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EPA-wrecker Scott Pruitt runs an agency slouching into paranoia

Until now, Ronald Reagan-appointed Anne Gorsuch Burford [mother of nepotastic stolen-seat Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch] was the worst administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in its nearly half-century of existence. She cut its budget by a fifth and worked diligently to please polluting industries that she claimed were over-regulated. She was just one appointee […]

August 12th

EPA and Scott Pruitt will stop trying to make you breathe more smog. For now.

The US Environmental Protection Agency and its controversial administrator, Scott Pruitt, have been forced to back down from delaying the implementation of Obama-era regulations designating areas impacted by excessive levels of ground-level ozone, or smog. By Joshua S Hill  Only a day after the EPA was sued by 16 Democratic state attorneys general, Scott Pruitt and […]

August 8th

Paris Climate Agreement – Trump takes first step to withdraw (but it’ll still take four years)

The United States Government has formally communicated its intention to the United Nations to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement while simultaneously doubling down on its false promises to lower emissions. By Joshua S Hill  Dated Friday, August 4, the US Department of State published a small ‘Media Note’explaining that “the United States submitted a communication to […]

August 7th

Let’s stop Pruitt from letting coal plants dump toxins in your water

This week, I was honored to stand in Washington, D.C. alongside community and environmental leaders from 10 states to oppose Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt’s continuing efforts to weaken  clean water protections against coal plant pollution. We started the day with a press conference at the National Press Club, where I called on Trump and Pruitt to […]

August 2nd

Methane emissions: Court gives Trump regime another kick, but fight is not over

In a ruling issued Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia smacked the Environmental Protection Agency again, requiring that it immediately begin enforcing an Obama administration rule that set standards for the oil and natural gas industry’s methane emissions. By Meteor Blades  The Trump regime had issued […]

August 2nd

Dems want to ban brain-damaging chlorpyrifos insecticide Trump’s EPA says is A-OK.

Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and seven other Democratic senators introduced a bill Tuesday to regulate or ban a neurotoxic insecticide if the Environmental Protection Agency cannot prove it is safe. An organophosphate, the insecticide named chlorpyrifos has been banned from household use for more than 15 years, but it’s still widely used on crops like broccoli and almonds. By […]

July 27th

Fracking: Pity the poor, overburdened oil companies.

In Europe, fracking is about as popular as the plague. Ireland is the latest country to outlaw the practice, joining France, Germany, and Belgium. Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan told the press after the ban passed both houses of the Irish legislature, “Our current energy policy is nothing less than a complete contradiction, a policy that can only […]

July 26th

EPA will go after SOME polluters – diesel emission fraud perpetrators

EPA head Scott Pruitt says his agency will continue to “very aggressively” pursue action against auto manufacturers who faked their diesel emissions tests. By James Ayre “What VW did was very, very troublesome and we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Pruitt told Reuters. He also noted that aggressive actions were needed in order to […]

July 15th

Polluting Pruitt’s latest stupid idea: a TV debate on climate science

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency-hating chief of the EPA, wants to have a televised debate among scientists on climate change. When my colleague Mark Sumner read the news about this, he pictured a climate Thunderdome in which two scientists enter and a hunk of the public leaves still believing that there really is a debate to be had. By […]

July 12th

D.C. court hands EPA’s Pruitt a defeat over Obama’s methane rule

In case you missed it, a divided three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA administrator, overstepped his authority by delaying enforcement of the standards in a rule designed by the Obama administration to reduce methane emissions from new equipment at oil and gas operations. The court ordered Pruitt to […]

July 5th

GOP war on science: EPA chief of staff bullies scientist into mangling testimony

As noted here and here, the Trump regime is intent on wrecking the Environmental Protection Agency. And it is clear from the comments of the head of EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors that the wrecking will include making propaganda and other lies part of the agency’s mission going forward. How much long-term damage will be done by this and […]

June 27th