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  • DC Swamp Denizens Strike Back

    10/21/2017 7:25:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2017 | Paul Drissen
    Despite my well crafted, highly persuasive articles over the years (here, here and here, for example), corn ethanol and other biofuel mandates remain embedded in US law. As we have learned, once a government program is created, it becomes virtually impossible to eliminate, revise or even trim fat from it.This year, it looked like this “rule of perpetuity” might finally change. The Trump-Pruitt Environmental Protection Agency proposed to use its “waiver authority” to reduce its 2018 biodiesel requirement by 15% (315 million gallons) and (possibly) lower the 2019 total down to the 1-billion-gallon minimum mandated by Congress. The proposed action...
  • Opinion: With Trump's toxic view of EPA expect sewage in your water

    10/20/2017 10:32:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | October 20, 2017 | By David Pringle
    What do severe cuts to core environmental protections and New Jersey's middle class losing federal tax deductions for local property and state income taxes have in common? What's the common thread between climate programs and Obamacare? These key protections and programs are on the chopping block to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of Americans if the Trump administration and their allies in Congress have their way. Experts with scientific certainty say damage from regular flooding and extreme weather like Harvey, Irma, Irene and Maria will occur with increasing severity and frequency due to human-caused climate change....
  • EPA's Pruitt moves to end Obama-era practice of 'sue and settle' with environmentalists

    10/18/2017 1:37:08 PM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 16, 2017 | Staff
    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt​ moved Monday to end a controversial practice known as “sue and settle,” which critics said was used during the Obama administration to cut deals with environmental groups leading to new regulations. “The days of regulation through litigation are over,” Pruitt said in a statement, announcing a new EPA directive. Republicans, including Pruitt, had fought with the Obama administration in court over what they described as a back-room practice that led to more red tape. They claimed the EPA routinely entered into consent decrees with environmental groups that had sued the agency, in turn leading to new...
  • Another 'evil Trump' CNN smear(enviro screed)

    10/18/2017 7:30:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 10/18/2017 | John Stossel
    Did you happen to catch CNN’s latest smear? Anderson Cooper’s show recently featured a “two-part exclusive” that claims Donald Trump’s EPA director had conspired with the CEO of a mining company to “withdraw environmental restrictions” so the company could dig “the largest open pit mine in the world in an extremely sensitive watershed in wild Alaska.” The report was enough to horrify any caring person. CNN showed beautiful pictures of colorful salmon swimming in Bristol Bay, and the reporter intoned dramatically, “EPA staffers were shocked to receive this email obtained exclusively by CNN which says ‘we have been directed by...
  • A CNN Smear

    10/18/2017 6:34:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2017 | John Stossel
    Did you happen to catch CNN's latest smear? Anderson Cooper's show recently featured a "two-part exclusive" that claims Donald Trump's EPA director had conspired with the CEO of a mining company to "withdraw environmental restrictions" so the company could dig "the largest open pit mine in the world in an extremely sensitive watershed in wild Alaska." The report was enough to horrify any caring person. CNN showed beautiful pictures of colorful salmon swimming in Bristol Bay, and the reporter intoned dramatically, "EPA staffers were shocked to receive this email obtained exclusively by CNN which says 'we have been directed by...
  • EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Ends ‘Abusive’ Obama ‘Sue & Settle’ Policy

    10/17/2017 8:55:37 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/16/2017 | Sean Moran
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt ended the agency’s “sue and settle” policy Monday, criticizing “regulation through litigation” as wrong and “abusive.” “The days of regulation through litigation are over,” said Administrator Pruitt. “We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the Agency by special interest groups where doing so would circumvent the regulatory process set forth by Congress. Additionally, gone are the days of routinely paying tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to these groups with which we swiftly settle.” Under previous administrations, particularly...
  • The Obama EPA’s Crooked Prosecutors

    10/14/2017 6:18:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen – at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is...
  • EPA Chief Tells Coal Miners He Will Repeal Power-Plan Rule: ‘The War Against Coal Is Over’

    10/09/2017 2:11:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/09/17 | Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky on Monday that he will move to repeal a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, assuring them, “The war against coal is over.” Speaking at an event in Hazard, Ky., with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pruitt said his agency will publish the new proposed rule Tuesday. “Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I’ll be a signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration, and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule,” Pruitt said.
  • Loss for Obama, victory for coal: EPA to formally repeal Clean Power Plan

    10/08/2017 9:31:35 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/06/2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Trump administration this week is expected to formally repeal the Clean Power Plan, taking direct aim at former President Barack Obama’s climate change legacy and delivering a major win for the coal industry. A draft proposal of the Environmental Protection Agency’s looming decision, leaked late last week and posted online, says the plan — which would have limited carbon emissions from power plants and, in the process, drastically reduced the amount of coal-generated electricity in the U.S. — goes beyond the bounds of federal law and unnecessarily hikes energy prices for consumers. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, as Oklahoma’s attorney...
  • Delingpole: Trump to Repeal and Replace Obama’s ‘Stupid’ and ‘Job Killing’ Clean Power Plan

    10/07/2017 5:54:59 AM PDT · by davikkm · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | JAMES DELINGPOLE
    President Trump is to take his first step towards scrapping President Obama’s “stupid” and “job killing” Clean Power Plan, an aghast New York Times reports. The Trump administration will repeal the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s effort to fight climate change, and will ask the public to recommend ways it could be replaced, according to an internal Environmental Protection Agency document. The draft proposal represents the administration’s first substantive step toward rolling back the plan, which was designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, after months of presidential tweets and condemnations of Mr....
  • EPA poised to formally repeal Clean Power Plan in major blow to Obama’s climate legacy

    10/06/2017 11:49:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to soon formally repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in what would be one of the biggest blows yet to former President Barack Obama’s legacy on climate change. A draft proposal of the EPA’s conclusions, leaked to news outlets over the past 24 hours, argues that the plan — which would limit carbon emissions from power plants and, in the process, drastically reduce the amount of coal-generated electricity in the U.S. — goes beyond the bounds of federal law and unnecessarily hikes energy prices for consumers. ~snip~ “The EPA is proposing to repeal the...
  • EPA to propose repealing Obama's climate regulation - document

    10/04/2017 8:24:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 4, 2017 | by Valerie Volcovici
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan - the Obama administration’s centerpiece regulation to fight climate change - and plans to solicit input on a rule to replace it, according to an EPA document seen by Reuters. The decision marks the agency’s first formal step to sweep away the rule intended to cut carbon emissions from power plants, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order in March launching the EPA’s review. The Republican president has expressed doubts about the science of climate change and has blamed former Democratic President Barack Obama’s efforts to cut...
  • EPA buys Pruitt a special booth for secret communications

    09/27/2017 10:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2017 5:16 PM EDT | Michael Biesecker
    The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to provide Administrator Scott Pruitt something none of his predecessors have had — a custom soundproof booth for making private phone calls. EPA did not respond to questions on Wednesday from The Associated Press about the government contract for the “privacy booth for the administrator” ordered last month, according to a summary of the contract listed in a federal procurement database. The contract for the booth, due for delivery by Oct. 9, was first reported by The Washington Post. EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman told the newspaper that the booth would serve as...
  • Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

    09/27/2017 4:03:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2017 5:05 PM EDT | Brian Witte
    Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s ozone problem originates in upwind states. Maryland petitioned the EPA in November for a finding that 36 power plant units in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are emitting air pollution affecting Maryland in violation of the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor provision.” In January, the EPA issued a six-month extension to...
  • Now it’s a War on Pipelines

    09/23/2017 5:04:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    The radical environmentalist war on fossil fuels has opened a new front: a war on pipelines.For years, activists claimed the world was rapidly depleting its oil and natural gas supplies. The fracking revolution (horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing) obliterated that argument, by sending US oil and gas production to new heights. Indeed, record gas supplies and plummeting gas prices combined with the Obama EPA war on coal to shutter many coal-fired power plants.So the battle increasingly shifted to the far more emotional claim that continued reliance on fossil fuels (which provide over 80% of the US and global energy that...
  • Nominee for EPA chemical safety post has deep industry ties

    09/19/2017 7:46:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2017 9:35 PM EDT | Michael Biesecker and Jeff Horwitz
    President Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients’ products, according to a review of financial records and his published work by The Associated Press. Michael L. Dourson’s nomination as head of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention was to be considered by a Senate committee Wednesday, but was postponed when the Senate adjourned early for the week. If confirmed, ethics experts said, Dourson’s past writings and the money paid to him and a nonprofit he founded...
  • Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

    09/19/2017 7:37:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2017 8:09 PM EDT | Dan Elliott and Michael Biesecker
    Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said Tuesday. Such work is at a standstill or moving slowly on at least four Superfund sites where “human exposure is not under control,” according to a report from the EPA’s inspector general. That means contamination at the sites is unsafe for humans and there is a reasonable expectation that people may be exposed to it, the report said. The report comes as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has...
  • Obama EPA chief who used fake email complains about Trump transparency

    09/19/2017 4:04:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 19, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, who used a secret email alias during her time at the agency, lashed out Tuesday at the Trump administration for destroying the agency’s credibility by being “non-transparent.” Ms. Jackson, who is now a senior executive at computer giant Apple, said new Administrator Scott Pruitt and the rest of the new leadership have betrayed what she said was a decades-long bipartisan commitment. “EPA’s been run by Democrats and by Republicans, but it’s never, in its history, 40-plus years old, been run by someone who seems to be determined to do the one thing that could destroy...
  • Next wave of EPA science advisers could include those who question climate change

    09/18/2017 8:43:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 18, 2017 | By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis
    People who have questioned aspects of mainstream climate research appear on a list of 132 possible candidates for positions on EPA’s influential Science Advisory Board, which the agency has opened for public comment until September 28. One candidate believes more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will “confer great benefits upon future inhabitants of the globe” by driving plant growth. Another has said of the climate change debate that “scare tactics and junk science are used to secure lucrative government contracts.” Five candidates have challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s own science on the warming of the planet in court. But the...
  • Colorado’s electricity rates continue to rise

    09/18/2017 8:23:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | September 16, 2017 | Amy Cooke, Grant Mandigora
    In 2001, Colorado electricity consumers enjoyed some of the lowest electric rates in the country. The 15 years since haven’t been so kind to ratepayers. For more than a decade, elected officials, PUC commissioners, industry and advocates have told Colorado ratepayers that they could transform the state’s electricity generation away from coal and toward industrial wind, solar and natural gas with little cost to ratepayers. However, the actual numbers tell a much different story. Colorado electricity rates have risen sharply – 62.1 percent – across residential, commercial and industrial sectors, despite a slight decrease in recent years. Colorado electricity rates...