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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A small number of people at a few federal agencies have vast power over the protection of American air and water.

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Corporate America and right wing polls are what currently seem to be determining Trump's environmental policy.

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-01-14 02:59 PM | Reply

Putting polluters in charge of the environment. What could go wrong?

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-01-14 03:12 PM | Reply

Just another element in the looting of America by oligarchs.

Make America Russia

A playground for the corrupt rich.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2020-01-14 03:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I think it's pretty obvious to anyone with a brain that Trump is a pushover to anyone who will empower him, including fossil fuel executives, rhe NRA and Russia.

#4 | Posted by JOE at 2020-01-14 03:19 PM | Reply

Who Controls Trump's Environmental Policy?

Whoever pays the most.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-01-14 03:27 PM | Reply

WINNING!?!!!?

#6 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-01-14 03:30 PM | Reply

JFC.

#7 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-14 03:46 PM | Reply

Holy smokes, this thing just keeps on going. Republicans are just the worst. They should never ever ever be in charge.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-14 03:56 PM | Reply

Will the crying ever stop from you old maids? Bet your spouses , children and grandchildren have had enough. Snowflakes.

#9 | Posted by wisgod at 2020-01-14 04:25 PM | Reply

#9 | Posted by wisgod

What a nasty, ignorant, little buffoon.

#10 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-01-14 04:45 PM | Reply

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welllllllllll now there's a reason to lose another war.

yippie

#11 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-01-14 04:52 PM | Reply

"Bet your spouses , children and grandchildren have had enough"

Correct. We are using it all up. Pissing in the rest.

#12 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-14 04:55 PM | Reply

Here is a good one:

"As Louisiana's secretary of natural resources, Mr. Angelle pushed to lift the Obama administration's moratorium on Gulf Coast drilling imposed after BP spill. Shortly after being appointed to the Interior department, he told a group of oil and gas executives, "Help is on the way."

Mr. Angelle has overseen efforts to roll back Obama-era offshore drilling regulations, including safety requirements on blow-out preventers and real-time monitoring.

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-14 05:10 PM | Reply

Will the crying ever stop from you old maids? Bet your spouses , children and grandchildren have had enough. Snowflakes.

#9 | Posted by wisgod

Yeah, degrading our environment for corporate profit is a great idea.

God damn you're such an idiot.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-14 05:13 PM | Reply

A small number of people at a few federal agencies have vast power over the protection of American air and water

That is a statement worth repeating, and it is as true of other federal agencies as it is of the EPA that they have the power to write regulations that carry force of law, enacted without Congressional input or legal review. Congress divested themselves of that authority at some point, allowing the Executive branch to write defacto laws. The only time legislators complain is when the system they built works against them.

#15 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-14 05:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

they have the power to write regulations that carry force of law, enacted without Congressional input or legal review

The "without Congressional input" is intentional; Congress writes the laws and delegates the rulemaking to experts and bureaucrats because most Congresspeople cannot be trusted or expected to be subject matter experts on the incredibly scientific and technical nature of things like asbestos demolition, water infrastructure, hazardous air pollutants, industrial agriculture, etc etc etc. It is in everyone's best interest for actual scientists and engineers ok the ground to be drafting and implementing rules because anything Congress could ever come up with on its own would be wildly impractical.

The "without legal review" part of your post is confoundingly stupid. Career lawyers at these agencies are the ones writing these rules, literally anyone in the public including lawyers has the ability to respond in writing for months before the rules are implemented, and anyone impacted afterwards can sue in a court of law to stop the rules if they have a valid reason for doing so.

In sum, you're an idiot.

#16 | Posted by JOE at 2020-01-14 05:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

It is in everyone's best interest for actual scientists and engineers on the ground to be drafting and implementing rules
#16 | Posted by JOE

True, but that's not what is happening now. All the rules are being written but industry lobbyists with little regard for what the laws say. Some of the worst regs are being held up by the courts but the Senate judge production line is working on that.

#17 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-01-14 06:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#16 You are thinking too narrowly, or not thinking, and proving my point. By using regulations as defacto law, agencies set up circumstances where a change of only only branch can completely undo the previous administration's rules without check or balance.

As Mod said on the thread about forgiving student debt, "And bypassing Congress would be a good thing? I don't care if you are a Democrat or a Republican, a liberal or a right winger, none of us should be cheering on an executive agenda that is put into place by bypassing the legislative processes of Congress. Congress serves a critical purpose."

#18 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-14 07:28 PM | Reply

none of us should be cheering on an executive agenda that is put into place by bypassing the legislative processes of Congress. Congress serves a critical purpose.

#18 | POSTED BY MUSTANG

Gee, wish we had a President who agrees with you.

#19 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-01-14 11:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And here I thought Trump promised to drain the swamp?

OCU

#20 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-01-15 02:02 AM | Reply

#19 Trump's actions aren't even close compared to the type of power grabs Obama made, or tried to make.

#21 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-15 10:35 AM | Reply

#21 | Posted by MUSTANG

Enlighten us, please...

OCU

#22 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-01-15 01:33 PM | Reply

#22 On the assumption you have short term memory problems, I will answer your query with a link....or two

www.nytimes.com

thehill.com

#23 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-15 07:10 PM | Reply

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