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  • Trump Emboldened (anti-government) Extremists. They Could Spell Trouble For Biden’s Interior Department.

    03/07/2021 4:56:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 3/07/21 | Chris D’Angelo
    **SNIP** Trump’s four years in office greatly empowered anti-government extremists. His Interior Department repeatedly hosted people who want to see federal lands sold off. Fierce critics of endangered species protections and federal land management were tapped for powerful department posts. William Perry Pendley, a conservative lawyer with extreme anti-environmental views who spent his career lobbying for the sale of federal lands, was put in charge of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management. Trump issued pardons for people like Utah state Rep. Phil Lyman (R) - who in 2014 led anti-federal land protesters on an illegal ATV ride on public lands that...
  • In First Decision Supreme Court’s Barrett Rules Against Environmentalists

    03/07/2021 3:23:49 PM PST · by Yong · 26 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | March 7, 2021 | Matthew Vadum
    In Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s first written opinion since joining the Supreme Court, the court ruled against left-wing environmental activists demanding federal regulators make public sensitive documents from its internal deliberations about changing the regulations for power plants’ cooling water intake systems.
  • Existing consumer right to repair protections are not enough: ACCC

    02/23/2021 3:15:11 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    ZD NET ^ | 11 Feb 2021 | Aimee Chanthadavong |
    Meanwhile, both IGEA and John Deere believe existing protections under existing consumer law work just fine. "As more products are computerised, and the information and power imbalances between manufacturers and consumers grow, the incentives for premature planned obsolescence that harms consumers is likely to increase. It is important that regulators are equipped with an appropriate legislative framework to investigate new emerging practices that may harm consumers," the ACCC said. In September 2018, the Equipment Dealers Association signed an agreement with John Deere in which the company would begin voluntarily making repair tools, software guides, and diagnostic equipment available for ordinary...
  • Biden's EPA refused Governor Abbott's request. Offered to allow certain power generation facilities a waiver if they raised the prices they charged to Texans to more than $1,500/MWh

    02/21/2021 2:23:58 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    Amuse Twitter ^ | 02 21 2021 | Amuse
    TEXAS POWER CRISIS THREAD: Once it was clear that the polar vortex would engulf the entire state of Texas @GovAbbott declared an emergency and asked President Biden for an EPA waiver to allow power generation facilities to operate at full capacity until the emergency passed. Biden's EPA refused Governor Abbott's request and instead offered to allow certain power generation facilities a waiver if they raised the prices they charged to Texans to more than $1,500/MWh resulting in massive statewide power outages and a failure of the grid.Amuse Twitter
  • Biden EPA Refused to Grant Texas Waiver Leading to Grid Shutdown

    02/21/2021 8:56:40 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 79 replies
    TEXAS POWER CRISIS THREAD: Once it was clear that the polar vortex would engulf the entire state of Texas @GovAbbott declared an emergency and asked President Biden for an EPA waiver to allow power generation facilities to operate at full capacity until the emergency passed. 2/ Biden's EPA refused Governor Abbott's request and instead offered to allow certain power generation facilities a waiver if they raised the prices they charged to Texans to more than $1,500/MWh resulting in massive statewide power outages and a failure of the grid. (Letter at below thread) 3/ The truth is that the federal government...
  • Biden’s EPA Nominee Admits Most Solar Panel, Electric Vehicle Parts Come from China

    02/05/2021 12:04:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National File ^ | 02/05/2021 | Frank Salvato
    President Biden’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admitted during his confirmation hearing that the United States is at a distinct disadvantage in the clean energy market because most of the parts necessary for solar energy and green vehicles are made in China.During his confirmation hearing last Wednesday, Michael Regan, Mr. Biden’s nominee to head the EPA, was questioned by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), about China’s complete disregard for the goals of green activists on the issue of climate change.Regan referred to his time at the head of the State of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, admitting...
  • A final EPA rollback under Trump curbs use of health studies

    01/05/2021 5:05:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 5, 2021 | By ELLEN KNICKMEYER (D-AP)
    The Environmental Protection Agency has completed one of its last major rollbacks under the Trump administration, changing how it considers evidence of harm from pollutants in a way that opponents say could cripple future public-health regulation.The new rule would require the release of raw data from public-health studies whose findings the EPA uses in determining the danger of an air pollutant, toxic chemical or other threat. Big public-health studies that studied the anonymized results of countless people have been instrumental in setting limits on toxic substances, including in some of the nation’s most important clean-air protections.Some industry and conservative groups...
  • Gina McCarthy, Deb Haaland And Gold King Mine

    12/20/2020 7:26:05 AM PST · by Baynative · 21 replies
    Victory Girls ^ | 12/20/20 | Nina Bookoput
    Gina McCarthy and Deb Haaland are on Biden’s climate team. This should be interesting given both of their ties to the disastrous Gold King Mine spill of 2015. That year, a mine up near Silverton, Colorado was under clean-up protocols by the EPA. The same EPA that Gina McCarthy was running at the time. Then, the spill happened. The Animas River turned into yellow sludge from southwestern Colorado all the way into and nearly through New Mexico. Who lives in New Mexico and just the year before lost her bid to be NM Lieutenant Governor? Joe Biden’s new choice for...
  • EPA Requests DOJ Investigate Foreign Funding of Environmental Groups

    10/27/2020 5:06:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | OCTOBER 27, 2020 3:30 PM | Joe Schoffstall
    The Environmental Protection Agency has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations that U.S. environmental groups have received covert funding from China and Russia. EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler made the request after Rep. Lance Gooden (R., Texas) alleged that left-wing environmental groups—including the Sea Change Foundation, Sunrise Movement, and Sierra Club—have functioned as conduits for "foreign influence, financial involvement, and election interference." Wheeler noted that it is not against the law for a nonprofit to take contributions from foreign entities but nonetheless asked the DOJ to look into whether the groups should register as foreign agents. "Given heightened concerns that...
  • How Biden Will End Fracking Without a Ban. Like Obama, he’d kill the energy industry by a thousand regulatory and legislative cuts.

    10/21/2020 4:19:35 AM PDT · by karpov · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2020 | Steve Milloy
    Joe Biden is probably telling the truth when he says he won’t “ban” fracking. A president can’t do that by executive order. And even if Democrats seize the Senate, a legislative ban would be politically risky. Far more likely is that a Biden administration would end fracking via indirect means, by taking a regulatory nibble here and a legislative bite there. While Mr. Biden has flip-flopped on fracking, he has consistently pledged to outlaw drilling on federal lands. That would affect 8% of all U.S. oil production, 9% of gas production, and 6% of natural gas liquids production. He has...
  • EPA Eases Rule To Allow Power Plants To Dump Polluted Water (barf)

    10/12/2020 9:30:05 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 8 replies ^ | Oct 12, 2020 | Sarah Okeson
    Agency Gives Utilities a Break, Reclassifies ‘Cooling Ponds’ as ‘Waste Treatment Systems’ Alice Fleming Guzick and her husband, Bill, have been living at their lake house on Lake Keowee in South Carolina since the coronavirus pandemic started. She likes to paddleboard and kayak there. Trump and Radical Republicans stripped environmental protections from lakes such as the one Guzick lives on when the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers repealed former President Barack Obama’s Clean Water Rule and replaced it. Environmentalists say the change removes lakes such as Lake Keowee from being protected under the landmark Clean Water Act, which...
  • EPA Administrator Pans Newsom’s Electric Car Mandate: ‘You Can’t Keep the Lights on Today’

    09/30/2020 6:42:06 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/29/2020 | Penny Starr
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, sent a letter to Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom warning about the legal implications of his recent Executive Order mandating that new vehicle sales starting in 2035 must be electric vehicles and chided him for the failing electricity infrastructure taking place in the state today.
  • EPA questions legality of California's attempt to phase out sales of gas-powered cars

    09/29/2020 11:51:16 AM PDT · by karpov · 13 replies
    The HIll ^ | September 29, 2020 | Rachel Frazin
    The federal government is raising legal and practical questions about a recent California executive order attempting to end sales of gas-powered cars in the state by 2035. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler wrote to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday, saying he believes California would need to request a waiver from his agency for the order to be implemented and implying that the state’s electricity infrastructure is insufficient for a shift toward electric vehicles. “While the [executive order] seems to be mostly aspirational and on its own would accomplish very little, any attempt by the California Air...
  • Wind Turbines Generate Mountains of Waste

    09/25/2020 7:22:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | September 25, 2020 | Duggan Flanagan
    Environmentalists and wind energy opportunists (entrepreneurs who take advantage of overly generous tax credits and multiple other subsidies) want you to believe wind energy is as pure “green” as newly driven snow is white, and as cheap as Taco Bell. They never tell you about the costs – or the environmental destruction – that they have hidden from you for decades. But neither do most governments, news media or social media.Ars Technica science editor John Timmer says wind hardware prices are dropping, even as new turbine designs are increasing the typical power generated by each turbine. Timmer did admit that “wind is...
  • Remembering EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout – Part 2

    09/05/2020 8:32:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | September 5, 2020 | Duggan Flanagan
    On August 5, five years to the day after suffering from a 3-million-gallon spill of heavy-metal-laden toxic wastewater from Colorado’s Gold King Mine, the State of Utah announced a settlement of its claims against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several EPA contractors (who thus far have not been held responsible, accountable or liable) for their alleged negligence in allowing the spill. The notorious, devastating accident turned Cement Creek and the Animas, San Juan and Colorado Rivers yellow all the way from Colorado through New Mexico and Utah and into Lake Powell. The settlement is good news. Yet those whose...
  • Remembering the Gold King Mine Blowout ( Colorado, NM, and Utah )

    09/03/2020 10:43:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 04, 2020 | Duggan Flanakin
    On the fifth anniversary of the notorious spill of 3 million gallons of heavily contaminated acid mine water from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Utah announced an agreement that ends the state’s lawsuit. Neither the EPA nor the contractors involved at the Gold King spill site are entirely off the hook for their alleged missteps that resulted in downstream damages. Lawsuits filed by the Navajo Nation, the State of New Mexico, and a group of Navajo farmers and ranchers have been consolidated, and discovery is proceeding, with a projected...
  • EPA cracks down on 'ideologically driven regulations' New methane standards part of 'big puzzle' involving environment

    08/24/2020 7:12:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 8/23/2020 | Jason Issac
    Last Thursday, the EPA announced the adoption of new environmental standards that will reduce overburdensome regulations on methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. While the climate alarmists will scream that the end is near, the EPA estimates the new regulations will increase methane emissions by only a few percent over the next 5 years. And it represents an important shift in the EPA’s stance on whether it should regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) other than carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Trump Order Waives Project Environment Rules to Push COVID-19 Recovery

    06/05/2020 12:43:09 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    Engineering News-Record ^ | June 4, 2020 | Debra K. Rubin, Mary B. Powers, and Jim Parsons
    Citing the "national emergency" spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic's economic impact, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that directs federal agencies to bypass environmental laws to expedite infrastructure projects, including those on federal lands, as a stimulus. Legal challenges are expected to follow... The directive, which Trump issued after 6:00 PM on June 4, is intended to speed up federal approvals for transportation, energy and other projects to boost job growth and related investment. Also on June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to extend to all federal clean air rules a similar change to its mercury-emissions...
  • Trump rule limits states from blocking pipeline projects

    06/01/2020 11:26:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 1, 2020 | Rebecca Beitsch
    The Trump administration gutted a key portion of the Clean Water Act on Monday, limiting states’ ability to block controversial pipeline projects that cross their waterways. The final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) targets Section 401 of the law, which lets states halt pipelines that risk hurting their water quality. It’s been a target of President Trump, who last April ordered the agency to accelerate and promote the construction of pipelines and other important energy infrastructure. “Today, we are following through on President Trump’s Executive Order to curb abuses of the Clean Water Act that have held our...
  • Rolling Back Draconian EPA Standards Won’t Make COVID-19 Worse

    05/11/2020 9:58:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | May 11, 2020 | Anthony Watts
    Sometimes, you just have to wonder if it’s ignorance or simply pure mendacity that drives former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and Michael Bloomberg to make claims like this: “How Trump’s EPA Is Making Covid-19 More Deadly.” Putting aside their anti-Trump bias and just looking at the science, their claim fails miserably on several levels. First, we have the Harvard study the op-ed was based on, which claims that stricter EPA emissions restrictions would reduce COVID-19 deaths. This isn’t a study of real people and real pollution, it’s a computer-generated model. That alone should give you pause, given how badly coronavirus...