Category Archive: EPA

Telephonic Protests Take Aim at EPA’s Pruitt

Following his comments last week during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is now the target of an organized telephonic protest, according to Politico’s Morning Energy report.

OK Energy Today reported on March 9 that Pruitt cast doubts that carbon dioxide is a main cause of …

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Pruitt Selects Former Inhofe Aide for EPA Senior Policy Adviser Post

A former aide to Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is joining the ranks of new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt.

Mandy Gunasekara is leaving her current post as majority counsel for the Environment and Public Works Committee to become a senior policy adviser for the EPA, according to Bloomberg BNA.

Gunasekara is …

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Coffee to Lobby Pruitt at EPA over Renewable Fuel Standards

(From their days in the State Senate.)

Who could blame two of the newly-registered lobbyists on Capitol Hill in Washington DC for wanting to take advantage of old political ties. Both are Oklahomans and the man they will be lobbying is Scott Pruitt, new chief at the Environmental Protection Agency, a former colleague.

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New Clean Power Plan Coming?

 

Updating the fight against the Obama Clean Power Plan by Oklahoma and other states, the D.C. Circuit court suggested it might be a few more weeks before it rules on the lawsuits.

Ten judges are hearing the case and they set a March 20 deadline for briefs to be filed in a …

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Pruitt Doubts Carbon Dioxide is a Main Cause of Global Warming

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt turned some heads Thursday morning when he declared carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming.

It’s the answer he gave when questioned during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do …

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Questions Remain About What Kind of Environmental Enforcer Scott Pruitt Will Be

As Scott Pruitt enters week three of his rein over the Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalists are still curious as to what kind of enforcement of environmental laws he will demand and carry out.

As Environment and Energy reporter Mike Soraghan wrote this week, “Pruitt’s philosophy on environmental enforcement is mostly unknown. He …

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EPA’s Energy Star Program Likely to Be Eliminated

An EPA program aimed at improving energy ratings in homes and offices across the country could be eliminated under a White House preliminary budget proposal. The Energy Star program, which includes Oklahoma’s state government as well as utilities could get the axe as the Trump administration seeks ways to save money and finance …

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Senators Block EPA Plan to Release Chemical Storage Information

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has some support in a move to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing what he calls a “midnight” regulation requiring chemical storage information be made available to the public.

Together with Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Jerry Moran of Kansas and Ron Johnson …

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Why Are Superfund Sites Still Around After 30 Years? Asks Pruitt

 

As the new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has indicated he wants to make clearing long-term Superfund sites from the EPA’s national list.

It’s what he recently told the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington D.C.

Pruitt drew applause when he said one program that has been …

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Pruitt Scraps EPA’s New Methane Rule on Oil and Gas Industry

Didn’t take Scott Pruitt long to act on a request by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and 10 others to put an end to the 4-month old EPA methane regulation adopted by the Obama Administration against the oil and gas industry.

On Thursday, one day after getting a letter from Hunter and the …

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