Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trump's EPA: Break Government to Prove it doesn't work

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Trump  Clearly plans a smaller and much less effective EPA with fewer rules to getting the way of profit. His strategy in appointing someone who has fought EPA and other environmental rules all his life is to wreck the apparatus of government hence manufacturing proof that government regulation doesn't work.

New York Times

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Backed Industry Donors Over Regulators

WASHINGTON — A legal fight to clean up tons of chicken manure fouling the waters of Oklahoma’s bucolic northeastern corner — much of it from neighboring Arkansas — was in full swing six years ago when the conservative lawyer Scott Pruitt took office as Oklahoma’s attorney general.
His response: Put on the brakes.
Rather than push for a federal judge to punish the companies by extracting perhaps tens of millions of dollars in damages, Oklahoma’s new chief law enforcement officer quietly negotiated a deal to simply study the problem further.


Scott Pruitt, Testifying to Lead E.P.A., Criticizes Environmental Rules

WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, offered a vision of a far smaller and more restrained agency at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. He criticized federal rules protecting air and water and tackling climate change, and forcefully advocated a states’ rights approach to environmental regulation.
Faulting the agency for what he called overreach under President Obama, Mr. Pruitt said that as Oklahoma’s attorney general, he had seen “examples where the agency became dissatisfied with the tools Congress had given it to address certain issues, and bootstrapped its own powers and tools through rule-making.”
Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee pressed Mr. Pruitt aggressively on his record, noting that he had sued the E.P.A. 14 times in an effort to block federal air and water pollution regulations. In particular, the senators criticized Mr. Pruitt repeatedly about letters drafted by energy lobbyists that were sent on state stationery to federal agencies and even to Mr. Obama, outlining the economic hardship threatened by the environmental rules.

Pruitt is now being confirmed now is the time to act, now is the time to call your congressman and demand that he not be confirmed,


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