Tag Archives: EPA

FIRE HIM: Protesters Troll Scott Pruitt’s Hearing

The Hill reports: Protesters attending a Senate hearing Wednesday on the Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) 2019 budget request held signs behind embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt urging President Trump to “fire him” over recent scandals. During the hearing, Pruitt was lectured by Democrats, including Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), about his spending habits at the EPA as lawmakers discussed the agency’s ...

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REVEALED: EPA Attempted To Hide Pruitt’s Rome Dinner With Top Vatican Official Charged With Child Molestation

The New York Times reports: Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, dined last year in Rome with Cardinal George Pell, a prominent climate-science denialist and Vatican leader who was also facing sexual abuse allegations. The E.P.A. later released official descriptions of the dinner that intentionally did not mention the cardinal’s presence, according to three current and former ...

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MSNBC And Washington Post Reprimand Hugh Hewitt For Brokering Meeting With EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

From the Hollywood Reporter: MSNBC said on Wednesday that it gave Saturday morning show host Hugh Hewitt a “verbal warning” after learning a day earlier that he helped broker a meeting between EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and lawyers representing a California water district, which the network said is a “violation” of the company’s standards. The revelation came from a batch ...

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Scott Pruitt Fast-Tracked Superfund Site Cleanup After Meeting Brokered By MSNBC Host Hugh Hewitt

Politico reports: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt placed a polluted California area on his personal priority list of Superfund sites targeted for “immediate and intense” action after conservative radio and television host Hugh Hewitt brokered a meeting between him and lawyers for the water district that was seeking federal help to clean up the polluted Orange County site. The previously unreported ...

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REPORT: Scott Pruitt Drew Up Wish List Of Countries He Wanted To Visit, Had Staff Find Official Reasons To Go

The Washington Post reports: After taking office last year, Pruitt drew up a list of at least a dozen countries he hoped to visit and urged aides to help him find official reasons to travel, according to four people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal agency deliberations. Pruitt then enlisted well-connected friends ...

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White House Pissed After Scott Pruitt’s Team Shops Negative Stories About Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

The Atlantic reports: As Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt faces a seemingly endless stream of scandal, his team is scrambling to divert the spotlight to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. And the White House isn’t happy about it. In the last week, a member of Pruitt’s press team, Michael Abboud, has been shopping negative stories about Zinke to multiple outlets, ...

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17 States Sue Over EPA’s Scrapped Car Emission Rules

The Associated Press reports: California and 16 other U.S. states are suing the Trump administration over its plans to scrap standards for how much greenhouse gases vehicles can emit. California Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra [photo] announced the lawsuit Tuesday. It takes aim at a plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to scrap standards for vehicles manufactured ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Pruitt Faces House Panel Over Ethics

Vox reports: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will face a double whammy of hearings on Capitol Hill Thursday that could make or break his career at the EPA. The hearings are intended to give Pruitt the chance to pitch his agency’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. But members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House ...

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EPA Wants To Limit Use Of SCIENCE In Regulations

Reuters reports: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule on Tuesday that would limit the kinds of scientific research it can use in crafting regulations, an apparent concession to big business that has long requested such restrictions. Under the new proposals, the EPA will no longer be able to rely on scientific research that is underpinned by confidential medical ...

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White House: Trump Has Full Confidence In Scott Pruitt

The Hill reports: White House legislative director Marc Short said on Sunday that President Trump has full confidence in embattled Environmental Protection Administrator (EPA) Scott Pruitt. “Scott Pruitt is doing a phenomenal job and the president is happy with him,” Short told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.” Short refused to say what it would take for Trump to ...

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Scott Pruitt’s Landlord Resigns From Lobbying Firm After Disclosure He Lobbied EPA, Pruitt Had Denied It

Politico reports: The prominent lobbyist whose wife rented a condominium to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt lobbied the agency while Pruitt was leading it, contrary to his and Pruitt’s public denials that he had any business before the agency, according to a Friday filing by his firm. The disclosure from the lobbying firm Williams & Jensen contradicts Pruitt’s public ...

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170 Congress Members Demand Pruitt’s Resignation

The Hill reports: A group of 131 representatives and 39 senators signed a resolution introduced Wednesday that calls for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt to resign. The resolution states that the co-signers have “no confidence in the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and [are] calling for the immediate resignation of the Administrator.” Highlighted within the resolution are ...

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REVEALED: Scott Pruitt Spent Millions On Security Detail But Flew Coach When Paying For His Own Tickets

The Associated Press reports: Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes. Altogether, the agency spent millions of dollars for a 20-member full-time detail that is more than three times the size ...

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Kato Kaelin Of Capitol Hill: Pruitt’s Lobbyist Landlords Changed The Locks Because He Just Wouldn’t Leave

Politico reports: Scott Pruitt was only supposed to be living in the Capitol Hill condominium that has become a focal point of his latest ethics controversy for six weeks last year, while he got settled in Washington. But the new Environmental Protection Agency administrator didn’t leave when his lease ended, instead asking the lobbyist couple who became his disgruntled landlords ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

The Hill reports: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to take questions from reporters Friday at 2 p.m. The briefing comes as President Trump reiterated support for his EPA chief Scott Pruitt, saying on Twitter Friday morning that Pruitt is “doing a great job but is totally under siege.” Pruitt has spent the week defending a number ...

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Trump Rages About “Fake” Reports About Pruitt

Politico reports: President Donald Trump on Friday voiced fresh support for his embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt, saying he is doing a “great job,” while blasting reports that he’s considering replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Pruitt. According to a CNN report, Trump floated replacing Sessions atop the EPA with Pruitt, even as the agency chief battles deepening ...

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EPA Officials Demoted For Questioning Scott Pruitt

The New York Times reports: At least five officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, four of them high-ranking, were reassigned or demoted, or requested new jobs in the past year after they raised concerns about the spending and management of the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt. The concerns included unusually large spending on office furniture and first-class travel, as well as ...

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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Demanded Lights And Sirens In DC Traffic, Agent Who Refused Was Then Reassigned

CBS News reports: Several weeks after taking the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Scott Pruitt was running late and stuck in Washington, D.C., traffic. Sources tell CBS News that he wanted to use his vehicle’s lights and sirens to get to his official appointment, but the lead agent in charge of his security detail advised him that sirens ...

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BIZARRE: EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Security Detail Broke Down His Condo Door Believing He Was Unconscious

ABC News reports: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s protective detail broke down the door at the Capitol Hill condo where he was living, believing he was unconscious and unresponsive and needed rescue, in a bizarre incident last year that the EPA has for months refused to discuss, according to sources and police radio traffic obtained by ABC News. The ...

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EPA To Scrap Fuel Economy Targets For Cars And SUVs, Pruitt Under Fire For Cozy Rental From Energy Lobbyist

The Los Angeles Times reports: The Trump administration is poised to abandon America’s pioneering fuel economy targets for cars and SUVs, a move that would undermine one of the world’s most aggressive programs to confront climate change and invite another major confrontation with California. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce in the coming days that it will scrap ...

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