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  • Scott Pruitt’s First Year Set The EPA Back Anywhere From A Few Years To 3 Decades

    01/20/2018 10:13:26 AM PST · by yoe · 78 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | January 20, 2018 | Alexander C. Kaufman
    Shortly after taking office, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt set out to permanently limit the agency’s regulatory power in what he billed as a “Back to Basics” agenda focusing on cleaning up toxic waste and providing safe drinking water ― but not curbing new industrial pollution.
  • Scott Pruitt Is Dismantling the Administrative State at EPA

    01/18/2018 11:48:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 18, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: While the Drive-By Media obsesses over Donald Trump every day, the bureaucracy/the administrative state is being dismantled, and it’s not being covered by the Drive-Bys are so focused on Trump hatred. Last night CBS Evening News, Major Garrett spoke with Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator. And question was, “What’s the philosophy here? Do you want to protect business at the EPA or do you want to protect the environment?” PRUITT: It’s not… I mean, our focus here should be on stewardship. GARRETT: There are others who also wonder about those who have come from industry who in leadership position...
  • Success: EPA set to cut nearly 50% of staff in Trump's first term

    01/09/2018 6:52:42 AM PST · by gubamyster · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/09/2018 | Paul Bedard
    The Environmental Protection Agency, seen by President Trump as a bloated bureaucratic whale, is on schedule to fulfill his promise to cut its staff nearly in half by the end of his first term, according to officials. The EPA Tuesday provided to Secrets its first year staff cutting results which show that the agency is below levels last seen during former President Reagan’s administration. And if just those slated to retire by early 2021 leave, Administrator Scott Pruitt and his team will have reduced a staff of nearly 15,000, to below 8,000, or a cut of 47 percent. “We’re proud...
  • EPA Secretary Pruitt: The Eco-Nuts Will Never, Never Like You

    01/09/2018 5:40:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2018 | Seton Motley
    In the great Aaron Sorkin television creation “West Wing,” very accomplished fake president Jed Bartlet goes in for a brief bit of therapy during which the following exchange occurs: Bartlet: “It’s not good for a person to keep setting goals?” Psychologist: “It probably is.  But it’s tricky for somebody who is still trying to get his father to stop hitting him….” Bartlet: “I’m not trying to get my father to like me.” Psychologist: “Good.  Because it’s never, never going to happen.” It is of this conversation that I thought when I read of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Secretary Scott Pruitt’s possible way-overkill cleanup plan for...
  • The Biofuel Crony Capitalist Revolving Door

    01/06/2018 6:57:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), will become vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board.To grow and prosper, this industry relies on subsidies and mandates that require steadily increasing volumes of diesel fuel from crops and other sources. As the NBB said in a press release, Kovarik’s “decades of experience in the Senate will serve us well, as we navigate federal policy issues that most affect our industry.” His work on energy and tax legislation,...
  • New England's Absurd Energy Policies Exposed by Bomb Cyclone

    01/05/2018 10:52:16 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 31 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan 05, 2018 | Tom Borelli
    The cold blast hitting the U.S. is exposing the absurdity of left-wing energy policies in New England. Natural gas prices are skyrocketing in the region as the gas demand for both heating and electricity exceeds supply. ISO New England issued a “cold weather watch” for January 5 to alert the wholesale power market to a surge in demand for the weekend, as temperatures are expected to plummet. The grid operator believes it has enough power, but the demand could exceed supply. Don’t blame the weather for soaring energy prices and possible electricity shortages; blame the left-wing politicians and radical environmentalists...
  • U.S. EPA says glyphosate not likely to be carcinogenic to people (Roundup)

    01/05/2018 5:45:37 AM PST · by BraveMan · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 20, 2017 | Tom Polansek
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co’s top-selling weed killer Roundup, is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, contradicting a World Health Organization panel. The EPA, in a draft risk assessment report issued on Monday, also said it found “no other meaningful risks to human health” when glyphosate, the world’s biggest-selling weed killer, is used according to its label instructions.
  • Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest

    12/27/2017 6:05:52 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    al Rooters via Yahoo! News ^ | December 26, 2017 | Peter Szekely
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eight northeastern states said on Tuesday they sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to impose more stringent controls on a group of mostly Midwestern states whose air pollution they claim is being blown in their direction. In the latest development of a legal saga that began during Barack Obama's presidency, the lawsuit by New York and seven other states challenges a Trump administration decision to allow nine upwind states to escape tighter smog pollution controls. "Millions of New Yorkers are breathing unhealthy air as smog pollution continues to pour in from other states,"...
  • 'Junk science'? Studies behind Obama regulations under fire

    12/26/2017 10:45:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 26, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    Scientific studies used by the Obama administration to help justify tough environmental regulations are coming under intensifying scrutiny, with critics questioning their merit as the Trump EPA reverses or delays some of those rules. In one case, agencies determined the research used to prop up a ban on a particular pesticide was questionable. On another front, the Environmental Protection Agency never complied with a congressional subpoena for the data used to justify most Obama administration air quality rules. “EPA regulations are based on secret data developed in the 1990s,” Steve Milloy, who served on President Trump’s EPA transition team, told...
  • Christmas Miracle: Trump Gets Liberal NY Times to Embrace Poor FBI Against GOP Attacks

    How do you get the liberals at the New York Times to embrace America’s internal surveillance agencies? Get President Trump and Republicans to criticize them. Saturday’s off-lead story by Adam Goldman and Maggie Haberman, “Hurdle Facing F.B.I. Chief? The President – Politics hard to Avoid as Trump Weighs In.” The Republicans in Congress are hurting morale at FBI, an agency the Times suddenly adores. The jump-page headline: “F.B.I. Director Wants To Move Agency Ahead, But Trump is in the Way.” The text box: “Constant criticisms have damaged morale at the bureau.”That’s pretty bold, since it’s pretty much the paper’s raison...
  • Christmas Is Here, Everyone! EPA Officials Are ‘Leaving in Droves’

    12/22/2017 2:00:56 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 22,2017 | by James Delingpole
    Environmental Protection Agency officials are “leaving in droves”, reports the New York Times. More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration. What marvellous news to ease us all into the festive Christmas spirit, eh readers? Why, it’s like the final scene in A Christmas Carol where Scrooge repents of all his miserliness, his nephew Fred gets a big fat turkey, Bob Cratchit gets a...
  • Alaska's Pebble Mine moves closer to fruition as permitting process begins

    12/22/2017 11:05:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 22, 2017 | Andrew O'Reilly
    A proposed gold and copper mine that nearly got buried by the Obama administration moved closer to reality when its developers filed new permits with the federal government. The company behind Pebble Mine, in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, were poised Friday to file a wetlands-fill permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The permit application by the Pebble Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of Northern Dynasty Minerals, marks a milestone for the project that has seen renewed interest since President Trump appointed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. “At the outset of 2017, we established three ambitious...
  • E.P.A. Officials, Disheartened by Agency’s Direction, Are Leaving in Droves

    12/22/2017 4:36:46 AM PST · by keat · 113 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 22,2017 | LISA FRIEDMAN, MARINA AFFO and DEREK KRAVITZ
    WASHINGTON — More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration. Of the employees who have quit, retired or taken a buyout package since the beginning of the year, more than 200 are scientists. An additional 96 are environmental protection specialists, a broad category that includes scientists as well as others experienced in investigating and analyzing pollution levels. Nine department directors have departed the agency...
  • The great rethink of ethanol

    12/19/2017 8:58:28 AM PST · by george76 · 90 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 19, 2017 | Wayne Allard
    For the first time in years, there is an emerging consensus that the biggest racket in national politics deserves to end. Earlier this month, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and 10 other Republican senators held a luncheon summit at the White House with President Trump with the goal of drastically reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal mandate that annually funnels $13.5 billion from the wallets of American fuel and food consumers into the coffers of agribusiness giants. Before the national nightmare of Obamacare, there was the RFS, the most sweeping and intrusive federal intervention in the American economy undertaken in...
  • Here's How Many People Have Left the EPA Since Scott Pruitt Took Over [Winning!]

    12/16/2017 10:10:38 AM PST · by Simon Foxx · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/16/2017 | Courtney O'Brien
    The Environmental Protection Agency has shrunk considerably since Scott Pruitt took over as administrator. In fact, the agency is back to President Reagan-era staff levels. Over 700 EPA personnel have either retired, quit, or taken voluntary buyouts since Pruitt took over...
  • The EPA reports more lost emails as the House Oversight chair threatens contempt of Congress

    06/25/2014 5:21:48 PM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/24/14 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    If a certain fecal matter had been the only instance of disrepute revealed from within the ranks of the Environmental Protection Agency today, that would have been more than enough; alas… it wasn’t. (snip) The environmental agency is having trouble locating emails belonging to a former agency employee and pulling information from his crashed hard drive, House members revealed Wednesday while questioning Administrator Gina McCarthy at a hearing on complaints of mismanagement. “What is it with bureaucrats and public employees … the hard drives crash?” asked Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.). He and others on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee...
  • Sadly, Trump Is Winning (HuffPo Schadenfreude!)

    12/09/2017 8:56:02 PM PST · by bigbob · 60 replies
    Huffington (Puffington) Post ^ | 12-8-17 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write and admit: Trump is winning. In the brief space of a week, he won a brief court fight to shove Mick Mulvaney to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Mulvaney wasted no time in unhinging a spate of consumer protection rulings, regulations, and personnel hires made during the Obama years. His SCOTUS pick, Neil Gorsuch, eagerly cast a vote to impose the Muslim travel ban. His EPA head, Scott Pruitt, delivered a couple million acres of public monument land in the West to oil, gas, and coal industry...
  • GOP Lawmakers Confront Trump Over EPA’s Unworkable Biofuels Mandate

    12/07/2017 9:17:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 7, 2017 | Chris White
    President Donald Trump will meet with a group of Republican lawmakers Thursday to discuss ways of addressing problems oil refiners have with the EPA’s biofuels mandate. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is among nearly a dozen Republican lawmakers prepared to confront Trump over his administration’s refusal to ratchet down the biofuel standard. They want to find a way to lessen the impact the standards have on oil refiners. “President Trump will meet with senators today to discuss his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and how to effectively address the program’s impact on independent refiners,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Records from EPA Showing Obama Agency’s Illegal Use of Social Media...

    11/27/2017 12:00:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 27, 2017
    Full title: Judicial Watch Obtains Records from EPA Showing Obama Agency’s Illegal Use of Social Media Platform for Propaganda ‘I don’t want it to look like EPA used our own social media accounts to reach our support goal’ – EPA Director of Web Communications (Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch obtained 900-pages of documents from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which reveal the agency’s use of the mass-sharing Thunderclap social media platform to covertly promote its policies in violation of federal law. The documents show that EPA staffers, via the Thunderclap platform, recruited outside groups to lobby in support of the...
  • Will House Ethics Comm. Let Conyers’ Sex Scandal Slide Like His Past Corrupt Acts?

    11/22/2017 10:25:16 AM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 22, 2017
    The prominent Michigan congressman who illegally forced congressional staffers to be personal servants and work on state and local campaigns is embroiled in a major sex scandal. Various media outlets report that John Conyers, the longest serving House member and ranking Democrat of the powerful Judiciary Committee, secretly settled a sexual harassment claim by an employee with taxpayer funds from his office budget. Additionally, multiple former staff members accuse the 88-year-old lawmaker of repeatedly making sexual advances toward female staff. Democratic colleagues have already called for a House Ethics Committee probe, but there’s little hope Conyers will be punished since...