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EPA Chief Spent First Weeks Courting Fossil Fuel Execs, Exposing 'Fatal Flaw' At Agency

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

One month after taking office, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt hosted BP’s U.S. chairman at his office to discuss issues the company “works with” the agency on. The next day, Pruitt met with two top executives from...Show More Summary

EPA completes purge of scientists from its scientific advisory board

Scott Pruitt had already moved to replace much of the scientific review boards at the EPA with industry lobbyists.  The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest...Show More Summary

The new EPA

More cuts er...non-renewals for the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt continues to clean house at a key advisory committee, signaling plans to drop several dozen current members of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), according to an email yesterday from a senior...

Democratic lawmakers raise pressure on EPA over Icahn's biofuels role

(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers asked Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt on Wednesday to disclose procedures to prevent billionaire Carl Icahn from influencing U.S. biofuels policy for personal gain.

Trump EPA will keep California emissions waiver in place for now

EPA head Scott Pruitt was thought to be eliminating California's emissions waiver, but the Golden State's right to set its own mandates remains in place. Continue reading Trump EPA will keep California emissions waiver in place for now Trump...Show More Summary

Activism In NYC This Week: Vigil For Health Care, Confronting Scott Pruitt, Trans Day Of Action

With Senate Republicans determined to pass legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are trying to slow down the GOP's secretive efforts by gumming up operations in the Senate. Likewise, many of the protests...Show More Summary

The Truth About Environmental Originalism

Scott Pruitt has taken to talking about environmental originalism – going back to the original intent of our environmental laws. But he’s got the original intent completely backwards. The statutes weren’t intended to protect jobs or grow the economy. They were intended to protect the environment, with cost at best a secondary consideration. This is exactly […]

Scott Pruitt vows to speed the nation’s Superfund cleanups. Communities wonder how.

4 days agoHealth : The Checkup

In a St. Louis suburb, home to a radioactive dump, residents remain skeptical. “Actions speak louder than words,” one says.

5 Times EPA Head Scott Pruitt Was Completely Blindsided During His House Budget Hearing

The Trump official looked visibly flustered defending the administration's drastic budget cuts. Less than two weeks after the Trump administration's controversial decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt was forced to defend drastic cuts in the 2018 budget proposal before a House Appropriations subcommittee. Show More Summary

Emails reiterate EPA chief's ties to fossil fuel interests

Newly obtained emails underscore just how closely Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as Oklahoma's state attorney general, a position in which he … Click to Contin...

EPA head defends White House's plan for massive cuts to his agency

last weekHealth : The Checkup

Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday that the proposed budget “supports the EPA's highest priorities."

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s 'Red Team' on Climate Science Is an Eight-Year-Old Talking Point Pushed by Heartland Institute

Like many of his Trump administration colleagues, Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) chief Scott Pruitt has never really been down with the whole climate science thing. Pruitt has denied that carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning...Show More Summary

Scott Pruitt’s Denial of Climate Change is Out of Touch

The New York Times made it a front-page story: “EPA Chief Doubts Consensus View of Climate Change.” Trump’s appointed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, stated (again) that carbon dioxide was not “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” He added, “We need to continue the debate and continue the […]

The US Bails On G7 Climate Talks Mere Hours After Arrival 

Photo. Getty The world would be laughing at us if it weren't for the fact that climate change is a global problem. EPA head Scott Pruitt travelled to Italy to represent the US in the Group of Seven climate talks yesterday. Hours later he decided this wasn't for him and he let an assistant finish up his business today. Show More Summary

Man-Made Earthquakes Aren’t Just Real—They’re Officially An Insurance Risk

Thanks to fracking, Scott Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma endures about two quakes a day. Insurance companies want customers to pony up

Former EPA Employees Are So Worried About Trump's Plans, They Formed Their Own Alt-EPA

This week, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is slated to defend drastic cuts to his agency’s budget, including axing 25 percent of its staff and zeroing out climate change programs. In response, former EPA employees...Show More Summary

The Jobs Presidents Skips The Jobs

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt had a genuine howler the other day. On NBC’s Meet the Press, he said, “Since the fourth quarter of last year until most recently, we’ve added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector. Show More Summary

Scott Pruitt Leaves G7 Climate Meeting More Than A Day Early

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt left a weekend meeting of the Group of Seven more than a day early, according to several media reports. Pruitt traveled to Italy alongside six top environment officials from the other G7 countries and participated...Show More Summary

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