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    How Much Damage Could Scott Pruitt Really Do at EPA?

    Donald Trump’s choice for EPA director would put at risk the nation’s ability to meet its Paris climate commitments.


    by James Temple February 8, 2017

    The Senate is expected to confirm Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency as early as this week, placing him in charge of a government body that he sued more than a dozen times and that his new boss, President Donald Trump, pledged to scrap.

    Public statements and leaked documents indicate that Pruitt and the administration will move to narrow the agency’s authority, slash staff, and stall efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. “We don’t know exactly what Mr. Pruitt will do,” says Chris Field, director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. “But certainly his history is one of doubting climate science and pushing the short-term interests of fossil-fuel development.”

    Pruitt is likely to target a series of environmental standards put into place under President Obama, including the Clean Power Plan and higher fuel economy standards for vehicles. Rolling back those regulations would make it increasingly difficult for the nation to meet its already ambitious commitments to the landmark Paris climate agreement.

    [...]

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/6...pa/?set=603597

    "How Much Damage Could Scott Pruitt Really Do at EPA?"

    Total annihilation would be a good start.

    Donald Trump’s choice for EPA director would put at risk the nation’s ability to meet its Paris climate commitments.

    The *nation* doesn't have any "Paris climate commitments."
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  • #2
    Good Luck Killing the EPA
    Dismembering the agency requires changing 45 years worth of laws, warns one Republican who ran it.


    by Eric Roston
    February 8, 2017, 4:00 AM CST

    The new U.S. president and Congress are taking a hard look at environmental rules—none harder than a freshman U.S. representative whose new bill would “terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.”

    Republicans have been known to threaten this from time to time, with the understanding that it was red meat for ideological or business interests with no real chance of success. “Everybody hates regulation,” said Republican Christine Todd Whitman, a former EPA administrator and New Jersey governor, “because it makes you either spend money or change behavior for a problem you may not see.”

    This year, as we all know, is a little different.

    [...]

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...illing-the-epa

    "Dismembering the agency requires changing 45 years worth of laws, warns one Republican who ran it."

    No schist, Sherlock. That's the fracking idea.
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    • #3
      I don't know if we can kill it, but we can certainly bring it to heel.
      Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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      • #4
        You start with things a director can do.

        Internal reorganization. This will throw into chaos many of the portions you want to stymie. You keep rearranging the deck chairs so they can't get anything done. Doesn't need Congress or the President to do that.

        Next, start getting rid of the most egregious stuff the EPA does. Take away all their guns and other police equipment. Again, no need for outside anything. The director can simply order all that stuff turned in and sold off as surplus. Once it is, tell the EPA management "Use the FBI for criminal cases like you're supposed to..."

        Make the EPA payout for the Gold King mine disaster in full like any corporation that screwed up would have to. Take it right out of their budget starting with R & D, then enforcement, then other stuff. Don't ask for more money, make the agency do it on their current budget. That'll cripple them money-wise.

        Internally, rearrange the funding. Drain it out of stuff you dislike. Let those bureaucrats do less with nothing. They can sit at their desks and twiddle their thumbs since they now don't have funds for a box of paperclips.

        The regulatory rollback will take Congress and the President to get on board. But, in the meantime, put out an internal order requiring the "streamlining" of in place regulations. Demand that these be gone over and reduced by word count by 10% in length. Busy work to keep the bureaucrats from meddling. Tie it to budget expectations.
        Then order the combining of existing regulations where they overlap. Same thing, tie this to the department's budget. Watch how fast the regulations get rewritten.
        Now that they're rewritten, make the department resubmit the "new" regulation(s) for vetting in the normal process. Say it's been changed sufficiently that it needs to go through the review and approval process.

        That'd pretty much train wreak the EPA for the next 4 years, and the best part is the director is the guy that can do 90% of that.

        I can't kill it, but I sure as hell can turn it into an angry zombie...

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        • #5
          How Much Damage Could Scott Pruitt Really Do at EPA?

          He should shrink it back to it's original size and mission!
          Trying hard to be the Man, that my Dog believes I am!

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          • #6
            It's best to ignore Whitman. We're paying bigtime for that bit**'s policies here in NJ.
            ALL LIVES SPLATTER!

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            BLACK MOTORCYCLES MATTER!

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            • #7


              Eh?
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              • #8
                Well.....he could always give the budget back to Congress, say that the EPA is rolling it's operations into OSHA, DOT, and the FBI, and close the D*mn doors......
                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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