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Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

EPA Employees Protest Trump’s Nominee To Head Agency

Over 400 former EPA staff members sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking its members to reject the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the agency’s new administrator, saying “he has shown no interest in enforcing environmental laws.”

February 6, 2017
At the Rolling Thunder rally in Washington DC with Donald Trump

Review: Listen, Liberals! And Hear The Political Rage Of America’s Dispossessed

The clash of deeply felt racial and class grievances, compounded by cultural wounds on both sides of the identity divide, is crowding out the progressive brand of populism that America once had and so sorely needs.

November 6, 2016
The John Amos coal-fired power plant is seen behind a home in Poca, West Virginia May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo

Most States On Track To Meet Emissions Targets They Call Burden

Already, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota appear to be meeting the CPP’s early targets. And changes in the power market, along with policies favoring clean generation, are propelling most of the rest toward timely compliance, according to researchers, power producers and officials, as well as government filings reviewed by Reuters.

September 19, 2016
Salinas Valley California, green space fracking sky

Just How Green Are State Governments?

States have employed a host of energy-saving programs, green-purchase requirements, building efficiency standards and financial incentive arrangements to meet those goals. So how are they doing in meeting targets they have set for themselves?

July 1, 2015

Supreme Court Limits EPA Authority On Power Plants

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, in a split ruling, has blocked the Obama administration from requiring special permits for some new power plants, but upheld them for others. In a dense 5-4 decision Monday, the justices said the Environmental Protection Agency had wrongly stretched an anti-pollution provision of […]

June 23, 2014

New Poll Finds Majority Of Americans Back President On Climate Change

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday is receiving widespread attention for showing a decline in President Obama’s approval rating, but another major result is flying under the radar: Americans overwhelmingly want to see action on climate change. According to the poll, a whopping 61 percent of Americans say that either “immediate action” or “some […]

June 18, 2014

Analysis: EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule May Lay New Bet On Future Natural Gas Supplies

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times The Obama administration’s ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants 30 percent by 2030 is laying another big bet on future U.S. natural gas supplies. The boom in U.S. production, the result of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling into shale formations, has sharply boosted the […]

June 3, 2014

EPA Unveils Far-Reaching Climate Plan Targeting Power Plants

By Evan Halper, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Monday morning unveiled its far-reaching proposal to curb climate change by substantially restricting emissions at power plants, a plan that promises to set off intense debate across the country amid the president’s boldest action yet to reshape the energy landscape. Under the proposal, the […]

June 2, 2014

GOP Attacks On EPA Ignore The Problem

Dutifully following their Tea Party scripts, most of the Republican presidential candidates have declared war on the Environmental Protection Agency. They claim that the economy is being smothered by regulations designed to keep our air and water safe. No iota of evidence is being offered, and in fact the record profits of big energy companies […]

August 23, 2011

Why Perry Hates Those Regulators: They’re Bad For (His) Business

Like so many Republican officials of the Tea Party persuasion, Rick Perry despises the Environmental Protection Agency – a feeling he has expressed repeatedly in speeches, lawsuits, legislation and even a book titled Fed Up! Perhaps that is only natural for the governor of Texas, a “dirty energy” state where the protection of air, water, […]

August 19, 2011

Republican Presidential Candidates Won’t Protect the EPA

Republican presidential candidates have pledged that one of their first acts as president would be to cut, if not eliminate, the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate carbon emissions and pollution. Michelle Bachmann, who has referred the EPA the “Job Killing Organization of America,” has promised that she “will begin with the EPA” when she […]

June 23, 2011