It certainly doesn't look like consumers
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The Navigable Waters Protection Rule is emblematic of @POTUS' insistence on commonsense regs that do not inhibit economic growth & is predicated on a clear reading of Clean Water Act that protects the environment & preserves the role of states in protecting their water resources.— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) January 23, 2020
EPA administrator and former Murray Energy lobbyist Andrew Wheeler continues his work for the coal industry (with UPDATE)
(Note -- this post was originally published on Tuesday but the notice to subscribers has apparently just gone out today (Thursday) at 9:19 AM.)
Here's the headline from the Washington Post earlier today:
Trump EPA finalizes rollback of key Obama climate rule that targeted coal plants
It begins:. . .
Shorter (EPA head) Andrew Wheeler: If only the media lied to the American public like we do, the public wouldn’t be concerned about climate change.
What else would you expect from a former Murray Energy lobbyist and Trump appointee?
(source -- cartoonist Ed Stein)
On Monday, The Hill reported that EPA chief, Andrew Wheeler, spoke to the National Press Club:
“Every year since 2001 Gallup has conducted polling on the same question: Do you think the quality of the environment in the country as a whole is getting better or getting worse? Every . . .
Environmental groups sue as state and federal regulators do nothing to stop the excessive dumping by Murray Energy and Justice-owned coal companies
Several West Virginia coal mines, including some owned by the governor’s family, have released many times the allowable amounts of pollutants into nearby waterways in recent years without being penalized by regulators, according to environmental groups citing state data.
The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, . . .
Coal ash and Congressman McKinley
A new study
The first national study of coal ash pollution was released yesterday and found 90% of the regulated coal ash repositories are leaking (including 30 of them in the Ohio Valley). The study was done by the Environmental Integrity Project and “used industry data that became available to the public for the first time in 2018 . . .
Today’s Wheeling News-Register editorial assures us that the current EPA can be relied upon to enforce environmental rules. Why don’t I believe them?
Answer: I did some research on the EPA's Chemours decision
The editorial, “Proving the EPA Can Be Relied Upon,” doesn’t prove what it says it does. It begins:
With some local residents expressing concern about the ethane cracker plant that may be built in Belmont County, it is important that government regulatory agencies ensure there is reason to have faith they will enforce . . .
A recent poll explains why the Intelligencer didn't carry last week's AP story and map that showed a significant rise in local mortality rates from Trump's rollback of EPA emission standards
Last week the Associated Press provided a detailed analysis of the recently-released EPA analysis of the health effects of President Trump's rollback of Obama's EPA standards. (I wrote about it here.) The AP article included the above map which very-effectively visualized a key finding of the study:
Nationally, . . .