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February 16th, 2017, 06:14 AM #1
Confirming the 'Fox' to Guard the Chicken Coop-- 51 Votes for the 'Fox' ?
Pruitt has sued the Environmental Protection Agency 14 times..
He has been successful once, which leads me to believe the suits were general frivolous and intended to win person publicity as Oklahoma Attorney General than accomplish the "aim" of the litigation--or , rather, publicity and self-promotion was the aim--at the taxpayer's expense.
Of course a State's AG, does not act alone..."Oklahoma, the 'Frackin' State" ....
You may have heard "global warming" is controversial. In science, controversy is usually as common as consensus and as often as not, co-exists with consensus. Much of Einstein and Darwin are "controversial." Often decisions are made on the balance of risk, by weighing outcomes, and action against inaction. 'Inaction' is itself an action in that it has consequences.
Collins to vote against Trump’s EPA pick
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will vote against confirming President Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Collins is the only Senate Republican to come out against Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general who sued the EPA 14 times during former President Obama's administration.
"I have significant concerns that Mr. Pruitt has actively opposed and sued the EPA on numerous issues that are of great importance to the state of Maine, including mercury controls for coal-fired power plants and efforts to reduce cross-state air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions," Collins said in a Wednesday statement first reported by Maine Public Radio.
"His actions leave me with considerable doubts about whether his vision for the EPA is consistent with the agency's critical mission to protect human health and the environment." [aka the Fox guarding the chicken coop ! --DOOG ]
Senators could vote on confirming Pruitt as early as Friday and despite Collins's defection, Pruitt is still likely to be confirmed. The GOP's other 51 senators are likely to vote for him, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he has "the right experience for the position."
[Which suggests we need some more Republican Senators to com to the aid of their Country. Is a woman the only one with cujones ?]
The rest of the Democratic caucus is likely to vote against Pruitt, who needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed.
Pruitt's litigious history with the agency he wants to lead has been central to the campaign by Democrats and environmentalists against him.
He has sued to stop regulations controlling mercury pollution from power plants, carbon dioxide from power plants, a cleanup program for the Chesapeake Bay, ground-level ozone pollution, Obama's rule asserting federal power over small waterways and more.
Pruitt and Republicans have defended the lawsuits as necessary to stop overreach by Obama's EPA. Among the cases that have made it to a final court decision, Pruitt has been victorious just once.Collins is one of the most centrist Republicans in the Senate, having broken with her party numerous times to support environmental regulations and legislation.
The Sierra Club applauded Collins Wednesday.
"Today, Senator Collins took a stand for families across Maine by opposing this dangerous nomination that would be a threat to our clean air, clean water, and public health," Glen Brand, director of the group's Maine chapter, said in a statement.
Collins's announcement came on the heels of a major blow for Trump's Cabinet slate, after Andy Puzder withdrew from consideration as Labor secretary one day before his confirmation hearing. She had expressed skepticism about his nomination, and also voted against final confirmation for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
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Collins to vote against Trump
Pruitt.... ha[s] defended the lawsuits as necessary to stop overreach by ..... EPA
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Here is the real kicker:
Kicker: The EPA's statutory authority is to protect the nations air and water from pollution and various contaminants and protect our air and water. By extension, over the years, its mission has be expanded to include the undeniable global warming over an extended period of decades and even at least a century.
While teasing out the main effect for human -activity processes to a main effect for natural processes (see Pacific Decadal Oscillation --PDO
-an extended amalgam of El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) , plus the Indian Ocean Dipole and other cycles and that from the main effect from the controversial degree of contribution of human activity including so-called 'green house gasses' or the complicated interaction of natural and artifact processes is quite difficult and perhaps impossible...
Fortunately it may not be necessary since both are in the same direction of global warming on average and rising coastal sea levels in populated areas , of the two, only the human contribution is within human control and offers an entry point to if not arrest at least delay the inevitable.
To me, using the contribution of natural processes to global warming to obstruct attempts to address human contributions to global warming smacks of an excuse for using what is beyond our reach to not do anything with what is within our reach. This is also called , Shooting ourselves in the foot. Scott Pruitt was selected for his skill as the marksman.
The real Kicker is while abandoning the global warming mission--which is inevitably joined at the hip to the clean air/water mission because they both deal with abatement of environmental pollutants, the selection of Scott Pruitt is tantamount to abolishing the agency.
If this is what they really want, why not come out and say it? Or have they simply not figured it out--except for Sen. Susan Collins, Maine.
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February 16th, 2017, 09:29 AM #2
"...................and men have lost their reason”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOtab0BKOGY
The Nation which forgets it's defenders will itself be forgotten
You cannot make peace with dictators. You have to destroy them–wipe them out!
February 16th, 2017, 11:46 AM #3
Well, first, the Barbarians were not all that barbarian. They had their own civilization. Their own religion in Arian Christianity (after Bishop Arius), settled agriculture etc. We have a falling out it seems with the Trumpster and the intelligence/security services which seems to be getting worse, not better. With candidates dropping out one can wonder about who will want to replace them. Seems like with a highly partisan Congress not doing its job, there's only the media to evaluate and has surplanted the "advise and consent" functions. There was a movie by Otto Preminger based on Alan Drurie's novel Advise and Consent that made a big deal over a nominee. Nowadaze they only ask, "What party is s/he?"
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