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New EPA Head Stacks Agency With Climate Sceptics

March 8, 2017

By Paul Homewood




Good news from GWPF:


Days after the Senate confirmed him as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference and was asked about addressing a group that probably wanted to eliminate his agency.

“I think it’s justified,” he responded, to cheers. “I think people across the country look at the E.P.A. the way they look at the I.R.S.”

In the days since, Mr. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general who built a career out of suing the agency he now leads, has moved to stock the top offices of the agency with like-minded conservatives — many of them skeptics of climate change and all of them intent on rolling back environmental regulations that they see as overly intrusive and harmful to business.

Mr. Pruitt has drawn heavily from the staff of his friend and fellow Oklahoma Republican, Senator James Inhofe, long known as Congress’s most prominent skeptic of climate science. A former Inhofe chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, will be Mr. Pruitt’s chief of staff. Another former Inhofe staff member, Byron Brown, will serve as Mr. Jackson’s deputy. Andrew Wheeler, a fossil fuel lobbyist and a former Inhofe chief of staff, is a finalist to be Mr. Pruitt’s deputy, although he requires confirmation to the position by the Senate.

To friends and critics, Mr. Pruitt seems intent on building an E.P.A. leadership that is fundamentally at odds with the career officials, scientists and employees who carry out the agency’s missions. That might be a recipe for strife and gridlock at the federal agency tasked to keep safe the nation’s clean air and water while safeguarding the planet’s future.

Full story here.

  1. Robert Jones permalink
    March 8, 2017 1:58 pm

    Not before time! Perhaps we can now look to a repeal of the Climate Change Act (2008)?

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      March 8, 2017 2:16 pm

      There were a couple of occasions listening to Hammond’s Budget speech this afternoon when I thought “quickest way to do that would be to repeal the Climate Change Act”.

      I doubt that is on the cards at the moment. It will need a major change in attitude across the House before any such Bill has a cat in hell’s chance of getting a majority. Labour and the SNP will vote against it en bloc and most of the Tories who voted in favour of the CCA in 2008 are still there.

      Added to which, what has really changed in the last nine years? From their point of view, that is. We are still bleating on on our blogs but we haven’t come up with any solid arguments to persuade them that what they decided then doesn’t still apply. Have we? Seriously?

      • Athelstan permalink
        March 8, 2017 4:23 pm

        Economics, FFS the 2008 CCA is a financial straitjacket strangling the life out of the real economy.
        Furthermore, America will show the way, don’t be so naive Mike – reality will be the nemesis of the CCA – even those fuckwits sitting on the green benches – in Westminster will eventually get it.

      • CheshireRed permalink
        March 8, 2017 6:11 pm

        The Stern Review paved the ‘economic’ case for the CC Act (‘even if climate change isn’t as bad as we think it may be’) so we’d need a similar report for Cabinet to justify to MP’s any undoing of the Act. Let’s agree that such an appeal to authority is unlikely.
        Climate change observations and science are now both a complete joke but there’s so many noses in the trough it’d take a stick of TNT to blast each of them out of the way. The only way things will change is on economic or national security grounds.

    • March 8, 2017 2:57 pm

      The Climate Change Act will not be repealed until the Westminster swamp is drained. Unfortunately our political system is designed to maintain the Westminster swamp (the elitist bubble) with its massive bureaucratic support system. Hence UKIP was the third largest party in terms of votes cast at the last General Election, but does not have a proper MP and has no representation in the House of Lords (compared to over 100 Lib Dem Peers from the fourth most popular party). I can’t see proportional representation being introduced or there ever being another referendum because those allow the people an opportunity to burst the Westminster bubble.

    • Athelstan permalink
      March 8, 2017 6:39 pm

      Apologies Mike, naive – is the very last thing you are – sincerely sorry.

      You make the assertion and to which I cannot really argue with – I don’t like it but nevertheless you are correct,

      “what they decided then doesn’t still apply. Have we? Seriously?”

      aye and sigh – mucho sighing.

      Cheshire red – yeah – true and cue ever more sighing……………………….

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        March 8, 2017 7:27 pm

        No apology needed from you, Athelstan! Anyway, perhaps I am naive, but I reckon it would be more naive, nay, simple-minded, to believe that anythimg short of Cheshire Red’s stick of TNT will shift the Act anytime soon.
        The only hope — the reverse of “you can’t argue a man out of something …” — is that you can argue him out of something he was argued into. So another Stern Review (preferably a recantation from Stern himself — a man can dream!) might do the trick.

      • Athelstan permalink
        March 9, 2017 6:57 am

        Cheers Mike, a forgiving lad you are!

        Plus, yes maybe TNT but they all live in a blast proof chamber which echoes only to their mantras; groupthink and cultural Marxism reducing what little grey cells they use to mush.

        Though, as has been said on a previous threat, “air pollution” is the next man made ‘grand projet’…ala man made warming……. shape shifted to ‘climate change’ they’ve attempted ‘ocean acidification’ and been booted into the wide blue yonder………….another tack – and thus, with ‘air pollution blah, blah’ – the battle goes on and on.

        Relentless we need to be, through logical argument and rationale – via reductio ad absurdum to expose the alarmist lunacy taken to the – Nth degree – because that’s to where, the eco fanatics always strive..

  2. March 8, 2017 2:00 pm

    A classic poacher turned gamekeeper situation. I’m getting obese with all the popcorn.

  3. March 8, 2017 2:06 pm

    It is really wonderful. Coal mines are reopening in West Virginia and elsewhere. They are advertising for miners. Steel mills are also gearing back up. Since my property has springs from the time that all of this area was “Pro-glacial Lake Monongahela” I could have lost my home to the Waters of the US EPA policy. Prior to the breakthrough allowing the north-flowing rivers to flow south from Pittsburgh, as the Ohio River, to the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico, a huge lake would form during glacial periods which blocked the Great Lakes area.

    AND Paul, I referenced this under the Delingpole article, but it cannot be stated too many times. On his Friday Morning Update concerning the growing number of polar bears, Rush Limbaugh said: “according to climate analyst, Paul Homewood…..”

    • March 8, 2017 3:53 pm

      Yes thanks Joan.

      I listened to it last week

      • Athelstan permalink
        March 8, 2017 4:44 pm

        It’s all good Paul.

  4. CheshireRed permalink
    March 8, 2017 2:16 pm

    O/T….Another spot of EU-funded/driven climate change propaganda. Dripping in it, actually. Who commissions a useless public poll like this unless there’s a motive? Caution; loaded questions all over the place.


  5. Tim Hammond permalink
    March 8, 2017 2:17 pm

    By its very nature, all regulation tends towards marginal benefits at best. We deal with the worst problems first, then over time deal with problems that are less and less important, until in the end we are dealing with problems that may not be problems at all, That is inevitable, and it is only by calling a halt to the actions of regulating agencies that you can stop the process. Left to themselves, bureaucrats will continue to bureaucrat, no matter what.

    The fact that so many on the Left refuse to recognise that shows that they are fundamentally anti-business and anti-progress rather than pro-environment.

  6. bea permalink
    March 8, 2017 5:59 pm

    Any mergers and acquisition expert will tell you that, when a business is taken over, a third of people will be GONE within six months. In America it is common to get rid of EVERYONE – one puts in hatchet-men, who know how to break peoples’ spirits. Trump is a verteran of business, and he is doing politics the business way.

    This is actually a return to the entirely accepted politics of the past, in the U.S.A. It was normal for all appointees to resign when there was a change of administration.

    The tweating spats are just a smokescreen.

  7. March 9, 2017 1:15 pm

    ‘That might be a recipe for strife and gridlock at the federal agency tasked to keep safe the nation’s clean air and water while safeguarding the planet’s future.’

    The boss has the power in the end.

  8. jimmy_jimmy permalink
    March 9, 2017 9:05 pm

    This climate skeptics moniker must be changed.
    Some one believes all those prediction models and the impending catastrophic warming or someone believes the retrospective models with all the special fudge-factors despite the actual observed numbers. Scott Pruitt merely appointed new staff for the EPA and moved out the incompetent old staff.

  9. CheshireRed permalink
    March 10, 2017 8:45 pm

    Pruit’s comments about CO2 not causing global warming are headline material across the hand-wringing liberal media world – except for the BBC which has headlined on a vaccine for gorilla’s ebola. It’s almost as if they don’t want to give Pruit any coverage…

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