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    Trump Administration Imposes Freeze On EPA Grants and Contracts
    The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on grants and contracts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    by Andrew Revkin and Jesse Eisinger
    ProPublica, Jan. 23, 2017

    The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on grants and contracts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a move that could affect a significant part of the agency’s budget allocations and even threaten to disrupt core operations ranging from toxic cleanups to water quality testing, according to records and interviews.

    In one email exchange obtained by ProPublica on Monday, an EPA contracting officer concluded a note to a storm water management employee this way:

    “Right now we are in a holding pattern. The new EPA administration has asked that all contract and grant awards be temporarily suspended, effective immediately. Until we receive further clarification, this includes task orders and work assignments.”

    Asked about any possible freeze and its implications, EPA officials did not provide an answer.

    One EPA employee aware of the freeze said he had never seen anything like it in nearly a decade with the agency. Hiring freezes happened, he said, but freezes on grants and contracts seemed extraordinary. The employee said the freeze appeared to be nationwide, and as of Monday night it was not clear for how long it would be in place.

    The substance of the email exchange was confirmed by one senior EPA employee with over 20 years at the agency. An EPA lawyer also said that earlier communications had described such a freeze.

    Monday night, Myron Ebell, who ran the EPA transition for the incoming administration, confirmed the basics of the freeze, but said the actions were not unprecedented.

    “They’re trying to freeze things to make sure nothing happens they don’t want to have happen, so any regulations going forward, contracts, grants, hires, they want to make sure to look at them first,” said Ebell, who returned over the weekend to his position directing energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market, industry-aligned group that has long fought the EPA’s growth and influence.

    “This may be a little wider than some previous administrations, but it’s very similar to what others have done,” he said.


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    • #17
      Trump thumping!!!
      POLITICS | Wed Jan 25, 2017
      Trump administration tells EPA to cut climate page from website: sources

      By Valerie Volcovici | WASHINGTON
      U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama's climate change initiatives.

      The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA's communications team to remove the website's climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions. The page could go down as early as Wednesday, the sources said.

      "If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear," one of the EPA staffers told Reuters, who added some employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it.

      The sources asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.


      The only two Federal agencies that should be spending any time or taxpayer dollars on climate-related issues are NOAA and the USGS.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
        I already knew that was the answer. The problem is that the question shouldn't even exist...
        Are you kidding me??? That statement by the CDC is a classic Political non-statement of Rhetoric meaning nothing.
        Global warming> If it gets too hot I'll turn up the AC...........
        Any other consequences I think as an individual I don't need some useless agency to lead me by the hand............


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