Longtime adversary of EPA confirmed to lead the agency (Bangor and Portland papers)

Pruitt’s confirmation marked a serious defeat for environmental advocacy groups, which wrote letters, waged a furious social media campaign, lobbied members of Congress, paid for television ads and sponsored a series of public protests to keep the Oklahoman from taking the reins of EPA.

“Scott Pruitt as administrator of the EPA likely means a full-scale assault on the protection that Americans have enjoyed for clean air, clean water and a healthy climate,” Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in an interview. “For environmental groups, it means we’re in for the fight of our lives for the next four years.”

Maine’s Sen. Angus King, an independent, and Republican Sen. Susan Collins both voted against Pruitt’s nomination. Collins was the only Senate Republican to oppose Pruitt, after announcing on Wednesday that she would vote against his confirmation, saying, “The fact is, Mr. Pruitt and I have fundamentally different views of the role and mission of the EPA.”


Portland Press Herald:

His nomination also rattled some agency employees, who fear he will be eager to carry out the promise that Trump made on the campaign trail to “get rid of (EPA) in almost every form.We’re going to have little tidbits left, but we’re going to take a tremendous amount out.”


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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 18, 2017 at 8:38pm

A report that I heard on Fox stated by one guest speaker stated that the EPA consists of over 15,000 federal employees. Trumps plan is to place EPA duties back with each state to better control local issues within each state as each sees fit. No more One Policy fits all needs. This would eliminate the excuse that Maine's DEP must get permission from or consult with the EPA. 

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 18, 2017 at 3:35pm

CERN, the world’s top particle physics laboratory, just found that our big, abrupt climate changes are produced by variations in the sun’s activity.  That’s the same sun the modelers had dismissed as “unchanging.”  CERN says the sun’s variations interact with cosmic rays to create more or fewer of earth’s heat-shielding clouds.  The IPCC had long admitted it couldn’t model clouds--and now the CERN experiment says the clouds are the earth’s thermostats!


Comment by Eskutassis on February 18, 2017 at 1:58pm

Hallelujah! There will finally be some common sense in the EPA, if it survives at all. Maybe we will get gasoline back to being gasoline without environment damaging ethanol. Maybe we will get real numbers and truth from NOAA and the IPCC telling us what real damage "renewable" energy is doing to our environment and the economy. Maybe we will have real scientists studying the climate and not politically driven New World Order promoters driving the transfer of wealth from our shores to the rest of the undeveloped world. Maybe our science will tell us how to make energy more affordable and keep the air and water as clean as it was before all this nonsense was started 25 years ago. 
As much as the "Greenies" tell us we have a finite amount of energy, we keep finding more and more of it and find better and better ways to extract it from the earth. Maybe in three or four hundred years our science will improve far enough to give us real infinite energy as in small scale nuclear or hydrogen cells. Trying to do it now with wind and solar, that is way too expensive to build, and way too expensive to distribute, and way too unreliable for our expanding need for energy is a waste of our resources and our environment. 
I am disappointed in our Senator Collins and will work as fervently to find a replacement for her as I did to get her elected for the last three elections. I expect this kind of action from King Angus as he is really a Virginia Democrat, but she has sold out to the environmentalists that have sold out our own citizens of Maine and that makes her just another New World Order politician.


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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