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    In today's politically charged era and the fact that many regulations once in place have been removed or changed to better suit the business world, we see why some government agencies were started.
    They were started to protect the citizens against those that place profit first and health concerns last.
    They were started to help Mother Earth recover from decades of pollution and abuse.
    They were started to stop the destruction of our air, land and water.
    There are two great quotes from past Presidents about pollution.
    "We still think of air as free. But clean air is not free, and neither is clean water,” Nixon said in his 1970 State of the Union address. “The price tag on pollution control is high. Through our years of past carelessness we incurred a debt to nature, and now that debt is being called."
    As President Ronald Reagan put it in his 1984 State of the Union address: "Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, it's common sense."
    You really must click the link and see the pictures from just this one area that was so polluted that junk cars lined the banks of the river, the water was black and the smoke filled the air everywhere. Seeing those pictures will tell you why we need a strong EPA.

    The Cuyahoga River caught fire 50 years ago today. These stomach-churning photos highlight why the EPA exists.
    Fifty years ago today, on June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga river in Cleveland, Ohio caught fire.
    At the time, the river was one of the most polluted in the US. Journalists filled glasses with pitch-black river water, while politicians dipped cloth into the waves that came up oil-soaked.
    The river fire lasted roughly 20 minutes, but it sparked public outrage that in part led to the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the federal office tasked with making sure "Americans have clean air, land, and water."
    Take a look at what the Cuyahoga River - and other waters around the US - looked like before the EPA existed.
    https://amp.businessinsider.com/vint...ore-epa-2019-6
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    In today's politically charged era and the fact that many regulations once in place have been removed or changed to better suit the business world, we see why some government agencies were started.
    They were started to protect the citizens against those that place profit first and health concerns last.
    They were started to help Mother Earth recover from decades of pollution and abuse.
    They were started to stop the destruction of our air, land and water.
    There are two great quotes from past Presidents about pollution.



    You really must click the link and see the pictures from just this one area that was so polluted that junk cars lined the banks of the river, the water was black and the smoke filled the air everywhere. Seeing those pictures will tell you why we need a strong EPA.

    The Cuyahoga River caught fire 50 years ago today. These stomach-churning photos highlight why the EPA exists.


    https://amp.businessinsider.com/vint...ore-epa-2019-6
    Great article fxstc07.

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    Interesting story about the lawyers that have challenged many of the environmental policies that Trump wanted to change.

    Meet the Lawyers Beating Back Trump’s Reckless Environmental Policies — and Winning
    Drew Caputo was sitting on the couch at his home in the Bay Area watching the election returns on November 8th, 2016. As soon as it became apparent Trump was going to win, Caputo, a senior lawyer with the group Earthjustice, had two immediate thoughts: The first was that a Trump administration would be nothing short of a disaster for the environment, climate, and public health.
    Caputo and his colleagues quickly identified several critical issues that Trump might go after and formed internal teams to prepare for the worst. One potential disaster, he and his colleagues envisioned, was the undoing of the Obama administration’s efforts to protect parts of the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans from oil and gas exploration. Even before Trump was sworn in, lawyers at Earthjustice had started lining up potential plaintiffs and honing their arguments to block a fossil-fuel free-for-all in the fragile ocean waters. “We knew the Trump guys would be an environmental wrecking crew and we wanted to be in a position to respond immediately,” Caputo says.
    Sure enough, in April 2017, Trump signed an executive order to throw open the Arctic and parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans for oil exploration. Within a week, Earthjustice and a coalition of groups including the League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and Natural Resources Defense Council sued Trump to block the order.
    Almost two years later, a federal judge struck down a key section of Trump’s executive order, calling it “unlawful and invalid.” The Obama-era protections would “remain in full force and effect unless and until revoked by Congress.”
    Consider the raw numbers: Since Trump took office, the Natural Resources Defense Council has sued the administration — including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Commerce and Interior and Energy departments, and yes the president himself —more than 90 times. That’s one lawsuit every 10.8 days. Of the 53 cases that have been resolved, NRDC has won 49 of them. That’s a 92 percent win rate.
    Earthjustice, for its part, sued the administration 120 times in the first two years of the Trump presidency. In the 17 cases where there’s been a major decision, Earthjustice has won 16 times and the administration just once.
    https://www.rollingstone.com/politic...inning-887321/

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    THIS must be all the winning Trump was talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 222lifer View Post
    THIS must be all the winning Trump was talking about?

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    Maybe it is just another agency to do the Brown Shirts bidding.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/clima...9a0_story.html

    Trump officials notified California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Thursday that the state is “failing to meet its obligations” to protect the environment, just days after the president mocked its biggest cities for their “tremendous pollution.”

    The unusual move by the Environmental Protection Agency ratchets up the Trump administration’s ongoing battle against the nation’s most populous state, a multipronged assault that Newsom has described as “weaponizing” the federal government. The fight extends from immigration to environmental policy and involves agencies ranging from the Justice Department to the Department of Homeland Security and EPA.

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    Coal ash ?
    Anybody know what it is ? Do you know how harmful it can be ?
    This administration wants to lift, or relax, some of the regulations.

    Study finds mixing coal ash, water, yields toxic mix
    CASPER – Mixing fresh water and Powder River Basin coal ash together yields a slurry full of contaminants at levels dangerous to human health, new research from Duke University found. The dusty waste produced when power plants burn coal is often disposed in dry landfills or ponds, including at several facilities across Wyoming.
    Scientists at the Nicholas School of the Environment tested the toxicity of coal fly ash from several major coal basins, including the Powder River Basin. The preliminary results revealed that combining coal fly ash with water produces a concoction replete with hexavalent chromium, arsenic and other chemicals. In the study, Powder River Basin coal ash hosted the highest concentrations of hexavalent chromium. The contaminant is considered “carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization.
    The scientist cautioned the regulatory body to reconsider its proposed rollback of an Obama-era coal ash rule set to protect human health and water quality around the country. Since the introduction of coal ash controls in 2015, utility companies operating coal-fired power plants must carefully dispose of the waste product without harming the surrounding environment, water or communities.
    The Trump administration announced it planned to consider petitions to relax some of these federal regulations in 2017.
    https://www.wyomingnews.com/news/fro...ef54e7d66.html

    From the other side of the country, the citizens of North Carolina worry about a thyroid cancer cluster around the Duke energy plant and it's dumping of coal ash in unprotected pits.

    What Does The EPA's Plan To Change How Companies Dispose Of Coal Ash Mean For NC?
    The EPA's proposal on coal ash disposal, in a nutshell, would remove its limit on how many tons of coal ash a company like Duke can put in one place.
    https://www.wfae.org/post/what-does-...an-nc#stream/0

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    Now you might think I put this in the wrong thread.
    Actually I didn't know which thread to place this, so this is it.
    What exactly is this administration hiding ? Is this the transparency Trump always talks about ?

    Week 147: Trump Officials Stonewall Investigators . . . at the EPA
    Ryan Jackson, chief of staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, refuses to meet with the agency’s inspector general. His primary rationale? The IG, who is responsible for investigating waste, abuses of power, and other illegality inside the EPA, won’t tell Jackson exactly what the meeting is about.
    Jackson himself is currently involved in at least two inspector general investigations. Last week, Politico reported that the EPA inspector general is looking into whether Jackson routinely destroyed documents that he was legally required to maintain. The missing documents allegedly include schedules from top EPA brass and correspondence with lobbyists like Richard Smotkin, who helped arrange a junket to Morocco for disgraced EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and was then promptly hired as a foreign agent by the government of Morocco. You can see why the Trump administration might want any communications with Smotkin to disappear.
    Winston Smith, the protagonist of the dystopian classic 1984, had a job in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth deleting all historical references to people who had become enemies of the state. They became, to use George Orwell’s word, “unpersons.” The Trump administration is creating unscience—science that is erased from the public memory because it doesn’t conform to the ruling party’s agenda.
    Responding to an audience member at the Economic Club of New York this week, President Donald John Trump—I’m using his full name so you don’t think this is a case of mistaken identity—declared, “I’m very much into climate.”
    He also said, “I consider myself in many ways to be an environmentalist,” before calling environmentalists “loco.”
    “I think I know more about the environment than most people,” Trump continued.
    https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/week-14...bm9yPclbB1ik5w
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    He is fricking nuts!!!

    Responding to an audience member at the Economic Club of New York this week, President Donald John Trump—I’m using his full name so you don’t think this is a case of mistaken identity—declared, “I’m very much into climate.”
    He also said, “I consider myself in many ways to be an environmentalist,” before calling environmentalists “loco.”
    “I think I know more about the environment than most people,” Trump continued.
    https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/week-14...bm9yPclbB1ik5w

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    We must remember that Trump relies on his "gut" for advice. Trump's gut has produced more toxic emissions than anything on the planet.
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