8 thoughts on “Pruitt, EPA – nothing more to say

  1. Pallie Boy says:

    “Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky on Monday that he will move to repeal a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, assuring them, “The war against coal is over.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/10/09/pruitt-tells-coal-miners-he-will-repeal-power-plan-rule-tuesday-the-war-on-coal-is-over/ The climate change rule for power plants is a key part of the U.S. commitment to reduce emissions under the Paris accord and aims to cut emissions from the electricity sector by 32 percent by 2030. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/354531-epa-to-begin-repealing-obamas-landmark-climate-rule-tuesday
    EPA: “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4081574/Repeal-of-Carbon-Pollution-Emission-Guidelines.pdf

  2. Elitist clickbait™️ says:

    ● “Senate committee stirs controversy with narrow approval of four EPA nominees” http://www.utilitydive.com/news/senate-committee-stirs-controversy-with-narrow-approval-of-four-epa-nominee/508238/
    ● “Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots : A scientist who worked for the chemical industry now shapes policy on hazardous chemicals. Within the E.P.A., there is fear that public health is at risk. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/21/us/trump-epa-chemicals-regulations.html
    ● “No matter how much information we give you, you would never write a fair piece,” Liz Bowman, an EPA spokesperson told the New York Times via email. “The only thing inappropriate and biased is your continued fixation on writing elitist clickbait trying to attack qualified professionals committed to serving their country.” (before she went to work at Trump’s EPA as a spokesperson, she was a spokesperson at the American Chemistry Council). http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-gives-chemical-industry-insider-power-regulating-chemicals
    ● American Chemistry Council – news and investigations https://www.publicintegrity.org/news/American-Chemistry-Council
    ● American Chemistry Council Lobbying https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000000365

  3. Crapsack says:

    On Halloween, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a new directive. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/administrator-pruitt-issues-directive-ensure-independence-geographic-diversity The former Oklahoma Attorney General, who sued the agency he now leads and rejects evidence of climate change, announced that any advisers on the agency’s Federal Advisory Committee must henceforth be “independent and free.” “Whatever science comes out of EPA, shouldn’t be political science,” Pruitt said in a statement. “From this day forward, EPA advisory committee members will be financially independent from the Agency.”
    This means the agency will bar scientists from boards who have received EPA grants in the past.
    According to a story in Reuters (“U.S. EPA bans some scientists from independent advisory boards”) “Pruitt signaled the move during a speech last week at the conservative Heritage Foundation, when he questioned the independence of scientists who have won past EPA research grants, and promised to ‘fix’ the situation.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-epa-science/u-s-epa-bans-some-scientists-from-independent-advisory-boards-idUSKBN1D020O
    See also “Pruitt Actions on EPA Advisory Board Undermine Independent Science, Put Americans at Risk.” Statement by Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press-release/pruitt-EPA-advisory-boards and “Scott Pruitt Is Using the Bible as His Guide for Reorganizing EPA’s Science Boards” http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/10/scott-pruitt-is-using-the-bible-as-his-guide-for-reorganizing-epas-science-boards/

  4. Cost–benefit says:

    “Comparing Coal Fiscal Policies for Western States” (November 2017) https://headwaterseconomics.org/energy/coal/coal-fiscal-policies/ “Coal fiscal policies vary widely across the West in terms of how revenue is generated, set aside in permanent savings, or spent by state and local governments. Between 2009 and 2025, the U.S. will retire roughly one-fifth of its coal power plant fleet. These retirements will reduce deliveries from western coal mines by about 15 percent from 2016 levels. The continued shift away from coal and to natural gas and renewable energy sources is causing fiscal challenges in coal-producing states. For example, recent budget shortfalls in Wyoming, Montana, and New Mexico are at least partially caused by declining coal revenue. Local communities where coal mines and coal fired power plants are located will experience significant budget challenges when these facilities close or slow production.”
    “Can Wyoming make the switch from coal to wind?” https://www.revealnews.org/article/energy-capital/ According to the Department of Energy, Wyoming has the sixth highest wind capacity potential despite sitting at 15th in installed capacity. “The Window For Wyoming’s Wind Industry “http://insideenergy.org/2017/11/03/the-window-for-wyomings-wind-industry/ Meanwhile “Building a new wind farm is getting cheaper and cheaper, according to an annual study that documents the cost of new power generation.” http://trib.com/business/energy/report-developing-a-wind-farm-is-cheaper-than-ever/article_4b2f45b5-8814-577d-8841-810003a93493.html However the GOP tax plan released last week jeopardizes billions of dollars in private investments by reneging on the terms of a bipartisan deal to phase out a key incentive by the end of the decade. https://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/article.aspx?cdid=A-42491907-13861&Printable=1

  5. Sox says:

    Three former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency slammed a proposal to open a gold and copper mine in the heart of an Alaska salmon fishery, saying the project could devastate natural ecosystems and imperil a multibillion-dollar industry. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/epa-pebble-mine-alaska_us_5a30592de4b07ff75afe8944
    William Ruckelshaus, William Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman ― all former heads of the EPA under Republican presidents ― joined former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt in signing a letter published in The Washington Post on Tuesday. In the letter, they voiced their opposition to the controversial Pebble Mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

  6. Cripes says:

    ‘A betrayal of the American people’: Sen. Udall hammers EPA chief Scott Pruitt (USA Today 5/16/18) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/05/16/scott-pruitt-senate-testimony/617577002/
    “The scandal-plagued EPA administrator wants contributions to his legal defense fund” (VOX 5/17/18) https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/5/17/17361562/scott-pruitt-legal-defense-fund-scandal Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), the ranking member of the environment subcommittee, noted that by his count, there are upward of 16 federal investigations into the EPA under Pruitt across the inspector general, the Government Accountability Office, and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Udall also announced that he asked the GAO to launch yet another inquiry into whether the EPA violated the Hatch Act and anti-lobbying rules. See also “Why Trump would really, really rather not fire Scott Pruitt : The EPA administrator has given the White House most of the few policy wins it has to date.” https://www.vox.com/2018/5/1/17292910/scott-pruitt-epa-fired-scandal-phone-booth-condo

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