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They’re getting away with it.

E.P.A. Chief’s Calendar: A Stream of Industry Meetings and Trips Home
By ERIC LIPTON and LISA FRIEDMAN   OCT. 3, 2017
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/us/politics/epa-scott-pruitt-calendar-industries-coal-oil-environmentalists.html

WASHINGTON — For lunch on April 26, Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, dined with top executives from Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest coal-burning electric utilities, at Equinox, a white-tablecloth favorite of Washington power brokers.

That evening, it was on to BLT Prime, a steakhouse inside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, for a meal with the board of directors of Alliance Resource Partners, a coal-mining giant whose chief executive donated nearly $2 million to help elect President Trump.

Before those two agenda items, Mr. Pruitt met privately with top executives and lobbyists from General Motors to talk about their request to block an Obama administration move to curb emissions that contribute to climate change.

It was just a typical day for Mr. Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general. Since taking office in February, Mr. Trump’s E.P.A. chief has held back-to-back meetings, briefing sessions and speaking engagements almost daily with top corporate executives and lobbyists from all the major economic sectors that he regulates — and almost no meetings with environmental groups or consumer or public health advocates, according to a 320-page
( https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4064980-Pruitt-Sked-and-McCarthy-Sked.html ) accounting of his daily schedule from February through May, the most detailed look yet at what Mr. Pruitt has been up to since he took over the agency.

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Posted: 03 October 2017 08:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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EPA Buys Pruitt a Special Booth for Secret Communications
By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press -  Sept. 27, 2017
https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-09-27/epa-buys-pruitt-a-special-booth-for-secret-communications

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to provide Administrator Scott Pruitt something none of his predecessors have had — a custom soundproof booth for making private phone calls.

EPA did not respond to questions on Wednesday from The Associated Press about the government contract for the “privacy booth for the administrator” ordered last month, according to a summary of the contract listed in a federal procurement database. The contract for the booth, due for delivery by Oct. 9, was first reported by The Washington Post.

EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman told the newspaper that the booth would serve as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, known as a SCIF, which are secure rooms used to house computers and equipment for communicating over classified government networks.

“Federal agencies need to have one of these so that secured communications, not subject to hacking from the outside, can be held,” Bowman said.

But former EPA officials told AP that explanation doesn’t make much sense.

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Posted: 03 October 2017 08:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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They’re not going to get away with it much longer, it’s impossible to pretend that climate change doesn’t exist when half the continent is covered in smoke and flames and the south is getting ripped up by hurricane after hurricane.

Things will change in government and industry or there will be a revolution… it’s that simple.

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Posted: 03 October 2017 08:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I mean often we don’t even get to know who Pruitt is meeting with.  Is this outrageous beyond the pale?

For Immediate Release, September 25, 2017
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2017/scott-pruitt-09-25-2017.php

Contact: Meg Townsend, mtownsend at biologicaldiversity.org
In Records, EPA Won’t Come Clean on Who Pruitt Meets With or Why

PORTLAND, Ore.— After months of stonewalling, the Environmental Protection Agency has released a partial schedule for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. As reported in The Washington Post, Pruitt met several times with corporate executives shortly before approving rules favorable to those industries.

But the EPA has yet to fully disclose important details of Pruitt’s schedule. The public records released by the agency, which covers the period of April 3 through Sept. 8, 2017, include only dates, times and names of certain individuals and groups that Pruitt met with. However, the records are incomplete and fraught with unexplained gaps, such as the subject matter of his meetings and missing days.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in May seeking a full release of Pruitt’s schedule, email and phone logs.

“The public has every right to know who’s pulling the strings as Pruitt continues his quest to dismantle key environmental safeguards,” said Meg Townsend, the Center’s open government staff attorney. “Pruitt is supposed to be protecting our air and water, not corporate profits. Missing details about who he’s meeting with and what they’re talking about raise troubling questions about who he’s really working for.”

Earlier this year the EPA released 10 days of Pruitt’s schedule and calendar to the Center in response to a public records request. The format of those records contains much more information than the agency’s most recent public release. The records that the Center received covered the final two weeks of February, and this recent public release begins on April 3. The 10 days of Pruitt’s schedule and calendar that the Center obtained also contain extensive redactions, which the Center is challenging in our May lawsuit.

“It’s disturbing to see public records come to us that black out information about who Pruitt met with and why,” Townsend said. “We’ll get to the bottom of it in court, but this isn’t how an open and transparent government — one that works for people instead of polluters — is supposed to operate.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.5 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Not to mention the shear democratic fuk you appointing someone who’d dedicated to destroying a lawful US Government agency in charge of said agency and we allow it to happen without a whimper - beyond comprehension.

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Posted: 03 October 2017 08:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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DougC.V2 - 03 October 2017 08:25 PM

They’re not going to get away with it much longer, it’s impossible to pretend that climate change doesn’t exist when half the continent is covered in smoke and flames and the south is getting ripped up by hurricane after hurricane.

Things will change in government and industry or there will be a revolution… it’s that simple.

Yea but it’s going to be our planet doing the revolutionizing and we’re going back into the sausage making machine.

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