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  • 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...
  • EPA Hiring 15 ‘Diversity and Inclusion Specialists,’ Will Pay Six Figures for Each

    10/25/2016 6:47:54 AM PDT · by pabianice · 38 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/25/16 | Follow
    The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to hire 15 “Diversity and Inclusion Specialists,” each of whom will make $100,000 or more per year. The agency will hire employees to set up diversity and inclusion “advisory bodies” across the country, according to a government job posting. “Earth Day is every day at EPA!” the agency said. “At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work!” “We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career—we share a common...
  • EPA Expands Power by Calling Plowed Farm Fields 'Mini Mountain Ranges'

    10/20/2016 12:36:29 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 31 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/15/2016 | Tom Gantert
    When farmers plow their land, it produces grooves called "furrows," bordered by small ridges of dirt. But in pursuit of new regulatory powers, federal agencies refer to the little dirt mounds by another term: “mini mountain ranges.” That seemingly absurd distinction is being used to impose more federal control over private land use decisions made by U.S. farmers. That was the claim described in a U.S. Senate committee report released Sept. 20. The committee reviewed the powers held by the nation’s two largest environmental regulation agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency, and a proposed...
  • EPA issues 50-state climate warning, flood, drought, 'insect outbreaks'

    10/06/2016 10:09:46 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/6/16 12:34 PM | By Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard)
    The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday unveiled its new online tool to help local officials deal with climate change, and it warns that no state in the nation is safe from disaster. The "Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center," or "ARC-X," provides a map that break the country into eight regions and every single one comes with a threatening warning and long list of threats to human life. "From floods and droughts to dangerous heat islands and other public health effects, communities are facing the very real impacts of climate change," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in unveiling the portal. While the...
  • Top climate skeptic to lead Trump's EPA transition team

    09/26/2016 2:31:14 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/26/16 | Timothy Cama
    Donald Trump is tapping a high-profile climate change skeptic to lead administration transition efforts for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Myron Ebell, director of energy and environment policy at the conservative think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute, is heading Trump’s EPA transition preparation, E&E Daily reported Monday. Ebell is an outspoken, longtime skeptic of the scientific consensus that human activity is dramatically changing the climate. He often refers to warnings about global warming as climate “alarmism” and is a vocal critic of President Obama’s climate change regulations. Ebell has argued that the Clean Power Plan is illegal and that the Paris...
  • The EPA’s “Power Plan” Is An Unlawful Power Grab

    09/23/2016 6:30:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/23/2016 | Marlo Lewis
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument next Tuesday, September 27 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan. The centerpiece of resident Obama’s climate policy agenda, the Plan establishes first-ever carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for “existing” (already built) coal and natural gas power plants. The Plan will increase consumer energy prices and impede job and GDP growth yet have no discernible effect on global temperatures or sea levels. However, that’s not why the Court should strike it down. The Court should overturn the Plan because it is an unlawful power grab. The Plan will...
  • U.S. Court Rules that EPA Violated Personal Privacy of Farmers, Ranchers

    09/14/2016 7:12:01 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    NorthernAg.net ^ | September 13, 2016 | Unknown
    The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers, according to a unanimous ruling issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The ruling in American Farm Bureau Federation and National Pork Producers Council vs. EPA concerned the federal agency's 2013 release to three environmental groups of a vast compilation of spreadsheets containing personal information about farmers and ranchers who raise livestock and poultry in 29 states. The case also related to similar personal information from farmers and ranchers in seven additional states that had yet to be...
  • Top EPA Official Slams ‘****heads’ At White House For Not Regulating Fracking

    09/12/2016 5:51:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 12, 2016 | Michael Bastasch
    A former senior EPA official known for coordinating with environmentalists slammed the White House for pushing back on agency plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas, text messages show. Michael Goo, EPA’s policy chief at the time, texted Sierra Club lobbyist John Coequyt that if environmentalists “want any hope of regulation of fracking then give us more time to try and remove the gun from our head and talk sense into OMB dickheads.” “If you want the oil and gas nsps to give fracking a free pass, as OMB would like then don’t give us the extension,”...
  • EPA spills again in Colorado

    08/28/2016 5:49:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    .washington examiner ^ | 8/26/16 | John Siciliano
    The Environmental Protection is admitting to a spill from a treatment plant it set up after it dumped 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into a Colorado river last year. The EPA said Thursday night that the spill happened on Tuesday, and officials are still attempting to determine how much and what metals were contained in the sludgy discharge, ... The Navajo Nation sued the agency over the spill last week after the EPA inspector general and the Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the incident a few days before the Aug. 5 anniversary of the 2015 spill. The...
  • 1,690-Page ‘Climate Change’ Reg Increases Cost of Tractor-Trailer Up to $15,119

    08/22/2016 11:04:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 22, 2016 | 12:52 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly issued a new regulation last week that is meant to help protect the world from “climate change” by limiting “greenhouse gas emissions” and improving fuel efficiency in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles operated in the United States. The 1,690-page regulation is approximately 700,000 words long. A “regulatory impact analysis” published by EPA and NHTSA estimates the regulation will add an average of as much as $13,749 to the cost of a tractor truck and $1,370 to a trailer, making some tractor-trailer combinations $15,119 more expensive in 2027 than they...
  • EPA: Harley-Davidson Must Buy Stoves As Punishment For Air Violations

    08/19/2016 8:09:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 19, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is going after Harley-Davidson for allegedly selling motorcycles that emit more air pollution than the almighty federal government allows, and is punishing them by making them pay for people’s stoves. The federal tree-hugging watchdog complained that the motorcycle company “manufactured and sold approximately 340,000 illegal devices, known as ‘super tuners,’ that, once installed, caused motorcycles to emit higher amounts of certain air pollutants than what the company certified to EPA.” “Since January 2008, Harley-Davidson has manufactured and sold two types of tuners, which when hooked up to Harley-Davidson motorcycles, allow users to modify certain aspects...
  • American Truckers Just Got BAD News From Obama… This Is a Total Disgrace

    08/20/2016 4:13:34 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 88 replies
    American truckers, and the big rigs they drive, are literally the lifeblood of this nation, transporting food, raw materials and finished goods from one end of the country to the other and back again, delivering what is needed where it is needed when it is needed on a daily basis. But those truckers just had a major roadblock placed in their way, courtesy of President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, and the consequences for not only the trucking industry, but America as a whole, could be devastating. According to The Daily Caller, the EPA just announced on Tuesday that it...
  • Dishwasher and Washer Design Victim of EPA and Dept of Energy Stupidity.

    07/29/2016 2:58:20 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 130 replies
    0729.16 | chickensoup
    My dishwasher and my washer are victims of the EPA and the DOE. I need the dishwasher to let in more water to wash correctly I need the washer to have a higher level in the tub, in order to meet guidelines
  • The president just signed a law that affects nearly every product you use

    06/22/2016 12:01:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2016 | By Darryl Fears
    President Obama signed a bill into law Wednesday that places stronger regulations on chemicals present in nearly every product Americans use, including detergents, clothing, paint thinners, cleansers and automobiles. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act passed by Congress early this month in a rare bipartisan vote. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act, which had not been reauthorized since the Ford administration in the mid-1970s. The new law gives the Environmental Protection Agency more oversight and stronger tools to monitor chemicals that in some cases could cause cancer and other health problems in adults and...
  • Judge nixes 'ridiculous' EPA request to block testimony in coal case

    06/17/2016 11:41:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17, 2016 | Timothy Cama
    A federal judge ruled Friday that a lobbyist and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official can testify for a coal company in its lawsuit against the agency. The EPA had sought to block Jeff Holmstead, who led the EPA’s air pollution office under then-President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, from appearing as an expert witness in Murray Energy Corp.’s case. The agency argued that Holmstead’s time at the EPA is a significant conflict of interest and his testimony would amount to little more than unreliable legal conclusions. The EPA “effectively argues that, because Mr. Holmstead once worked at...
  • Lies, Damned Lies, And The EPA's 'Clean Power Plan'

    06/17/2016 6:12:53 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 6/17/2016 | Staff
    Environment: President Obama's "Clean Power Plan" is on pause, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling in March after more than two dozen states filed suit to stop it. A new report shows why the plan should be scrapped entirely, and the EPA sued for fraud.
  • SCOTUS Sides With Landowners In Blow to Obama Admin's Environmental Agenda

    06/01/2016 5:49:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    The White House’s Clean Water Act requires property owners to surrender possession of land that falls under its jurisdiction. The law, which has frustrated landowners for 40 years, was expanded last year when the Obama administration issued new rules for which bodies of water can be claimed as government property. Hawkes Co., Inc. was one of the businesses affected by the White House’s environmental guidelines. The company, which provides peat for golf courses, was prevented from using property in Marshall County, Minnesota, because it had been deemed federally controlled wetlands by the United States Corps of Engineers. The Supreme Court took up...
  • EPA is reminded that Power Plan enforcement violates SCOTUS order

    05/25/2016 8:01:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Back in January, 26 states asked the Supreme Court to put a halt to the EPA’s new “Clean Power” Plan based on the extraordinary cost it imposed on states, stress to the power grid and a variety of other factors. The Court agreed to that request, instructing the involved parties to put on the brakes until ongoing litigation made its way through the court system. Unfortunately, EPA chief Gina McCarthy never seemed to get the memo and the agency has continued work on the program, drafting plans to reward states which exceed the mandated targets in carbon emissions and punishing...
  • EPA Just Declared War On Millions of Car Owners

    05/25/2016 3:54:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 147 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/25/2016 | Staff
    Energy: The EPA’s proposal to increase the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline is a trifecta of regulatory abuse. It will do nothing for the environment, it will do nothing for energy security, and it could wreck millions of car engines
  • EPA seeks to boost ethanol in fuel supply

    05/18/2016 2:26:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 18, 2018 | Timothy Cama
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to increase the amount of ethanol and other biofuels in the nation’s fuel supply. But the volumes proposed Wednesday under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) still fall under targets written into the 2007 law that created the program. That ended up angering both the ethanol industry, which wants more of its product to be mandated, and the oil industry, which wants the program rolled back. The agency plans to mandate that 18.8 billion gallons of biofuels be blended into the country’s gasoline and diesel supply next year. Of that amount, 14.8 billion gallons can...
  • Energy industry sues over grouse plans ( Colorado )

    05/13/2016 7:12:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 12, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    Oil and gas industry groups on Thursday sued federal agencies over revisions to land management plans in Colorado and other western states to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Western Energy Alliance and the North Dakota Petroleum Council filed the suit in North Dakota, saying the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to follow proper procedures for public involvement in adopting the land use plan amendments. They also say the plans ignore sound science and will hurt western economies. Plan revisions being challenged include ones in northwest Colorado, where greater sage-grouse habitat substantially overlaps with oil and gas...
  • EPA Administrator: ‘We Rock’ at Writing Rules

    05/11/2016 5:05:32 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 32 replies
    cns news ^ | May 9, 2016 | By Penny Starr
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that the EPA is very good at making rules requiring individuals, businesses and state and local governments to comply with laws related to “protecting” the environment. “If anybody knows anything about EPA and writing rules--we rock at it,” McCarthy said at the Climate Action 2016 summit held last week in Washington, D.C. "We do them legally. We do them on the basis of sound science. And while there is a pause, there’s no pause in the action in the United States towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. We are going in...
  • EPA Administrator: ‘We Rock’ at Writing Rules

    05/09/2016 10:21:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 9, 2016 | Penny Starr
    Video at link: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at the Climate Action 2016 summit in Washington, D.C. on May 6, 2016. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Friday that the agency is very good at making rules requiring individuals, businesses and state and local governments to comply with laws related to “protecting” the environment. “If anybody knows anything about EPA and writing rules – we rock at it,” Gina McCarthy said at the Climate Action 2016 summit held last week in Washington, D.C. McCarthy said the rules the agency puts...
  • EPA Continues To Implement Global Warming Plan Supreme Court Said It Couldn’t

    04/27/2016 3:36:44 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | April 27, 2016 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials are moving ahead with a key part of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) despite the Supreme Court issuing a stay against the agency’s global warming plan in February. The EPA submitted a proposal to the White House for green energy subsidies for states that meet the federally mandated carbon dioxide reduction goals early. The Clean Energy Incentive Program would give “credit for power generated by new wind and solar projects in 2020 and 2021” and a “double credit for energy efficiency measures in low-income communities,” according to Politico’s Morning Energy.The move seems to violate the...
  • Trump-ing Hillary on EPA and Global Warming

    05/04/2016 8:21:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/4/2016 | Steve Milloy
    If he lives up to his campaign rhetoric, a President Donald Trump would be a nightmare for the Environmental Protection Agency, radical environmentalism and the mandate- and subsidy-dependent “green” energy racket. I have paid close attention this campaign season to what every candidate has said about environmental issues. Almost all 17 of the Republican candidates strongly opposed Obama’s war on coal, the job-killing EPA, and global warming hysteria. But Trump has exhibited something else — unusually keen insight into and visceral dislike for green extremism, especially as inflicted upon us by the Obama administration.
  • As Americans Argue Over Which Bathroom to Use, 3 Nuclear Disasters are Unfolding Inside the US

    05/01/2016 4:57:36 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 57 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 4/30/2016 | Matt Agorist
    As the debate over which bathroom an individual should use based on their sexual identity heats up, we are witnessing the ignorant and brash nature of state enforcement of these edicts come to a head. It is not only a distraction and a means for the state to get involved in your bowel movements, but it paints the trans and gay community in a negative light by asserting there is some sexual stigma involved in relieving oneÂ’s bladder. The end result of such obstinate legalese clouding the minds of the public is going to be state violence initiated against individuals...
  • The EPA Stashes BILLIONS In Slush Fund-Like Accounts

    04/30/2016 8:12:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/30/2016 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials have accumulated at least $6.3 billion in more than 1,300 obscure spending accounts akin to slush funds that are essentially beyond congressional, media and public scrutiny. The accounts – which were created through EPA’s Superfund program – are not technically secret because the agency officially acknowledges their existence. But getting concrete details about deposits and expenditures is extremely difficult. The EPA deposited more than $6.3 billion into an estimated 1,308 special accounts between 1990 and 2015, according to the agency’s website, and has spent more than half of the total. The agency doesn’t publicly report...
  • The Political Death of American Coal

    04/19/2016 5:07:17 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 19,2016 | Stephen Moore
    There was a time in America — and it wasn't even so long ago — that liberals cared a lot about working-class people. They may have been misguided in many of their policy solutions — e.g., raising the minimum wage — but at least their hearts were in the right place. Then a strange thing happened about a decade ago. Radical environmentalists took control of the Democratic Party. These leftists care more about the supposed rise of the oceans than the financial survival of the middle class. The industrial unions made a catastrophic decision to get in bed with these...
  • Feds Say River They Polluted Is Safe, But Won’t Test Drinking Water

    04/15/2016 2:11:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/15/16 | Ethan Barton
    Drinking water and the “human food chain” affecting thousands of people are seriously threatened, because the Environmental Protection Agency polluted a Colorado river with toxic metals waste, a government document shows.But that’s not what EPA has been telling the public since the agency’s August 2015 accident that turned the Animas River yellow for nearly two weeks, threatening the main source of drinking and working water for residents in three states and the Navajo Nation.The EPA polluted the Animas River with 880,000 pounds of dangerous metals like lead and arsenic after it intentionally breached the Gold King Mine in August. EPA released a statement shortly...
  • A word from a toxicologist who defected from the federal junk science army

    03/15/2016 6:52:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/15/2016 | John Dale Dunn
    Last week, I discovered Frank Schnell when he wrote a comment on formaldehyde and said it was not a cancer-causing agent and that the EPA had lied about it. His comment was on an American Council on Science and Health posting by Josh Bloom, Ph.D. (organic chemistry), with a 20-year history of pharmaceutical research. Bloom busied himself in the post eviscerating a scare-monger on formaldehyde from the enviro-fanatic group National Resources Defense Council, and did a good job, but in the third or fourth comment, I saw a gem – a brief but insightful discussion by a man who described...
  • EPA Spends $300,000 to “Change the Habits” of American Workers

    03/14/2016 3:31:26 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 3/12/2016 | Staff
    The Environmental Protection Agency, not satisfied with the damage their regulations are doing to the nation’s fossil fuel industry, has awarded $300,000 in grant money to a tech company that will alert American office workers that they are using too much energy. The company, Lucid Design Group, is in the midst of developing technology that will track electricity and water use in commercial office buildings. “Through this project, Lucid is focused on reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings by influencing people’s behavior,” said a press release from the EPA. “With this award, it will further develop, test and commercialize low-cost...
  • EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout Was No Accident

    03/14/2016 12:55:06 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 93 replies
    /dailycaller ^ | 03/14/2016 | Michael Bastasch and Ethan Barton
    Obama administration officials called the Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado an “accident,” but an analysis of government documents and public statements makes clear the disaster was anything but accidental. The Environmental Protection Agency intentionally opened up the abandoned mine, which unleashed 3 million gallons of toxic waste into nearby rivers that residents of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and the Navajo Nation depend upon for drinking water. Agency administrator Gina McCarthy even called the mine spill an “unfortunate accident” in an Aug. 11, 2015, speech on the matter, but EPA officials have since been more cautious in describing the event....
  • House panel chairman: Gold King mine was breached on purpose ( EPA )

    03/02/2016 5:57:40 AM PST · by george76 · 40 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | March 1, 2016 | Matthew Brown
    The Republican chairman of a congressional panel investigating a 3-million-gallon spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive Colorado gold mine said Tuesday the mine was purposely breached by a government cleanup team. The assertion by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop of Utah contradicts claims by the Obama administration that the cleanup team was doing only preparatory work at the Gold King mine. Once it was breached, wastewater loaded with lead, arsenic and other contaminants fouled downstream rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Bishop cited an email in which an Interior Department official said the spill last August...