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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy says she'll keep close tabs on Pruitt

    02/19/2017 4:21:04 AM PST · by kevcol · 89 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 17, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Former President Barack Obama's environmental chief, Gina McCarthy, said Friday that she will be keeping a close eye on newly confirmed EPA chief Scott Pruitt as he takes the helm of the agency she once commanded. . . . "Every action" Pruitt makes, McCarthy said, will be eyed "very closely" by her "to ensure the Trump administration upholds science and the law." . . . The former EPA chief said she wants to make sure Pruitt "respects" the EPA's "dedicated public servants and builds on the agency's long track record of protecting public health and the environment."
  • EPA bracing for a deluge of Trump executive orders

    02/16/2017 10:13:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2-16-17 | Leslie Eastman
    This may be the beginning of the end of one of the most business-crushing entities in the nation. President Donald Trump is poised to introduce a series of executive actions aimed at scaling back Obama-era climate change initiatives. Quote The president intends to sign the actions during a visit to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters to swear in Scott Pruitt as head of the agency, Inside EPA reported Tuesday, citing an administration source. The timing of the event has not been determined because the full Senate has not yet confirmed Pruitt. The Hill reported on the Inside EPA report on...
  • WARNING: Trump’s EPA Secretary Will Have ‘16,000 Employees Working Against Him’

    01/29/2017 9:08:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 107 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/28/17 | Christopher Bedford
    When likely EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt walks into his first day at the office, “He’ll have 16,000 employees working against him,” Sen. James Lankford told a large gathering of libertarian donors Saturday evening.“And I expect a flood of lawsuits over everything he does.”Pruitt, who has been nominated to lead the EPA by President Donald Trump, is the attorney general of Lankford’s state, Oklahoma. He has faced fierce opposition from the environmentalist left.Lankford, who chairs the Senate Oversight Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, was joined on stage by Sens. Mike Lee and Pat Toomey. Their panel, moderated by Americans for Prosperity...
  • Trump Orders Media Blackout At Government Agencies: Bans Use Of Social Media, Bars New EPA Contracts

    01/24/2017 3:27:59 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-24-2017 | Tyler Durden
    It wasn't just the EPA. Earlier today, we reported that the Trump administration instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press, detailed the specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency's social media accounts. On Monday, the Huffington Post reported that EPA grants had been frozen, with agency employees barred from speaking of the matter. The memo ordering the social media blackout is shown below.(snip)
  • 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 Admin to hold EPA accountable for massive toxic river spill

    01/24/2017 8:35:00 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 58 replies
    The Free Range Report ^ | 01/22/2016 | Chris White
    Republicans and Democrats have criticized the agency’s decision to ignore victims associated with the Gold King Mine spill, which released 3 million gallons of dangerous metals like lead, cadmium and arsenic into the Animas River. Citizens of the Rocky Mountain state are relying on the incoming Trump administration to require that the EPA pay damages in the wake of a massive agency-caused toxic water spill in Colorado. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, a tribe whose water supply was affected by spill, said he’s hoping Congress and the Trump administration will force the EPA to take responsibility. “There is no reason...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • Couple Forced to Destroy 40-Year-Old Pond On Their Own Property Because Govt Owns The Rainwater

    12/28/2016 12:48:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 102 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | Claire Bernish
    An Oregon couple has been told they must destroy a 2-acre pond on their land — the property’s most attractive feature — because the government said so. Although Jon and Sabrina Carey purchased the 10-acre property near Butte Falls two and a half years ago, the pond has been in place for 40 years — but that fact doesn’t matter to the Jackson County Watermaster’s Office. “I basically bought a lemon,” said Jon, who became teary-eyed at the edge of the partially ice-covered body of water being targeted by government, in an interview with the Mail Tribune. “That’s how they...
  • 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...
  • BREAKING: Trump to appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt as EPA head - transition team

    12/07/2016 10:26:02 AM PST · by MountainWalker · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/7/2016 | Reuters
    BREAKING: Trump to appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt as EPA head - transition team
  • New EPA rules push regulatory costs past $1 trillion, $3,080 per person

    12/01/2016 6:20:53 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/1/16 | Paul Bedard
    The new implementation of EPA rules on heavy trucks has boosted the 10-year regulatory burden on America past $1 trillion, 75 percent of which have been imposed by the Obama administration. That amounts to a one-time charge of $3,080 per person, or an annual cost of $540 ... each year every person, regardless of age, in the nation is responsible for paying roughly $540 in regulatory costs. These burdens might take the form of higher prices, fewer jobs, or reduced wages," said AAF's Sam Batkins ... The staggering amount is likely to surge even higher as President Obama scrambles to...
  • EPA: Gender Is ‘Male, Female, a Blend of Both, or Neither’

    11/30/2016 8:28:29 AM PST · by kevcol · 53 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 30, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Environmental Protection Agency is entering its second phase of a data project to collect information on the sexual orientation of its employees. The Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) pilot program allows EPA employees to voluntarily disclose their gender identity and sexual orientation, information that the agency says is “crucial” to an “inclusive” workplace. . . . The agency directed its employees to definitions of gender identity and expression from the Human Rights Campaign.
  • EPA chief: Progress under Obama won't be undone by Trump

    11/21/2016 3:22:23 PM PST · by PROCON · 129 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 21, 2016 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump will not derail progress made in fighting climate change and creating clean-energy jobs, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency insisted on Monday in arguing "the inevitability of our clean energy future is bigger than any one person or nation." EPA chief Gina McCarthy said the world is "in a spectacularly different place today than we were when President (Barack) Obama took office," citing new environmental rules and actions to help create thousands of jobs in renewable energy such as wind and solar power.
  • EPA Chief: ‘People Have to Start Living a Life That’s Commensurate with Reductions in Greenhouse

    10/27/2016 12:14:07 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 69 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 10/26/16 | Eric Scheiner
    full title....EPA Chief: ‘People Have to Start Living a Life That’s Commensurate with Reductions in Greenhouse Gases’...................... (CNSNews.com) -“People have to start living a life that’s commensurate with reductions in greenhouse gases,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said while discussing the recent global deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in air-conditioning and refrigeration. During a social media discussion with Mashable last week, McCarthy said that fighting climate change will “not have to be just what government does, but it has to be what people do.” “People have to start living a life that’s commensurate with reductions in greenhouse...
  • EPA Chief: ‘People Have to Start Living a Life That’s Commensurate with Reductions in Greenhouse..

    10/27/2016 10:59:35 AM PDT · by PROCON · 46 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Oct. 24, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) -“People have to start living a life that’s commensurate with reductions in greenhouse gases,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said while discussing the recent global deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in air-conditioning and refrigeration. During a social media discussion with Mashable last week, McCarthy said that fighting climate change will “not have to be just what government does, but it has to be what people do.” “People have to start living a life that’s commensurate with reductions in greenhouse gases to the extent they can,” McCarthy said. “But also, as you said- demand government to be...