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Another ethically-challenged EPA head and breaking news on the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Andrew Wheeler, former Murray Energy lobbyist and acting head of the EPA: “[I]f I lobbied on something, I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to participate."

Really? Following Scott Pruitt's resignation earlier this month, acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler pledged that he would not be involved in matters related to his . . .

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July 27, 2018

It’s a “public relations nightmare” and so Pruitt’s EPA buries an important water study (with afternoon update)

A few Republicans (WV’s Capito, for one) are critical

Politico is reporting:

When Pruitt returns to Capitol Hill Wednesday, he will likely be asked to explain why EPA helped to bury a federal study that would have increased warnings about toxic chemicals found in hundreds of water supplies across the country. A handful of Republicans were quick to demand answers after POLITICO . . .

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May 16, 2018

Another fox may not make it to the hen house

Kathleen Hartnett-White has denied climate change, misrepresented data, and plagiarized for starters

From Huffington Post earlier today:

Kathleen Hartnett-White, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, was just one Senate vote away from becoming the White House’s top environmental adviser.

But late Thursday night, the controversial former Texas regulator returned to square one.

The . . .

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December 22, 2017

More foxes added to hen house guard duty

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From the Think Progress:

The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump has officially nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Until recently, Wheeler was a registered lobbyist for Murray Energy; he de-registered as a . . .

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October 06, 2017

McKinley to head EPA?

Politico floats his trial balloon

One of my regular stops in looking for material for the blog is Politico's "Morning Energy" (or ME as it refers to itself). On a daily basis, the site carries relevant news as well as interesting rumors and gossip that deal with the politics of energy in the U.S. This morning's ME carried the following:

ME . . .

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November 18, 2016

Another Murray Energy press release posing as front-page news

This morning's Wheeling Intelligencer carries yet another Murray Energy press release disguised as an actual news article. "EPAResponds To Court Ruling On Clean Air Act" is mislabeled. A more accurate title would be "Murray Energy Responds to EPA" since two-thirds of the article covers Murray Energy's response with . . .

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November 03, 2016

Revisiting Flint's water crisis

"round up the usual suspects"

This afternoon's editorial in the Wheeling News-Register, "EPA Shirked Duty To Flint Residents," follows the usual pattern for Ogden editorials: avoid carrying the AP report when the story breaks (so that the reader is given no background on what happened) and then interpret what happened to suit the persuasive needs of the . . .

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October 21, 2016

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