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WHile You Were Sleeping: EPA Going With Less Science

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/24/climate/epa-science-transparency-pruitt.html

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new regulation Tuesday that would restrict the kinds of scientific studies the agency can use when it develops policies, a move critics say will permanently weaken the agency’s ability to protect public health.

Under the measure, the E.P.A. will require that the underlying data for all scientific studies used by the agency to formulate air and water regulations be publicly available. That would sharply limit the number of studies available for consideration because much research relies on confidential health data from study subjects.

Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, announced the proposed regulation this afternoon at agency headquarters, flanked by Republican lawmakers who sponsored legislation designed to achieve the same ends as the new regulation.

“The science that we use is going to be transparent, it’s going to be reproducible,” Mr. Pruitt said.

Supporters and critics alike say the policy will have far-reaching consequences that could limit the E.P.A.’s ability to regulate carbon emissions, air pollution and pesticides.

The new regulation means that some of the most important research of the past decades — for example, studies linking air pollution to premature deaths and measuring human exposure to pesticides — would not be available to policymakers if scientists were unwilling to break the confidentiality agreements they struck with study subjects in order to collect sensitive personal information.

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Bottom line... oil companies paying for studies that will now show us how oil is good for the environment, not some stupid scientists' ideas who believes otherwise.

Scott Pruitt is the next shitbag that needs to go. Who would have every thought 2 of the biggest toxic douchebags in the administration were supposed to be protecting natural resources and lands?

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Mulvaney heading the Consumer Protection Bureau has just submitted his application for biggest shitbag swamp monster.

 

In a speech to 1300 bankers her talked about "burning down" consumer protections and laid out only lobbists that donated to him gained access to him in Washington during his time as a congressman.  He advised those same bankers to make sure you paid for access.

 

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Remember, companies will self regulate just not to be sued...

You have to wonder how much this helps the energy companies from a dollars and value sense.

From a moral standpoint; how do they justify these decisions?  These cleverly crafted rules make it harder to do science, and the long term human and environmental cost is going to be extremely high.  What is the moral justification to these?

It's hard to think that people would be so willfully destructive to other people for money.  But I guess life is full of disappointments.

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We have Ben Carson making in a late play for shitbag of the week.

 

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday (April 25) will propose to increase the amount low-income households are expected to pay for rent as well as require those receiving housing subsidies to work, according to the administration's legislative proposal obtained by The Washington Post.

The move to overhaul how low-income rental subsidies are calculated would affect more than 4.5 million families relying on federal housing assistance. The proposal legislation would require Congressional approval.

Currently, tenants generally pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent or a the public housing agency minimum rent not to exceed $50. The administration's legislative proposal sets the family monthly rent contribution at 35 percent of their gross income or 35 percent of their earnings by working 15 hours a week at the federal minimum wage -- or approximately $150 a month, three times higher than the current minimum

HUD also seeks to change the deductions that could be considered when determining a tenant's rent, eliminating deductions for medical and childcare costs.

 

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Of course a day after we get the director of the EPA literally making a statement that its scientific research work will be a lot harder to produce a massive study putting islands (like the Marshall, parts of Hawaii, Maldives, etc) and at significant risk from climate change just a few decades away is released.

While sea level rise to massive destructive flooding levels has always been "next century" away this study looked at more immediate smaller flooding to island communities and found that flood events would be frequent and high enough of putting island freshwater source at significant risk as sea water slipped into aquifers at rates it would not be flushed out with freshwater rain. 

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/islands-sea-level-rise-flooding-uninhabitable-climate-change-maldives-seychelles-hawaii-a8321876.html

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13 minutes ago, cookinwithgas said:

we can buy water from Nestle and ship it in, capitalism will save us

Of course...

Just like we are shipping flint all the water they need....wait we stopped that didnt we - and only 2years before all their pipes will be fixed.   

 

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Recent tests show levels of lead in the city’s tap water are now well within state and federal quality standards.

Citing those test results, the Snyder administration decided to end free bottled water distribution in Flint this month, though it continues to hand out water filters to screen for lead.

While the immediate crisis may have passed, the aging infrastructure that leeched lead into people’s drinking water remains a problem.

To date, more than 6,200 lead and galvanized service lines have been replaced, with twice that number that still need to be removed.  It will take at least two more years for crews to finish replacing all the aging pipes connecting Flint homes and businesses to city water mains.  

http://michiganradio.org/post/four-years-later-flints-water-crisis-lingers

 

 

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imo both sides are the same. if hillary won she would have gutted science, it was like in her platform or something

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Will be a long chapter in US History.  Trump will obviously get a lot of the attention....

but what guys like Pruitt and others are doing will end up taking years and years and years to fix.  Little Iraq wars that will haunt Admins for years....and Americans.  Impact of guys like Pruitt won’t really show for some time 

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