epa administrator

highskeleton  asked:

Jesus you act like Donald trump is the worst thing that happened to America. What about the bombs that Obama dropped every 20 minutes during his 8 years? Like trump is pretty shitty but def not the worst

Barack Obama didn’t brag about sexually assaulting people. 

Barack Obama didn’t instate this many controversial ~unconstitutional~ executive orders within his first two weeks in office. 

Barack Obama didn’t gaslight the entire country by lying about the size of his inauguration, which will surely progress into lying about much, much more important things.

Barack Obama’s election didn’t lead to swastikas being drawn - and normalized - all over the country. 

Barack Obama didn’t have over a million people take to the streets on one given day to protest him.

Barack Obama didn’t have every news outlet except for fucking Fox and Breitbart bashing him.

Barack Obama didn’t violate the law by pushing forward with the Keystone pipeline. 

Barack Obama didn’t have the Pope comparing him to Hitler. 

Barack Obama didn’t win through a rigged election. 

Barack Obama didn’t silence the EPA and the National Park Service from communicating with the public - which is literally their job. 

Barack Obama didn’t reinstate the Global Gag Rule, which will lead to hundreds of thousands of pregnancy and abortion related deaths. 

Barack Obama didn’t deny that climate change existed, for the sake of his own business interests. 

Barack Obama didn’t have his spokesperson promoting his daughter’s clothing line while he was serving in public office. 

Barack Obama didn’t issue a Muslim ban in 7 countries, yet failed to include the 2 countries with the highest number of terrorist attacks 

Barack Obama wasn’t best buds with fucking Vladimir Putin. 

Barack Obama didn’t forbid legal residents from entering their own country. 

Barack Obama didn’t nominate a Secretary of Education who was so unpopular that a tiebreaker vote had to be issued by the VP. 

Barack Obama didn’t nominate an Attorney General who was deemed too racist to be a federal judge, and who thinks grabbing people by their genitals isn’t sexual assault. 

Barack Obama wasn’t perfect, but he sure as hell wasn’t Trump. 

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The Native Nations March is currently taking place through D.C. and at the White House, capping off a four-day protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. As indigenous groups from all over the country continue to call for a meeting with Donald Trump, news outlets need make sure the voices of water protectors and environmental activists are heard.

#SaveTheEPA and #FirePruitt

Scott Pruitt spent most of his career obstructing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Now this guy leads the EPA and is destroying decades of environmental standards. Makes no sense. He is denying what scientists have proved to be real time and time again—Climate Change. I collected a few articles if you have the time to read through them. Talk about it amongst friends and expose him.

University of North Dakota apologizes for ejecting a journalist at the behest of EPA chief Scott Pruitt during an official visit:
http://www.westfargopioneer.com/news/4314077-und-apologizes-reporters-ejection-during-epa-administrator-visit

Pruitt’s EPA rolls back regulations on a pesticide that causes brain damage in children:
http://www.motherjones.com/food/2017/07/bill-ban-chemical-epa-pruitt-trump/

Pruitt’s EPA repeals Obama administration emissions restrictions:
http://www.overdriveonline.com/trump-epa-sets-sites-on-tractor-trailer-emissions-regulations/

EPA rewrites guidelines for evaluation of toxic chemicals:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-rsquo-s-epa-may-be-weakening-chemical-safety-law/

Pruitt hires an anti-EPA lawyer who has sued the agency numerous times to lead its Water division:
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060058019

New York sues Pruitt’s EPA for allowing dumping in the Long Island Sound:
https://www.courthousenews.com/new-york-sues-epa-allowing-dumping-long-island-sound/

Pruitt insists that Carbon Dioxide does not contribute to global warming:
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/09/epa-chief-scott-pruitt.html

Rundown of Pruitt’s 1st 100 days as EPA chief:
http://www.businessinsider.com/scott-pruitt-epa100-days-2017-4

Trump administration endangers our health with its EPA agenda:
http://www.theenergycollective.com/edfclimate411/2409875/trump-administration-outlines-plans-epa-bad-news-health

Pruitt’s EPA “out of control”:
https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2017/07/05/scott-pruitts-epa-spun-control

Chicago Sun Times editorial on Pruitt’s EPA:
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/scott-pruitts-short-tenure-as-epa-chief-already-a-scandal/

EPA considers changing a rule regarding toxic mercury emissions from power plants:
https://thinkprogress.org/mats-delay-pruitt-trump-5c9ad958b44f/

EPA budget cuts threaten uranium cleanup in Indian lands:
https://www.revealnews.org/article/epa-budget-cuts-threaten-to-slow-uranium-cleanup-at-navajo-nation/

Scott Pruitt operates his EPA with lock-down secrecy:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/us/politics/scott-pruitt-epa.html

Editorial from the Chicago Tribune about how Pruitt has failed to go after egregious air polluters in Chicago:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-epa-0725-jm-20170724-story.html

Pruitt shirks on his mandate to enforce the law and collect fines from polluters (and how it will end up costing the taxpayer even more in legal fees):
http://www.businessinsider.com/scott-pruitt-epa-lawsuits-courts-2017-7

Pruitt’s EPA rolls back regulations at the fastest rate in the 47 years since the EPA was started:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/01/us/politics/trump-epa-chief-pruitt-regulations-climate-change.html?mcubz=3&_r=0

A broad overview of Pruitt’s warped vision and his destructive administration of the EPA:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/scott-pruitt-is-gutting-the-epa-serving-fossil-fuel-industry-w494156

Opinion piece from the LA Times on why Pruitt is a particularly dangerous operator:
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-hatchet-pruitt-20170702-story.html

Pruitt’s EPA cuts funds to clean up pollution in Houston neighborhoods:
http://www.houstonpress.com/news/houston-activists-join-task-force-to-fight-epa-head-scott-pruitt-plan-to-cut-superfund-budget-9637595

Pruitt caves to industrial interests and rewrite rules so that utilities companies can increase levels of water pollution:
https://thinkprogress.org/epa-rewriting-toxic-wastewater-rule-08a146b7f578/

The current EPA’s abominable record in enforcing environmental rules:
https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-epa-enforcement-idUSL1N1KW1SQ

Pruitt’s EPA website has no section about climate change:
http://mashable.com/2017/08/08/donald-trump-epa-website-no-climate-change-section/#BzNUIrc65iqy

Editorial from the Miami New Times on how Pruitt’s EPA will have a devastating effect on south florida’s coast and waters:
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/trump-epa-cuts-will-destroy-south-florida-beaches-soil-and-everglades-environmental-defense-fund-warns-9608031

Illinois paper column on how Pruitt’s deregulation of the coal industry pollution standards will damage Illinois waterways:
http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/guest-commentary/2017-08-20/guest-commentary-rewrite-coal-ash-rules-threat-water.html

It’s a disappointing and embarrassing day for the United States.This decision makes zero sense from a public health or an economic perspective
—  Statement from Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on the White House Announcement on the Paris Agreement. Read more. 
A man with a nasty habit of suing the EPA now leads it, because why not?

Congrats, America: We now have a Senate-confirmed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again. 

Oh, except that administrator is Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who sued the EPA multiple times over what he sees as its overly aggressive environmental regulations. Plus, he denies the mainstream scientific conclusion that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause of global warming. 

So, there are those little caveats.

SEE ALSO: Exxon’s former CEO is now our secretary of state. So, there’s that.

Pruitt has also questioned the dangers of mercury contamination and other hazardous substances the EPA is in charge of regulating. His record is so one-sided that the Sierra Club calls him simply, “… The most dangerous EPA Administrator in the history of our country.”

Pruitt’s reputation as an agency foe eager to give states more autonomy in regulating air and water pollution, combined with the EPA transition team’s gag order of the agency, has instilled so much fear among the EPA rank-and-file that agency scientists were among the thousands of people calling their senators on Thursday urging them to vote no on the nomination, a rare step for federal employees to take. 

Pruitt, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry, all have expressed views doubting climate science findings, and each of them are in charge of agencies deeply involved with the U.S. response to the global issue.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

During his confirmation hearing, Pruitt said he does not quite agree with the vast majority of climate scientists whose work has shown that greenhouse gases are causing global warming. 

“I believe the ability to measure with precision the degree of human activity’s impact on the climate is subject to more debate on whether the climate is changing or whether human activity contributes to it,” he said.

“If you don’t believe in climate science, you don’t belong at the EPA,“ said May Boeve, executive director of the climate advocacy group 350.org, in a statement on Friday. 

What happens now?

Pruitt is expected to try to dismantle large parts of the EPA’s portfolio of regulations and science research put in place under prior presidents, particularly the Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. Without that plan, the U.S. cannot live up to its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. 

However, Trump may be poised to pull the U.S. out of that pact entirely, which would make dismantling the Clean Power Plan easier. Trump is also expected to sign executive orders as early as Friday that would begin rolling back the EPA’s climate change work, though it’s easier to order that than it is to actually accomplish it.

Remarkably, Pruitt was confirmed only hours after a judge in Oklahoma ordered the release of nearly 3,000 emails between Pruitt and fossil fuel companies from his time as attorney general. 

We’d like to congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation! We look forward to welcoming him to EPA.

— U.S. EPA (@EPA) February 17, 2017

Senators never got a chance to factor those into their decision-making. 

Senate Democrats tried in vain to delay the vote to allow senators to see the emails, which stemmed from a state lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. Those organizations were concerned about Pruitt’s cozy relationship with the oil and gas industry there. 

Pruitt’s backers, including mainstream Republican groups like FreedomWorks, see him as an administrator to will try to get red tape off the backs of business owners, despite studies showing that the EPA’s regulations don’t stifle job growth.

A 2014 New York Times investigation already established that Pruitt often did favors for the oil and gas industry, particularly for major donors to the Republican Attorneys General Association. These included writing letters to lawmakers and the EPA seeking regulatory changes.

In the end, Pruitt won confirmation narrowly, on a 52 to 46 vote, garnering the most "no” votes of any EPA nominee since the agency was founded in 1970. 

BONUS: NASA timelapse shows just how quickly our Arctic sea ice is disappearing

These are wild clown den warning balloons.

They were installed all over the US in the late 90s after the popular movie IT lead to an increase in violence against clowns. Clowns were declared a protected species until late 2017 when the EPA determined that clown populations had risen significantly and were threatening to overtake protected habitats. However, there is speculation that this was driven by lobbying of the clown meat industry to help meet the increasing market demands after a resurgence in popularity of the unusual delicacy.

Under the Trump administration, EPA director Scott Pruitt revoked the Clown Protection And Preservation Act instituted by Obama in late 2012. There is currently an investigation into whether he accepted bribes from a clown slaughterhouse in his home state of Oklahoma.

Under the current administration, funding of research and tracking wild clown dens has been significantly cut and many municipalities have expressed concern for clown and human safety. It is still common advisement to avoid these marked clown dens due to the expected increase in clown hunting.

Environmentalists have petitioned the EPA for the last decade to outlaw clown meat under animal rights violations, but the clown meat industry has continually won out in court, and currently boasts an estimated market cap of over $5 billion USD in domestic consumption alone. The illegal clown export trade is also rumored to be around $1 billion USD in exchanged goods.

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After Harvey, the Trump administration reconsiders flood rules it just rolled back
The Obama-era rules were intended to reduce the risks posed by flooding, and established new construction standards for roads, housing and other infrastructure projects that receive federal dollars.
By https://www.facebook.com/eilperin

Recent federal analyses “have all projected an increase in heavy downpours and sea-level rise in the United States as a result of climate change.” Trump ignored them all, consistent with his own constant denials of man-made climate change as a “hoax,” and his appointment of fellow climate-change deniers like EPA head Scott Pruitt to powerful government positions.

Under President Obama, the federal government instituted rules and standards to reduce flood risk. Trump scrapped them all, including climate guidance in the National Environmental Policy Act, declaring:

“This over-regulated permitting process is a massive, self­-inflicted wound on our country — it’s disgraceful — denying our people much-needed investments in their community.”

Now that Hurricane Harvey has inflicted much more massive wounds on our country and communities, some of Trump’s people may be starting to realize that perhaps blindly reversing every single thing that had the word “climate” in it or Barack Obama’s name on it wasn’t the most sensible strategy after all.

I think this is fundamentally a dumb idea. It’s like a red team-blue team exercise about whether gravity exists.
—  Andrew Dessler, a professor of atmospheric science at Texas A&M University, on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s plan for a “red team, blue team” approach to climate science. Read more. 
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UND apologizes for reporters' ejection during EPA administrator...
GRAND FORKS—A spokesman for the University of North Dakota apologized to the Grand Forks newspaper after reviewing footage of a UND police officer ejecting its reporters from a public university property.
By Sam Easter

University of North Dakota apologizes for ejecting a journalist at the behest of EPA chief Scott Pruitt during an official visit. #FirePruitt #SaveTheEPA

Today the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth. The truth is there is NO war on coal, there is NO economic crisis caused by
environmental protection, and climate change IS caused by man’s activities.
—  Elizabeth Southerland, who resigned from the EPA after 30 years on the job due to the direction of the agency under the Trump administration. Read more here. 

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Muchacha Fanzine Issue #13

Theme/Tema: “Madre Tierra”

“La Madre Tierra, militarizada, cercada, envenenada, donde se violan sistemáticamente derechos elementales, nos exige actuar.”- Berta Cáceres

Whether it’s indigenous water protectors or led-poisoned black children, communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the effects of environmental degradation. While the oppressors in power harm & exploit the Earth and it’s inhabitants, we have & continue to fight on the frontline of the struggle but we are not always heard and this needs to change. In an effort to center the importance of our voices, Muchacha Fanzine’s “Madre Tierra” (Mother Earth) invites people of color to share short stories, visual art, photography, comics, thoughts, poetry, rants, doodles, and essays all related to environmental justice. Women, queer, transgender & non-binary folks of color are especially encouraged to submit their work.

Ya sea que se trate de protectores de agua indígenas o de niños negros envenenados con plomo, las comunidades de color son desproporcionadamente afectadas por los efectos de la degradación ambiental. Mientras los opresores en el poder dañan y explotan a la Tierra y sus habitantes, luchamos en las frontera de la lucha, pero no siempre somos escuchados y esto necesita cambiar. Con el objetivo de centrar la importancia de nuestras voces, Muchacha Fanzine’s “ Madre Tierra” invita a las personas de color a compartir cuentos, arte visual, fotografía, cómicos, pensamientos, poesía y ensayos relacionados con la justicia ambiental. Las mujeres, personas gay, transgeneros y personas no binarias son especialmente alentados a presentar su trabajo.

DEADLINE/FECHA TOPE: Oct. 1, 2017

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Please limit written submissions to 2500 words & attach .jpg art images. Including a short bio/contact info is encouraged but optional. All of the contributors will receive free copies including domestic/international shipping! / Por favor limite las presentaciones por escrito a 2500 palabras y adjunte imágenes de arte .jpg. Incluyendo información de bio/contacto se recomienda, pero es opcional. ¡Todos los contribuyentes recibirán copias gratis incluyendo el envío nacional/internacional!

(Topic ideas include but are not limited to: *Environmental Racism *Anticapitalism *Indigenous Resistance *Decolonization *Black & Brown Resistance Movements *Ecofeminism *Queer Ecology *Industrial Pollution *Coal & Oil Companies *Air, Water & Soil Contamination *Greenhouse Gas *Global Warming *Toxic Wastes Sites *Fossil Fuels *Fracking *Radioactive Material *Health hazards i.e. cancer, asthma, lead poisoning *#WaterisLife *Keystone XL Pipeline *Natural Disasters *Deforestation *Heat Exposure *Gentrification *Public Housing *Transit Justice *Migration *Prison Industrial Complex *Police Violence *Military Occupation *Imperialism *Climate Change Denialism *The Trump Administration *EPA *Reproductive Health *Animal Justice *Endangered Species *Factory farms & Slaughterhouses *Food Justice *Food Deserts *Gardening *Public Policy *Power in Decision Making Processes *Sustainability *Renewable Energy *Grassroots Activism *Green Anarchism *Green Socialism *Environmental Spirituality *Healing *Where do we go from here?)

🎨: “Mother Earth Nourish” by Malaysian artist Jennifer Mourin

Every few weeks since the nightmare of Trump started have been weeks like this, weeks where the hits just keep coming and you just can barely keep but with all the horror more for my own sanity than anything I just want to expel all the shit that has happen in the last week(ish)

1. Trump goes to war with the FNL and most of professional sports. I don’t follow sports, they hold no interest for me, but I understand and respect that the FNL is like a cultural powerhouse in America. So the idea that a President would attack them is… crazy right, like a thing I never imagined would happen, but it did. Trump and Steve Mnuchin making creepy deeply racist statements that basically the rich white people who own FNL teams should have the right to control what they’re overwhelmingly black players have to say. General creepy neo-fascist flag worship porn, and in the mix the whole BLM message of the kneel got lost in some FNL unity BS as owners tried to co-op it

2. While Trump was busy being racist against black football (and Basketball) players, he was ignoring an island of (AMERICAN) hispanics. It wasn’t till he got called out on it that Trump figured out where Puerto Rico, and stopped there. He got into a Twitter battle with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz who has been working her ass off and has been a total hero through this whole thing. But Trump hates women, and people of color and women of color set him off so victim blaming, implying that we’re not really gonna rebuild Puerto Rico, switching between claiming everything is great and blaming any problems on Puerto Rico (or the fact it’s an island) meanwhile the response is still lagging behind what team Obama did in Haiti in 2010, and seems to only be doing what outside politicians (John McCain, Hillary Clinton) tweet at them days too late

3. Roy fucking Moore happened, Roy Moore is a crazy person totally unqualified for public life that wants to make being gay illegal and put America under biblical law, he’s been impeached from side wide office in Alabama twice now (both times for trying to defy the US Supreme Court) and this asshole won the Senate Primary in Alabama. Alabama being Alabama Moore is the odds on favorite to become a US Senator 

4. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Prince spent over 400,000 dollars for domestic flights on private jets, including a $25,000 flight from DC to Philadelphia….. which is 2 hours away by car from DC…. Prince also used military transport for his overseas travel. Which is something that is reserved as a rule for people who need 24/7 secure communications with the President, needless to say the HHS Secretary isn’t one of those people. So Price’s transport in 8 months was close to a million dollars. At the same time Prince has been busily telling everyone how we need DEEP cuts to medicaid because there just isn’t enough money. All this is bad enough, but it seems MANY people on team Trump have been using private jets on government dime. Oh also EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spent 25,000 dollars to build himself a private sound proof room that no one knows what he’ll use that for since the EPA already had a secure room for reading classified information? oh also he has a $800,000 a year around the clock security detail like the President, which no one else in the cabinet has oh also he likes private jets too. 

5. Catalonia tried to have a referendum on independence. Spanish courts ruled this illegal but that doesn’t really explain why the Spanish government unleashed federal police into the streets of Catalonia. Police broke down the doors of polling stations, dragged people out by their hair, stole ballot boxes, charged crowds of voters swinging batons and firing rubber bullets. By the end of the day over 800 people had been injured by police. Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont said that Catalonia had “won the right to statehood” meanwhile the Spanish government under Mariano Rajoy have gone full 1984 and declared no vote happened at all, and also that their reaction was totally fair, while also refusing to negotiate with the Catalonian government, I don’t know what happens next but it looks scary and set for violence in the coming week.

6. Las Vegas shooting, the new “deadliest shooting in American history” coming 16 months after the last deadliest shooting. as of right now it’s 59 dead and many more hurt, a man with dozens of guns and hundreds of rounds of ammo. The story feels like one we’ve heard before. It’s tiring to be locked into an never ending cycle of mass shooter gun violence, where the reaction to even talking about guns is to be violently shut down by people, I have no doubt the very fact I listed this will get this post hate reblogged at some point. Trump’s statement on the shooting said nothing about guns, shocker. I don’t think it’s really controversial to say that countries with fewer guns have fewer gun deaths, you get fewer guns through gun control, logical. There’s a river of blood from guns in America, but we don’t seem to give a fuck. That’s just depressing, it’s depressing to see stuff like this and know that it’ll happen again because we don’t care to stop it. 

politico.com
BREAKING: US Senate confirms Pruitt to run EPA
The Senate voted today to confirm Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Senate voted today to confirm Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt, who fought several major EPA rules as Oklahoma’s attorney general, has faced sharp opposition from agency employees and Democrats who unsuccessfully tried to delay the vote until he discloses thousands of emails from his time as AG. Pruitt is expected to be sworn in as EPA administrator later this afternoon.

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Osprey–DDT to CO2, The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Woodbridge, Virginia, April 17, 2016

Scott Pruitt: SCIENCE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE HIS “THING.”  Fortunately empirical evidence trumps wishful thinking.  From Reddit:  “Here’s the number to call his office (EPA Office of the Administrator) to offer your feelings about Pruitt’s comments: (202) 564-4700. Script: Hi, my name is _________. I’m calling because I’m seriously concerned about Scott Pruitt’s claim that CO2 is not a major driver of climate change. The role of CO2 and humans as drivers of climate change is widely accepted among the scientific community, and I’m deeply concerned that Mr. Pruitt, as the head of the EPA, rejects scientific evidence.”

The real purpose of Pruitt’s gambit is to lay the groundwork for EPA to overturn the finding it made in 2009 that greenhouse gases endanger our health and safety.
—  Ken Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists, responding to the EPA under Scott Pruitt launching a program to critique climate science. 
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Climate Scientist Slams Pruitt for Distorting Science of Global Warming.  

Dr. Alan Robock responds to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s comments on carbon dioxide and explains CO2’s role in the warming of the atmosphere.

TheRealNews   

After decades of seeking to advance scientific understanding, reality suddenly shifts, and you are back in the cold darkness of ignorance. The ignorance starts at the top, with President Trump.

It starts with untruths and alternative facts. The untruth that climate change is a “hoax” engineered by the Chinese. The alternative fact that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real. These untruths and alternative facts are repeated again and again. They serve as talking points for other members of the administration.

From the EPA administrator, who has spent his career fighting climate change science, we learn the alternative fact that satellite data shows “a leveling off of warming ” over the past two decades. The energy secretary tells us the fairy tale that climate change is primarily due to “ocean waters and this environment that we live in.”

Ignorance trickles down from the president to members of his administration, eventually filtering into the public’s consciousness.

~excerpt from Ben Santer’s Washington Post ‘Perspective’ piece, June 5, 2017