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Trump appointees shunted scientists on pollution at Foxconn site in Wisconsin

Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Amena Saiyid, Bloomberg News on May 24, 2019
 
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WASHINGTON -- Trump administration appointees overruled concerns from their own technical experts in deciding not to impose tougher smog requirements on the Wisconsin county where Foxconn Technology Group planned a $10 billion manufacturing facility, newly released documents show.

Under President Donald Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency initially had recommended labeling Racine County as violating federal air quality standards for ozone in 2017 -- a designation that could have required Taiwan-based Foxconn to install expensive, state-of-the-art pollution controls at its flat-screen manufacturing plant.

But after appeals by Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker and at the apparent direction of then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the agency reversed course in 2018, ruling Racine was in compliance with the ground-level smog standard. The decision followed weeks of objections from career staff at the agency, who said they saw no technical basis to justify it, according to correspondence released under a public records request.

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We need news to use about climate. Give us a daily carbon dioxide count with the weather.

 
What’s the story? It's that the world is in jeopardy every day. Journalism that ducks the climate emergency withers into a distraction machinehttps://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/05/22/climate-crisis-add-carbon-dioxide-to-weather-report-column/3758163002/

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Trump Attacks Climate Science

Trump administration hardens its attack on climate science. NYT: “In the next few months, the White House will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, initiated during the Obama administration. It will expand its efforts to impose Mr. Trump’s hard-line views on other nations, building on his retreat from the Paris accord and his recent refusal to sign a communiqué to protect the rapidly melting Arctic region unless it was stripped of any references to climate change. And, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests. parts of the federal government will no longer fulfill what scientists say is one of the most urgent jobs of climate science studies: reporting on the future effects of a rapidly warming planet and presenting a picture of what the earth could look like by the end of the century if the global economy continues to emit heat-trapping carbon dioxide pollution from burning fossil fuels. The attack on science is underway throughout the government. In the most recent example, the White House-appointed director of the United States Geological Survey, James Reilly, a former astronaut and petroleum geologist, has ordered that scientific assessments produced by that office use only computer-generated climate models that project the impact of climate change through 2040, rather than through the end of the century, as had been done previously.”

EPA Rewrites Air Pollution Rules

EPA Plans to Rewrite Costs and Benefits of Anti-Pollution Rules. Bloomberg: “The Trump administration is planning to write new rules for how it weighs the human costs and benefits of environmental regulations, a move that could make it harder for future presidents to stiffen limits on pollution and combat climate change. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler directed top agency officials to develop the changes, casting them as necessary to eliminate inconsistencies in assessing regulations. Environmentalists say the agency is altering its math to shrink estimates of how many lives are saved by rules governing clean air, chemicals and water contamination. The formal rulemaking initiative builds on other efforts by President Donald Trump’s EPA to discount the health benefits of environmental regulations and limit what scientific research that can be used to justify them. Because it would take the form of federal rulemaking that could be finished during Trump’s first term the changes could bind future administrations until they could be rewritten. The efforts are part of a systematic effort to downplay how much clean air rules help save lives.”

EPA OKs Rocket Fuel In Drinking Water

EPA plan on rocket fuel in drinking water will make you sick. NRDC: “The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed standard to limit perchlorate in drinking water that will gravely threaten public health. The agency’s plan comes after a decade of delay and a lawsuit by NRDC compelling it to set a standard. Perchlorate, a toxic chemical that is a component of rocket fuel, has been detected in the drinking water systems that serve up to 16.6 millions Americans. Even at low levels, it can present serious health risks to children and pregnant women. This is enough to make you sick—literally. As a result, millions of Americans will be at risk of exposure to dangerous levels of this toxic chemical in their drinking water. Fetuses and infants are especially vulnerable to harm from perchlorate. EPA has more than tripled the amount of perchlorate it now recommends allowing in water. Scientists recommend a limit that is 10 to more than 50 times lower than what the agency is proposing. This is another Trump administration gift to polluters and water utilities that have lobbied to be off the hook for cleaning up the problem.”

EPA Shifts Environmental Enforcement To States

Trump’s EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states: ‘They’re going to do absolutely nothing’. Chicago Tribune: “Around the country, the EPA under Trump is delegating a widening range of public health and environmental enforcement to states, saying local officials know best how to deal with local problems. Critics contend federal regulators are making a dangerous retreat on enforcement that puts people and the environment at greater risk. One administration initiative would give states more authority over emissions from coal-fired power plants. Another would remove federal protections for millions of miles of waterways and wetlands. Some states and counties say the EPA is also failing to act against threats from industrial polluters, including growing water contamination from a widely used class of nonstick industrial compounds. Michigan, New Jersey and some other states say they are tackling EPA-size challenges — like setting limits for the contaminants in drinking water — while appealing to the real EPA to act. In Houston’s oil and gas hub, local officials and residents say a lax EPA response to toxic spills during Hurricane Harvey left the public in the dark about health threats and handicapped efforts to hold companies responsible for cleaning up. Nationwide, EPA inspections, evaluations and enforcement actions have fallen sharply over the past two years, some to the lowest points in decades, or in history.”

‘Green Wave’ Rises In European Elections

In show of demand for climate action, Green Parties surge in EU elections. Common Dreams: “Underscoring the growing demand for bold climate action that has found expression in global youth-led strikes, marches, and civil disobedience over the past year, Green parties across Europe had their strongest-ever EU parliamentary election performance after running on a platform of transformative environmental change. As The Guardian reported, the ‘Greens’ surge was strongest in Germany, where Die Grünen finished second behind Angela Merkel’s center-right CDU with almost 21 percent of the vote, according to provisional estimates—nearly double their 2014 total.’ Projections Sunday indicated that, overall, Greens secured 71 seats in the European Parliament—up from 52 seats five years ago. According to exit polling, the Greens’ surge was bolstered by strong support from young voters.”

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On 5/13/2019 at 1:31 PM, prettylight said:

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God, who destroyed it before you made humans?

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Not to worry - next asteroid strike like the thousands before will reshape the climate and kick-start a rebuild of life on earth.

The asteroid that hit the Gulf of Mexico was the equivalent of 10 billion Hiroshima bombs.

As with climate change - ain't a damned thing humans can do to stop it.

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46 minutes ago, grieker said:

Not to worry - next asteroid strike like the thousands before will reshape the climate and kick-start a rebuild of life on earth.

The asteroid that hit the Gulf of Mexico was the equivalent of 10 billion Hiroshima bombs.

As with climate change - ain't a damned thing humans can do to stop it.

Millions of years ago.

Don’t panic: Scientists are practicing for a killer asteroid impact

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/05/03/dont-panic-scientists-are-practicing-killer-asteroid-impact/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.316d381c0d21

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4 minutes ago, Farmer Vincent said:

None of which will work as yet designed.

30 times more like to have an asteroid strike than be struck by lightning.

It's not the near earth ones I am concerned about.

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1 minute ago, prettylight said:

last week--seems like a big deal, though not much about it in the news

Students From 1,600 Cities Just Walked Out of School to Protest Climate Change.

http://time.com/5595365/global-climate-strikes-greta-thunberg/

It's the last couple of weeks of the school year. Most don't need much of a reason to skip school.

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44 minutes ago, Dan Daniels said:

It's the last couple of weeks of the school year. Most don't need much of a reason to skip school.

True, but isn't climate change a concern for you?  Maybe it shouldn't be up to just students to spur action.  

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5 hours ago, Farmer Vincent said:

True, but isn't climate change a concern for you?  Maybe it shouldn't be up to just students to spur action.  

There are a myriad of issues competing for my attention daily. I don't recall climate change being among them. 

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3 hours ago, Dan Daniels said:

There are a myriad of issues competing for my attention daily. I don't recall climate change being among them. 

Don't have a dog in that race, eh?   I do ... my children, grandchildren, and other people's as well.  Animals too, I suppose.  Heck of a thing that our own species is turning out to be the cause of a mass extinction event.  

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10 hours ago, Farmer Vincent said:

Don't have a dog in that race, eh?   I do ... my children, grandchildren, and other people's as well.  Animals too, I suppose.  Heck of a thing that our own species is turning out to be the cause of a mass extinction event.  

Religious cults are not my thing.

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29 minutes ago, Dan Daniels said:

Religious cults are not my thing.

Not mine either.  Science deals in facts and I much prefer that to superstition or self delusion.  

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Feds are still trying to stop the 'climate kids' lawsuit

A group of kids are suing the Trump administration over the climate emergency, which they say is being handled so negligently that it violates their constitutional rights.

And on Tuesday the feds tried yet again to stop the case from going to trial.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/04/politics/climate-kids-lawsuit-scn/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+(RSS%3A+CNN+-+Top+Stories)

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from an email this afternoon with the title: Don't put this grifter in charge of the weather service

Donald Trump has nominated another scumbag to a critical government agency.

Barry Myers, CEO of AccuWeather, has been attempting to privatize the National Weather Service for more than a decade, and has built a business around trying to restrict access to public weather data.

Now Trump has nominated Myers to serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the National Weather Service.

This is a huge conflict of interest. And it affects more than whether or not you know it will rain this afternoon.

The NOAA studies the atmosphere and is critical to understanding the effects of climate change. Previous administrators have been trained and accomplished scientists, not grifters.

Trump has unsuccessfully nominated Myers multiple times for this position. Myers resigned from AccuWeather and sold his stock in the company to his family at a deep discount with the option to repurchase the stock later, presenting a massive ethical conflict of interest because he or his family could personally benefit from his actions as the top of the agency.

But that’s not all. He’s unqualified and corrupt, but the company he founded, AccuWeather, has also seen dozens of employees allege “widespread sexual harassment,” prompting investigations from the Department of Labor.

I'm sick and tired of Donald Trump treating our government as place to reward his sleazy friends and campaign donors. I'm sick of Republicans enabling the dismantling of systems that we've built together over generations.

Let's draw a line in the sand.

Mike Phelan
Progress America

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How Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Used “Astroturf” Front Groups to Confuse the Public

The top lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry in the western United States secretly ran more than a dozen front groups in an attempt to undermine forward-looking policy on climate change and clean technologies.

https://www.ucsusa.org/using-astroturf-front-groups-hide-fossil-fuel-lobbying-efforts

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A press release from Trump’s Department of Energy recently declared fracked natural gas “freedom gas” and “molecules of freedom to be exported to the world.”

"Believe it or not, this isn’t The Onion. This is the reality that we are dealing with in 2019."

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