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  • Has Scott Pruitt Brought Armageddon to the EPA?

    02/06/2018 7:13:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 · 35 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...
  • 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.
  • EPA Chief Pruitt Interested In Attorney General (Jeff Sessions) Job: Sources

    01/05/2018 10:31:41 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-5-2017 | Valerie Volcovici, David Shepardson
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, the conservative former attorney general of Oklahoma, is interested in replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions if that job becomes available, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Friday. President Donald Trump has openly criticized Sessions for months, provoking speculation that the attorney general might resign or be fired. The EPA chief would likely accept the position if it were offered by Trump, a source close to Pruitt told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. Jahan Wilcox, an EPA spokesman, in an email denied that Pruitt was interested in serving...
  • Report: Hundreds of EPA employees leave under Trump

    12/22/2017 6:20:39 PM PST · by mdittmar · 41 replies
    cnn ^ | December 22, 2017 | Sophie Tatum
    Washington (CNN)Hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency employees have exited their posts at the agency over the course of President Donald Trump's first year in office, a report by the New York Times and ProPublica said Friday.
  • 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...
  • Here's How Many People Have Left the EPA Since Scott Pruitt Took Over [Winning!]

    12/16/2017 10:10:38 AM PST · by Simon Foxx · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/16/2017 | Courtney O'Brien
    The Environmental Protection Agency has shrunk considerably since Scott Pruitt took over as administrator. In fact, the agency is back to President Reagan-era staff levels. Over 700 EPA personnel have either retired, quit, or taken voluntary buyouts since Pruitt took over...
  • Pruitt names more industry insiders to EPA science boards

    11/04/2017 8:27:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 3, 2017 6:49 PM EDT | Michael Biesecker
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has named a slate of new members to federal science advisory boards, including several who work for chemical and fossil-fuel interests. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his appointments Friday, after saying he would block scientists who receive federal research grants from serving. That change ruled out many highly qualified experts from colleges and universities, who the EPA chief said had potential conflicts of interest. […] Pruitt named Paul Gilman as the new chair of EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors. Gilman is a former EPA official who now works as a senior vice president...
  • Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members

    10/31/2017 9:51:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2017 9:40 PM EDT | Michael Biesecker
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more diverse views. In announcing the changes, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt suggested many previously appointed to the panels were potentially biased because they had received federal research grants. The 22 boards advise EPA on a wide range of issues, including drinking water standards and pesticide safety. “Whatever science comes out of EPA shouldn’t be political science,” said Pruitt, a Republican lawyer who previously served as the attorney general of Oklahoma....
  • EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Bars Government-Funded Science Advisers From Panels

    10/31/2017 5:42:34 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 10/31/2017 | Kevin Mooney
    The nation’s top environmental protection official signed a directive Tuesday aimed at preventing conflicts of interest while bolstering the independence and integrity of scientists who advise the government. Under the new policy announced by Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, researchers and scientists who currently receive grants from the agency are not eligible to fill open slots on three science advisory groups. “Whatever science comes out of EPA shouldn’t be political science,” Pruitt, appointed by President Donald Trump, told reporters during a press conference at EPA headquarters in Washington. “From this day forward, EPA advisory committee members will...
  • Trump Improves Transparency by Ending EPA Sue-and-Settle Agreements

    10/28/2017 7:25:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2017 | H. Sterling Burnett
    Poverty remains, by far, the biggest killer of humans, and government-imposed regulations have been proven to create economic costs that make poverty more likely. As a result, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget estimates every $7.5 million to $12 million in regulatory costs imposed on the economy results in a life lost. Federal and state government regulatory costs top $1.9 trillion annually, amounting to $14,842 per U.S. household. That’s nearly $15,000 that’s unavailable to families to pay for health insurance, medicine or medical bills, college expenses, groceries, a new car, or vacations. These facts clearly show why substantive and...
  • San Francisco Columnist Writes Justification for Death Threats to Trump Cabinet Official

    10/26/2017 11:22:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 26, 2017 | Brent Scher
    An article published on the San Francisco Chronicle's sister-site on Wednesday offers justification for the increased number of death threats to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, saying the threats "make a warped sort of sense." The article by Mark Morford, whose biography says he has been writing for the Chronicle and sister-site SF Gate since 1998 and is described on the site as "one of the Bay Area's premier yoga instructors," describes Pruitt as a "banally evil, milquetoast, science-denying government administrator" who has been receiving a "surprising-but-then-again-not-really number of death threats." "Scott Pruitt, the pallid, oily anti-environment corporate shill...
  • EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Ends ‘Abusive’ Obama ‘Sue & Settle’ Policy

    10/17/2017 8:55:37 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/16/2017 | Sean Moran
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt ended the agency’s “sue and settle” policy Monday, criticizing “regulation through litigation” as wrong and “abusive.” “The days of regulation through litigation are over,” said Administrator Pruitt. “We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the Agency by special interest groups where doing so would circumvent the regulatory process set forth by Congress. Additionally, gone are the days of routinely paying tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to these groups with which we swiftly settle.” Under previous administrations, particularly...
  • The Obama EPA’s Crooked Prosecutors

    10/14/2017 6:18:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen – at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is...
  • Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan

    10/09/2017 6:24:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 9/10/17 | Michael Biesecker and Adam Beam
    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration's move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Speaking Monday in the coal-mining state of Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would be issuing a new set of rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's drive to curb global climate change. "The war on coal is over," Pruitt declared, adding that no federal agency should ever use its authority to "declare war on any sector of our...
  • EPA buys Pruitt a special booth for secret communications

    09/27/2017 10:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2017 5:16 PM EDT | Michael Biesecker
    The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to provide Administrator Scott Pruitt something none of his predecessors have had — a custom soundproof booth for making private phone calls. EPA did not respond to questions on Wednesday from The Associated Press about the government contract for the “privacy booth for the administrator” ordered last month, according to a summary of the contract listed in a federal procurement database. The contract for the booth, due for delivery by Oct. 9, was first reported by The Washington Post. EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman told the newspaper that the booth would serve as...
  • Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

    09/19/2017 7:37:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2017 8:09 PM EDT | Dan Elliott and Michael Biesecker
    Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said Tuesday. Such work is at a standstill or moving slowly on at least four Superfund sites where “human exposure is not under control,” according to a report from the EPA’s inspector general. That means contamination at the sites is unsafe for humans and there is a reasonable expectation that people may be exposed to it, the report said. The report comes as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has...
  • Six Months Later, EPA Employees Are Still ‘Crying at Their Desks’ Because of Trump

    08/18/2017 5:35:43 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 47 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/16/2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Six months after President Donald Trump's inauguration, employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are still "crying at their desks." The latest edition of Rolling Stone, which features Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau on the cover with the question, "Why can't he be our president?" goes after EPA administrator Scott Pruitt for alleged "crimes against nature." The article features quotes from fearful EPA employees, who are still distraught over President Trump's victory. "It's been six months, and people are still crying at their desks," one EPA staffer said. Rolling Stone‘s contributing editor Jeff Goodell labels Pruitt a "God-fearing Christian," who is...
  • Pruitt: EPA will review ‘politicized’ climate science report

    08/14/2017 8:37:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | August 14, 2017 | charles the moderator
    <p>Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said his staff will gauge the “accuracy” of a major federal science report that blames human activity for climate change — just days after researchers voiced their fears to The New York Times that the Trump administration would alter or suppress its findings.</p>