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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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Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA administrator

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will be the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency, after the Senate confirmed his nomination on Friday by a 52-46 vote.
  • Pruitt was confirmed despite protests from Democrats, who demanded his confirmation be delayed after a judge on Thursday issued an order to force Pruitt to release thousands of documents that show his communications with the oil industry. Read more (2/17/17 1:18 PM)

Warren scorched Trump’s EPA pick Scott Pruitt

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the emails could show “corruption” with “big oil,” and said his confirmation should be delayed until the documents could be reviewed.
  • In a nearly hour-long speech on the Senate floor late Thursday, Warren blasted Pruitt, attacking Republican Senators’ plans to quickly confirm him as head of the EPA. Read more (2/17/17 12:15 PM)

NOAA’S ARK IS BECOMING A REALITY

Fearing Trump will delete climate data, scientists are banding together to archive whatever they can:

“…news broke that the incoming Trump administration’s EPA transition team does indeed intend to remove some climate data from the agency’s website.”

When politics, religion and profits gain power over science and reason, it puts the entire world in danger.

EDIT: secondary link on request

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

washingtonpost.com
Trump administration tells EPA to freeze all grants, contracts
The move could affect everything from state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities.
By https://www.facebook.com/eilperin

Reposted:

You’ve got to be kidding me. Silent, no longer.

The EPA was just directed to freeze all grants. This means that grad students and researchers funded on EPA funds are now without funds. All ongoing studies are stopped. This happened in a moment with a memo, by executive action, with zero input or oversight. It could happen to any Federal institute, including the National Science Foundation, which funds research at universities around the country – including the health insurance and living stipends of many, many students.

Please, if you can safely raise your voice, raise it loudly. Call your congresspeople, call the White House, write op-eds and articles and blog posts. This is only Day 4. Please, stand up for science and the environment. This is the emergency we were all worried about.

(Share widely. I did not write this. It was copied and pasted from a scientist who wants to remain anonymous. The fear of retaliation is real.)

reuters.com
Trump administration tells EPA to cut climate page from website: sources
"If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear," one of the EPA staffers told Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives.

The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA’s communications team to remove the website’s climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions. The page could go down as early as Wednesday, the sources said.

“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” one of the EPA staffers told Reuters, who added some employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it.

Continue Reading.

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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Sanders Questions EPA Administrator Nominee Scott Pruitt

npr.org
Senate Republicans Bypass Another Boycott By Democrats To Advance EPA Nominee
Democrats are limited in what they can do as a minority party to block Trump nominees. As they boycott hearings, Republicans suspend normal rules twice to clear the new president's Cabinet picks.

Excerpt:

The Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee boycotted the second meeting in a row to confirm former Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA.

Committee rules say that two members of the minority party must be present for a vote, but chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., suspended the rules so Pruitt’s nomination could pass the committee with only Republican votes, and he passed 11-0. Pruitt will still need to be confirmed by the full Senate, which appears likely.

Upon reconvening the committee, Barrasso said, “It is disappointing that they chose that course of action. We will not allow it to obstruct.”

Worst of the worst. Donald Trump has brought forth the worst group of cabinet nominees in the modern history of our country. People who want to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and give huge tax break to billionaires. Nominees who will ignore the needs of women, children, the sick and the poor, while bending over backwards for Wall Street and corporate America. But in many ways, Scott Pruitt, the nominee for EPA administrator, is the worst of the worst. At a time when the scientific community is virtually unanimous in telling us that climate change is real, is caused by human activity and is causing devastating problems in this country and around the world, Mr. Pruitt refuses to recognize that reality. At a time when we have to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and move to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, Mr. Pruitt wants to increase our reliance on fossil fuel. At a time when we have to strengthen environmental protection, Mr. Pruitt will be working overtime to dismember the EPA. For the sake of our children. grandchildren and the future of this planet and there not at least four Republicans who understand that Mr. Pruitt must not be confirmed as head of the EPA.
—  US Senator Bernie Sanders
npr.org
Scott Pruitt Confirmed To Lead Environmental Protection Agency
The Senate has confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the EPA's next administrator. Pruitt is a longtime critic of the agency.

Excerpt:

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency Pruitt has long criticized.

The Senate approved Pruitt on a 52-46 vote Friday afternoon, with two Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — voting for his nomination. Republican Susan Collins of Maine voted no.

The vote came after a failed Democratic attempt to delay the confirmation proceedings until after a new batch of documents from Pruitt’s state office are made public under court order. Those emails will be released beginning next week.

January 27, 2017 to February 3, 2017

This week in Trump’s America …


President Donald Trump authorizes a Yemeni raid with insufficient intel or backup, resulting in the death of a Navy SEAL and at least 10 civilians.


When Senate Democrats chose to boycott the committee meeting to approve Trumps controversial nominee for EPA administrator, the remaining Senators chose to “suspend the rules” and vote anyway, sending the nominee to be confirmed by the Senate without the approval of the full committee.


President Trump declared at a National Prayer Breakfast that he intends to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which prevents non profit organizations (such as religious institutions) from endorsing or opposing political candidates, supposedly in the name of religious freedom.


Sally Yates, the acting Attorney General, refused to defend President Trumps immigration ban, and was fired as a result.


A judge suspended the executive order banning travel from certain countries. President Trump tweeted his outrage, but the judges ruling has been upheld by the Department of Homeland Security.


There have also been many incidents, too numerous to list here, of state and local governments passing or attempting to pass legislation that would get rid of protections for LGBT folks, people of color, and women. Please stay informed of current laws in your state, read up on relevant court rulings, and be prepared to defend your rights and the rights of others as needed.


Another side note on the role of the courts in our system of checks and balances: the highest law in our land is the constitution. It is the job of our court system to challenge laws that they deem unconstitutional, in spirit or literally. Judges do not make or revoke laws; they study the highest law of the land to see if current legislation conflicts it, and issue a ruling. Our last president, being a constitutional scholar, would have known this.

Donald Trump is a child, a petulant toddler who throws tantrums when he doesn’t get what he wants. Make no mistake: this presidency is nothing more to him than a fantasy, another way for him to “be the boss”. The job of the president is to serve the American people, not to use the American people to fulfill his own agendas of power and money.

Don’t expect climate action from Rex Tillerson. He’s a lukewarmer.
The Secretary of State doesn’t seem to think the US should lead on climate change. Rex Tillerson, until very recently the CEO of the world’s largest private oil company and a close chum of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is now the US secretary of state. Most countries in the world send their minister of the environment (the equivalent of our EPA administrator) to represent them at international climate talks. Read more

The senate is voting on Scott Pruitt’s nomination for EPA administrator tomorrow so soon we will see if we get to have a planet earth in the next four years so that’s fun

Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws. He hasn’t a clue about Republicans’ historic contributions to science-driven environmental policy.
—  William Ruckelshaus, who served as the EPA administrator under presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and William Reilly, who served under President George H. W. Bush, in a joint statement. Read more
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Interview with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Hank interviews Administrator Gina McCarthy of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. They discuss getting people to care about climate change, the EPA’s goals going into the United Nations Climate Change Conference, and the changing energy industry.