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Journalist: Trump Is 'Openly Dismissive' Of The Intelligence World 23.2.2017 NPR News
Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times says that when it comes to national security, President Trump "doesn't trust the civilian national security establishment and they don't trust him."
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Red State Rural America Is Acting On Climate Change – Without Calling It Climate Change 22.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Rebecca J. Romsdahl , University of North Dakota President Donald Trump has the environmental community understandably concerned . He and members of his Cabinet have questioned the established science of climate change , and his choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has sued the EPA many times and regularly sided with the fossil fuel industry . Even if the Trump administration withdraws from all international climate negotiations and reduces the EPA to bare bones , the effects of climate change are happening and will continue to build . In response to real threats and public demand, cities across the United States and around the world are taking action to address climate change. We might think this is happening only in large, coastal cities that are threatened by sea-level rise or hurricanes, like Amsterdam or New York. Research shows, however, that even in the fly-over red states of the U.S. Great Plains, local leaders in small- to ...
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"We Will Never Stop": An EPA Employee Blasts the Trump Administration 22.2.2017 Mother Jones
As we embark on month two of Donald Trump's presidency, it's hard to imagine a group of federal employees facing more uncertainty than the staff of the Environmental Protection Agency. Industry ally and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt can be viewed only as an agent of profound change, and he's already faced intense opposition from Senate Democrats and from the staff he inherits . In recent days, both Bloomberg and the Washington Post have reported that the first moves Trump and Pruitt will make in their overhaul of US environmental policy will be to roll back parts of Barack Obama's climate legacy and the "Waters of the US" rule—a thorn in the side of farmers and ranchers. This comes as no surprise—both of these policies were identified at the top of the administration's "America First Energy Plan" agenda the moment the White House website switched over on inauguration day . After his hostile nomination process, Pruitt made an appeal to civility Tuesday in his first address to EPA staff . "We as an ...
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Environmental groups want the governor to veto wood-burning bill 22.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Clean air activists want Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill that would prevent the state from regulating wood smoke used to cook food. Representatives of both HEAL Utah and Breathe Utah are opposed to HB65, which has already passed the House and Senate. The bill would require the state Division of Air Quality to permit wood burning, even during mandatory no-burn days, if the purpose of the fire was to cook. Opponents argued throughout the process that the language was too vague and would render t...
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Measure pushing environmental, air issues at new prison site is a nonstarter 22.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
A bill attempting to keep the public informed about air quality issues and environmental impact mitigation efforts at the site of the new Utah State Prison in northwest Salt Lake City could not get out of the starting gate Tuesday. Sponsoring Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, said the sole purpose of SB217 was transparency to help the community keep abreast of construction activities that some have worried could cause environmental and/or health problems as the long-dried bed of the old Grea... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Diane R. Miller: Playing politics with air, water 22.2.2017 Steamboat Pilot
On Sen. Cory Gardner’s Facebook page you will find a collage of photos depicting the beauty of Colorado — a crystalline lake, the Maroon Bells, a field of wheat and a windmill all imply the senator’s appreciation for the environment, sustainable energy, clean water and pristine mountains. From his recent voting record, it is clear that nothing could be further from the truth. Last Friday, Cory Gardner voted to approve Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt has filed over a dozen lawsuits to block regulations that would curb such things as mercury pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution that crosses state lines. Hundreds of former EPA staff have stated that during his tenure in Oklahoma, Pruitt had "shown no interest in enforcing environmental laws." Senator Gardner defends his vote for Pruitt citing the recent injustice of the EPA against plaintiffs in the Gold King Mine spill. He says that he has received assurances that Pruitt ...
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Trump tries to move past controversies, toward legislating 20.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans. Both issues thrust Trump, a real estate executive who has never held elected […]
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London coughing through winter as air pollution makes people sick 19.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

London is choking from record levels of pollution, much of it caused by diesel cars and trucks.
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We Will Resist Scott Pruitt And Keep Fighting For Clean Air And Water 18.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Terrible news out of Washington, DC today - the Senate has confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), despite his being a climate denier, sworn enemy of the EPA, and close ally of the fossil fuel industry. Sierra Club activists are among the millions of Americans who spoke out against Pruitt since he was first nominated, and because of that public opposition he will enter office as the most controversial, unpopular EPA Administrator in history - that‘s important, and it wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of the grassroots. In a bold and rarely used move, Democrats boycotted his subcommittee hearing because of his refusal to provide clear answers to important questions. Journalists and non-profits uncovered scandal after scandal with Pruitt - the list seemed to grow daily. From refusing to release thousands of emails that would show the extent of his ties to the fossil fuel industry; to suing the EPA to stop climate , clean air and ...
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Environment America: Scott Pruitt Won’t Protect America’s Air, Water or Families 18.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Environment America Today the Senate voted to approve President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Environment America’s Executive Director, Margie Alt, issued the following statement in response: “This country needs an Environmental Protection Agency administrator whose top priority is protecting our air and water and our families’ health. We need somebody willing to enforce and defend our bedrock environmental laws and a leader guided by science when creating and implementing ...
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Near-Partisan Vote Confirms Pruitt for EPA, Imperiling Public Health Protections 18.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

The nation’s drinking water and air, safeguards against pesticides, and oversight of big polluters are at risk with the Senate's approval today of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, despite unanswered questions about his relationship with the fossil fuel industry.

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Anti-environment Zealot Confirmed to Run Environmental Protection Agency 18.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

In a highly partisan vote, the U.S. Senate today confirmed President Trump’s selection of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Only a single Republican broke party ranks to oppose Pruitt, a climate change denier who has repeatedly sued the EPA to block lifesaving pollution-prevention measures.

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Senate Rams Through Pruitt Confirmation in "Irresponsible Rush Vote" 17.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Senate Rams Through Pruitt Confirmation in "Irresponsible Rush Vote"
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The Daily 202: The price of loyalty to Trump is high and rising 17.2.2017 Washington Post: Politics
President puts enforcers at agencies, won’t let secretaries choose their own senior staff
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A group that thinks jihadists will destroy America says it now has a ‘direct line’ to the president 17.2.2017 Washington Post
ACT, based in Virginia Beach, has pushed to promote a nation free of all Islamic influence and says it now has the ability to affect the direction of the country. Trump advisers — including chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser Michael Flynn — have supported the group or its views. Some civil rights activists have called ACT a "fringe" hate group akin to white supremacists.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Slams Pruitt: 'Big Polluters Have Their Fantasy EPA Nominee' 17.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) denounced President Donald Trump ’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, just hours before the Senate was scheduled to vote on his approval. Warren spent nearly an hour on the floor Thursday evening to voice her “strong opposition” to Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general who has sued the EPA 13 times . The excoriation came hours after a state judge ordered Pruitt’s office to release more than 2,500 documents and emails about his communications with energy companies during his tenure. “I rise today to express my strong opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt,” Warren said at the outset of her speech. “The reason is simple: In a choice between corporate polluters and people who want to breathe air and drink water, Scott Pruitt sides with the corporate polluters. He has no business as head of the EPA.” The Senate is scheduled to vote on Pruitt’s nomination Friday afternoon, just days before the documents and emails are made ...
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Nearly 800 Former EPA Staffers Sign Letter Opposing Scott Pruitt 16.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hundreds of former Environmental Protection Agency officials have signed a letter in protest of Scott Pruitt’s nearing confirmation as EPA Administrator.  The letter, put together by the nonprofit group Environmental Integrity Project, was signed by 773 former EPA staffers, including scientists, engineers and attorneys. The EIP sent the letter to the Senate, where members could confirm Pruitt as early as Friday, the organization said in a statement.  “Pruitt, a close ally of the oil and gas industry, has made a career of suing EPA and attacking the idea of federal action to reduce pollution – while simultaneously failing to enforce environmental laws in his own state and shutting down the Environmental Protection Unit in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office,” the EIP said in the statement. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times . He is a climate change denier whose own LinkedIn page refers to himself as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” In a ...
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Why Washington's anti-regulation agenda will hurt the economy 16.2.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Fortune 500 CEOs are calling on the president to keep business-savvy environmental protections strong. Will they be Trumped?
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Trump Is Prepping Executive Orders For EPA: Report 16.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been told that President Donald Trump is preparing a handful of executive orders related to the agency, to be signed once a new administrator is confirmed, two sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Wednesday. The sources, who asked not to be named, said a senior EPA official who had been briefed by members of the Trump administration mentioned the executive orders at a meeting of staffers in the EPA’s Office of General Counsel on Tuesday, but did not provide details about what the orders would say. “It was just a heads up to expect some executive orders, that’s it,” one of the sources said. The second source said attendees at the meeting were told Trump would sign between two and five executive orders. Trump’s pick to run the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is scheduled to face a Senate confirmation vote on Friday, according to a Senate aide, after a contentious hearing last month in which ...
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It’s bigger than Flynn. New Russia revelations widen Trump’s credibility gap. 15.2.2017 Washington Post
Fresh reporting continues to cast doubt on claims made by Trump's team that there had been no contact with Russian officials.
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