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    Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

    Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

    Two Democrats voted yes, one Republican voted no.

    The Senate has confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA with 52 yes votes and 46 no votes.

    Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was the only Republican to vote no. Pruitt received two Democrat yes votes: Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota and Joe Manchin from West Virginia.

    The Democrats spent the majority of the debate arguing about the catastrophes that will occur if Pruitt becomes EPA director. But instead Pruitt wants to return a lot of environmental power back to the states:

    Upon Mr. Pruitt’s confirmation, the Trump administration intends to waste little time issuing directives scaling back high-profile EPA regulations, including a rule cutting carbon emissions from power plants and another bringing more bodies of water under federal jurisdiction, according to several people close to the administration.

    Former President Barack Obama mounted an ambitious push to enact rules aimed at the environment, especially climate change, during his last years in office. The next few years are likely to see an all-out war over how much of that legacy will be preserved, including U.S. participation in a landmark climate change accord reached in Paris in 2015.

    The Democrats also brought up that Pruitt has sued the EPA numerous times. They fail to realize that he did so on behalf of oil companies in Oklahoma. Those are the same oil companies that provides jobs for the majority of Oklahomans. Without the energy industry, Oklahoma could not survive.

    1:16PM EST: The Senate has confirmed Scott Pruitt.

    1:11PM EST: Senate now voting to confirm Pruitt.

    12:58PM EST: Vote fails to extend the debate.

    12:55PM EST: The Senate is currently voting to extend the debate until next week. I doubt they will get the majority.

    Yesterday, employees at the EPA have asked senators not to confirm Pruitt to lead the the agency. The New York Times reported:

    “Mr. Pruitt’s background speaks for itself, and it comes on top of what the president wants to do to E.P.A.,” said John O’Grady, a biochemist at the agency since the first Bush administration and president of the union representing the E.P.A.’s 15,000 employees nationwide.

    Nicole Cantello, an E.P.A. lawyer who heads the union in the Chicago area, said: “It seems like Trump and Pruitt want a complete reversal of what E.P.A. has done. I don’t know if there’s any other agency that’s been so reviled. So it’s in our interests to do this.”

     

    So with Pruitt in charge what does that mean for the disgruntled employees? Hell:

    “What it means is that it’s going to be a blood bath when Pruitt gets in there,” said Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican former governor of New Jersey and the E.P.A. administrator during the first term of President George W. Bush.

    It’s hard to fire federal workers due to Civil Service rules.

    Thing is, Pruitt wants to hand more power back to the states. What a concept, eh? Because we all know that the EPA has done a stellar jobs with environmental disasters….it has caused.

    Cantello, who I mentioned above, has spent the majority of her career at the EPA. She concentrates on cleaning pollution in the Great Lakes. But now she fears all that work “will be abandoned.”

    I’d really like to know why it’d be so bad for the states that border the Great Lakes take care of those lakes. Why must a federal agency do it?

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    Comments


    YEA! The only bad thing is that Oklahoma has to find a new AG to fight for its rights.

    Remember to call your Senators to thank them for voting for Trump’s cabinet. If they didn’t, call them to complain. Heck, just call them on any issue – the more they hear from you, the more they will respond.

    Also, if OFA starts going after townhalls, the Rs may start to do things differently. I discovered that you have to live in congressional districts in order to send emails on the .gov sites – makes sense. Will the Rs start to go to online townhalls, or show you id to get in, or whatever.

    I have no problem with restricting who goes to townhalls since I want to be able to talk with MY senator or congressman. I don’t want someone from another state be given the right to talk over MY voice.


     
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    tom swift | February 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    It’s hard to fire federal workers due to Civil Service rules.

    This by itself is a serous impediment to affordable government. (By affordable I mean something which doesn’t consist entirely of endless deficits and catastrophic debt.)

    Anyone who could do something about these mysterious “rules” would earn his place in the history books.


       
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      Liz in reply to tom swift. | February 17, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      If a function/program that is eliminated because the underlying regulation & law is eliminated, it seems that the employees who dealt with the program should be RIFed. Right??


     
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    smalltownoklahoman | February 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Today is a good day!

    Congratulations Mr. Pruitt, I wish the greatest of success in reigning in this rogue agency and bringing it back in line with it’s original mission!

    This could get interesting. A post from American Thinker back in November.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/11/court_orders_ny_ag_to_turn_over_secret_climate_change_doc.html

    November 29, 2016
    Court orders NY AG to turn over secret climate change doc
    By Rick Moran

    The New York Supreme Court has ordered Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to turn over a document containing a secret agreement with other states and environmental activist groups regarding the witch hunt being carried out against Exxon and other climate skeptics.


     
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    Dick Wolff | February 17, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    What a way to start the weekend. Can’t wait for the executive orders coming. Maybe now we can start putting an end to the child abuse that is one of the sinister affects of the globe warming/climate change scam. Winning!!


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