03/27/2017 4:17:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies ^ | 27 Mar 2017 | James Delingpole
    President Trump’s attempts to drain the swamp are being undermined by one of his key administrators. President Trump’s attempts to drain the swamp are being undermined by one of his key administrators. Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is more interested in building his political career than he is taking on the Green Blob, insiders report. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Pruitt is also said to be behind attempts to remove at least one of the key phrases from the president’s long-awaited Executive Order on the environment.It concerns a proposal to repeal the EPA’s Endangerment Finding on CO2 (the disastrous, unscientific, job-killing ruling...
  • White House readies executive order to roll back Obama energy regs

    03/27/2017 7:13:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 3/27/2017 | Rick Moran
    On Tuesday, President Trump will announce new executive orders that target EPA regulations that hindered electricity production in the United States. The regulations were created by the Obama administration as part of an anti-fossil fuel strategy to combat global warming. With the installation of a new EPA chief, Scott Priutt - a confirmed global warming skeptic - the electricity production sector of the economy is about to receive a much needed shot in the arm. Pruitt says that the White House plan is both "pro-jobs and pro-environment" and, unlike the Obama plan, will not be "tethered" to the Paris Climate...
  • Environmental journalists face challenges under Trump administration

    03/25/2017 9:31:46 AM PDT · by pabianice · 11 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 3/25/17 | McLellan
    A series of moves by the Trump administration has environmental journalists scrambling for new strategies, with many fearing their jobs will be more difficult in the era of President Trump. Companies like, an online news outlet with a focus on environmental issues, rely on media access to federal workers for information. The appointment of a known climate change denier, Myron Ebell, as director of President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency transition team and a recent media blackout for EPA workers has led to doubts that this relationship will survive. On Thursday, three panelists from visited the UMass journalism department...
  • March 29, 2017 - Upcoming Research on the Impacts of Water Conservation (trunc)

    03/23/2017 2:05:20 PM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    EPA ^ | March 23, 2017 | Staff
    Meeting Information Ever wonder how water quality is impacted under low flow conditions in buildings and distribution systems? The recent use of low-flow plumbing fixtures such as faucets, toilets, and shower-heads has resulted in waterborne disease outbreaks and other water quality problems in building plumbing (premise plumbing) systems. This webinar features two recently awarded National Priorities grantees presenting upcoming research and new science on the impacts of water conservation on water quality in premise plumbing systems. The projects are intended to inform how to better design, renovate, and manage building drinking water systems so that water can be delivered efficiently...
  • $2.5 Million EPA Grant to Improve Air Quality in Cache Valley, Idaho

    03/21/2017 7:24:26 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    newsroomamerica ^ | March 13, 2017 | Suzanne Skadowski
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that $2.5 million in Clean Air Act Targeted Airshed grant funds will be awarded to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to help improve air quality in southeastern Idaho's Cache Valley… to reduce air pollution caused by wood stoves, road dust and motor vehicles in the valley. said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt “We’re pleased that Targeted Airshed grant funds will be available to help support the community's ability to take action on air quality issues and develop meaningful local solutions.”
  • First Real Hope for Flint Water as Trump Bestows $100 Million

    03/21/2017 6:56:05 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 3/20/2017 | Ben Marquis
    Under authority granted the agency by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016, the EPA just issued a $100 million grant to the beleaguered city of Flint, Michigan, to help in the effort at replacing the city’s badly corroded and lead-tainted system of water pipes. Some progressive critics of President Donald Trump have pointed to his proposed budget cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency as proof that he is a terrible president who doesn’t care about ensuring that Americans have clean air and water. However, the recent report from The Daily Caller about Trump’s EPA grant just...
  • A Fight Worth Having

    03/20/2017 6:11:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/27/2017 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    One day in late spring in the early days of the George W. Bush administration, FDA inspectors visited the headquarters of Sargento cheese in Plymouth, Wisconsin—a routine visit as part of the federal government's efforts to ensure the safety of the food we eat. The inspectors took samples of cheese to test for bacteria. Sargento conducted tests on cheese from the same lot. A week later, the results from both sets of tests were in—the cheese was bacteria-free. Sargento, having gotten the all-clear from the government, shipped the cheese to stores across the country. Two months later, however, the FDA...
  • Trump EPA Grants Michigan $100 Million to Fix Flint Water System

    03/19/2017 2:27:41 PM PDT · by davikkm · 114 replies
    breitbart ^ | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    The Environmental Protection Agency awarded Michigan $100 million in grant money to replace the Flint water system’s damaged infrastructure. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016 provided the funding for this grant that would help Flint replace its lead water pipes that have fallen into disrepair, the EPA said in a statement. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said this grant is part of the Trump administration’s goal to improve the country’s water infrastructure. “EPA will especially focus on helping Michigan improve Flint’s water infrastructure as part of our larger goal of improving America’s water infrastructure,” Pruitt said. Michigan...
  • Conservative Darrell Issa turns to the left

    03/19/2017 10:08:49 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 57 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 18, 2017 | Martin Wisckol
    Darrell Issa, who built a reputation in Congress as an imposing conservative attack dog, has got a brand new bag. With Democrats closing in on his seat last fall, Issa mailed a campaign ad praising President Barack Obama for signing a victims rights bill Issa supported -- the same Obama he unrelentingly criticized while serving as the high-profile chairman of the House Oversight Committee. The pro-life congressman, who squeaked out reelection to a ninth term by 0.7 percentage points, told constituents at a town hall March 11 that he opposed fellow Republicans’ call to defund Planned Parenthood. Despite a lifetime...
  • Weekly Update: JW Sues Over Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Scandal

    03/18/2017 11:31:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 17, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    JW Goes to Court for Records on Infamous Tarmac Meeting Between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton Axing EPA Program that Gave Leftist Groups Millions Is Called “Racist” JW Asks Supreme Court To Safeguard Election Integrity JW Goes to Court for Records on Infamous Tarmac Meeting Between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton Untangling the knots of corruption in the Obama-Clinton administration is hardly over, and we continue to pursue the truth diligently and deliberately. In that regard, we have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for records related to the meeting held between...
  • Donald Trump Budget Slashes Funds for E.P.A. and State Department

    03/16/2017 2:13:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 15, 2017 | GLENN THRUSH and CORAL DAVENPORT
    President Trump’s budget blueprint for the coming fiscal year would slash the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and cut State Department spending by a similar amount in a brash upending of the government’s priorities, according to congressional staff members familiar with the plan. The budget outline, to be unveiled on Thursday, is more of a broad political statement than a detailed plan for spending and taxation. But it represents Mr. Trump’s first real effort to translate his bold but vague campaign themes into the minutiae of governance. The president would funnel $54 billion in additional funding into defense programs,...
  • EPA hit hardest as Trump budget targets regulation

    03/16/2017 11:55:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 16, 2017 | By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner
    President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, as the White House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim initiatives to protect air and water quality. The White House's proposed 2018 EPA budget, with the biggest proposed cut for any federal agency, comes as Trump seeks to clear away regulations he claims are hobbling U.S. oil drillers, coal miners and farmers. The proposed cuts are a starting point in negotiations with Congress, and could be tempered. The proposal would eliminate 3,200 EPA employees, or 19 percent of the current workforce....
  • Trump admin halts Obama-era rule on fracking on public land

    03/16/2017 6:06:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2017 10:22 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The administration said in court papers Wednesday that it is withdrawing from a lawsuit challenging the Obama-era rule and will begin a new rule-making process later this year. The Interior Department issued the rule in March 2015, the first major federal regulation of fracking, the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination and...
  • Trump announces challenge to Obama-era fuel standards

    03/15/2017 6:59:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2017 9:41 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration will re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump says are stifling economic growth. Trump revealed his plans during a speech at an automotive testing center near Detroit, where he also met with auto company executives and workers. “This is going to be a new era for American jobs and job creation,” Trump said at a round-table meeting. The EPA under Obama had promulgated a rule for cars and trucks requiring a fleet-wide average of 36 mpg in real-world driving by...
  • EPA Union Members Held Signs for ‘Resistance’ at Rally

    03/15/2017 5:50:54 PM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 15, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The union teamed up with the liberal environmentalist group the Sierra Club to host the rally. The Sierra Club has called EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, "unfit" to lead the agency. The Sierra Club website states the need to "fight back against Trump," and "protect our planet from Trump."
  • WH increases proposed cut to the EPA: report

    03/15/2017 3:40:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 15, 2017 | Devin Henry
    The White House will increase its proposed cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget when it releases its spending outline on Thursday, according to a new report. The Trump administration will propose a 31 percent cut to the EPA’s $8.1 billion budget when it releases its budget outline, the New York Times reports . That's higher than the 24 percent reduction the White House proposed in its earliest budget outlines. The proposal will be part of a budget draft that contains deep spending cuts to many federal domestic spending accounts. The White House is aiming to reduce domestic discretionary spending...
  • What would the U.S. look like without the EPA?

    03/15/2017 2:08:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | March 15, 2017 | By MICHAEL DHAR
    Acid rain devouring New England forests. Homes built on toxic sites. Unswimmable rivers and cities cloaked in smog. The United States looked very different before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) arrived, but a recent Congressional bill calls for the agency’s abolition. So Americans may wonder: What would life be like without the EPA? -SNIP- Without the EPA’s abilities to quickly assess environmental hazards, future environmental disasters would be worsened, The Washington Post reported. A proposed 42-percent budget cut to the EPA’s research division already makes that a danger, the Post reported. -SNIP- In the end, the EPA is unlikely to...
  • US Sen. Ed Markey says expected withdrawal of fuel economy emissions standards 'wrong way to go'

    03/15/2017 12:57:16 PM PDT · by matt04 · 27 replies
    U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, took issue Wednesday with reports that the White House will move away from Obama-era fuel economy emissions standards for model year 2022 to 2025 cars and light trucks, saying it's "the wrong way to go for our security, economy and environment." The Massachusetts Democrat, who sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, spoke out against the proposed rollback shortly before President Donald Trump was expected to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its conclusion that car makers could meet the strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Contending that gas prices are "the...
  • California Official Tries To Poach Federal Bureaucrats Working On Climate Policy

    03/15/2017 11:33:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 3/15/2017 | Chris White
    The president of California’s public utilities commission is recruiting federal environmental regulators to take up work in the Golden State. California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) President Michael Picker will be lingering around EPA and DOE headquarters Wednesday to entice officials to abandon Washington, D.C. He said officials should consider going to California because of the Trump administration’s supposed animosity to climate regulations. “On climate action, there’s a dark cloud hanging over Washington right now,” Picker said in a press statement Wednesday. “My message is simple: Come West, California is hiring.” His goal is to encourage jilted federal officials to relocate...
  • Al Gore: Every Night on the News We’re Seeing ‘A Nature Hike Through the Book of Revelation’

    03/14/2017 3:45:30 PM PDT · by blam · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-14-2017 | Pam Key
    Monday, on “PBS NewsHour,” while discussing President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt saying carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to climate change, environmental activist former Vice President Al Gore said, “We’re seeing every night on the television news now a nature hike through the Book of Revelation.”(snip)
  • Trump Mulls Even Deeper Cuts To EPA’s Budget

    03/14/2017 10:17:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies ^ | 3/13/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The Trump administration is contemplating even deeper cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget than what’s already been reported by news outlets. President Donald Trump’s budget proposal called for cutting EPA’s budget 25 percent, or $2 billion, and reducing the agency’s workforce 20 percent, or 3,000 employees. EPA global warming programs, grants to environmental groups and state grants are reportedly on the chopping block. But now the White House is mulling even deeper cuts, a source familiar with budget talks told Axios. The source told Axios “[s]enior Trump officials consider the EPA the leading edge of the administration’s plans...
  • Homeland Security Rationing Ammo to Agents in the Field

    03/13/2017 1:53:31 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 35 replies
    WND ^ | March 12 2017 | STEVE PEACOCK
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it possesses a “limited amount” of 9mm bullets for agents in the field as well as for training purposes, and it is rationing its ammunition based on internal requests until it can award a new contract. [ ] The apparent role poor planning, or another agenda, played in the issue came to light when ICE said it would have run out of 9mm ammo by June 2017 in the absence of a modified contract with its supplier, Vista Outdoor Inc. So, the agency last month approved a $363,307 ceiling increase to contract No. HSCEMS-11-D-00002....
  • Those “devastating” EPA reductions

    03/12/2017 1:46:54 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/12/17 | Paul Driessen
    Budget and personnel cuts reflect environmental progress and essential regulatory reforms The Trump White House wants significant reductions at the Environmental Protection Agency: two dozen or more programs, including a dozen dealing with President Obama’s climate initiatives; a 20% downsizing in EPA’s 15,000-person workforce; and a one-fourth reduction in its $8.1 billion budget.
  • EPA chief: Carbon dioxide not primary cause of warming

    03/10/2017 9:36:14 AM PST · by Lorianne · 38 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | 09 March 2017 | Matthew Daly
    The new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus and his own agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on the climate is "very challenging" and that "there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact" of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. "So, no, I would not agree that (carbon dioxide) is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," Pruitt told CNBC's "Squawk Box." Pruitt's view is contrary to...
  • From the No [bleep], Sherlock Files: “On Climate Change, Pruitt Contradicts EPA’s Own Website”

    03/09/2017 8:41:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    warrsupwiththat? ^ | March 9, 2017 | Guest post by David Middleton
    Guest post by David Middleton EPA chief Scott Pruitt, speaking on CNBC Thursday morning, made one of his strongest statements yet rejecting the science of human-caused climate change.“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” Pruitt said on the program “Squawk Box.”“But we don’t know that yet,” he continued. “We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.”Pruitt’s statements fly...
  • EPA's environmental justice head resigns amid budget cuts

    03/09/2017 2:38:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 9, 2017 5:21 PM EST
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s office on environmental justice has resigned in protest over the Trump administration’s proposal to slash funding for programs that help poor and minority communities. Mustafa Ali, an associate assistant EPA administrator, helped found the environmental justice office in the 1990s and worked under Republican and Democratic presidents. …
  • EPA’s Environmental Justice Head Quits Over Trump’s Climate Policies(mustafa ali?)

    03/09/2017 9:52:56 AM PST · by rktman · 75 replies ^ | 3/9/2017 | Chris White
    The head of the EPA’s environmental justice program resigned Thursday over concerns President Donald Trump might slash funding for the 24-year-old project. Mustafa Ali, a former senior to the administrator responsible for directing the agency’s actions protecting minority communities, stepped down in a letter to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. He also voiced concern the Pruitt plans on gutting the project. “I wonder if our new leadership has had the opportunity to converse with those who need our help the most,” Ali wrote in the memo. “I strongly encourage you and your team to continue promoting agency efforts to validate these...
  • EPA chief: Carbon dioxide not primary cause of warming

    03/09/2017 9:13:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2017 12:07 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    The new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus and his own agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on the climate is “very challenging” and that “there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact” of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. “So, no, I would not agree that (carbon dioxide) is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” Pruitt told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” Pruitt’s view is contrary to...
  • A Real Scandal: Obama Regime Funneled Corporate Fine Money to Leftist Activist Groups

    03/05/2017 12:08:44 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 12 replies
    Rush ^ | 3-3-17 | Eush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is a fascinating story. Have you…? You’re aware of — and, by the way, this is not unrelated, as it turns out. You’ve heard of Corporation A being fined X-number of millions or billions of dollars for soiling the snail darter or whatever, right? Have you ever wondered where the fine money goes? I doubt that you have. You probably think it just goes to the government. This is not the kind of thing that people dwell over. I have occasionally been curious, but I have never even thought much about it myself. I just assume that the...
  • EPA to announce reversal on fuel economy standards next week

    03/05/2017 7:18:16 AM PST · by rktman · 73 replies ^ | 3/4/2017 | John Sexton
    The Environmental Protection Agency will announce a change in automobile emissions standards next week, undoing a last minute effort by the Obama administration to lock in the rules through 2025. The NY Times reports: The tailpipe pollution regulations were among Mr. Obama’s major initiatives to reduce global warming and were put forth jointly by the E.P.A. and the Transportation Department. They would have forced automakers to build passenger cars that achieve an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, compared with about 36 miles per gallon today
  • Climate, other programs get deep cuts in EPA budget proposal

    03/03/2017 8:18:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Mar. 3, 2017 | JOHN FLESHER, MATTHEW DALY and CATHERINE LUCEY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration would slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press.
  • Trump Orders EPA Review of "Horrible" Obama Water Decree

    03/03/2017 11:18:29 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 March 2017 | Alex Newman
    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday ordering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and reconsider the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulation, a radical decree issued by the Obama administration purporting to regulate virtually all water and much of the land across America. While stopping short of quashing the controversial rule altogether, analysts described Trump's executive order as a first step in that process. One prominent activist, Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, called the decision “the most pro-property rights move out of D.C. in two decades.” But there may be more to come; the...
  • Huckabee goes off on DOJ ‘slush fund scheme’: Worse than a mafia shakedown

    03/02/2017 8:42:27 PM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | March 2, 2017 | Frieda Powers
    A Justice Department slush fund scheme under former resident Obama reportedly funneled billions of dollars to leftist activist groups in what Mike Huckabee said was “worse than a mafia shakedown.” ... The practice was widely abused under the Obama administration, with liberal groups like La Raza and the National Urban League receiving some of the slush fund money ... Virginia Congressman Robert Goodlatte and Sen. James Lankford, both Republicans, have sponsored legislation to end the practice, which investigators have found accounted for $3 billion paid to “non-victim entities
  • EPA reverses course, won’t seek emissions, equipment data from drillers

    03/02/2017 3:11:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 2, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday reversed an Obama-era plan to collect massive amounts of data from oil-and-gas companies — information that ultimately would’ve been used as the basis for new federal regulations on methane. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the requests made by the prior administration constituted unnecessary burdens on the energy industry. His action also seems to signal that the EPA will not pursue any new methane regulations anytime in the foreseeable future.
  • Trump Orders EPA To ‘Zero Out’ Global Warming Programs

    03/02/2017 8:03:19 AM PST · by rktman · 42 replies ^ | 3/2/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The White House is pushing for significant cuts to EPA programs and staff levels, giving a glimpse of how the Trump administration plans on devolving more control to the states. The budget plan sent from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to EPA leadership calls for eliminating dozens of programs, including at least 16 that have to do with global warming and implementing former President Barack Obama’s climate agenda. OMB also requested a 30 percent cut in grants to states and a 20 percent reduction in EPA’s workforce through buy-outs and layoffs. In total, President Donald Trump is calling...
  • Farmers Applaud Trump for Repealing EPA’s WOTUS Rule

    03/02/2017 7:11:01 AM PST · by rktman ^ | 3/2/2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    Farmers are applauding President Donald Trump’s executive order Tuesday that reverses the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, which gave the agency virtually limitless authority to regulate water on private land. Introduced under President Barack Obama, the WOTUS expanded the EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act to include, as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said, “almost any piece of land that gets wet and puddles.” The Clean Water Act was intended to apply to “navigable” waters, but WOTUS interpreted that extremely broadly, so that it included waters with a “significant nexus” with navigable waters —...
  • Trump's Executive Order Could Result in Zero Net Regulatory Costs This Fiscal Year

    03/01/2017 4:01:08 PM PST · by ReformedMedia · 3 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 03-01-2017 | Tim Brown
    According to a report that's out, President Donald Trump's executive order that eliminates two regulations for every new rule imposed could result in zero net regulatory costs this fiscal year. On Tuesday, the American Action Forum released a report titled "Getting to $0" demonstrating how Executive Order 13771, using 2006 as a model, could result in zero net regulatory costs for the current fiscal year. The report, written by Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum, claims that EO's on regulation and the Congressional Review Act could bring regulatory costs to $0 by October 1, 2017.  Contrast...
  • Trump poised to lift federal coal ban, other green rules - White House

    03/01/2017 10:50:01 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | March 1, 2017
    March 1 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will target a handful of Obama-era green regulations, including a federal coal mining ban and an initiative forcing states to cut carbon emissions, in an executive order as soon as next week a White House official told Reuters on Wednesday. Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress are seeking to unravel former Democratic President Barack Obama's initiatives to combat global climate change, which they say are costly for U.S. business and have hampered drilling and mining without providing any clear benefits.
  • President Trump Eliminates Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. Rule

    03/01/2017 2:35:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    KVRR ^ | February 28, 2017 | TJ Nelson
    Both U.S. Senators from North Dakota were on hand as Mr. Trump signed his order to eliminate the Obama Administration's Waters of the U.S. rule WASHINGTON D.C. — President Trump has signed another executive order that will impact farmers and ranchers. Both U.S. Senators from North Dakota were on hand as Mr. Trump signed his order to eliminate the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. rule. Senator Heitkamp says it’s time for Congress to act by giving the EPA direction on what water is jurisdictional under the Clean Water Act. Senator Hoeven says the rule was a regulatory overreach that...
  • Trump Will Order EPA To Dismantle Obama-Era ‘Waters Of The US’ Rule

    02/28/2017 4:19:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies ^ | 2/27/17 | Michael Bastasch
    President Donald Trump will order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulation, effectively repealing another major Obama-era policy. Trump wants the EPA and the Corps to make sure “waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty” and respecting the role of states and Congress. The EPA and the Corps will repeal or revise parts of WOTUS that don’t match those policy goals, according to a copy of the order obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Trump...
  • EPA Union Bosses Call Trump’s Budget Cuts ‘A Declaration Of War’

    02/28/2017 2:28:15 PM PST · by kevcol · 85 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | February 28, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    “This is a declaration of war, a war on the environment,” John O’Grady, an EPA union leader and agency employee, told E&E news. “It’s a declaration of war against children with asthma, against women of child-bearing age, against the elderly.” Trump is expected to ask Congress to cut EPA’s budget 24 percent and reduce the agency’s staff by 3,000 employees. O’Grady works out of EPA’s Chicago office where about 30 agency employees took to the streets to protest the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the agency. The Senate confirmed Pruitt in February.
  • Trump to propose 24 percent cut in EPA spending: reports

    02/27/2017 5:16:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2017 | Devin Henry
    The Trump administration plans to propose a one-forth to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, a plan that would end up laying off 20 percent of the agency’s staffers, according to reports. Trump officials will propose a $6.1 billion for the EPA next year, a $2 billion cut from current levels, according to reports in E&E News and Politico , citing sources. The agency’s staffing levels would fall to 12,000 workers, from 15,000 currently, according to the reports. An EPA spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. The proposed spending levels at the EPA...
  • Trump Seeks Sharp Increases In Military Spending, "Drastic Cuts" To State Department, EPA

    02/27/2017 8:55:07 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/27/17 | Tyler Durden
    As part of his proposed budget, President Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that includes sharp increases in Defense Department spending and "drastic cuts" to domestic agencies such as the State Department, the EPA and other non-defense programs, so that he can keep his promise to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, according to four senior administration officials cited by the NYT. The budget outline will be the first move in a campaign this week to reset the narrative of Mr. Trump’s turmoil-tossed White House. Coming one day before...
  • Obama administration neglected priorities to focus on climate change, new EPA chief says

    02/26/2017 5:44:48 AM PST · by davikkm · 11 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | David Sherfinski
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Saturday said the Obama administration neglected would-be department priorities to pursue a climate change agenda and hinted that a rollback of some regulations could be announced as soon as next week. “I wanted to send a message to those at the agency — there are some very important things that the EPA does for this country,” Mr. Pruitt said on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference. “There are air quality issues and water quality issues that cross state line[s].” “There’s some very important work to protect and provide leadership …...
  • EPA Employees Used Gov’t Purchase Card to Spend $14,985 on Fitness Memberships

    02/26/2017 7:59:24 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies ^ | 2/26/17 | Ali Meyer
    Environmental Protection Agency employees used their government purchase cards to spend $14,985 on fitness memberships, according to an audit by the inspector general of the agency. With the goal of assessing the risk of illegal, improper, and erroneous purchases made on the EPA's purchase card, the auditors evaluated 18 transactions totaling $48,345 and found that none of them complied with any of the internal controls that were tested. Some of these controls require that officials give approval, that records be properly placed in the vendor's banking system, and that transactions be reviewed by the card holder within 10 days of...
  • California’s past megafloods – and the coming ARkStorm

    02/25/2017 7:47:01 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 54 replies
    Watts up with Thar? ^ | / 1 week ago February 17, 2017 | Guest Blogger
    Guest Essay By Larry Kummer. Posted at the Fabius Maximus website. Summary: To boost our fear, activists and journalists report the weather with amnesia about the past. Ten year records become astonishing events; weather catastrophes of 50 or 100 years ago are forgotten. It makes for good clickbait but cripples our ability to prepare for the inevitable. California’s history of floods and droughts gives a fine example — if we listen to the US Geological Survey’s reminder of past megafloods, and their warning of the coming ARkStorm. ” A 43-day storm that began in December 1861 put central and southern...
  • Trump To Order Reversal Of Obama Water Regulation Rule: Official

    02/25/2017 7:12:47 AM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a measure as early as Tuesday aimed at rescinding a major Obama administration water regulation and direct an end to the government's defense of the rule, a Trump official briefed on the plan said late Friday. Trump is expected to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which expands the number of waterways that are federally protected under the Clean Water Act. The rule was finalized by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 2015, and was blocked by a...
  • EPA Union Responds to Pruitt’s Introductory Press Conference

    02/22/2017 7:48:41 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | February 22, 2017 | AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2017AFGE says they hope to have an open dialogue with the agency’s new administratorWASHINGTON – AFGE commended newly-confirmed Administrator Scott Pruitt for opening a dialogue with frontline workers on his first day at the Environmental Protection Agency.“I am eager to see if Administrator Pruitt stands by his commitment to seek out guidance from the people who have dedicated their life’s work to protecting America’s air and water,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. “EPA workers have been made a scapegoat for many of our country’s problems, when in fact, they have only been...
  • What’s Coming? A Dramatic Shift in EPA Priorities

    02/22/2017 5:41:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    warrsupwiththat? ^ | 22 February 2017 | Anthony Watts
    Scott Pruitt Signals Dramatic Shift in EPA PrioritiesThe Wall Street Journal, 22 February 2017 Amy Harder In speech before employees, the new chief emphasized giving business certainty about rulesScott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, spoke to employees of the agency in Washington on Tuesday PHOTO:JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS WASHINGTON—In his first speech as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt stressed a dramatic change of priorities at the agency, stating the importance of the agency’s communication and relationship with businesses but giving few details about policy changes.Mr. Pruitt didn’t touch on the hard-fought issues that arose during his confirmation process, including...
  • EPA Employee Claims ‘Forces’ Murdering Eco-Activists Abroad Will Get Stronger Under Trump

    02/22/2017 10:43:19 AM PST · by kevcol · 30 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | February 22, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    A unnamed EPA official published a lengthy screed online against the Trump administration, claiming the “same forces” allegedly behind the deaths of environmentalists abroad are “working against us in the US today.” . . . “And if the new administrator casts me out of the job I love, I will not stop working toward the principles that have always animated my life,” the employee wrote. “This is who I am, and that will never change.” “I stand in solidarity with brothers and sisters that work to protect human rights, human health, and the environment here in the US and all...