Trump Signals New Direction for EPA with Pruitt Selection

For anyone who knows how disastrous climate change zealotry has been for our economy, there have been some troubling developments over the past week or so. First, you had Ivanka Trump promising to be some sort of climate change champion. Then you had Al Gore meeting with Donald Trump in Manhattan and all-but-shouting with glee to the media about how optimistic he was. And then you had Trump himself softening his stance on climate change and holding open the possibility of keeping the U.S. tied to the Paris Agreement.

It was enough to get you wondering if Trump would actually roll back the oppressive federal regulations imposed by Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency.

It remains to be seen how President Trump will handle the controversial subject of climate change, but he eased some fears on Thursday by naming Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new head of the EPA.

Pruitt made a name for himself in his home state by fiercely battling the Obama administration’s climate agenda in both rhetoric and legal action. Last year, he signed Oklahoma on to a 26-state lawsuit against the EPA aimed at overturning the Clean Power Plan.

“The Clean Power Plan is an unlawful attempt to expand federal bureaucrats’ authority over states’ energy economies in order to shutter coal-fired power plants and eventually other sources of fossil-fuel generated electricity,” Pruitt said at the time.

By picking Pruitt, Trump sent a message: Climate change or no climate change, it’s time for the EPA to stop overstepping its bounds.

“For too long, the Environmental Protection Agency has spent taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries at every turn,” Trump said in a statement. “My administration strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity.”

Fact is, if you really listen to what the leading climate experts are saying, you’ll realize two things. One, there is almost nothing that can be done on a realistic, government-enforced level that can satisfy their demands to save the planet from carbon emissions. You can see this every time the U.S. or any other country “takes action” on climate change; the response is always, “Yeah, that’s a nice gesture, but it won’t really do anything.” In other words, you’re killing jobs for no good reason.

Two, we’re rapidly approaching the “green energy” tipping point regardless of what the government does or does not do. Technology is improving, the private-sector demand is growing, and it’s only a matter of time. Meanwhile, clean natural gas is already reducing our dependence on foreign oil, making onerous federal regulations on coal unnecessary.

Everyone is quick to call Exxon a “special interest,” but they don’t realize that there are plenty of environmental special interests as well. Obama’s climate agenda was designed to reward those moneyed groups while also growing the size and power of the federal government. As long as Trump can avoid either of those paths, we’ll be thrilled.

 

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  1. The EPA has been out of control for a long time. I was in the field of Banking for over thirty years and many of those as a Commercial Lender. During that time I saw what my customers were having to do or the money they were being asked to spend in order to satisfy the EPA’s nonsense and all too often they just threw up their hands and walked away from a planned expansion or a business startup, both of which could have created jobs in our community. It is about time that the powers of this agency were reined in.

    • Your so right when farmers have to report spilled milk . A person that puts in a pond is fined. But Monsanto can get away with anything with the Genetic Modified seeds that gods knows what will show up down the road. Bees are being killed for insecticides that the EPA won’t stop, the list goes on.

      • The EPA needs to stay away from private property owners (like putting in a pond), that has no effect on large commercial operations. Most farmers (cattle) put ponds on their property to catch rain and water the cattle.

        • Trump needs to rein in that out of control jack boot EPA. He’s going to need a lot of help going through the tens of thousands of regulations that Obama has saddled on the people, their property even their children have been taken by the government. Enough Already!

          • We probably really need a real CONVENTION OF THE STATES before June 15, 2017.

          • I agree with you on that point. The point being to prepare for down the road when things aren’t in our favor. Have the States back in control.Hey I’m just trying to get over this election overload of perverts, lying,murder, bring this trash to elementary schools I just want to tear it all down, deal with the a– holes that think they can high jack the government and congress sits on their hands with a funny look on their face .

          • I’m not in favor of political parties per se. Both of the major ones are proof of the corruption that has evolved in politics. However, in order to fight them maybe a new “people controlled” party is needed. One that espouses “conservative” “common sense” ideas and policies. One that could draw financial support far greater than the technically single party system we are saddled with today. Originally the Tea Party had good intentions. But the left found a way to highjack the Tea Party so that many liberals ran as Tea Party supported candidates only to come out of the closet as “Rinos” who prove to be even worse than demonazis. The Tea Party failed to properly vette these people because they under estimated the lefts tactics. Once a Rino gets in it is very difficult to get rid of them. But if there was a group that had huge support from conservatives and more money that the R & D parties the phony candidates would not have a chance. The real conservatism of America has finally reared it’s head big time on Nov 8th. It now needs to be nurtured and grown into something the liberals / communists / Marxists cannot undo ever again.

          • ABSOLUTELY. In fact Trump should demand it because that is the only way “term limits” will ever have a chance to be enforced.

          • The EPA is only the first agency that needs to be reviewed. It should actually be abolished rather than reined in. Then we have the IRS which is in serious need to be reined in. Then the Department of Education needs to be abolished and the responsibility for education put back into the states where it belongs. Public education is fine but not when it is controlled by the federal government which the Constitution never afforded to the Fed’s. There are many more agencies but these three are the most egregious ones. And think of all the money we can save by firing all of the useless civil service employees these three agencies contain.

        • Pray for Donald Trump’s choice for a sane leader for that “out of control” agency and for His safety.

        • Due to it’s activities like the Gestapo the EPA should be abolished. They make their own rules, regulations and impose fines which they push on Americans as though they are laws passed by Congress which is the only branch of government with that authority bestowed by the Constitution. Therefore the very existence of the EPA can be considered unconstitutional since it’s actions most times overrule Congress.

      • Back in Rome the chant became KILL ALL THE LAWYERS.

      • Round Up IS THE MOST DANGEROUS AND TOXIC PRODUCT ON THE COMMERCIAL MARKET TODAY. Grain crops are especially genetically modified to include Round Up material within the plants seeds. When this material eventually ends up in the pollen of these plants flowers who ingests it? Bees and other pollinators. Yet the US Dept. of Agriculture and the FDA look the other way and deny it has anything to do with the massive die off of bees. Round Up is banned in Europe for good reason. U.S. crops known to be genetically modified or treated with Round Up are not able to be imported.

    • Absolutely true!! The trucking industry has been FORCED to use more expensive Diesel engines that need to use an extra tank on their trucks using urea to clean up exhaust emissions, which basically DO NOTHING, having NO EFFECT whatsoever on global warming. It may eliminate some particulates in the atmosphere, but here again Diesel engines only produce excessive exhaust particulates when they are producing black exhaust smoke, indicating that they are either “over fueled” or “over worked,” also known as “lugging” the engine. Most, if not all, of the ridiculous regulations that the out of control EPA has come up with are not necessary!! How many Millions of tons of Coal were burned in the 1800’s through the 20th Century with absolutely NO EFFECT on global warming/climate change?? If these so called scientists would go back far enough, they would find that the midwest of the USA was one a tropical paradise!!!!

      • You are right about diesel. A dirty air filter will create black smoke when the engine is under a strain, such as going up a hill.

        • The simple truth Adolf Diesel had a very simple easy engine–THAT REQUIRES MAINTENANCE!

          • And your point would be what?? Are you saying that Gasoline engines don’t require the same maintainance?? If anything, Gasoline engines require MORE maintainance than Diesels do by virtue of the fact that they are “spark ignition engines” requiring spark plugs, spark plug wires, and other electronic parts that can and do fail, especially when exposed to water. Diesel engines on the other hand are COMPRESSION IGNITION ENGINES that DO NOT require the electrical components of Gasoline engines, since they have no spark plugs, wires, or other electrical components that will short out when exposed to water, they will operate (run) submerged in water, provided that they have an intake stack long enough to be above the surface of the water. There are, however, instances that will cause Diesel engines to fail to operate.

            1–Air in the fuel injection system

            2–Gelled fuel (most notably in cold climates) can be alleviated by the use of a 60/40 mix of Number 1 and Number 2 Diesel Fuel Mix.

            3–Clogged air filter and/or fuel filters

            4–Mechanical issues such as a badly worn engine (in need of a major overhaul) which leads to lack of compression that Diesel engines absolutely require in order to run. Gasoline engines also require compression of air in order to operate, but it is not as critical as with Diesels, since only a spark is required to ignite the air/fuel mix.

            As to the ALWAYS STUPID AKLady’s comment that Diesel was around since the beginning of the Trucking industry, SHE IS WRONG!! Diesel engines DID NOT SHOW UP IN THE UNITED STATES TRUCKING INDUSTRY UNTIL THE LATE 1940’s!!!!

          • Diesel engines do require plugs. They are called glow plugs since they are always electrically “hot”. The compression in diesels is higher than gasoline engines somewhere in the range of 300 – 400 PSI, while most gasoline engines operate under 220 PSI. This is because of the volatility ratings of the fuel.

          • You are incorrect. As one who has been around Diesel engines for over 40 years, not ALL Diesels require the use of “glow plugs,” as I have SEEN WITH MY OWN EYES Diesel engines that WERE NOT EQUIPPED WITH GLOW PLUGS.

          • You got Dr. Diesel’s first name wrong. His first name is/was Rudolph, although you are correct in the rest, he was the inventor of the Diesel Engine.

      • Your must be very young, and have little knowlesge of truking.

        The trucking industry has been using disel since it began.

        Coal burned for a btter part of a century wirh no effect on global warming? Really?

        If you go back far enough in time, you will find palm trees in what is now the not-so-frozen Arctic.

      • You realize Urea is very simply Urine?

        • Yes, I’ve known that “urea” is urine for a very long time.

          • Did You realize the socialist State of California delayed the importation of Mercedes newer diesels until they could figure out a way to make them smog-able by adding a “piss pot” that needs dealer service?

          • That would figure for the Communist/Socialist State of Kalifornia—just another way to rip off the unsuspecting consumer. Too bad when “the big one” hits Kalifornia, that the land of fruits and nuts doesn’t sink drowning every single one of the Communist/Socialist liberals that reside there. The trouble with that scenario is that a lot of decent innocent people would drown right along with the dumocrat idiots that run that nuthouse!!

      • Remember the MTBE the phony additive the EPA demanded to be used in winter blend fuels in the colder climate states? It was forced onto Northern states by the EPA with absolutely no previous testing or research. Then when private companies did the research and testing they found it to be an even more toxic pollutant. This is our liberal controlled government at work. More than likely MTBE’s were manufactured by companies owned by politicians or their cronies. Just like most companies that produce ethanol also found to pollute more and cost more per gallon than ordinary gasoline. Ethanol plants were built by local politicians when they heard it was going to be mandated giving the politicians insider trading like information. Why would anyone not want to get into a business that the government was going to force every driver in the country to buy your product? It’s always a case of “follow the money”.

    • Abolished. They’re unconstitutional PERIOD. Any rule they make should have to be approved and voted on by congress. Other than that their rules are merely unenforceable suggestions. And Mandate? A Mandate is an order and WE can no longer tolerate Progressive control freaks tyranny and their Unconstitutional Religion of State. WE don’t take no stinking orders!
      The Libs. still can’t accept the fact that “WE” told them to “Go Fahke Themselves” on Nov.8th.
      PUT DOWN THE SHOVELS LIBIDIOTS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a8260b2a9e97df90ed6c2ca23ccd382b2ffe5a6cee2b099a3f4f1791782f7a4.jpg

      • Did you learn sewer language from your mother? Yet another site where you spew filith.

      • AMERICA IS CRYING FOR A CONVENTION OF THE STATES, NOW!

      • did deep and long enough to jump into—going after the vote re counts has opened America’s eyes to Democrat strong holds counting favorable votes multiple times. PRISON IS TOO GOOD FOR SUCH TREASON.

      • I am and have been posting for years that all of these alphabet agencies created by Congress without the approval of the people are indeed “unconstitutional”. They are the culmination of Congresses abdication of it’s power and responsibilities to the people. They all need to be reviewed and eliminated when necessary. Congress must be forced to vote on everything so that they can be held accountable instead of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.

    • Not “out of control”, rather completely controlled and not to America’s behest.

  2. ELIMINATE the COMMIE TYRANT EPA… SAME goes for the ATF

  3. Trump will or certainly should pare back the onerous Federal regulations on the economy & environment while seemingly balancing the current ones and stopping new ones from being issued. This in stages to keep the Liberturds quiet!

    • Washington was a liberal.
      Lincoln was a liberal.
      Jesus was a liberal.

      • Washington was a Republican
        Lincoln was a Republican
        Jesus was Divine

        • The Republican Party did not exist in Washington;s time. He qas a Federalist.
          .
          Lincoln was a member of the National Union Party.
          Jesus was a liberal.

          • AKlady is ignorant of history and the truth. None of the Founding Fathers were Socialists or in flavor of big government. Just the opposite. Where did Jesus espouse Socialism or robbing from one man to give to another which Socialism is?
            I know you are bitter because your Socialists lost the election but get over it. Everyone is not as dumb as you all thought. The Hildabeast won the “popular” vote (maybe) because of voter fraud in California (the land of fruit and nuts) where you probably live or should live. The Founding Fathers were brilliant to have electors instead of just the popular vote so a few big states with their huge welfare class could not control all the other States. where true Americans live and work.
            Get a life AKlady, a job, get off welfare and grow up and suck it up.

          • Also Jesus was not a refugee AK lady. How stupid can you be? He was born and raised in the region where he lived. God you are stupid or think the rest of us are.

          • …34Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, 36I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’… Matthew 25:35

          • And your point is?

          • Job 31:32
            “The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the traveler.

          • Isaiah 58:7
            “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

          • Ezekiel 18:7
            if a man does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, does not commit robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing,

          • Romans 12:13
            Share with the saints who are in need. Practice hospitality.

          • Hebrews 13:2
            Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

          • James 2:15
            Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.

          • James 2:16
            If one of you tells him, “Go in peace; stay warm and well fed,” but does not provide for his physical needs, what good is that?

      • Please define liberal/progressive.
        a similar question was put to Lee Harvey Oswald, only the it was communism or marxism .
        What say You?

        • In reality, the terms liberal and/or progressive are simply derogatory labels the ignorant use to refer to those who are better educated and support change. Left up to “conservatives” man would still be living in stone age conditions.

      • The Liberal of the 1950’s has not existed since the Left “hijacked” the term, this was one of the reasons for former Democrats ( like Ronnie ) said They did not leave the Party, It left Them. The Left has a habit of turning things “on their heads”: for example GLOBAL WARMING change into CLIMATE CHANGE ( a utterly meaningless term unless You are captive to the AGENDA )——-The climate is cyclical and has been (changing) as the geological record shows.

    • To hell with the liberal whinny babies. They are all just a bunch of low life, look at how they attack the elderly and weak who supported D. Trump! Shameful!!!

    • A real “convention of the states” will require the presence of such as Yee.

  4. GET RID OF THE UN! After that, the rest is a piece of cake….

  5. The Climate Change Lie was created to justify wealth redistribution from America to third world nations. Don’t fall for the lie!

    • So true; and part of that wealth dist. was to decrease America’s industrial output, while promoting the output of third world nations that have little or no environmental standards.
      The globalists would have us believe that man is responsible for climate change, yet science itself shows us that the worlds’ climate has always been in a state of flux. And the current Admin. has pushed its agenda upon the EPA, to use the EPA as a club with which to beat us into submission, showing that bugger butt BO is just another globalist pawn.

      • You are the guilty globaist.
        You keep buying foreign made products. Don’t blame others for your acrtions.

        • You assume far too much troll lady, I go out of my way to buy American made products, and have learned to do without if I can’t find American made. Yeah: I pay more for it, but I have the satisfaction of knowing that the money I spend stays in America and supports hard working Americans, who have been gouged by the liberal “tax ’em to death” set!

          unlike the idiot liberals who don’t care where their products come from, and try to keep the U.S. from becoming energy independent with all their protests and EPA directives!

    • Why don’t you come on up to Alaska, we’ll show you climate change. We’ll fly you out to what should be frozen swamp, push you out o the plane, and watch you sink.

  6. Obama’s GAW CLIMATE CHANGE is just a bunch of smoke and mirrors for the greatest hist in history , carbon taxation with out representation of the US people or its Congress !
    One hundred years of cleaning water wells around mines was abandon by the Obama administration ! A known EPA practice ,also used by mining industry 100 years before the existence of the EPA was completely abandon by the Obama administration ! The sucesful use of methane and the microns that work with it cleans heavy minerals out of water wells around mines in just two weeks ! Abandon by the unscientific GAW CROWD FOR FOOLISHNESS ! Claming this gas ,that is too heavy to be a global warming agent , is in fact the global warming agent it is impossiblely to heavy to be !
    Now you the public know why the contamination of the Colorado river was delivery by this administrations abandonment of this old completely sucesful mining practice !
    Now you public know why the contamination of the Flint Michigan water was delibret by these bafoons running the EPA !
    You go there Mr Pruitt get the job done like sonny Pruitt can do it ! Kick these climatars out of the EPA for their contaminating bafoonery !

    • .Why do you need to tell these lies?

      Why do you embarrass America this way?

      Why do you believe it is acceptable to lie?

      Why do you believe it is acceptable to repeat lies?

  7. The EPA has placed a double standard on trucks that are bringing us our food inside the United States by placing
    so many regulations on them, all the while letting Mexico’s trucks cross over into the US with no regulations on them at all.
    We are sick and tired of American citizens being punished by the bureaucracy of the brainwashed climate change
    movement. When the Pope, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the United nations want to regulate our lives because of some special interest phony movement all the while they are flying around in jet fuel engines, they can go to hell.

    • Why do you need to tell these lies?

      Why do you embarrass America this way?

      Why do you believe it is acceptable to lie?

      Why do you believe it is acceptable to repeat lies?

    • Nick your right on the point. Notice in the grocery stores most produce is from outside the US. We have to take back our country from these idiots. Most grocery stores don’t even have butchers the meat is all prepackaged. God knows what and where they come from. I wish we could go back to the good old days. The future is so bleek esp. with the next generation the one’s that they call snowflakes because they are so delicate can’t take the truth and you can’t offend them.

      • Many of us are in fact returning to growing our own, as well as butchering our own; just for the very reasons you listed! Who knows what or where these foreign ‘foods’ come from?

        • You will be relied upon when as Plato refered to in THE REPUBLIC , or should have said : man needs others to survive, who will make the shoes?

      • Pray for President Elect Donald Trump as He has relieved the very heart of America as Her salvation—-A Country either lives by laws or not/

    • You HIT IT ON THE HEAD; the problem is the “elitist” that feel compelled to live as They feel whilst telling ‘you DO NOT LOOK AT THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

    • You are correct. The people crying the loudest about the environment , like Gore, DiCaprio ad nausium are all the ones with their own jet planes with bigger footprints than 1000 of use little people in “flyover country”. Every time I see either one of those guys I want to puke.

  8. Obama’s way of more control over the people that is what Obama was all about

  9. Hopefully “transparency” will finally come to every aspect of US Government!

    • You elect Congress.
      Maybe you should make better choices?

      • Here you go again Twisted Sister…battery acid drooling off your hypocritical lips! Questioning what you hate most…yourself or the world around you!

        • You elect Congress.
          Maybe you should make better choices?

          • And your point is….oh never mind, you are pointless as usual!

          • Your Statement: “Hopefully ‘transparency’ will finally come to every aspect of US Government!”

          • And my point is that hopefully transparency will then expose the deceit and corruption prevalent in virtually every aspect of our government…regardless of party affiliation! Yes, I am guilty of not making the best choices with my vote…but I honestly believe I make the best choices from that which I have to choose from! I vote, which is more than can be said for a large portion of the eligible voters in this country!

          • Your choice lost, therefore evereyone else has problems.

          • Actually this time my choice won…

  10. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you! Nikita Khrushchev
    Trump is the proof.

  11. Global warming is a scam so a few can make lots of money

  12. Global warming aka climate change is a HOAX.The climate has been changing forever and to trash our energy supply because of unproven theories and junk science would be stupid and very expensive for the American people.I fear that if we start messing around trying to control the weather we may really screw things up and cause more droughts or floods.There is no evidence that we are affecting the weather.We should continue to monitor and gather more evidence.Lets be sure before we spend trillions more to no good end.

  13. The E.P.A. was the outgrowth of GREEN PEASE after that (well meaning) organization was both invaded and taken over by (field grade K.G.B. Officers) Soviets that had MIGRATED to West Hollywood and had the defeat of ———-oh well—–very deep & , perhaps, boring 1989 — 91 history
    In short this federal agency has crippled entrepreneurs and made heaps of “lawyer speak”—costing Billions.

  14. Praise Yahuwah Almighty also for relief also in the energy control department!

    Climate change is regulated by two things over which we humans have NO CONTROL: (1) the weather on the sun, from where we receive varying amounts of heat according to its irregularities and (2) irregularities in the orbit and rotation of the earth. If we want to stop any climate changes, those are the two areas we need control, but who know how to do that? In order to stop all methane emissions, there are two things we and the animals and plants all have to stop doing: (1) living and (2) dying, because either way we are giving off methane, nu? How will the government even try to control that, unless we are all as stupid as the enviromaniacs? Now they will have to let loose of our pocketbooks! They will have to stop being such tyrants!

    Even so come, Master Yahushua (Lord Jesus), to keep us upright and moving forward as these Dark Ages draw to a close, when it is time for Your throne to be in Jerusalem, ISRAEL, for You rule even the weather, one of your tools to give us your loving correction when we need it, and Your mercy when we have responded to Your correction, omein!

  15. Let’s just find a way to shut down the EPA along with several other federal agencies that are of no value.

  16. The power of steam is unfathomable ( nuclear submarines for example) albiet a bit dangerous.

  17. It’s about damn time that something be done about the EPA. First, get rid of the money hungry, blood sucking liberal director. Then put a common sense normal person in charge who does not believe the liberal lies about anything being “settled science”. When in reality only a very tiny percent (5%) of the 90,000 scientists they claim agree are actually climatologists. The entire global warming issue, now called climate change because global warming facts were found to be lies due to artificially manipulated data found even at the level of NOAA and NASA. Not to forget the British organizations emails actually discussing how to manipulate the data being collected worldwide. But hey, this is what liberals do. It’s all part of the “redistribution of wealth” they are famous for demanding. THE EPA SHOULD BE ABOLISHED along with a complete overhaul of the other gestapo like agency the IRS.

  18. I say that we drop all regulations. That way we can enjoy even more our polluted air and our polluted waters. Who needs regulations? Just let big business do what it wants. Never mind if we can’t breath or drink the water.

  19. If is was up to the EPA, any time a guy pisses in his back yard, the EPA would call it wetlands and place it under the protection of the bureaucracy. What really gets me about the EPA is their constant referencing ‘ground level ozone’ when they are talking about pollution. Ozone can only be one thing and that is the tri-atomic isotope of oxygen which is very clean and not dangerous at all unless breathed in at great quantities, but that is true of pure oxygen also. Sears used to have ‘ozone’ lamps in their washer and dryer for disinfection; it was connected in series with a regular light bulb. UV energy changes regular di-atomic oxygen into ozone, that being tri-atomic.

  20. Texas residents tell Railroad Commission Sunset Review Committee that oil and gas have contaminated their groundwater, but Commissioners Sitton and Craddock claim there’s never been a case of water contamination related to fracking.
    https://www.facebook.com/LiveableArlington/videos/1846013632347019/

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