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Who Is Andrew Wheeler? (And Why You Should Be Afraid of Him)

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If you’re hoping Wheeler could represent some sort of departure from Pruitt’s (literal) scorched-earth agenda, he wouldn’t. While it may be impossible to imagine anyone worsethan Pruitt to lead our nation’s environmental policy, plenty of individuals could be just as bad. And as he’s shown us on numerous occasions, President Trump has a sixth sense for ferreting these people out and putting them on the executive-branch payroll.

So who is Andrew Wheeler? And what is it about his particular career trajectory that makes the White House, energy-company executives, and assorted climate deniers think he’s a perfect fit for the Trump-era EPA?

Well, for starters, his most recent job was as an energy lobbyist. His biggest clients included Murray Energy Corporation, which proudly bills itself as the largest coal mining company in America, and whose CEO, Robert E. Murray, vigorously fought the Obama administration’s attempts to reduce carbon emissions and strengthen environmental and public health laws. Shortly after Trump took office, Murray, an unabashed climate denier, presented Vice President Mike Pence with a ridiculously pro-coal “action plan” that called for doing away with the Clean Power Plan, withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, eliminating federal tax credits for renewable energy, and—yes—halving the EPA’s workforce.

In his spare time, Wheeler serves as the vice president of the Washington Coal Club, a powerful yet little-known federation of more than 300 coal producers, lawmakers, business leaders, and policy experts who have dedicated themselves to preserving the uncertain future of our dirtiest fossil fuel. Wheeler clearly loves coal, but he’s also made time to lobby the U.S. Department of the Interior to open portions of the Bears Ears National Monument to uranium mining.

It gets worse. Before joining his current K Street lobbying firm, Wheeler worked as a legislative aide to Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe. Inhofe is without question the most virulent climate denier on Capitol Hill—a man who regularly refers to the science of climate change as “the greatest hoax” ever perpetrated on the American people and who told one radio interviewer that educating schoolchildren on the basics of climate science was tantamount to “brainwashing.” When Wheeler’s nomination was announced last year, Inhofe effusively praised the decision, saying that “there is no one more qualified than Andrew to help Scott Pruitt restore EPA to its proper size and scope.” (The italics are mine; the anxiety that they denote should be everybody’s.) In that same statement, Inhofe referred to Wheeler as his “close friend”; indeed, the two are close enough that Wheeler thought it perfectly appropriate to organize a fund-raiser for Inhofe last May, an act that many believe crossed ethical lines.

The line on Wheeler from people in the know is that he’s essentially Scott Pruitt’s ideological twin—but that his many years as a Washington insider have endowed him with a political savvy that Pruitt sorely lacks. Were the increasingly embattled Pruitt to leave, few believe that this replacement would deviate from Pruitt’s path of rolling back protections, propping up the moribund coal industry, and putting energy company profits ahead of public health.

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4 minutes ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Well - that's a plus for those who've thought for a long while that the EPA was greatly over-reaching its authority and mandate. 

Clean air and water is SUCH a bother....

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Wonder what news they are trying to get ahead of. What's the scandal that broke Pruitt?

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1 minute ago, Raz'r said:

Clean air and water is SUCH a bother....

Not at all - but, that's not the overreach I'm talking about.  I've got a personal example having to do with a neighbor and a pond, here's a few articles dating back many years before this adminstration took office. 

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-environment/245201-drowning-by-epa-overreach

https://reason.org/commentary/two-examples-of-epa-overreach/
https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/11/environmental-protection-agency-regulations-methane-emissions-overreach/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2015/08/03/final-waters-of-the-u-s-rule-is-more-overreach-by-the-epa/

https://www.oyez.org/cases/2011/10-1062

 

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Don't let the sound-proof door hit you on the way out.

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That sound you hear is me vomiting up a lung.

Pruitt in resignation letter to Trump: You are president because of God's providence

Source: The Hill

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) told President Trump in his letter of resignation on Thursday that Trump is president because of "God's providence." 

"My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decision for the American people," Pruitt said in a letter obtained by Fox News. "I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enable you to effectively lead the American people."

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/395676-pruitt-in-resignation-letter-to-trump-you-are-president-because-of 

 

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8 minutes ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

so it's the same bullshit fear & doom?

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6 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

That sound you hear is me vomiting up a lung.

Pruitt in resignation letter to Trump: You are president because of God's providence

Source: The Hill

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) told President Trump in his letter of resignation on Thursday that Trump is president because of "God's providence." 

"My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decision for the American people," Pruitt said in a letter obtained by Fox News. "I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enable you to effectively lead the American people."

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/395676-pruitt-in-resignation-letter-to-trump-you-are-president-because-of 

 

Yes, the evangelicals believe God sent them Trump. Other than mass delusion and utter ignorance I can't explain it.

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The fucker probably wanted to watch the fireworks on the mall from HQ one last time.

 

damn that personal sleazebag claims gods will? he only worships money

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29 minutes ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Well - that's a plus for those who've thought for a long while that the EPA was greatly over-reaching its authority and mandate. 

Some of the fire mitigation regulations in California seem like overreach.  I suppose good news would be to hand the reigns on that over to an arsonist. 

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7 minutes ago, RKoch said:

Yes, the evangelicals believe God sent them Trump. Other than mass delusion and utter ignorance I can't explain it.

No, it's code for I need a pardon when the time comes.

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3 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

No, it's code for I need a pardon when the time comes.

IIRC there already was an IG investigation underway. Certainly plenty of evidence and witnesses. My guess is with his resignation the investigation will be wrapped up, finding several ethics violations, but no follow up prosecution.

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15 minutes ago, RKoch said:

Yes, the evangelicals believe God sent them Trump. Other than mass delusion and utter ignorance I can't explain it.

I saw something the other day about God allowing Trump to win means that God approves of Trump as POTUS.  And here I thought all we had to worry about was some Russian hackers 

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Just now, jerseyguy said:

I saw something the other day about God allowing Trump to win means that God approves of Trump as POTUS.  And here I thought all we had to worry about was some Russian hackers 

and when you see that, remember that it also means that God approved Obama....

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5 minutes ago, RKoch said:

IIRC there already was an IG investigation underway. Certainly plenty of evidence and witnesses. My guess is with his resignation the investigation will be wrapped up, finding several ethics violations, but no follow up prosecution.

 

I just hope that weenie has to repay the people for every weekend layover in Paris and his personal SCIF, among other things.

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What can one say to the Most Honorable Public Servant in the GOP?  

 

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9 minutes ago, Raz'r said:

and when you see that, remember that it also means that God approved Obama....

Nope.  Remember, Obama was a Muslim.  All the rightwingers are saying so.

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36 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

That sound you hear is me vomiting up a lung.

Pruitt in resignation letter to Trump: You are president because of God's providence

Source: The Hill

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) told President Trump in his letter of resignation on Thursday that Trump is president because of "God's providence." 

"My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decision for the American people," Pruitt said in a letter obtained by Fox News. "I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enable you to effectively lead the American people."

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/395676-pruitt-in-resignation-letter-to-trump-you-are-president-because-of 

 

That’s fucking terrifying for the outside world to see and hear if it’s true. WTF is going on in the US?

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3 minutes ago, mad said:

That’s fucking terrifying for the outside world to see and hear if it’s true. WTF is going on in the US?

There's Christians, and then there's the Evangelicals, of which there's several sects. Mainstream Christians are not a problem. The evangelicals are bat shit crazy...very similar to Islamic fundamentalists. They're a bigger problem than the Muslims. 

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Good riddance. What a slimy piece of shit that guy was.

Trump can gets lots of people to poison us  and destroy the environment that have the decency not to be so unethical about it

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4 minutes ago, Clove Hitch said:

Good riddance. What a slimy piece of shit that guy was.

Trump can gets lots of people to poison us  and destroy the environment that have the decency not to be so unethical about it

Excellent point. A-Guy should be happy that the next guy will increase the poisons in the environment.  I'm happy cause Pruitt was such a douche-nozzle.


Win-Win!

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1 hour ago, benwynn said:

Some of the fire mitigation regulations in California seem like overreach.  I suppose good news would be to hand the reigns on that over to an arsonist. 

So overreach is how some Americans spell disagreeable?

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6 minutes ago, Clove Hitch said:

Good riddance. What a slimy piece of shit that guy was.

His #2, Wheeler, may be worse. He is basically a smarter, more devious version of Pruitt.

from post#2 above -

The line on Wheeler from people in the know is that he’s essentially Scott Pruitt’s ideological twin—but that his many years as a Washington insider have endowed him with a political savvy that Pruitt sorely lacks. Were the increasingly embattled Pruitt to leave, few believe that this replacement would deviate from Pruitt’s path of rolling back protections, propping up the moribund coal industry, and putting energy company profits ahead of public health.

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2 minutes ago, Sean said:

His #2, Wheeler, may be worse. He is basically a smarter, more devious version of Pruitt.

from post#2 above -

The line on Wheeler from people in the know is that he’s essentially Scott Pruitt’s ideological twin—but that his many years as a Washington insider have endowed him with a political savvy that Pruitt sorely lacks. Were the increasingly embattled Pruitt to leave, few believe that this replacement would deviate from Pruitt’s path of rolling back protections, propping up the moribund coal industry, and putting energy company profits ahead of public health.

Exactly. He's a corporate whore that is going to poison us. But at least he won't be unethical about it

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10 minutes ago, Clove Hitch said:

Exactly. He's a corporate whore that is going to poison us. But at least he won't be unethical about it

Oh, I am sure he will be unethical.....heck, that is the definition of those who serve Trump, it is just that he might be smart enough not to be caught breaking laws.

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1 hour ago, mad said:

That’s fucking terrifying for the outside world to see and hear if it’s true. WTF is going on in the US?

Trump has emboldened the Religious Right. How else can supposedly reverent people excuse his grabbing pussy comments or his payoff to a porn star?

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If Pruitt could have just flown under the radar, the coal industry would have given him a condo, a couple used mattresses, a few gallons of hand lotion and all the Chik Fil A his wife could eat. And it would have been cheaper than all the lobbyists they pay.

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The good news is, because Pruitt resigned, Trump can’t lateral him to replace Sessions without hearings.

Small comfort?

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2 hours ago, RKoch said:

There's Christians, and then there's the Evangelicals, of which there's several sects. Mainstream Christians are not a problem. The evangelicals are bat shit crazy...very similar to Islamic fundamentalists. They're a bigger problem than the Muslims. 

Cults of personality tend that way....

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4 minutes ago, Amati said:

The good news is, because Pruitt resigned, Trump can’t lateral him to replace Sessions without hearings.

Small comfort?

A small victory, but a victory nevertheless. Time will tell if this is one of those frying pan into the fire situations.

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4 hours ago, benwynn said:

Some of the fire mitigation regulations in California seem like overreach.  I suppose good news would be to hand the reigns on that over to an arsonist. 

That would be too obvious- Better to save money and lower taxes firing clearing crews, doing nothing, then, when the inevitable happens, make money off the tragedy (like buying up property, owning construction companies and building supply businesses), blame environmentalists for the whole thing while simultaneously claiming you’re fighting their wrongheaded liberal policies, becoming a hero to Trumpistas everywhere.  If you could depopulate California at the same time and bring more people and businesses to red states, so much the better.

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8 minutes ago, jerseyguy said:

A small victory, but a victory nevertheless. Time will tell if this is one of those frying pan into the fire situations.

I’m sure it is.  But if the pressure on Trump gets too much, at what point will he bolt?

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6 minutes ago, Amati said:

I’m sure it is.  But if the pressure on Trump gets too much, at what point will he bolt?

His ego will never permit him to quit. After all, he is the best POTUS ever.  A legend in his own mind

He will throw anyone and everyone under the bus to save his "legacy."

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2 hours ago, bridhb said:

Oh, I am sure he will be unethical.....heck, that is the definition of those who serve Trump, it is just that he might be smart enough not to be caught breaking laws.

Or is more manly, in Trump World, to brazenly push things right to the limit, pounding your chest?  

Apparently, one of the things Trump liked was Pruitt’s in-your-face attitude.  

We’ll see how this guy does- Pruitt set a high bar....

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6 minutes ago, jerseyguy said:

His ego will never permit him to quit. After all, he is the best POTUS ever.  A legend in his own mind

He will throw anyone and everyone under the bus to save his "legacy."

Does Wheeler quit before or after that point?  

If Wheeler is as slick as many people ^_^ are saying?  Or is he a ‘good man?’  We’ll see....

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6 hours ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Well - that's a plus for those who've thought for a long while that the EPA was greatly over-reaching its authority and mandate. 

Right 

Because you want your kids to be poisoned without the inconvenience of moving to Flint Michigan

I don't have kids, so why do I give a crap?

-DSK

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6 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

Right 

Because you want your kids to be poisoned without the inconvenience of moving to Flint Michigan

I don't have kids, so why do I give a crap?

-DSK

A-guy can't wait for brown skies. The color of FREEDOM! (unless that's the color of your skin...)

 

And when the Chesapeake dies again! MAGA Baby!

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I just read an excerpt from a book being released on what happened to the water at Flint. People being poisoned while being told the water is fine. 

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Damn. With Pruitt gone I'm going to have to get new bottom paint. I was really counting on no marine or plant life by next year. Hope the new guy keeps up the good work. 

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7 hours ago, badlatitude said:

Trump has emboldened the Religious Right. How else can supposedly reverent people excuse his grabbing pussy comments or his payoff to a porn star?

or paying 1.6 million for one of his lovers to have an abortion?

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/05/who-did-playboy-model-shera-bechard-really-have-an-affair-with/

 

would that not be a bitter pill for the god botherers to swallow

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Probly worth it to get Roe v Wade overtuned.... because god works in mysteriouos ways.

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Nothing wrong with huffing formaldehyde -

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/06/epa-formaldehyde-warnings-blocked-696628

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The Trump administration is suppressing an Environmental Protection Agency report that warns that most Americans inhale enough formaldehyde vapor in the course of daily life to put them at risk of developing leukemia and other ailments, a current and a former agency official told POLITICO.

The warnings are contained in a draft health assessment EPA scientists completed just before Donald Trump became president, according to theofficials. They said top advisers to departing Administrator Scott Pruitt are delaying its release as part of a campaign to undermine the agency’s independent research into the health risks of toxic chemicals.

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16 hours ago, dylan winter said:

Jacob+Marley-A.+Guinness.jpg

Who is that?  

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27 minutes ago, Sean said:

 

Nothing wrong with huffing formaldehyde -

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/06/epa-formaldehyde-warnings-blocked-696628

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The Trump administration is suppressing an Environmental Protection Agency report that warns that most Americans inhale enough formaldehyde vapor in the course of daily life to put them at risk of developing leukemia and other ailments, a current and a former agency official told POLITICO.

The warnings are contained in a draft health assessment EPA scientists completed just before Donald Trump became president, according to theofficials. They said top advisers to departing Administrator Scott Pruitt are delaying its release as part of a campaign to undermine the agency’s independent research into the health risks of toxic chemicals.

Formaldehyde is so convenient in making cheap building product! :rolleyes:

If it were banned, costs would go up! A whole industry would suffer! Why, it would be like a, a, TAX! BAD!!!! Physical suffering is so preferable to that!  Besides, only sensitive liberal snowflakes react to these types of chemicals.  Disease is only for the weak! And it’s too expensive to treat!  Suck it up and die like a man, you cowering filth! :)

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42 minutes ago, Sean said:

 

Nothing wrong with huffing formaldehyde -

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/06/epa-formaldehyde-warnings-blocked-696628

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The Trump administration is suppressing an Environmental Protection Agency report that warns that most Americans inhale enough formaldehyde vapor in the course of daily life to put them at risk of developing leukemia and other ailments, a current and a former agency official told POLITICO.

The warnings are contained in a draft health assessment EPA scientists completed just before Donald Trump became president, according to theofficials. They said top advisers to departing Administrator Scott Pruitt are delaying its release as part of a campaign to undermine the agency’s independent research into the health risks of toxic chemicals.

Leukemia is a terrible way to go; I lost my best friend one day past his 24th birthday. 

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6 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

Leukemia is a terrible way to go; I lost my best friend one day past his 24th birthday. 

 A couple of swimming buddies died of leukemia before they turned 20- suspected to be involved with the building the pool they were working out was in.  Still have nightmares about what they went through.

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17 hours ago, jerseyguy said:

Nope.  Remember, Obama was a Muslim.  All the rightwingers are saying so.

Obama murdered a shitload of Muslim civilians. Fucked over a shit load of Christians in Syria and Libya too. Does that make him a Muslim? 

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6 minutes ago, Mickey Rat said:

Obama murdered a shitload of Muslim civilians. Fucked over a shit load of Christians in Syria and Libya too. Does that make him a Muslim? 

Ask President Trump.

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17 hours ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

You say "over reach" and I'd say "doing it's job"

Should Texas power plants be allowed to pump out high levels of illegal toxins (not to mention legal ones, a whole nother issue) just because they're in Texas? Neighboring state s have no rights?

Boiler combustion controls are a niche industry. I may have contributed to the "frankenboiler" since the ones I worked on almost always came right to design specs. It's one reason why I can afford to be a sailing coach nowadays.

Bureaucratic over reach is a real problem, but just like banks want to use this catch-phrase as an excuse to get rid of rules against stealing your money, the heavy industries want to go back to killing all life on the planet. That's where the biggest quickest profits can be pocketed. I'm sure my retirement fund belongs in some CEO's pocket

-DSK

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8 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

hould Texas power plants be allowed to pump out high levels of illegal toxins (not to mention legal ones, a whole nother issue) just because they're in Texas? Neighboring state s have no rights?

Focusing on single states or denying science plays into the rightwing's hand. They have no problem with that.

Point out the corruption of Pruitt's repeals and they might have a problem, but probably not.

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12 hours ago, Raz'r said:

And when the Chesapeake dies again! MAGA Baby!

And the crab fishers will still say Trump is the best POTUS ever.

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48 minutes ago, Mickey Rat said:

Obama murdered a shitload of Muslim civilians. Fucked over a shit load of Christians in Syria and Libya too. Does that make him a Muslim? 

No, it makes him a Kenyan.

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33 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:
12 hours ago, Raz'r said:

................

And when the Chesapeake dies again! MAGA Baby!

And the crab fishers will still say Trump is the best POTUS ever.

Born peasants seeking their natural level.

-DSK

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19 hours ago, Mismoyled Jiblet. said:

so it's the same bullshit fear & doom?

Nope - I am of the opinion that the EPA had gotten overly intrusive and heavy handed in their pursuit of enforcement opportunities, and that their actions and priorities extended beyond their mandate and legal authority.    That doesn't at all mean that the agency ought to be disbanded, but, I do feel that a correction was warranted. 

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19 hours ago, benwynn said:

Some of the fire mitigation regulations in California seem like overreach.  I suppose good news would be to hand the reigns on that over to an arsonist. 

Overreach?  I would suggest that ineffective is a better description. As to the arsonst setting policy, ya might be on to something - who better to mitigate flammable events than someone who knows how to cause them? 

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13 hours ago, Raz'r said:

A-guy can't wait for brown skies. The color of FREEDOM! (unless that's the color of your skin...)

 

And when the Chesapeake dies again! MAGA Baby!

Y'all are funny...  

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this wheeler guy is going to be running the epa for a long time.  no chance the donald gets a new appointee through, the hearings will make the upcoming supreme court ones look boring

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1 hour ago, Steam Flyer said:

You say "over reach" and I'd say "doing it's job"

Should Texas power plants be allowed to pump out high levels of illegal toxins (not to mention legal ones, a whole nother issue) just because they're in Texas? Neighboring state s have no rights?

Boiler combustion controls are a niche industry. I may have contributed to the "frankenboiler" since the ones I worked on almost always came right to design specs. It's one reason why I can afford to be a sailing coach nowadays.

Bureaucratic over reach is a real problem, but just like banks want to use this catch-phrase as an excuse to get rid of rules against stealing your money, the heavy industries want to go back to killing all life on the planet. That's where the biggest quickest profits can be pocketed. I'm sure my retirement fund belongs in some CEO's pocket

-DSK

Your point is fair, your assignment of intent isn't.  MY point is that while the threat of EPA enforcement is necessary to restrain behavior, in many cases the EPA had gone too far.   That's a bit different story than some folks here want to try to spin, but, their reaction and spin are expected. 

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21 minutes ago, Mickey Rat said:
2 hours ago, Bus Driver said:

Ask the little Bush. 

I don't recall GWB leveling that accusation.  A quick Google search turned up empty.

Got a cite?

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8 minutes ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Your point is fair, your assignment of intent isn't.  MY point is that while the threat of EPA enforcement is necessary to restrain behavior, in many cases the EPA had gone too far.   That's a bit different story than some folks here want to try to spin, but, their reaction and spin are expected. 

There’s nuking of flies by zealots in the department, which is catnip to the rabid right, and hilarity ;) ensues.....

 

 

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17 hours ago, badlatitude said:

Trump has emboldened the Religious Right. How else can supposedly reverent people excuse his grabbing pussy comments or his payoff to a porn star?

 

It's all about overturning Roe Vs. Wade!!

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Just now, billy backstay said:

 

It's all about overturning Roe Vs. Wade!!

And making their perverted notion of Christianity the State Religion. 

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20 minutes ago, hermetic said:

this wheeler guy is going to be running the epa for a long time.  no chance the donald gets a new appointee through, the hearings will make the upcoming supreme court ones look boring

and suddenly conservatives are fine with "acting heads".

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4 minutes ago, Mismoyled Jiblet. said:

and suddenly conservatives are fine with "acting heads".

Yep.  As long as we are talking about THEIR "acting heads".

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44 minutes ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Nope - I am of the opinion that the EPA had gotten overly intrusive and heavy handed in their pursuit of enforcement opportunities, and that their actions and priorities extended beyond their mandate and legal authority.    That doesn't at all mean that the agency ought to be disbanded, but, I do feel that a correction was warranted. 

Unfortunately it would appear that elimination of it is the Orange on's course of action.

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Just now, SloopJonB said:

Unfortunately it would appear that elimination of it is the Orange on's course of action.

Let's hope that the rank and file members do what they do about any cabinet appointee - Smile, nod their heads, and re-phrase how they go about doing their work so that the cabinet appointee can claim credit for achieving objectives without personally meddling too deeply in real work. 

 

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37 minutes ago, billy backstay said:

 

It's all about overturning Roe Vs. Wade!!

Yes, along with everything else. 

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44 minutes ago, badlatitude said:
1 hour ago, billy backstay said:

 

It's all about overturning Roe Vs. Wade!!

Yes, along with everything else. 

But, that's the Brass Ring.

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1 minute ago, Bus Driver said:

But, that's the Brass Ring.

Indeed, and then we can all be like the Evangelicals.

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3 hours ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Overreach?  I would suggest that ineffective is a better description. As to the arsonst setting policy, ya might be on to something - who better to mitigate flammable events than someone who knows how to cause them? 

You are unquestionably Trump appointee material.

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3 hours ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Y'all are funny...  

ya'll enjoy your turd polishing here...

a big, toxic, stinky one.

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This is the most entertaining takedowns of Pruitt/Trump I’ve seen. Written by Rick Scott, a Republican. 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/scott-pruitt-wasnt-corrupt-enough-for-trumpistan

Excerpt -

Pruitt is a man, like so many of Trump’s claque of low-rent hoodlums, bus-station conmen, edge-case dead-enders, and caged-immigrant child porn aficionados, utterly unsuited to a role of public trust and responsibility.

Pruitt wasn’t even that good at being corrupt. If you’re going to act like a local warlord extorting a little extra poppy from the local tribesmen, you’ve got to go big; petty corruption is harder to excuse than bold, piratical plundering of the public exchequer. At least Donald, Jared, and the Trump Boys aren’t hiding the fact they want to cash out with a dollar figure where the preface on the -illions is a b-, not an m-.

Ah, but what of the glorious work Pruitt was doing when he wasn’t traveling with a security entourage sufficient to overthrow a medium-size government or browbeating people to hire his wife? Aren’t we about to lose all the wonderful fruits of his policy efforts?

snip

Pruitt didn’t get fired because he was an utterly corrupt grifter. Pruitt got fired because he was clumsy enough to give away the game and embarrass a different utterly corrupt grifter. To the detriment of the country, Pruitt is just one of Trump’s many minions who model their low behavior, raving contempt for the law, and disregard for even the sparest ethical standards and shamelessly follow the lead of the Grifter in Chief.

 

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my favorite paragraph

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Second, it exposed the lie that Republicans in Congress are anything more than Trump’s enablers. The vast majority of Republicans in Washington know this administration is lavishly corrupt. They’re not stupid; it’s driven home every time they  walk through the doors of Trump’s hotel or watch Jared Kushner trawling foreign satraps for cash like some 4 a.m. lot lizard at a truck stop.

extrapoints for satrap.

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Indeed.

Even I had to look that up.

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49 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Indeed.

Even I had to look that up.

 to save people the trouble of one more click

satrap

noun

  • 1A provincial governor in the ancient Persian empire.

     
     
  1. 1.1 Any subordinate or local ruler.
     
     

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1 minute ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Good riddance to a douchebag!

that may be true - but he is a Trumpist douchebag

 

so he is one of the best

because

Trump  only hires the best Douchbags

D

 

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On 7/6/2018 at 6:18 AM, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Well - that's a plus for those who've thought for a long while that the EPA was greatly over-reaching its authority and mandate. 

can an environmental protection agency ever over reach it's authority?

one of those awkward questions?

Like can a child protection authority ever over each..when the best interests of the child..or environment are paramount? 

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3 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

can an environmental protection agency ever over reach it's authority?

one of those awkward questions?

Like can a child protection authority ever over each..when the best interests of the child..or environment are paramount? 

Let's NOT play the 'if it saves one life it's worth it' game, please. It got old the second time I heard it. The first time, I just thought the person saying that was an idiot.

FKT

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