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EPA Secretary Pruitt: The Eco-Nuts Will Never, Never Like You

Seton Motley, In the great Aaron Sorkin television creation “West Wing,” very accomplished fake president Jed Bartlet goes in for a brief bit of therapy during which the following exchange occurs:  Bartlet: “It’s not good for a person to keep setting goals?”  Psychologist: “It probably is.  But it’s tricky for somebody who is still trying

Refocusing a Chicago Water Summit

Paul Driessen, President Trump’s proposal to reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1-billion budget by $1.6 billion was cut to an $80-million trim in the omnibus spending bill. However, the EPA funding and staff controversy will undoubtedly resume during the next budgetary battles in September. That’s fueling consternation and con jobs in the heartland. According to

Judicial Watch Sues EPA for Records on Obama Era ‘Environmental Justice’ Grants

Lauretta Brown, The government watchdog group Judicial Watch sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday after the agency ignored a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records regarding the EPA’s “environmental justice” grants. “The lawsuit was filed after the EPA failed to respond to a simple November 25, 2015, FOIA request for: Copies

Pruitt Takes Fire from Conservatives on Climate Showdown

Andrew Restuccia and Alex Guillen report in Politico on the heat President Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is taking from conservatives over reports that he successfully urged Trump not to revoke the EPA’s 2009 “endangerment finding,” a far-reaching ruling introduced by the Obama administration that labeled carbon dioxide a dangerous substance in need of broad

Trump to sign order on Tuesday easing energy regulations

President Donald Trump will sign an order on Tuesday aimed at making it easier for companies to produce energy in the United States, administration officials said on Sunday. Under Trump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to aggressively roll back Obama-era environmental regulations. Trump plans to sign the executive order at the EPA to

Trump’s first budget faces early Republican resistance

President Trump’s “America First” budget released Thursday that calls for steep cuts to the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency in order to increase defense spending was called by some Republicans as a pie-in-the-sky wish list that will never pass Congress in tact. It is not uncommon for a president’s initial “skinny budget” to face

EPA, State Department prepare for cuts under Trump’s budget

President Trump’s budget plan for fiscal 2018 increases defense spending and cuts funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department, Reuters reported, citing a congressional source. Trump’s first budget– which is set to be released on Thursday at 7 a.m. ET– will reportedly cut 28 percent out of the State Department’s funding and

Ignorant Media

John Stossel, Has the media gotten worse? Or am I just grouchier? Every day I see things that are wrong or that so miss the point I want to scream. Four examples: Storm Coverage As this week’s storm approached the East Coast, the media reverted to breathless hype: “monster storm … very dangerous.” Here I

Those ‘Devastating’ EPA Reductions, Elections have Consequences

Paul Driessen, The Trump White House wants significant reductions at the Environmental Protection Agency: two dozen or more programs, including a dozen dealing with President Obama’s climate initiatives; a 20% downsizing in EPA’s 15,000-person workforce; and a one-fourth reduction in its $8.1 billion budget. The plan requires congressional approval, and thus is hardly a “done

Trump agency heads already rolling back Obama-era rules on their own

President Trump’s newly installed agency heads are starting to take a lead role unraveling a web of Obama-era regulations, acting alongside congressional Republicans and the president himself to roll back rules they claim hurt business or simply go too far.  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was the latest to peel back red tape. On his first

EPA funding may be cut 25 percent under Trump, according to draft copy of budget

The budget for the Environmental Protection Agency could reportedly be reduced by roughly 25 percent, costing the agency about 3,000 jobs. President Trump has said he plans to pay for billions of dollars more for the military by cutting spending on domestic agencies and departments. Trump plans to submit his budget to Congress the week

Forget liberal media spin, Trump can tout lots of accomplishments on Tuesday night

Gov. Matt Bevin, I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend attending a meeting of the National Governors Association. On February 28, a day after our meetings conclude, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Despite an unprecedented level of criticism from the largely liberal media, much of it unwarranted and unfair, the president will have many impressive accomplishments