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  • Western counties join in opposition to BLM’s land-use plan [ Colorado ]

    12/07/2016 9:02:09 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | December 6, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    County officials in western Colorado have regularly lambasted Planning 2.0 and this week, Garfield County joined in with five other counties in the western United States considering suing to halt the rule, which they have criticized as a central-planning measure. The BLM this month announced that the rule was final and on Monday, Garfield County agreed to spend as much as $40,000 with the Texas-based property-rights organization, the American Stewards of Liberty, to halt it. While Garfield County is taking an active role, Mesa County officials are looking to Congress and a Republican administration under President-elect Donald Trump to deal...
  • Supreme Court Finally Makes HUGE Move Against EPA For Endangering Thousands Of Americans…

    12/07/2016 5:57:18 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | December 6, 2016 | Andrew Mark Miller
    The EPA is without a doubt the most corrupt agency in the Obama Administration. That’s saying something when you consider the fact that there have been over a dozen scandals during his reign. Remember when the EPA accidentally dumped millions of gallons of toxic waste into the drinking water that was used by thousands of people? They’ve never been punished for it in a meaningful way and apparently that could change very soon. From The Daily Signal: “New Mexico and Colorado are both suing the EPA, and now the Supreme Court has asked the acting solicitor general of the United...
  • Navajo Nation files $160 M claim with EPA over mine spill

    12/05/2016 8:16:30 PM PST · by 198ml · 22 replies
    Gazette ^ | 12/5/16
    The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year's mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states. A cleanup team led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered the August 2015 spill while working at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado.
  • Jerry Brown Farts in General Direction of Dairy Farmers

    12/05/2016 3:55:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Holy cow! Dairy farmers are balking at crazy climate change legislation that will rob America’s middle class of affordable dairy products.The Golden State used to be a place you could visit for a relaxing vacation filled with sunshine, palm trees and bayside avocado burgers—and then fly home to live a relatively free life—leaving California residents to cope with the “crazy” aspects of the state, like sky-high taxes. Not anymore. California is America’s largest milk-producing state. Thanks to new regulations from CA Gov. Jerry Brown, one thing is certain: if you love milk and cheese, significantly higher costs are coming your...
  • Ford will ask Trump to cut fuel-economy rules, CEO says; 'no demand' for hybrid, electric cars

    12/05/2016 8:48:34 AM PST · by GonzoII · 125 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | Dec 5, 2016 | Stephen Edelstein
    Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled that existing emissions limits for passenger cars for 2022 through 2025 should remain in place. It's a decision that is already opposed by lobbyists representing the auto industry, and possibly by the incoming Trump Administration. Sure enough, one automaker says it has already begun talks with President-elect Donald Trump that include a request for lower emissions targets.
  • Ford CEO turns to Trump to help blunt EPA’s regulatory surge

    12/04/2016 7:51:27 PM PST · by detective · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2016 | John Smith
    Ford Motor company CEO, Mark Fields, a staunch Trump opponent during the presidential campaign, now wants the President Elect to help with EPA’s surprise decision to keep long term fuel economy targets in place. A mid-term review of corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) targets set in 2012 kicked off earlier this year, but the timing of the agency’s recent decision to maintain the 54.5 mile-per-gallon goal reeks of politics, Fields claims. For automakers, reaching 54.5 mpg means extra costs. To avoid this, Ford is prepared to turn to its election campaign sparring partner — President-elect Donald Trump — for help.
  • At 46 Years, EPA Will See HUGE Changes Under Trump

    12/03/2016 10:14:14 AM PST · by rktman · 74 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/3/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began operating 46 years ago after former President Richard Nixon proposed it as a way to address mounting pollution concerns across the country. EPA celebrated its 46th anniversary Friday, just weeks before President-elect Donald Trump likely takes the agency in a totally different direction compared to the last eight years under President Barack Obama, focusing on clean air and quality instead of global warming. Not only is Trump looking to roll back Obama-era regulations, the incoming administration reportedly has plans to fundamentally reform major decades-old environmental laws: The Clean Air Act and the Clean Water...
  • EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

    12/02/2016 5:40:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2016 8:01 PM EST | Matthew Brown
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing the bill. The proposal follows a 2016 agreement reached under court order for the government to enforce a long-ignored provision in the 1980 federal Superfund law. The requirement would apply to hardrock mining, which includes mines for precious metals, copper, iron, lead and other ores. It would cover mines and processing facilities in 38 states, requiring their owners to set aside sufficient money to pay for future clean ups. The...
  • 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...
  • Donald Trump to meet with Democratic North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp about cabinet position

    12/01/2016 9:23:40 AM PST · by MaxistheBest · 73 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/01/2016 | CAMERON JOSEPH
    Donald Trump will meet with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) on Friday, his team announced before suggesting she's in the mix for a cabinet job that could cost Democrats a seat in the Senate. "She comes very highly recommended, very highly qualified, is a proven leader and would be an asset in any role or capacity," Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters on a Thursday morning conference call. A Heitkamp appointment would give Trump's cabinet the veneer of bipartisanship, and all but certainly hand Republicans control of another Senate seat, giving them a 53-47 edge in the upper chamber. The first-term...
  • EPA plans to withdraw pollution rule for 7 Texas power plants

    11/30/2016 7:33:46 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | November 30, 2016 | By Ryan Maye Handy
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to withdraw a rule that would require seven Texas coal-fired power plants to reduce pollution coming from their stacks, providing at least a short-term reprieve for power companies fearful that the costs of ever stricter regulations would doom their plants. The rule would have mandated that the Texas plants, as well as eight others in Oklahoma, update scrubbers and other air pollution control devices to preserve air quality near national parks and wilderness areas, including Big Bend National Park on the Texas border with Mexico, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park on the...
  • 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.
  • Trump rollback of Obama climate agenda may prove challenging

    11/29/2016 10:58:03 AM PST · by PROCON · 18 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 29, 2016 | MICHAEL BIESECKER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump plans to dismantle President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions. But delivering on his campaign pledges to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and bring back tens of thousands of long-gone coal mining jobs could prove far more difficult. Internal documents from the president-elect's transition team reviewed by The Associated Press show the new administration plans to stop defending the Clean Power Plan and other recent Obama-era environmental regulations that have been the subject of long-running legal challenges filed by Republican-led states and the fossil fuel industry.
  • EPA begins process to regulate toxic, widely used chemicals

    11/29/2016 9:56:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2016 12:26 PM EST | Michael Biesecker
    The Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of toxic chemicals that will be the first reviewed under a recently enacted law that gives regulators increased authority to ban substances shown to endanger human health. […] The list includes such common chemicals as asbestos and trichloroethylene that have for decades been known to be hazardous, yet EPA lacked the legal authority necessary to ban their manufacture or use. …
  • Billionaire Green Activist Steyer Vows To Battle Trump, Says Money Not An Issue

    11/28/2016 2:40:24 PM PST · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 28, 2016 | Richard Valdmanis
    Tue Nov 15, 2016 Exclusive: Billionaire Green Activist Steyer Vows To Battle Trump, Says Money Not An Issue By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, who has spent more than $140 million on fighting climate change, said on Tuesday he will spend whatever it takes to fight President-elect Donald Trump's pro-drilling and anti-regulation agenda. The former hedge fund manager from California is putting together a strategy that will "engage voters and citizens to fight back" once Trump takes the White House in January, he told Reuters in an interview. However, he stressed he was not planning to fight...
  • Native Americans: Help Make America Great Again

    11/28/2016 5:15:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28 | Katie Kiefer
    Native Americans protesting the construction of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline: quit throwing rocks at police; stop setting cars ablaze; discard your “Children Don’t Drink Oil” signs—and join your fellow brothers and sisters in making America great again. “We don’t have weapons. … We are looking out for … the children who are not even born yet,” Standing Rock Sioux chairman David Archambault II said to defend his 10,000-member tribe’s use of violence, aggression and disorderly conduct to protest the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline. No weapons? “A line of sheriff’s officers retreated in the face...
  • Donald Trump’s Environmental Reset

    11/24/2016 8:19:28 PM PST · by Innovative · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 24, 2016 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Anti-Trump protests continue to swell across the country, but what best sums up the president-elect’s challenge was a Monday night tantrum barely noticed by the press. Climate activists in Washington, D.C., waited until dark, then beamed huge images onto the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency. Their demand? That Donald Trump pick someone other than Myron Ebell to lead the EPA.
  • Trump changes mind on waterboarding, global warming

    11/23/2016 7:11:09 AM PST · by rktman · 107 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/23/2016 | Ed Straker
    Donald Trump, after stating that he was going to reinstate waterboarding "and worse" for terrorists, now says he is against waterboarding. He also says global warming, which he once said was a hoax created by the Chinese to make U.S. manufacturing uncompetitive, may be caused by man-made activities. Donald Trump seemed to acknowledge that humans contribute to climate change Tuesday in a meeting with New York Times reporters, moving closer to widely held scientific opinion but away from the Republican Party line. He is keeping an "open mind" when it comes to climate issues, he said. "I think there is...
  • EPA Administrator: ‘Get on Board’ Climate Change Train or ‘Be Left Behind’

    11/22/2016 9:14:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 22, 2016 | 2:36 PM EST | Melanie Hunter
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday during a speech at the National Press Club that “the train to a global clean energy future has already left the station” and that the U.S. can get on board and provide leadership or get left behind. “Science tells us that there is no bigger threat to American progress and prosperity than the threat of global climate change, and if you take absolutely nothing else from my speech today, take this: the train to a global clean energy future has already left the station. So we have a choice: we can choose...
  • Feds offer Thanksgiving tips to fight climate change

    11/21/2016 4:02:54 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Nov. 21, 2016 | PAUL BEDARD
    The federal government is worried that America is too stressed out to deal with Thanksgiving dinner safely so at least two departments have entered to help everybody live through the uniquely American holiday while also curbing global warming. "This week millions of Americans will gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked all year, leaving plenty of room for mistakes that could cause foodborne illness," warned the Agriculture Department. As a result,...
  • 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.
  • Bureaucratic Tyranny in Trump's Crosshairs

    11/21/2016 3:34:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 21, 2016 | Karin McQuillan
    Federal bureaucrats have been in a frenzy of activity in Obama's last months of office, pushing through 4,000 new regulations that will cost consumers more than $100 million. As liberal website Politico proudly reported, "Obama's executive agencies are intent on pushing through the president's priorities without congressional interference[.]" Trump has promised to rein in our overreaching bureaucracy through attrition. His rival in the primaries, Jeb Bush, suggested three bureaucrats retire for each new hire. That might save some money, but it will not get the job done of ending corruption and bureaucratic tyranny. We have elected a man famous for...
  • House GOP to Obama admin: Don’t try any last-minute regulatory stunts

    11/16/2016 4:27:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 16, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    If executive-branch agencies like the EPA and HHS are tempted to sneak some new rules into the record during the lame-duck period, House Republicans have a warning for them. A letter from all current committee chairs tell Obama administration officials that any nonsense will get punished at budget time, and high-ranking officials had better expect to spend a lot of time testifying on C-SPAN: Newly empowered House Republicans on Tuesday laid down the gauntlet to the outgoing Obama administration: DonÂ’t finalize any pending rules and regulations you think you can slip through before you leave office.In a letter to hundreds...
  • VANITY:HOA wants to buy "mitigation bank" for community streams. COE/EPA take over.

    11/16/2016 6:17:33 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 20 replies
    16 NOV 16 | dcbryan1
    I went to our yearly HOA meeting last night. Some consultant with GBM Associates in Bryant, AR said that he is proposing a "Neighborhood mitigation bank" where we buy "credits" for letting the Corps of Engineers (COE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) get deeded our "wetlands", which are really 2 creeks, and dry tributaries. The consultant was honest. He said, no federal law dictates it, just a 1983 guidance. NO promises of making money, no guarantees that COE/EPA will do anything. Fines are possibe, like if my kid catches crawfish, or throws rocks in the lake/stream. Anyways, my wife and...
  • Trump's plan to bring back coal country places EPA in crosshairs

    11/14/2016 10:55:41 PM PST · by GonzoII · 47 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | By John Siciliano • 11/14/16 12:01 AMNov. 15, 2016 | John Siciliano
    President-elect Trump's plan to bring back the coal industry will likely start by scrapping the Environmental Protection Agency's climate change agenda, according to a newly appointed member of his transition team. The agency would be dialed back to focus strictly on "genuine pollutants" that pose immediate harm to public health, and not carbon pollution blamed for causing manmade global warming, said Kathleen Hartnett-White, a member of Trump's economic advisory council, in an interview with the Washington Examiner.
  • After Trump's Election: ‘EPA Employees Were in Tears'

    11/14/2016 9:14:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 121 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 14, 2016 | 11:33 AM EST | Penny Starr
    People who work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy are having a hard time coping with the election of Donald Trump as president, with many reporting depression and some being advised to take sick leave, according to an article published Friday by Environment and Energy Publishing (E&E). “U.S. EPA employees were in tears,” the article stated. “Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. “Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off,” it stated. “Others might retire early. “And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump's victory,” the...
  • Will Obama Unleash A Regulatory Tsunami On His Way Out?

    11/14/2016 2:44:42 AM PST · by expat_panama · 32 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11/11/2016 | Editorial
    Economy: When running for office, Donald Trump promised to reduce the regulatory burden on the economy. But before he gets a chance to do so, President Obama will likely add to those burdens with a last-minute regulatory rush. In a memo to her staff, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that "we're running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama's presidency." The memo is indicative of what's come to be called "midnight regulations." These are rules an administration rushes out the door just before leaving. The number of rules increased in President Clinton's last year, and in...
  • FEDERAL AGENCIES Tears, angst as workforce braces for Trump takeover

    11/13/2016 9:31:46 AM PST · by ColdOne · 125 replies
    eenews.net ^ | 11/11/16 | Robin Bravender and Kevin Bogardus
    U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off. Others might retire early. And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump's victory. "People are upset. Some people took the day off because they were depressed," said John O'Grady, president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, a union that represents thousands of EPA employees. After Election Day, "people were crying," added O'Grady, who works in EPA's Region 5 office in Chicago. "They were recommending that people take sick leave...
  • Defy 'Stalinist' global warming rules and burn much more coal, says Trump's key economic adviser

    11/12/2016 2:37:46 PM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/12/16 | Simon Watkins
    China is ‘stealing’ hundreds of billions of dollars from America. Regulations on climate change are ‘Stalinistic’. And America can earn more than $100billion from global companies by cutting their tax rates. If this sounds like the extreme rhetoric of America’s President-elect Donald Trump, that’s because they are the words of his senior economic adviser, Stephen Moore. A former adviser to the Reagan administration, Moore has the ear of ‘The Donald’ on economic issues.
  • Draining the swamp [reforming environmental policy]

    11/12/2016 7:26:06 AM PST · by snarkpup · 12 replies
    Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, CO) ^ | Friday, November 11, 2016 | Greg Walcher
    Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the presidential election has already created the usual swarm of “experts” who know exactly what the new president must do. The chattering class, editorialists, columnists, and bloggers everywhere are rushing to get their ideas heard. From appointment suggestions to major policy initiatives, all seem to know exactly what Mr. Trump should do. So, here is my two cents! ... Here are five specific suggestions for sound environmental policies that would help get the economy back on track.
  • Now Comes the Hard (and fun) Part

    11/12/2016 5:23:57 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 11/12/2016 | Paul Driessen
    As you read them, thousands of politicians, regulators, scientists and activists are gathered for yet another “climate conference,” this time in Marrakech, Morocco. They are shocked and despondent over the election results, and worried that the Trump Administration won’t support their agenda. They’re right. Under the guise of preventing “dangerous manmade climate change” and compensating poor countries for alleged “losses and damages” due to climate and weather caused by rich country fossil fuel use, they had planned to control the world’s energy supplies and living standards, replace capitalism with a new UN-centered global economic order, and redistribute wealth from those...
  • One of Trump's First Decisions After the Election... [WOW!! Ebell in the EPA!!)

    11/11/2016 4:45:56 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 197 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | Nov. 10, 2016- | Kayla Brandon
    Donald Trump's transition team is preparing for the billionaire businessman to take over as commander in chief, they're ruffling a few feathers along the way. Scientific American reports Trump has selected climate change critic, Myron Ebell, to lead his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team. Ebell, who's the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, has been described by Newsweek as a fierce opponent of climate change, which the publisher calls “entirely at odds with scientific consensus.” David Goldston, a policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, explained that...
  • Trump’s Climate Contrarian: Myron Ebell Takes On the E.P.A.

    11/11/2016 2:51:30 PM PST · by Innovative · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | Nov. 11, 2016 | HENRY FOUNTAIN
    The mug-shot posters, pasted on walls and lampposts around Paris by an activist group during the United Nations climate talks last year, were hardly flattering. They depicted Myron Ebell, a climate contrarian, as one of seven “climate criminals” wanted for “destroying our future.” But in his customary mild-mannered way, Mr. Ebell, who directs environmental and energy policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian advocacy group in Washington, brushed it off. In looking for someone to follow through on his campaign vow to dismantle one of the Obama administration’s signature climate change policies, President-elect Donald J. Trump probably could not...
  • EPA rushing through regulations after Trump election

    11/11/2016 5:38:56 AM PST · by RightGeek · 95 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/10/2016 | John Siciliano
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is telling staff to quickly finish up the last round of regulations before President-elect Donald Trump enters the Oval Office next year. "As I've mentioned to you before, we're running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama's presidency," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a staff memo obtained by the Washington Examiner after Trump was declared the winner of Tuesday's election. The agency is currently working on regulations for the oil and gas sector, and is finalizing new annual regulations for the nation's ethanol mandate and renewable fuel blending...
  • Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition

    11/10/2016 7:35:03 PM PST · by Valpal1 · 264 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Sept 2016 | Robin Bravender
    Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, is spearheading Trump’s transition plans for EPA, the sources said. snip Ebell appears to relish criticism from the left. In a biography submitted when he testified before Congress, he listed among his recognitions that he had been featured in a Greenpeace “Field Guide to Climate Criminals,” dubbed a “misleader” on global warming by Rolling Stone and was the subject of a motion to censure in the British House of Commons after Ebell criticized the United Kingdom’s chief scientific adviser for his views on global...
  • Podesta’s Think Tank Took Millions From A Nonprofit With Russian Ties

    11/03/2016 12:13:17 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/03/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    A liberal think tank founded by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta took millions from an environmental nonprofit with links to laundered Russian money and a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Center for American Progress (CAP) got $5.25 million over five years from the Sea Change Foundation, according to a leaked 2014 tax filing sent to Podesta’s hacked Gmail account. WikiLeaks has published more 44,000 hacked emails online from Podesta’s personal account. The Sea Change Foundation came under scrutiny from Republican lawmakers in 2014 for taking $23 million in 2010 and 2011 from a Bermuda-based...
  • Upper Peninsula Residents In Revolt Over Federal Road Closings

    10/31/2016 7:30:30 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/25/2016 | Derek Draplin
    Some Upper Peninsula residents are outraged over a U.S. Forest Service plan to close roads in the Hiawatha National Forest. Community members say they were left out of the planning process and presented with a plan they were expected to sign off on. The proposal, called the Camp Cooks Integrated Resource Management Project, would close a number of specified two-track roads and trails in order to diminish accessibility and reduce alleged environmental damage. These roads are unpaved and typically not large enough for full-sized vehicles. They are often used for recreational purposes by people who ride ORVs, side-by-side ATVs and...
  • 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 Porn Watcher Masturbated on the Job

    10/22/2016 6:27:21 AM PDT · by pabianice · 67 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/22/16 | Follow
    A notorious pornography watcher at the Environmental Protection Agency admitted to masturbating while at work, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. E&E News reported Thursday that two employees who watched up to six hours of porn a day apologized for their actions. U.S. EPA employees caught watching pornography on the job expressed surprise, boredom and ultimately regret for their actions, according to documents obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act. Investigators for the EPA inspector general secured sworn statements by employees “A” and “B” — two agency workers who were found to...
  • The Chemicals Anxiety Machine

    10/22/2016 5:04:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    Rank politics and baseless health scares are driving anxiety, North Carolina election campaigns, civil rights claims and plans for class action lawsuits, all of which could bring electricity rate hikes that will cause real job, health and civil rights problems for families – for no health or environmental benefits.As I noted in an earlier article, North Carolina state toxicologist Ken Rudo has publicly disagreed with the US Environmental Protection Agency and other NC “tox” experts, who say levels of chromium-6 detected in some NC waters are safe. The contaminant comes from coal ash deposits and other sources.Not surprisingly, Erin...
  • 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...
  • Defending Fossil Fuel Companies Against Climate Catastrophists

    10/19/2016 7:59:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    capitalismmagazine.com ^ | 10/16/2016 | Jaana Woiceshyn
    In the dark world of the climate catastrophists, fossil fuel companies are the villains. Having been persuaded by the hugely inaccurate (to the point of being irrelevant) climate change models and operating from an anti-human stance, climate catastrophists are continually attacking oil, natural gas, and coal producers and advocating for renewable energy sources—primarily wind and solar—which they claim to be “clean.” Using tactics such as acknowledging only potential negative side effects of fossil fuel production and consumption, catastrophe scenarios based on grossly inaccurate climate models, and made-up statistics, the catastrophists are trying to influence the media, the public opinion, and...
  • Is Hillary Clinton the Real Science Denier?

    10/19/2016 4:57:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 10/19/2016 | Calvin Biesner
    “The whole aim of practical politics,” Mencken said, “is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” Richard Lindzen, one of the world’s foremost climate scientists, reminded me of Mencken’s saying when I sent him a transcript of Clinton’s panicky speech about climate change at a rally at Miami-Dade College in Miami, FL, October 11. “Climate change is real, it’s urgent, and America can take the lead in the world in addressing it,” she told her mostly young audience. Well, now, yes,...
  • Inhofe committee says EPA, Corps exceeding WOTUS authority

    10/18/2016 9:00:25 PM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 7 replies
    High Plains Journal ^ | 10/9/16 | Larry Drelling
    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-OK, released a majority report Sept. 20 indicating what it claims are examples of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to expand their jurisdiction over U.S. waters beyond Congressional intent. The report is the result of the majority staff’s investigation into how EPA and the Corps are interpreting and implementing their authority under the Clean Water Act. Despite the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ national stay on enforcement of EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, the majority report says EPA is enforcing the...
  • Judge rules EPA must evaluate its impact on coal industry

    10/18/2016 3:28:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 18, 2016 5:12 PM EDT
    A federal judge in West Virginia has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reverse decades of regulatory practice and begin continually evaluating how many power plants and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. […] Murray Energy Corporation brought this challenge years ago, joined by most of the companies mining coal underground. Thirteen states support the suit, which blames the EPA for the coal industry’s declining fortunes. …
  • Global deal reached to limit powerful greenhouse gases(Hurl fest!)

    10/15/2016 8:44:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    bigstory.ap.org ^ | 10/15/2016 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and IGNATIUS SSUUNA
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Nearly 200 nations have reached a deal, announced Saturday morning after all-night negotiations, to limit the use of greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide in a major effort to fight climate change. The talks on hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, were called the first test of global will since the historic Paris Agreement to cut carbon emissions was reached last year. HFCs are described as the world's fastest-growing climate pollutant and are used in air conditioners and refrigerators. Experts say cutting them is the fastest way to reduce global warming. President Barack Obama, in a statement...
  • Stormy Climate Deception

    10/15/2016 7:20:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 10/15/2016 | Paul Driessen
    Despite constant claims to the contrary, the issue is not whether greenhouse gas emissions affect Earth’s climate. The questions are whether those emissions are overwhelming the powerful natural forces that have always driven climate fluctuations, and whether humans are causing dangerous climate change. No Real-World evidence supports a “dangerous manmade climate change” thesis. In fact, a moderately warmer planet with more atmospheric carbon dioxide would hugely benefit crop, forest and other plant growth, wildlife and humans – with no or minimal climate effect. A colder planet with less CO2 would punish them. And a chillier CO2-deprived planet with less reliable,...
  • Feds decline to prosecute EPA worker over mine wastewater spill

    10/13/2016 2:28:54 PM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 27 replies
    Fox news ^ | October 12, 2016 | Associated Press
    DENVER – The U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado has declined to prosecute an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency over a massive mine wastewater spill that fouled rivers in three states, federal investigators said Wednesday. The EPA's Office of Inspector General disclosed that it had found evidence the unnamed employee may have violated the Clean Water Act and given false statements. However, office spokesman Jeffrey Lagda says federal prosecutors declined to pursue the case. He says that in lieu of prosecution, the case will be sent to senior EPA management for review.
  • Feds Thinking About Killing 31,000 Mining Jobs To Protect A Chicken

    10/08/2016 5:26:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 10/08/2016 | Andrew Follett
    A new report has government officials considering setting 10 million acres of across six states in the American west off limits to mining and development to protect the chicken-like Greater Sage Grouse, which is not an endangered species. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report found that much of the Sage Grouse’s habitat sits on top of extremely valuable deposits of minerals including gold, copper, lithium, silver, uranium and many others. The USGS report means that the government’s most restrictive grouse protection plan could kill even more than 31,000 jobs and lead to more than $5.6 billion in reduced annual economic...