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500+ Groups Urge Senators: 'Use All Your Power' to Block Anti-Environment Pruitt 18.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

"Anyone that breathes air and drinks water should be aggressively opposed to this man leading the EPA."

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Why Susan Collins (and All Senators) Must Stand Against Pruitt 18.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Nisha Swinton

When it was announced that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Maine's U.S. Sen. Susan Collins reportedly said, “I don’t know who he is. I truly know nothing about him or his views. I didn’t even know his name.”

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Poll: Obama's numbers are the highest since 2009 18.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
President Barack Obama will leave office Friday with his highest approval rating since 2009, his presidency largely viewed as a success, and a majority saying they will miss him when he is gone.
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Scott Pruitt is a Dangerous Pick to Lead the EPA 18.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Almost half a century ago, the first head of the Environmental Protection Agency banned the deadly pesticide DDT . He not only protected millions of Americans from DDT's harmful effects, but also rescued the national bird, the bald eagle, from near extinction. The National Audubon Society and its members helped lead that epic change. The primary job of the EPA-created 47 years ago by a Republican administration-is to safeguard America's health. The same clean air and water that is good for our kids and families is also good for birds, wildlife and wild places. That is why Audubon opposes Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the agency , the first time in the agency's history we have taken this kind of stance on a nominee for this position. During his six years as attorney general in Oklahoma, Pruitt worked aggressively to dismantle the EPA's scientifically grounded protections for cleaner air and water. He filed or joined 13 lawsuits against EPA and settled even more against polluters that would permit ...
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Another Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof 17.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

MEMORANDUM FOR: President Barack Obama

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: A Key Issue That Still Needs to be Resolved

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday, a pall hangs over his upcoming presidency amid an unprecedentedly concerted campaign to delegitimize it. Unconfirmed accusations continue to swirl alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized “Russian hacking” that helped put Mr. Trump in the White House.

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Nine Questions for Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump’s Pick to Lead the Interior Department 17.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Adam Markham

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke will begin Senate confirmation hearings today for the post of Secretary of Interior in Donald Trump’s cabinet. As Secretary, he would oversee America’s 500 million acres of public lands, including the National Park System. Zinke would also have responsibility for timber extraction, livestock grazing, coal mining and oil and gas leases on public lands and 1.7 billion acres of seabed on the outer continental shelf.

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500+ Wide-Ranging Organizations Call for Rejection of Scott Pruitt as EPA Head 17.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

More than 500 national, state and local organizations representing a wide range of interests and identities signed a letter to U.S. senators today, calling on them to reject Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the EPA.

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Scott Pruitt Has Sued The Environmental Protection Agency 13 Times. Now He Wants To Lead It. 17.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his hostility toward the Environmental Protection Agency. He has repeatedly called for its elimination, telling Fox News in 2015 that the environment would be just “fine” without it . Activists say Trump has followed through on those threats in nominating Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA, a man who has sued the agency 13 times  as Oklahoma’s attorney general. Pruitt, a climate change denier with close ties to the fossil fuel industry, has a long record of attacking the EPA and undermining environmental regulations. On his LinkedIn page , Pruitt refers to himself as a “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” “During the campaign, Mr. Trump regularly threatened to dismantle the EPA and roll back many of the gains made to reduce Americans’ exposures to industrial pollution, and with Pruitt, the president-elect would make good on those threats,” said Ken Cook, head of the Environmental Working Group , a Washington research and advocacy organization. ...
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The Distracted, Dysfunctional Presidential Transition and the EPA 17.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Watching the presidential transition from what I hope is a safe distance, I continue to find the process to be the strangest I have ever seen. Despite Russian hacks, FBI interference, and a three million vote loss in the popular vote, Trump won the Electoral College and that makes him president. While his birther nonsense was designed to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency and the attacks on Trump's legitimacy are a little ironic, the attacks on legitimacy miss the point. Trump will soon be the president, and that is a simple fact. The odd part is that I suspect he knew that the legitimacy of President Obama's election was established. He knew Obama was born in the U.S.A. These are distractions and deceptions. His tweets are not random and it's time that we learn the strategy behind his messages. His misguided and ill-informed attack on Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis on the eve of the King Holiday is the kind of head fake we should be getting used to from our soon-to-be ...
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Utah's 2017 resolution: A plan for cleaner air 16.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah faces a host of environmental challenges in 2017, but state officials say they are making one their top priority: air quality. The state may need new initiatives for reducing levels of small-particulate pollution, the culprit associated with Utah’s wintertime inversion troubles. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to reclassify three Wasatch Front counties ­— Salt Lake, Utah and Cache — as “serious” nonattainment areas, requiring stepped-up measures for cutting particulate...
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Trump’s EPA pick long a backer of industry donors against pollution regulators 15.1.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

If confirmed by the Senate, Scott Pruitt could be in charge of policing industries that have long helped advance his political career.
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‘I will give you everything’: 282 of Trump’s campaign promises 15.1.2017 Washington Post
‘I will give you everything’: 282 of Trump’s campaign promises
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EPA Pick Pruitt's "Radical Record" and Abundant Conflicts Probed by Senate Dems 13.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, is facing new scrutiny over his ties to fossil fuel companies and his role in ongoing litigation against the very agency he's been chosen to lead.

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Scott Pruitt Should Not Be Head Of The EPA 13.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Like all Americans, I count on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that my family’s water is safe to drink and our air is safe to breathe. That’s why I’m horrified that Donald Trump has nominated sworn enemy of the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, to be the agency’s top dog. This week the Sierra Club released two new videos , which you can see below, that paint a disturbing picture of just how unfit he is to serve as EPA Administrator. Just this week we learned that Pruitt, thanks to his super PAC, could have continued to accept money from the fossil fuel industry even if he’s confirmed as EPA Administrator ― Pruitt indicated he would shut down this super PAC after negative coverage in the press. Pruitt and his industry supporters haven’t stopped, though. Recently, yet another secretive special interest group able to take unlimited and anonymous money from fossil fuel interests a n d o t h e r s is raising serious money to ensure Pruitt’s confirmation. We have also just ...
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Elaine Chao Keeps Mum 13.1.2017 American Prospect
Patsy Lynch/MediaPunch/IPX Elaine Chao testifies on Capitol Hill at her confirmation hearing to become the secretary of transportation.  Members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee asked some very good questions about the Donald Trump administration’s future transportation policy Wednesday. They wanted to know the administration’s positions on privatizing and modernizing the air traffic control system. They had questions about tunnel, highway, and commuter rail projects around the country. They asked about rural infrastructure, federal permitting, and transportation grants and loans. But mostly, the senators wanted to hear about the Trump administration’s highly anticipated national infrastructure investment plan, one of the president-elect’s most eagerly anticipated initiatives. But transportation secretary nominee Elaine Chao wasn’t giving up anything, maintaining instead the incoming administration’s disturbing penchant for keeping secrets about their policy plans. Exactly ...
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U.S. government accuses Fiat Chrysler of cheating on emissions 13.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act.
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President Obama, who hoped to sow peace, instead led the nation in war 13.1.2017 LA Times: Nation

Before he took office in 2008, Barack Obama vowed to end America’s grueling conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his second term, he pledged to take the country off what he called a permanent war footing.

“Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue,” he said in...

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Utah law unclear on filling potentially vacant U.S. House seat, legislators working on fix 13.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Amid reports that President-elect Donald Trump may appoint Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, as the new Air Force secretary, Utah officials are finding that the state has some big holes in its election law on how to replace him or any other member. For U.S. House members who resign, Utah law says simply that “the governor shall issue a proclamation calling an election to fill the vacancy.” It is silent on whether that should allow conventions or primary elections first to narrow the field, how quickly... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs 13.1.2017 Yahoo: US National
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations.
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In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs 13.1.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing a response from outgoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy had responded […]
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