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  • From 2009: EPA Formally Declares CO2 a Dangerous Pollutant

    01/23/2017 7:17:46 AM PST · by central_va · 52 replies
    THeDailySignal ^ | 12/7/09 | nicolas loris
    Step aside, elected Members of Congress. If you can’t pass cap and trade legislation, The Environmental Protection Agency will move in with massively complex and costly regulations that would micromanage just about every aspect of the economy. They announced today that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten public health and the environment. Since 85 percent of the U.S. economy runs on fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide, imposing a cost on CO2 is equivalent to placing an economy-wide tax on energy use. The kind of industrial-strength EPA red tape that the agency could enforce in the name...
  • Trump will sign executive orders to renegotiate NAFTA, gut EPA, restore pro-life foreign aid policy

    01/23/2017 8:25:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 01/23/2017 | Francesca Chambers
    Trump will sign more executive orders this morning imposing his will on the country as he sends his predecessor's agenda through the paper shredderFirst up: Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade AgreementThe president is also expected to take action on a five-year lobbying ban for senior officials and prohibit NGOs from receiving aid if they perform abortionsAlso said to be looking at a hiring freeze for the executive branch and dozens of orders rolling back regulations issued by the EPA President Donald Trump will sign more executive orders this morning imposing his will on the country...
  • Trump posts first order of business – kill the Climate Action Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule

    01/22/2017 10:47:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies
    Watts up with Thar? ^ | o January 20, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    From USAToday:Trump begins with call to kill climate action planWASHINGTON —- As President Trump delivered his inaugural address Friday, his new White House team posted a proposal to eliminate President Obama’s environmental regulations. “For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule,” reads the top issue brief on the new president’s White House web site. “ New executive actions are expected later Friday as the nation’s 45th president begins his administration.”At...
  • Hurricane Sandy's predecessor, the Great Hurricane of 1938 (Tr) (Re: Pruitt Hearing)

    01/19/2017 9:16:59 AM PST · by Hostage · 17 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | OCTOBER 30, 2012 | Randy Dotinga
    Historian Cherie Burns discusses the 1938 natural disaster that shocked New England. Back in the 1930s, many New Englanders liked to say that hurricanes never hit their part of the country. They discovered their assumptions were incorrect on a Wednesday afternoon in September 1938. The Great Hurricane of 1938 slammed into Long Island and Rhode Island, killing 564 in southern New England. Thousands of buildings and boats were destroyed. Historian Cherie Burns wrote about the disaster in her 2005 book "The Great Hurricane: 1938." Publishers Weekly raved, "From start to finish, this powerful story of nature's fury and human survival...
  • Trump pick to lead EPA has spotty state environmental record [fakenews]

    01/18/2017 5:45:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2017 4:32 AM EST | Sean Murphy and Michael Biesecker
    When President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma’s attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state’s natural resources. Instead, Scott Pruitt reassigned his staff to focus on filing lawsuits against the federal agency he’s now selected to lead. Records also show that Pruitt, a Republican who faces a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, failed to push a legal challenge initiated by his predecessor to protect Oklahoma’s rivers from pollution caused by animal waste, after receiving tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from individuals connected to the poultry...
  • Enviros Occupy Joe Manchin’s Office, Demand He Vote Against Trump Nominees

    01/17/2017 8:22:18 AM PST · by kevcol · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | January 17, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    A group of 25 environmental activists stormed West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s office Tuesday morning, demanding he vote against President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for key administration posts. Activists carried a sign that read, “Democrats: You’re not climate deniers. Don’t vote like them.” Activists are specifically urging Manchin, a pro-coal Democrat, to vote against the confirmation of former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator.
  • Here Are 7 Reasons 2017 Could Be The Worst Year Ever For Environmentalists

    01/15/2017 8:06:35 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/14/2017 | Andrew Follet
    The environmental movement could have a bad year in 2017. Environmentalists saw their favored political party suffer losses in the 2016 election. Billionaire Tom Steyer was 2016’s biggest political donor, pouring more than $87 million into Democratic coffers — but his preferred candidates lost across the board. President Barack Obama is leaving office Jan. 20, and President-elect Donald Trump will take his place. Republicans control both chambers of Congress, and have vowed to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations. That’s bad for environmentalists, but it could be even worse for these seven reasons:
  • Dishwasher soaps must be free of all phosphates by July 1st-Get used to white residue!

    04/29/2010 4:00:58 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 77 replies · 2,165+ views
    April 29, 2010 | Stayfree
    My wife has discovered that P&G's Cascade started reformulating in March. And as your chief cook and bottle-washer will soon discover, it is not the dishwasher that is leaving a white residue on all the glassware, it is the lack of phosphates in your favorite dishsoap.
  • Obama's EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements(and ruin our cars)

    01/14/2017 7:33:06 AM PST · by mtrott · 98 replies
    Fox News Auto/AP ^ | January 13, 2017
    The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to cement strict fuel economy requirements that force the auto industry to make new cars and trucks significantly more efficient, a decision that will be difficult for the incoming Trump administration to undo. The EPA said in late November that it had completed a required midterm review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards put in place in 2012 and decided they should not be relaxed as requested by the auto industry. The move in the waning days of the Obama administration brought protests from the industry, which accused the agency of playing politics with...
  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These "retrenchment" amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. ... The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president's signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn't seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to...
  • Scare Pollution: A Review

    01/14/2017 6:55:27 AM PST · by rktman · 2 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/14/2017 | Charles Battig
    Steve Milloy is one persistent gentleman. Combining his legal and statistical education, he has spent most of his years ferreting out the false use of statistical techniques in the field of epidemiology. He continues the same quest in his latest book Scare Pollution: Why and How to Fix the EPA (2016) Bench Press. This is his sixth such book since Science-Based Risk Assessment: A Piece of the Superfund Puzzle (1995). .... EPA as an all-powerful federal agency lacking cabinet-level status continues to the present. It has developed itself into a self-perpetuating rogue agency which defies congressional oversight attempts, as Milloy...
  • EPA says it can't pay economic damages from mine spill

    01/13/2017 3:23:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 109 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 5:51 PM EST | Dan Elliott
    The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered in Colorado, saying the law prohibits it. The EPA said the claims could be refiled in federal court, or Congress could authorize payments. But attorneys for the EPA and the Justice Department concluded the EPA is barred from paying the claims because of sovereign immunity, which prohibits most lawsuits against the government. …
  • CIA Director Nominee: ‘I Prefer Not to Get into the Details of Climate Debate and Science’

    01/13/2017 7:26:25 AM PST · by rktman · 55 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/12/2016 | Melanie Hunter
    CIA director nominee Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) said Thursday that he would rather not wade into the climate change debate during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. “I frankly as a director of CIA would prefer today not to get into the details of climate debate and science. It seems my role is gonna be so different and unique from that. It is gonna be to work alongside warriors keeping Americans safe, and so I stand by the things that I’ve said previously with respect to that issue,” Pompeo said. Sen. Kamal Harris (D-Calif.) asked Pompeo, “CIA...
  • In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs

    01/12/2017 9:08:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2017 6:31 PM EST | John Raby
    A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing a response from outgoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy had responded to the judge’s previous order in a lawsuit brought against her by Murray Energy Corp. that the EPA must start doing an analysis that it hadn’t done in decades. […] The judge said the EPA is required by law to analyze the economic impact on a continuing basis when...
  • EPA accuses Fiat Chrysler of excess diesel emissions (Obama getting back at Chrysler)

    01/12/2017 5:35:44 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/12/17 | David Shepardson and Bernie Woodall
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using hidden software to allow excess diesel emissions to go undetected, the result of a probe that stemmed from regulators' investigation of rival Volkswagen AG. FCA shares plummeted as the maximum fine is about $4.6 billion. The EPA action affects 104,000 U.S. trucks and SUVs sold since 2014, about one-sixth the vehicles in the Volkswagen case. The EPA and California Air Resources Board told Fiat Chrysler it believes its undeclared auxiliary emissions control software allowed vehicles to generate excess pollution in violation of the law and...
  • To Defeat Trump, We Must Make Ourselves Ungovernable (It just keeps getting sillier)

    01/09/2017 3:55:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    In These Times ^ | January 9, 2017 | Sarah Lazare
    “We cannot and should not legitimize the transfer of authority to a right-wing populist who has neo-fascist orientations,” Kali Akuno told AlterNet over the phone. “We shouldn’t legitimize that rule in any form or fashion. We need to build a program of being ungovernable.” As the co-director of the Mississippi-based group Cooperation Jackson and an organizer with the nationwide Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Akuno is one of countless people across the country working diligently to build a platform sturdy enough to confront Trump’s America. Movimiento Cosecha, led by undocumented people and immigrants, is planning to go on the offensive to...
  • Ethics officials clear Trump EPA nominee

    01/09/2017 8:58:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9, 2017 5:14 PM EST | Michael Biesecker
    Federal ethics officials on Monday cleared President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency for confirmation. The Office of Government Ethics released the personal financial disclosure report for Scott Pruitt, currently Oklahoma’s attorney general. The ethics office affirmed that Pruitt’s disclosures comply with applicable federal laws and rules. No date has been set for Pruitt’s Senate confirmation hearing. His finances are among the least complicated of Trump’s Cabinet nominees, a group that includes several billionaires. …
  • Obama’s EPA Chief Says Biggest Regret Is Not Connecting With Rural Voters

    01/09/2017 7:57:44 AM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/9/17 | Chris White
    Not being able to sell rural voters on the importance of switching from fossil fuels to solar and wind power is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy’s biggest regret, she said Friday. “We tried to change the outreach and messaging in rural America in a number of ways, but … has it changed the rhetoric that people hear? It hasn’t,” McCarthy said in an interview at EPA headquarters. “We couldn’t get it, but I wish we had.” President Barack Obama nominated McCarthy to lead the agency in 2013. Her tenure has been riddled with controversies and marred by heavy-handed...
  • EPA: 540 tons of metals entered river in Colo. mine spill

    01/06/2017 4:41:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2017 7:33 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated the Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday in a new report on the 2015 blowout that turned rivers in three states a sickly yellow. The total amount of metals entering the river system was comparable to levels during one or two days of high spring runoff, although the concentration of metals was significantly higher at the spill’s peak, the report said. […] New Mexico Environment Secretary Butch Tongate accused the EPA of...
  • Even if Trump swats the Clean Power Plan on Day 1, more battles lie ahead

    01/06/2017 1:42:04 PM PST · by buckalfa · 5 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | January 6th, 2017 | Brad McElhinny
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dismantling the Clean Power Plan could get messy. The plan meant to curtail carbon dioxide emissions and battle global warming, one of the Obama administration’s signature achievements, already has been the subject of legal battles in federal court. Now a group of state attorneys general, including West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey, is promoting a multi-step process to eliminate the plan, starting with the suggestion that President-elect Donald Trump declare it unlawful on the first day he takes office. Another group of attorneys general has issued a statement in response, saying they’ll fight the plan’s elimination tooth and nail....
  • EPA Asks Employees If They’re Straight, Gay, or ‘Something Else’

    01/04/2017 10:54:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 125 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/4/17 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Environmental Protection Agency is asking all its employees whether they are straight, gay, or “something else” in an effort to create a more “inclusive” workplace. The Washington Free Beacon obtained a copy of the agency’s Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) survey, which is part of a pilot program to voluntarily collect information on its employees. The survey first asks the employee’s pay grade, supervisory status, education, age, marital status, and race, before inquiring, “What sex were you assigned at birth?” The EPA wants to know how many of its employees are “Straight, that is, not Lesbian or Gay,” lesbian...
  • Donald Trump makes top Republican fear environmental future

    01/02/2017 7:48:17 PM PST · by Innovative · 98 replies
    BBC News ^ | Jan. 2, 2017 | Roger Harrabin
    A leading US Republican says she fears for the future of her seven grandchildren with Donald Trump in the White House. Christine Todd Whitman, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under George W Bush, accused Mr Trump of ignoring compelling science. And she warned that his threat to scrap climate protection policies puts the world's future at risk. Trump supporters say rules on climate and energy are stifling business. But Ms Todd Whitman says the US must find ways of promoting business without unduly harming the planet.
  • EPA To Alaskans: We Might Fine You For Burning Wood To Stay Warm

    01/02/2017 5:57:52 AM PST · by xzins · 95 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 01, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Well, in the Alaskan interior, winters can be brutal. With temperatures dropping below zero, burning wood is the only viable way for Alaskans in these rather desolate areas to stay warm. Yet, government thinks this is a problem concerning small-particle pollution. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency is so concerned that they’re mulling fining people who burn wood to stay warm. John Daniel Davidson, a senior correspondent for The Federalist (and Alaskan native) had more: ***If only the bureaucrats in Washington DC knew what the wolf-dog knew. But alas, now comes the federal government to tell the inhabitants of Alaska’s...
  • Trump's team draws target on federal regulations

    12/31/2016 10:45:22 AM PST · by ducttape45 · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/31/2016 | Tim Devaney
    President-elect Donald Trump is stocking his administration with businessmen and regulatory reformers who are intent on cutting through what they see as red tape from Washington. Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, will oversee the Trump administration’s regulatory reform efforts. He will be joined by several other Wall Street investors and corporate executives who have first-hand experience dealing with government rules. Here are six figures in the Trump administration poised to have an outsized role in scaling back regulations. Regulatory adviser Carl Icahn Trump created a new position in the White House for the billionaire investor to serve as a “special...
  • In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama's agenda

    12/31/2016 8:54:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 11:35 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Republicans’ grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama’s agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama’s health care law. Beyond that, they’ll look at a tax overhaul, reversing Obama-era environmental regulations and other conservative priorities. Republicans will face some obstacles. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats “stand ready to fight vigorously” to protect health care and other...
  • EPA To Alaskans In Sub-Zero Temps: Stop Burning Wood To Keep Warm

    12/30/2016 5:25:04 PM PST · by Twotone · 121 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Dec. 30, 2016 | John Daniel Davidson
    In Jack London’s famous short story, “To Build A Fire,” a man freezes to death because he underestimates the cold in America’s far north and cannot build a proper fire. The unnamed man—a chechaquo, what Alaska natives call newcomers—is accompanied by a wolf-dog that knows the danger of the cold and is wholly indifferent to the fate of the man. “This man did not know cold. Possibly, all the generations of his ancestry had been ignorant of cold, of real cold, of cold 107 degrees below freezing point. But the dog knew; all its ancestry knew, and it had inherited...
  • EPA tells U.S. cities — it's illegal to use dry ice to kill rats

    12/29/2016 6:07:10 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 108 replies
    digitaljournal.com ^ | Nov 25, 2016 | Karen Graham
    Major cities in the U.S., including New York, Boston, Chicago, and others, began using dry ice several months ago in an effort to reduce rodent populations that had increased considerably after last year's warm winter, and it proved to be very effective. USA Today is reporting that in some cities, there has been a 95 percent reduction in the number of rodents using dry ice. The rather chilling extermination method involves dropping dry ice, frozen carbon dioxide, into rat burrows and then stuffing the openings with newspapers and dirt. As the dry ice melts, carbon dioxide gas is released, suffocating...
  • The Real War on Science

    12/26/2016 9:15:00 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/26/16 | John Tierney
    The Left has done far more than the Right to set back progress. My liberal friends sometimes ask me why I don’t devote more of my science journalism to the sins of the Right. It’s fine to expose pseudoscience on the left, they say, but why aren’t you an equal-opportunity debunker? Why not write about conservatives’ threat to science? My friends don’t like my answer: because there isn’t much to write about. Conservatives just don’t have that much impact on science. I know that sounds strange to Democrats who decry Republican creationists and call themselves the “party of science.” But...
  • New Book Exposes How EPA Distorts Science To Fit Its Political Goals

    12/26/2016 7:33:23 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/25/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    The Environmental Protection Agency has based its most onerous air pollution regulations on junk science meant to further political goals, says the author of a new book. Lawyer-statistician Steve Milloy’s new book, “Scare Pollution,” shows readers how EPA has distorted the science behind air pollution regulations to hamper politically incorrect industries, from coal to logging to manufacturing. “I have worked on EPA science controversies for 25 years,” Milloy told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “EPA doesn’t use science so much as it abuses it for its political ends.” Milloy is referring to EPA regulations that rely on the shaky claim...
  • Time to face reality, Obama — Trump is going to be president

    12/18/2016 7:24:27 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 18, 2016 | Michael Goodwin
    So this is how it ends — in a whimper wrapped in self-pity and recriminations. With President Obama on the defensive at his final press conference and Hillary Clinton’s last campaign event resembling a wake, the Democratic Party is limping off the stage and into the political winter. It was supposed to sit atop the national power pyramid for decades, a new paradigm of liberals, progressives, the young, the old, the unions and blacks, Latinos, Muslims and Asians. The torch would be passed from Obama to Clinton, a liberal Supreme Court would vastly expand executive power and the regulatory state...
  • EPA Employees Not ‘Intentionally’ Breaking Law By Deleting Official Texts, IG Claims

    12/22/2016 4:26:24 AM PST · by kevcol · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 21, 2016 | Kathryn Watson
    The EPA Office of Inspector General (IG) released the report requested by the Texas Republican, which described enormous text message retention problems within the EPA. One unnamed senior official configured his phone to automatically delete texts after 30 days. ... Smith requested the IG report in November 2014 after learning high-ranking EPA officials, including EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, may have deleted texts to hide official business.
  • Four Obama regulations Trump can undo right away ( EPA and )

    12/21/2016 1:08:49 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/20/16 | BONNER COHEN
    President-elect Trump's pledge to "drain the swamp" in Washington struck a chord with millions of Americans ... Clean Power Plan: After failing to pass cap-and-trade legislation through Congress, Obama had his political appointees at the EPA slap coal-fired power plants with greenhouse-gas-emission limits they knew the industry couldn't meet ... In doing so, EPA usurped the states' role in regulating electricity markets within their boundaries, and even commandeered the states to enforce its new policy. ... Paris Climate Change Agreement .. entails a substantial transfer of wealth from American taxpayers into the waiting hands of Third World potentates ... Waters...
  • Jeb Bush: Scott Pruitt is ready to turn around the EPA

    12/20/2016 1:57:03 PM PST · by PROCON · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 20, 2016 | Jeb Bush
    Editor's Note: Jeb Bush is the former governor of Florida and was a candidate for the GOP nomination for president in 2016. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. (CNN)When Scott Pruitt and I assembled a Restoring Federalism Task Force last year, he headlined the plan: "Putting Washington In Its Place." Those five words sum up exactly what the American people were clamoring for in this election: a dramatic shift of power out of a broken Washington and back into the hands of the people.I cannot think of a person more suited to lead the Environmental Protection Agency than...
  • Electoral College Makes It Harder To Fight Global Warming

    12/20/2016 6:45:08 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/19/2016 | Chris White
    The Washington Post blamed the Electoral College for making so-called man-made global warming nearly impossible to “thwart.” The last two U.S. presidents who lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College have actively worked against efforts to end global warming, Todd Cort, the co-director of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, wrote Monday in an editorial for The Washington Post. “At the very least, the impact of the 2000 electoral college vote was a delay of four years in addressing climate change (and it is arguable that even though Bush won his second term with the popular...
  • Weather Channel’s Fake News Eco-Crusader Kait Parker Finds a New Victim

    12/19/2016 7:29:45 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/18/2016 | James Delingpole
    More fake news from the Weather Channel, which last week attacked Breitbart for writing the truth about global cooling, and which has now launched a similarly politicized and gratuitous attack on the Florida sugar cane industry. Florida sugar growers, it claims in a ten-minute mini-documentary fronted by its toothsome Hit Girl presenter Kait Parker, are responsible for the outbreak of toxic algae blooms on Lake Okeechobee in the summer. If true, fair or accurate this would represent serious investigative journalism: the algae, which invaded a 33-square mile section of the Florida’s largest lake in May this year, caused havoc to...
  • Obama rushes out 11th-hour regulations targeting coal mining

    12/19/2016 6:52:07 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2016 | Ben Wolfgang
    At virtually the last possible moment, the Obama administration on Monday rolled out new regulations making it even more difficult and more costly to mine coal in the U.S., a final shot against the already beleaguered coal industry as the president leaves office. The Interior Department’s Stream Protection Rule will go into effect 30 after its official release and publication in the federal register, meaning it likely will be implemented Jan. 19 — one day before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Mr. Trump has vowed to undo much of his predecessor’s environmental regulations, including rules that target coal mining. The...
  • Environmentalist Insurance Policies(awesomeness)

    12/17/2016 5:59:08 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/17/2016 | Paul Driessen
    The Left went into denial, outrage and riot mode after November 8. Now it’s having total meltdown over President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees with climate and environmental responsibilities: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry at Energy, Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt for EPA, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson at State, Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke at Interior. As Department of Agriculture secretary and multiple assistant, deputy assistant and other senior level positions are filled, the meltdown will likely raise sea levels by several feet. It’s even worse than “white supremacists” and “Russian hackers” rigging and stealing the...
  • Missouri Department of Transportation not deicing Interstate highways - what's up?

    12/16/2016 7:03:05 PM PST · by old-ager · 50 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2016-12-16 | Self
    Tonight driving home - very thin layer of ice on I-64 (Highway 40). No traction. Traffic jammed. Slipping and sliding at 10 miles per hour. NOT A SALT TRUCK IN SIGHT. I-70 from Columbia to St. Louis was arguably the worst stretch of road in the nation, with crashes, closings, backups of many hours. Yet MO Highway 141 was deiced. County roads were deiced. Even my podunk street had large chunks of salt on it, just like in the old days. I noticed something like this before in the last couple of years. What the hell is up? Anybody know?...
  • EPA seeks to fine chemical giant nearly $5M for Hawaii case

    12/15/2016 7:23:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2016 6:16 PM EST | Audrey McAvoy
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it’s seeking nearly $5 million in fines against a unit of the Swiss chemical giant Syngenta for the company’s alleged violations of pesticide regulations in Hawaii. The violations allegedly occurred on Jan. 20 at Syngenta Seeds’ crop research farm on Kauai where workers entered a field recently sprayed with a restricted insecticide. The EPA said 10 workers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Syngenta failed to tell the workers to avoid the fields, and then allowed them to enter the fields without protective gear, the agency said. Further, the EPA said...
  • The EPA went rogue and Trump's pick will rein it in

    12/15/2016 11:37:42 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 15, 2016 | Brett J. Talley
    (CNN)Any parent who has ever disciplined children knows that no matter how hard it might be, it's for their own good. The Environmental Protection Agency could use some discipline right about now. During the Obama administration, the EPA became a lawless organ of federal power, divorced from the Congressional statutes that were meant to constrain it. If it is to be reformed, it will need the steady hand of someone who understands just how thoroughly it has gone astray. Enter Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a man who has spent the last six years pushing back on the EPA's most...
  • [Audio Was Copied And Then Retitled By A Blogger "Papa Giorgio" ] Kimberley Strassel Discusse

    Dennis Prager interviews Kimberley Strassel about he article in the Wall Street Journal regarding "Trump’s Federalist Revival" (http://tinyurl.com/jzefjrn). Almost every pick Trump chooses is a step to stop or slow the growth of BIG government the Left has seen fit to attempt. Great article and interview in regards to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for the head of the EPA. For more clear thinking like this from Dennis Prager... I invite you to visit: http://www.dennisprager.com/ ~ see also: http://www.prageruniversity.com/ Donate to these two wonderful causes: https://www.prageru.com/donate | and | https://home.isi.org/donors
  • DOE Refuses To Name Employees Who Worked On Global Warming Programs

    12/13/2016 8:35:42 AM PST · by rktman · 133 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/13/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    The Department of Energy won’t be handing over a list of employees who worked on global warming issues to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. “We will be forthcoming with all publically-available [sic] information with the transition team. We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team,” agency spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder told Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson. Bloomberg obtained a Trump transition team questionnaire sent to DOE officials. The news outlet reported Trump’s team wanted DOE “to list employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration’s social cost...
  • It’s Time to Chill About Global Warming(they won't)

    12/10/2016 6:39:27 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/10/2016 | Susan Stamper Brown
    Global warming activists won’t be satisfied until the Earth freezes over and nothing survives. They relentlessly use obnoxious pictures of polar bears floating on melting sea ice to guilt people into believing we’re to blame. They chose the wrong animal as their “poster child.” Polar bears aren’t cuddly little snowballs who sip on colas all day and use a hunting rifle to compassionately put their prey out of misery when it’s snack time. Instead, polar bears use ambush tactics and sharp claws and teeth to feast on cute little seals they sometimes eat alive while kicking and screaming. They also...
  • Trump's EPA pick will make Obama regret his environmental overreach

    12/09/2016 6:36:49 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 43 replies
    thehill.com ^ | PATRICK J. MICHAELS
    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is as clear a signal as the incoming administration can send with regard to its environmental policies. It is also a sign that the administration is far more meticulous, internally consistent and thorough than its detractors have thought, and that it is on a clear mission not just to stop, but to reverse many of the actions of Obama’s EPA. *snip* Fasten your seat belts, for we may be about to witness the scientific-cat fight of our time. On one side will be a massive and entrenched...
  • Pruitt to Dismantle EPA Climate Agenda

    12/10/2016 5:24:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 10, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Personnel is policy, as they say, and despite his meeting with the High Priest of Climatology, Al Gore, president-elect Donald Trump’s pick of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be the new head at EPA, shows Trump is serious about pulling back the curtain to expose climate fraud, leaving climate zealots as unsettled as the alleged “science” they trumpet. Pruitt has already fought the various unconstitutional power grabs that essentially established it as the fourth and unelected branch of government. As Tom Borelli notes in Conservative Review: Pruitt’s concerns of EPA overreach also includes the agency’s controversial, “Waters of the...
  • Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data show

    12/09/2016 2:46:14 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2016 | Christopher Ingraham
    Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday. That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • No, Scott Pruitt at the EPA Will Not Be a Threat to the Planet

    Under Obama, the EPA has become an agency bent on imposing a radical ideological agenda regardless of the law. Pruitt would restore it to its proper role. On Wednesday, Donald Trump announced that he will nominate Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is a Republican from an energy-rich state, so his opinions on the EPA are about what one might expect — namely, that the EPA’s worthy purpose is not an excuse for holding America’s energy industry hostage. “Some believe that we don’t need an EPA, that they don’t have any role at all,”...
  • HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

    12/08/2016 7:42:37 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    EPA ^ | Jul 12, 2011
    On June 16, 2009, EPA joined with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide. Through a set of guiding livability principles and a partnership agreement that will guide the agencies' efforts, this partnership will coordinate federal housing, transportation, and other infrastructure investments to protect the environment, promote equitable development, and help to address the challenges of climate change.
  • Sanctuary House (Humor)

    12/08/2016 6:14:10 PM PST · by RightGeek · 6 replies
    Ricochet ^ | 12/7/2016 | Michael Henry
    On Thanksgiving Day, I stopped by the palatial home of my longtime friend and lawyer, E. Hobart Calhoun, a fellow Mensa member, bon vivant, and part-time oenophile. He was burning leaves in his front yard. I jumped out of my reconditioned hybrid Ford Falcon and raced to stomp out the flames, feverishly checking for any sign of the EPA death squads routinely patrolling our neighborhoods these days. “Have you lost your mind?” I asked E. as I stepped out of my rugged Duluth steel-threaded overalls, which had caught fire in spite of Duluth’s guarantee that they were flammable or inflammable,...
  • Dem Senator Threatens: Pruitt-EPA Confirmation Hearings Will Have ‘Razor-blade Sharp Edges’

    12/08/2016 1:56:58 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    My, my: such a violent metaphor. Aren’t the Dems the peace ‘n love party? On MSNBC today, regarding the nomination of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator, Dem Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts threatened “a confirmation hearing that has razor-blade sharp edges.” To which guest-host Peter Alexander stunningly responded: “as the Sierra Club told me last night, they said this is sort of like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires.” Note: Alexander wasn’t merely reporting the Sierra Club’s statement. With his preface—”as the Sierra Club told me”—Alexander seemed to be adopting the slanderous simile as his own. View the...