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  • The Weaponization of the EPA Is Over: An Exclusive Interview With Scott Pruitt

    03/03/2018 12:28:02 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | February 25, 2018 | Rob Bluey
    In his first year as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has already transformed the agency in many ways. He spoke exclusively to The Daily Signal before addressing attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual Reagan Dinner. An edited transcript of the interview is below. Rob Bluey: You gave a speech at CPAC last year where you were just at the beginning of your tenure at the Environmental Protection Agency, and you outlined some of the things that you wanted to do. Here we are a year later, you’ve repealed, taken back, 22 regulations at a savings...
  • DOJ Says Atty. Gen. Used Alias to Conduct Official Business to Protect Security, Privacy

    02/27/2018 10:29:51 PM PST · by bitt · 55 replies
    JUDICIAL WATCH ^ | 2/23/2018 | Judicial Watch
    Illustrating how government hides information from the American public, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used a fake name to conduct official Department of Justice (DOJ) business in agency emails obtained by Judicial Watch. As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer Lynch, Barack Obama’s second attorney general, skirted public-records laws by using the alias Elizabeth Carlisle in emails she sent from her official DOJ account. In the records provided to Judicial Watch, the DOJ explains it as necessary to “protect her security and privacy and enable her to conduct Department business efficiently via email.” This begs the question of how many...
  • Liberal Freakout: Congress Blindsides Obama Administration With Formal Investigation

    02/22/2018 8:49:11 PM PST · by Cheerio · 12 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | February 21, 2018 | Benjamin Arie
    Barack Obama’s legacy was already on thin ice after many of his signature programs were dismantled during President Trump’s first year in office, and concerns over bias emerged within the Department of Justice. Now, another blow to the 44th president’s White House tenure has come to light. While the bias concerns at the DOJ continue, another scandal regarding impartiality is gaining momentum, but this time it’s within a federal agency called the Chemical Safety Board. A House investigative subcommittee is directing the EPA to investigate one of the officials Obama appointed while in office, after anti-lobbying laws were allegedly violated...
  • Extending ‘bridge to nowhere’ still on track for next year

    02/21/2018 10:06:04 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Bluefield Daily Telegraph ^ | January 28, 2018 | Charlie Boothe
    BLUEFIELD — Extending the King Coal Highway’s “bridge to nowhere” in Bluefield to the Airport Road area is still on track for next year. Del. Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer County, said the project remains on the Department of Highways six-year plan for a 2019 start. “Dirt should be moved next spring (2019),” he said. “It will be built when it is supposed to. It’s been part of the six-year plan and was not scheduled until next spring.” The bridge, which connects to Rt. 460 and then to Interstate 77, was finished almost 10 years ago but funding for the highway has...
  • Has Scott Pruitt Brought Armageddon to the EPA?

    02/06/2018 7:13:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | February 6, 2018 | Calvin Beisner
    According to two former Administrators, current federal Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has set the agency back by anything from several years to as much as three decades due to “regulatory rollbacks, mass attrition and budget cuts.” That sounds ominous. It isn’t. At present EPA is operating under FY2017 funding levels. While projected FY2018 funding cuts will be substantial, they have not yet taken place. The FY2018 budget’s 28% reduction for the Superfund program and $427 million cut to geographic programs such as the Great Lakes, Puget Sound, and Chesapeake Bay are reasons for concern. But EPA is known...
  • Nominee who called belief in Climate Change "A Kind of Paganism" dropped by WH

    02/05/2018 12:29:52 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 4, 2018 | Veronica Stracqualursi
    The White House plans to withdraw Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination to head the Council on Environmental Quality, a White House official confirmed to CNN Saturday. Hartnett White, who would have overseen environmental and energy policies across the government, had described the belief in "global warming" as a "kind of paganism" for "secular elites" during a September 2016 interview on "The Right Perspective," an online conservative radio show. She has also said the goal of climate activists and the United Nations was an all-powerful, one-world government and "planetary management," KFile reported. President Donald Trump announced Hartnett White's nomination in October and...
  • The EPA Has Managed To Bankrupt One Of The Biggest Refineries In The Northeast

    01/23/2018 11:54:28 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 01/23/2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    There’s a headline I bet you didn’t see coming, huh? We’re living in a time when the American energy sector is surging and becoming a dominant force not only domestically, but globally as well. There’s a president in the White House who is loosening up restrictions on drilling --SNIP-- And because of our old friend the Renewable Fuel Standard, that means that the refinery has to purchase government mandated RIN credits (Renewable Identification Number) in order to legally operate. In case you’re wondering how much those RIN credits cost these days on the bizarre market which has grown out of...
  • Scott Pruitt’s First Year Set The EPA Back Anywhere From A Few Years To 3 Decades

    01/20/2018 10:13:26 AM PST · by yoe · 78 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | January 20, 2018 | Alexander C. Kaufman
    Shortly after taking office, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt set out to permanently limit the agency’s regulatory power in what he billed as a “Back to Basics” agenda focusing on cleaning up toxic waste and providing safe drinking water ― but not curbing new industrial pollution.
  • Scott Pruitt Is Dismantling the Administrative State at EPA

    01/18/2018 11:48:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush ^ | January 18, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: While the Drive-By Media obsesses over Donald Trump every day, the bureaucracy/the administrative state is being dismantled, and it’s not being covered by the Drive-Bys are so focused on Trump hatred. Last night CBS Evening News, Major Garrett spoke with Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator. And question was, “What’s the philosophy here? Do you want to protect business at the EPA or do you want to protect the environment?” PRUITT: It’s not… I mean, our focus here should be on stewardship. GARRETT: There are others who also wonder about those who have come from industry who in leadership position...
  • Success: EPA set to cut nearly 50% of staff in Trump's first term

    01/09/2018 6:52:42 AM PST · by gubamyster · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/09/2018 | Paul Bedard
    The Environmental Protection Agency, seen by President Trump as a bloated bureaucratic whale, is on schedule to fulfill his promise to cut its staff nearly in half by the end of his first term, according to officials. The EPA Tuesday provided to Secrets its first year staff cutting results which show that the agency is below levels last seen during former President Reagan’s administration. And if just those slated to retire by early 2021 leave, Administrator Scott Pruitt and his team will have reduced a staff of nearly 15,000, to below 8,000, or a cut of 47 percent. “We’re proud...
  • EPA Secretary Pruitt: The Eco-Nuts Will Never, Never Like You

    01/09/2018 5:40:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | January 9, 2018 | Seton Motley
    In the great Aaron Sorkin television creation “West Wing,” very accomplished fake president Jed Bartlet goes in for a brief bit of therapy during which the following exchange occurs: Bartlet: “It’s not good for a person to keep setting goals?” Psychologist: “It probably is.  But it’s tricky for somebody who is still trying to get his father to stop hitting him….” Bartlet: “I’m not trying to get my father to like me.” Psychologist: “Good.  Because it’s never, never going to happen.” It is of this conversation that I thought when I read of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Secretary Scott Pruitt’s possible way-overkill cleanup plan for...
  • The Biofuel Crony Capitalist Revolving Door

    01/06/2018 6:57:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | January 6, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), will become vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board.To grow and prosper, this industry relies on subsidies and mandates that require steadily increasing volumes of diesel fuel from crops and other sources. As the NBB said in a press release, Kovarik’s “decades of experience in the Senate will serve us well, as we navigate federal policy issues that most affect our industry.” His work on energy and tax legislation,...
  • New England's Absurd Energy Policies Exposed by Bomb Cyclone

    01/05/2018 10:52:16 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 31 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan 05, 2018 | Tom Borelli
    The cold blast hitting the U.S. is exposing the absurdity of left-wing energy policies in New England. Natural gas prices are skyrocketing in the region as the gas demand for both heating and electricity exceeds supply. ISO New England issued a “cold weather watch” for January 5 to alert the wholesale power market to a surge in demand for the weekend, as temperatures are expected to plummet. The grid operator believes it has enough power, but the demand could exceed supply. Don’t blame the weather for soaring energy prices and possible electricity shortages; blame the left-wing politicians and radical environmentalists...
  • U.S. EPA says glyphosate not likely to be carcinogenic to people (Roundup)

    01/05/2018 5:45:37 AM PST · by BraveMan · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 20, 2017 | Tom Polansek
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co’s top-selling weed killer Roundup, is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, contradicting a World Health Organization panel. The EPA, in a draft risk assessment report issued on Monday, also said it found “no other meaningful risks to human health” when glyphosate, the world’s biggest-selling weed killer, is used according to its label instructions.
  • Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest

    12/27/2017 6:05:52 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    al Rooters via Yahoo! News ^ | December 26, 2017 | Peter Szekely
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eight northeastern states said on Tuesday they sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to impose more stringent controls on a group of mostly Midwestern states whose air pollution they claim is being blown in their direction. In the latest development of a legal saga that began during Barack Obama's presidency, the lawsuit by New York and seven other states challenges a Trump administration decision to allow nine upwind states to escape tighter smog pollution controls. "Millions of New Yorkers are breathing unhealthy air as smog pollution continues to pour in from other states,"...
  • 'Junk science'? Studies behind Obama regulations under fire

    12/26/2017 10:45:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 26, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    Scientific studies used by the Obama administration to help justify tough environmental regulations are coming under intensifying scrutiny, with critics questioning their merit as the Trump EPA reverses or delays some of those rules. In one case, agencies determined the research used to prop up a ban on a particular pesticide was questionable. On another front, the Environmental Protection Agency never complied with a congressional subpoena for the data used to justify most Obama administration air quality rules. “EPA regulations are based on secret data developed in the 1990s,” Steve Milloy, who served on President Trump’s EPA transition team, told...
  • Christmas Miracle: Trump Gets Liberal NY Times to Embrace Poor FBI Against GOP Attacks

    How do you get the liberals at the New York Times to embrace America’s internal surveillance agencies? Get President Trump and Republicans to criticize them. Saturday’s off-lead story by Adam Goldman and Maggie Haberman, “Hurdle Facing F.B.I. Chief? The President – Politics hard to Avoid as Trump Weighs In.” The Republicans in Congress are hurting morale at FBI, an agency the Times suddenly adores. The jump-page headline: “F.B.I. Director Wants To Move Agency Ahead, But Trump is in the Way.” The text box: “Constant criticisms have damaged morale at the bureau.”That’s pretty bold, since it’s pretty much the paper’s raison...
  • Christmas Is Here, Everyone! EPA Officials Are ‘Leaving in Droves’

    12/22/2017 2:00:56 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 22,2017 | by James Delingpole
    Environmental Protection Agency officials are “leaving in droves”, reports the New York Times. More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration. What marvellous news to ease us all into the festive Christmas spirit, eh readers? Why, it’s like the final scene in A Christmas Carol where Scrooge repents of all his miserliness, his nephew Fred gets a big fat turkey, Bob Cratchit gets a...
  • Alaska's Pebble Mine moves closer to fruition as permitting process begins

    12/22/2017 11:05:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 22, 2017 | Andrew O'Reilly
    A proposed gold and copper mine that nearly got buried by the Obama administration moved closer to reality when its developers filed new permits with the federal government. The company behind Pebble Mine, in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, were poised Friday to file a wetlands-fill permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The permit application by the Pebble Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of Northern Dynasty Minerals, marks a milestone for the project that has seen renewed interest since President Trump appointed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. “At the outset of 2017, we established three ambitious...
  • E.P.A. Officials, Disheartened by Agency’s Direction, Are Leaving in Droves

    12/22/2017 4:36:46 AM PST · by keat · 113 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 22,2017 | LISA FRIEDMAN, MARINA AFFO and DEREK KRAVITZ
    WASHINGTON — More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration. Of the employees who have quit, retired or taken a buyout package since the beginning of the year, more than 200 are scientists. An additional 96 are environmental protection specialists, a broad category that includes scientists as well as others experienced in investigating and analyzing pollution levels. Nine department directors have departed the agency...