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The planet be damned

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:

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June 19, 2019

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?

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(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 . . .

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June 06, 2019

"Forget it, Jake. It's West Virginia."

Environmental groups sue as state and federal regulators do nothing to stop the excessive dumping by Murray Energy and Justice-owned coal companies

From Reuters:

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, . . .

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June 05, 2019

How about a little arsenic and radium with your drinking water?

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 . . .

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March 05, 2019

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 . . .

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February 18, 2019

Yes, it's the obvious reason

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

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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, . . .

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September 14, 2018

The Associated Press map our local Ogden papers did not want us to see

Not when we have editorials cheering the Trump administration's rollback of pollution controls

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The Associated Press has published an article and map detailing the EPA analysis of the health effects of President Trump's rollback of Obama's EPA standards. Here's their conclusion:

An EPA analysis says those pollutants would increase under Trump’s plan, when compared to what would happen under the Obama . . .

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September 04, 2018

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