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  • Trump Sides With Farmers In Battle Against Refiners

    10/09/2018 4:17:49 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 84 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-10-2018 | Nick
    The Trump administration announced a major policy change in an effort to win back farm country, allowing the year-round sale of a higher concentration of ethanol. Coinciding with a campaign stop in Iowa, President Trump announced the lifting of the ban of E15 during summer months, a significant win for the corn and ethanol industries. Up until now, E15 cannot be sold during the summer because of smog concerns. Ethanol producers saw their share prices skyrocket on the news. The decision comes after roughly 18 months of damaging policies to the agricultural industry. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt became public...
  • Trump ties decision on ethanol to keeping campaign promise

    10/10/2018 4:07:38 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 109 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/9/2018 | John Siciliano
    President Trump chalked up his announcement on boosting ethanol for farmers in Iowa to his record of "promises made, promises kept," while speaking in Iowa Tuesday night. "I made that promise to you during the campaign," Trump said. "I made that promise to you during the primaries. Promises made, promises kept." "We're going with E15 year-round," Trump said early in his speech, admitting that the full announcement would come later in his remarks. The plan would relax Environmental Protection Agency rules that restrict the sale of 15-percent ethanol fuel blends to eight months of the year. The EPA waiver for...
  • White House announces plan to expand ethanol use linked to increased pollution

    10/08/2018 5:42:03 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/08/18 | MIRANDA GREEN
    The White House on Monday rolled out a new plan that would allow higher blends of ethanol in vehicle fuels, amid concerns that the change could lead to more air pollution. The administration’s memo calls to extend the sale of E15 -- consisting of 15 percent of ethanol blended into gasoline -- year round. The fuel was blocked between June 1 and Sept. 15, as science shows burning ethanol in warmer temperature leads to heightened ground-level ozone pollution and smog. A senior White House official said the plan was part of President Trump’s free market plan. “This action is basically...
  • Crisis at the National Archives (Obama records missing)

    06/10/2018 3:05:08 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 91 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 10, 2018 | Thomas Lipscomb
    In the middle of directing the difficult task of transferring the historically important records of the Obama administration into the National Archives, the archivist in charge, David Ferriero, ran into a serious problem: A lot of key records are missing. A first-rate librarian, Ferriero has been driving a much-needed digital overhaul and expansion of the National Archives over the nine years of his appointment. This will greatly improve the ability of digital search locally and remotely, as well as accessing the files themselves. To support this effort, in 2014 President Obama signed the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments. For...
  • Trump Keeps Campaign Promise to Scale Back Size of EPA

    09/10/2018 6:24:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 10, 2018 9:45 am | Aryssa Damron
    President Donald Trump is keeping a campaign promise to reduce the size of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the agency's recent employment numbers. On the campaign trail in 2016, Trump spoke about dismantling the EPA, saying, "We are going to get rid of it in almost every form. We’re going to have little tidbits left but we’re going to take a tremendous amount out." Records show that in the first 18 months of the Trump administration, over 1,600 workers left the EPA and less than 400 were hired. This is an 8 percent decrease in the agency's employment size,...
  • FEEL GOOD STORY OF THE WEEK (Fewer EPA workers)

    09/10/2018 7:22:45 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 10,2018 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    I was going to suggest that the most snuggly, feel-good story of recent days was the latest ratings for CNN, which have fallen more than 20 percent over the last year and continued to fall over the summer, such that it now ranks behind the Discovery Channel and HGTV. Makes sense: why tune in to CNN for manure if you can get better manure for your private garden from HGTV? But this story is much more snuggly feel-good inducing: EPA lost more than 1,500 workers in first 18 months of Trump administration: report The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly lost...
  • Trump's rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

    09/03/2018 7:19:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    AP ^ | 9-3-2018 | AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein
    It's coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out of his remarks, though: northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for increased deaths and illnesses from the rollback on regulation of harmful emission from the nation's coal power plants. An analysis done by his own Environmental Protection Agency concludes that the plan would lead to a greater number of people here dying prematurely,...
  • EPA watchdog to probe scientific integrity

    08/31/2018 12:57:27 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/31/18 | Timothy Cama
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog is auditing how the agency deals with issues of scientific integrity. In a notice released Friday, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) said it would launch research into how the EPA implements and adheres to its scientific integrity policy. The audit was launched voluntarily by the office, so it is not connected to a specific request from a lawmaker or complaint. But critics of the Trump administration have nonetheless criticized the agency for what they see as attempts to undermine science at the EPA, including downplaying the harms from climate change and...
  • US denies liability after boy is sprayed by its cyanide trap

    08/23/2018 1:48:38 AM PDT · by blueplum · 48 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 22 Aug 2018 | Staff
    BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. government said an Idaho family is to blame for any injuries it alleges a boy received after he was doused with cyanide by a predator-killing trap that a federal worker mistakenly placed near their home. Any injuries were caused by the negligence of the parents and child, the U.S. Department of Justice said in documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court, and asked for the family's lawsuit to be dismissed. Mark and Theresa Mansfield of Pocatello sued in June seeking more than $75,000 in damages and more than $75,000 for pain and suffering. They say...
  • Crow Tribal spokesman RIPS Left-wing coastal states for using EPA regs to deny his people prosperity

    08/17/2018 12:23:55 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 28 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/17/18 | USA Features
    Cruel: A spokesman for a prominent Native American tribe is blasting uber-Left-wing politicians in deep blue coastal states for using onerous EPA regulations to deny his people the opportunity to coal, gas, and other forms of energy. The Daily Caller reports that officials in a small number of coastal states led by Washington are essentially denying Crow Tribal members the opportunity to earn a much better living. CJ Stewart, a Crow Tribal member and co-founder of the National Tribe Energy Association, told the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Thursday that his people are dependent on producing energy to...
  • Energy Conferees Shut Down Fuel Economy Mandates as Costly to Consumers

    08/16/2018 2:22:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 15, 2018 | Kevin Mooney
    NEW ORLEANS—Sterling Burnett doesn’t always want to sit next to someone he doesn’t know on a train, plane, or bus. But he’s willing to fight for the freedom of those same strangers when it comes time for them to purchase a motor vehicle. “What I care about is … your freedom to choose the vehicle of your choice,” Burnett, an environmental policy expert for the Heartland Institute, said during a panel discussion at the free-market think tank’s America First Energy Conference that took a critical look at fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. “I don’t think government should be in...
  • Trump’s EPA Must Stand Firm in Fight Over Fuel-Economy Laws

    08/04/2018 8:36:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2018 | Tom Walton
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)on Thursday proposed that the nation’s costly and counterproductive fuel-economy standards remain at 2020 levels through 2026, abandoning President Barack Obama’s plans to raise them each year. Eliminating the standards altogether would be ideal, but this move is a reasonable response to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) trying to set standards for the whole country. CARB and its sister “blue” anti-Trump states constitute 35 percent of the nation’s auto buyers, and they are threatening to go their own way and impose the Obama-era standards if EPA ultimately enacts...
  • Trump’s EPA Outpaces Obama in Cleaning Up Hazardous Waste Sites

    08/02/2018 8:20:13 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 10 replies
    https://www.dailysignal.com ^ | July 24, 2018 | Kevin Mooney
    Since Trump took office in January 2017, EPA officials have cleaned up all or part of 13 listed sites, compared with nine sites cleaned up by the Obama administration in 2015 and 2016.
  • Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

    08/02/2018 6:06:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 97 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 02, 2018 7:11 PM EDT | Ellen Knickmeyer and Tom Krisher
    Citing safety, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back car-mileage standards, backing away from years of government efforts to cut Americans’ trips to the gas station and reduce unhealthy, climate-changing tailpipe emissions. If the proposed rule becomes final, it could roil the auto industry as it prepares for new model years and weaken one of the federal government’s chief weapons against climate change — regulating emissions from cars and other vehicles. The result, opponents say, will be dirtier air and more pollution-related illness and death. The proposal itself estimates it could cost tens of thousands of jobs — auto...
  • What You Need to Know About EPA’s New Boss Andrew Wheeler

    07/24/2018 10:31:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/24/2018 | H. Sterling Burnett
    Former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the end of a productive but tumultuous period for the agency. The good news? Pruitt’s replacement, Andrew Wheeler, will likely continue the needed reforms Pruitt began. In the immortal words of The Who, “Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss.” However history judges Pruitt’s tenure at EPA, critics and supporters can agree he initiated a series of efforts to fundamentally transform the antiquated agency. He ended sue-and-settle agreements; reshaped its science advisory committees; reduced graft; and rolled back myriad regulatory actions, including the Clean Power Plan,...
  • Washington state wildlife officials resisted sending copter, sheriff to save woman treed by wolves

    07/22/2018 7:35:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Capital Press ^ | July 18, 2018 | Don Jenkins
    Recordings and summaries of emergency calls show Washington wildlife officials at first objected to an air rescue of a woman treed by wolves, or help from the Okanogan County sheriff. Washington wildlife managers initially opposed sending a helicopter or a search-and-rescue team to save a woman treed by wolves in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, according to recordings and summaries of emergency calls. ... Notes from a call between DNR dispatcher Jill Jones and a wildlife officer summarized WDFW’s position, and her position, shortly before the helicopter launched. “No helicopter. Federally listed species. 3 WDFW personnel saying so,” according to DNR’s...
  • EPA Officials Raised Concerns about Formaldehyde… in Scott Pruitt’s Desk

    07/20/2018 11:25:28 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    American Oversight ^ | July 19, 2018 | American Oversight Staff
    We can add “EPA chemical safety science” to the list of taxpayer funded benefits that former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt kept for himself. New emails uncovered by American Oversight show EPA employees were concerned about the level of formaldehyde in an ornate desk that Pruitt had sought to purchase for his office. The emails emerged even as EPA officials have continued to block the release of a scientific report on the dangers of formaldehyde exposure. In early 2017, newly-appointed Administrator Pruitt selected an ornate desk from Amazon and instructed staff to order it. One of the EPA staffers noticed that...
  • US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

    07/18/2018 10:53:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 18, 2018 9:45 PM EDT | Matthew Brown
    The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the changes would save utilities roughly $30 million annually. The move represents the latest action by Trump’s EPA to boost the struggling coal industry by rolling back environmental and public health protections enacted under his predecessor. It pushes back the deadline to close problematic ash dumps and gives state regulators flexibility in how they deal with the massive waste piles...
  • Decision to haul Gold King Mine sludge raises questions ( Colorado )

    07/10/2018 4:50:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | July 10, 2018 | Jonathan Romeo
    Critics fear move will impact upper Animas River aquatic life. Could the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to haul waste from the Gold King Mine to the banks of the upper Animas River put undue stress on a fishery already struggling to survive? ... Three months after the EPA triggered the Gold King Mine blowout in August 2015, the agency built a temporary water-treatment plant, in an area known as Gladstone, 10 miles north of Silverton within the Cement Creek watershed. But for the past year, the EPA has said room is running out at Gladstone to store the waste byproduct...
  • Truck hauling Gold King Mine sludge crashes into Cement Creek ( EPA out of control in Colorado )

    07/10/2018 4:40:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    EPA just started hauling waste from treatment plant to new storage site. A truck hauling sludge from the Environmental Protection Agency’s water-treatment plant for the Gold King Mine went off the road Monday and crashed into Cement Creek. ... The EPA just started on June 15 hauling sludge from the water treatment plant, about 10 miles north of Silverton in an area known as Gladstone, to a historic mine waste pile, called the Kittimac, along County Road 2. The trip is 10 to 15 miles one way, but involves windy, mountainous dirt roads. Three months after the EPA triggered the...