Dakota Access Pipeline: Two More Leaks Happen

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons (380 liters) of oil in North Dakota in March.

Source: 2 more leaks found along Dakota Access pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline: Two More Leaks Happen

Once again, The Dakota Access Pipeline has sprung a leak.  This time, it leaked out about 100 gallons of crude oil.  It also leaked  85 gallons in March. It is past time that the federal government, probably the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stepped in and intervene in the situation and hopefully, shut it down until the entire environmental impact has been investigated thoroughly and without corporate interference.  Unfortunately, that last part is highly unlikely.

Considering that the company that built the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has not only invested billions of dollars in this project, and that president Donald Trump and the rest of the federal government has rubber stamped this project from the beginning, makes this highly unlikely.  This, coupled with the EPA has undergone massive budget cuts which have rendered it basically useless, is another fact to consider.  Unfortunately, after the Dakota Access Pipeline has such a large oil spill that it causes a major environmental disaster that this project will be fully explored and reconsidered.

Both common sense and practical consideration to make it a no-brainer that the Dakota Access Pipeline should never have been built, in the first place.  It is just another corporate venture that puts profit before people or the well-being of our environment.  It is another example of how money talks and bullshit walks.

It is also another example that clearly points out that common people, who protest against something that they know to be wrong should not be ignored, nor how the power of protest often carries great weight, even when it is ignored. If the protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline would have been listened to, we could all be spared, this ticking time bomb waiting to destroy the environment of this region.

 

Dakota Access Pipeline Already Has Its First Oil Spill

The Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota early last month, which an American Indian tribe says bolsters its argument that the pipeline jeopardizes its water supply and deserves further environmental review. Source: Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in April – StarTribune.com Dakota Access Pipeline …
Energy Transfer Partners Building Another Pipeline With More Mishaps

The same company that built the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline has twice spilled drilling fluids in two pristine Ohio wetlands this month. Source: The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is in another controversy Energy Transfer Partners Building Another Pipeline With More Mishaps In a recent incident in Ohio, Energy Transfer Partners …

 

Why Isn’t Scott Pruitt Fighting EPA Budget Cuts?

One question that has crossed my mind is, “why isn’t Scott Pruitt fighting the federal budget cuts to the EPA?”

Why Isn’t Scott Pruitt Fighting EPA Budget Cuts?

One question that has crossed my mind is, “why isn’t Scott Pruitt fighting the federal budget cuts to the EPA?”  It would seem natural that the director of any agency would be fighting to save his agency from massive federal budget cuts.  After all, I always thought that one of the major functions of any director worth his salt is to protect his agency from these types of things.  Why is Scott Pruitt any different?

I pretty much have the answer to my question already in mind.  The reason why Donald Trump’s EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, isn’t fighting against these massive federal budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump is that he is just one of Trump’s “boys.”  In other words, Scott Pruitt is just playing ball, just the way Trump wants him.  In my mind, this is just more evidence that Donald Trump intends to abolish the EPA, and Scott Pruitt is working in collusion with his boss.

Scott Pruitt is just another one of Donald Trump’s saboteurs.  In a previous article I wrote, I told about the idea that many people have that Trump’s appointees to various cabinet positions were planted there for a particular reason. Scott Pruitt’s lack of even a token defense of his agency from these federal budget cuts, makes one wonder if he cares about the EPA at all.

It is a common belief of many of Donald Trump’s appointees to cabinet level positions have been put there to sabotage the respective agencies so that the president will say they are a waste of time and money, and should be eliminated. What other excuse is there for an agency head to be so neglectful as failed to defend that body against federal budget cuts.  Scott Pruitt doesn’t even try to put on an act of caring about the well-being of the EPA.

The EPA, because of this regulatory power to control the pollution created by large companies is a direct threat to everything people like Donald Trump stand for: making a profit, no matter who is hurt.  In this respect, Scott Pruitt is just another corporate shill who is unwilling to rock the boat of bank capital.  Even though he is the director of the EPA, he has shown no willingness even to attempt to fight the federal budget cuts to his agency.  To the contrary, he perceives his job as being a contributor to its demise, as Donald Trump intends him to be.

 

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Donald Trump’s Budget Will Cause Great Harm

Donald Trump’s Budget Will Cause Great Harm

This video by Dr. Robert Reich explains very clearly why Donald Trump’s budget is harmful and a threat to many Americans. This budget is unrealistic to the point of being scary. In fact, it is so scary that it reflects the personality of Donald Trump himself.

One thing this budget will do is to create even more of a bloated military that we have already. Military spending is at an all-time high, so why do we need a larger military force that we already have? This feature of the budget is reflective of Donald Trump’s paranoia and fear of other countries. He is putting the United States in a very dangerous position by adopting this hostile stance. Donald Trump’s budget sends the wrong message to a potential adversary; this country may have.

Donald Trump’s budget will pay for this exceedingly large military expenditure by cutting vital programs that we can better benefit from them by having a larger military force. The United States only has a finite amount of money to spend, so it is very obvious that to fund a more significant military means cutting money in other areas.

For example, Donald Trump’s budget calls for a massive reduction in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one of the most important federal agencies in existence today. The EPA is responsible for safeguarding this country’s air, water, and food supply from being harmful to consumers. The EPA also performs a very valuable regulatory process to control how and if a big industry is allowed to pollute our environment, and to what extent.  It is an indicator that he doesn’t consider this function necessary. It just shows his corporate mentality that all regulations that might curtail profits are evil, and need to be limited or abolished.

Donald Trump’s budget will also cause the average American worker an even more unfair tax burden than they already have. It does nothing to force wealthier people to pay more of their fair share of taxes. Of course, coming from a rich man like Donald Trump, I guess you can’t expect him to hurt his kind. That’s one thing that makes Donald Trump’s budget even more unrealistic and harmful for the United States.

 

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EPA Budget Cuts: Trump’s Back Door Way to Destroy This Agency

In his first budget as POTUS, Donald Trump proposes massive budget cuts to EPA.

EPA Budget Cuts: Trump’s Back Door Way to Destroy This Agency

Many people, including myself, think that Donald Trump’s goal is to abolish the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).  He is no different from any other member of the business community because most of them also want to eliminate the EPA.  His recent EPA budget cuts are evidence that the president’s eventual goal is to destroy this important government agency.

His proposed cuts will force the agency to cut some EPA jobs.  What better way to kill an organization than to dry up its funding sources?  The latest EPA budget cuts will force the agency to abandon many of its critical programs that protect us from unsafe air and water and other environmental dangers that we face.  Even though Donald Trump said in the election that one of his primary goals was to protect the American people, his actions of cutting the budget to the EPA shows that he is nothing but a liar.

Many people who are rather naïve might ask, “why abolish the EPA?”  After all, if his agency performs such a vital service, why would anyone want to abolish it? The answer is quite simple; because it’s a regulatory agency that gets in the way of the corporate “bottom line.”

People need to understand that Donald Trump is a laissez-faire capitalist who cares nothing about the well-being of the American people.  He is just another businessman whose primary goal is to make money by any means possible.  If abolishing a regulatory agency that interferes with profit is what needs to be done to make sure that big Capital continues to make money, then so be it.

Others might ask, “can the president abolish the EPA?”  The answer to that question is a bit more complicated, but the answer is no, he cannot do it on his own.  Legally, I think it would probably take an act of Congress to abolish the EPA.  However, by defunding an agency to the point where it ceases to work properly is just as good as destroying it.

Donald Trump knows this fact.  His cutting of EPA funding through massive budget cuts will make the agency ineffective and unable to act, therefore, effectively putting it out-of-the-way of big business.  These cuts are Donald Trump’s back door way of destroying the Environmental Protection Agency.

If his latest EPA budget cuts are not evidence of his eventual goal, I don’t know what is.  We must never forget, there is a method to Donald Trump’s madness.

 

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Donald Trump Nominees Are Saboteurs

Source: Bannon Admits Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies.

Donald Trump Nominees Are Saboteurs

Some people can’t seem to figure out why Donald Trump nominees for four key cabinet posts here to be so unsuited for the job. Some people think that he is crazy for appointing some of the people he has selected.  Donald Trump is crazy like a fox.  There is a distinct method to his madness; something we should never forget.

Donald Trump made these nominations for a reason; to sabotage and to destroy the various departments to which they were to administer.  All of the major agencies, with the most controversial of Donald Trump nominees, are branches of government that most conservatives are opposed. The Department Of Education, The Department of Labor, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and The Department of Health and Human Services are all branches of our government that were designed to protect us. They were intended to protect us from poor educational standards, unsafe working conditions and fair pay, clean air, and clean water, and good quality healthcare and housing discrimination.

They are also the branches of government that produce the most regulation; something that big business has always opposed.  After all, isn’t Donald Trump one of the people who has played the loudest about deregulation and government overreach?  What better way to for Donald Trump to destroy the agencies that he hates the most than to appoint people who are as opposed to these bodies as he is?

Isn’t it logical that Donald Trump nominees for these offices are the type of people that we can trust the least?  This theory appears to be true, especially since these several Donald Trump nominees are people who have a record of being opposed to the very regulations that they are sworn to enforce. For example, Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee for head of the EPA has a record of not only of opposing the EPA in his home state of Oklahoma but has sued the agency four times.  Is he someone we can trust to make sure that we have clean air and water?

Steve Bannon, a Donald Trump, nominee for National Security Council (NSC) in a speech, given at the CPAC Convention today.

 

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Scott Pruitt Testifies Against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Scott Pruitt Testifies Against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

In this video, Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testifies against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  It’s very ironic that the person who is designated as the person who will take over control of the EPA is arguing against one of the most progressive plans, for protecting the environment from global warming, has proposed in years.

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan calls for carbon dioxide emissions to be reduced by 32% within 25 years, down to same levels as 2005.  It is designed to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants.  It is also focused towards increasing the use of renewable energy, such as, solar power, wind power, and other renewable, nonpolluting forms of energy.

As you can imagine, the fossil fuel industry (coal and oil) are fighting hammer and tongs against this new rule from the EPA.  They are just trying to protect their own profits than protect the environment because they are afraid that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will adversely affect their profit margin.  They could care less about protecting our planet and people against global warming, caused by the type of unsafe and obsolete energy production that they want to support.  This mindset is just another example of how detrimental capitalism is to our society.

These industries are too shortsighted to see that alternative energy like solar power, wind power, and other forms of renewable energy production holds huge potential for job creation.  Increased job creation will not only benefit our economy and workers, but advance profit-making potential for the investors in this burgeoning industry.  It seems that the current power producers never heard of something called “diversification”, where they could transform their polluting industries into nonpolluting investments.  Of course, this would mean that they would have to stop sitting on their money and actually invest it in something worthwhile; something American industries have never been prone to do.  They should know by now that it takes money to make money.  Even a socialist like myself can see this fact.

In this video, the primary argument that Scott Pruitt presents is the claim that the States should be the ones to decide the emission standards and enforce them, with no interference from the federal government, in this case, the EPA. Several times he falls back on the “states rights” argument to reinforce his position that the EPA has no authority to impose regulations on energy producing industries like the coal or oil industries. He also makes the standard argument, always made by corporations, that federal regulations cause harm by driving up the cost of whatever is being produced. Scott Pruitt shows himself to be just another shill for the status quo production of coal and oil. It’s very obvious that he is in their pockets.

Scott Pruitt also tries to undermine the EPA’s Clean Power Plan by claiming that it is unconstitutional because the EPA over steps the authority given to it by Congress. He’s tries to imply that the EPA is trying to undermine Congress instead of protecting the environment, which is totally ludicrous. People like Scott Pruitt on the ones who are damaging our environment with their antiquated mindset that regulations are harmful. In reality, regulations are designed to protect the citizens of this country from harm. People like him never seem to realize that if industries behave in a socially responsible way, and really showed any type of caring for the well-being of citizens, regulations would not be necessary.

It’s outrageous that Donald Trump has selected someone like Scott Pruitt for head of the EPA.  There is no way that the can share it. This last week be fair when making a ruling dealing with the issue of global warming, alternative energy, or against the oil and coal industries.  There are many occasions when he will be faced with a glaring conflict of interest on whatever decisions he makes.  However, as we have seen, conflict of interest is the last thing that the Trump administration cares about.  If Scott Pruitt is approved to be head of the EPA, our environment will suffer right along with the people living in it.

 

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Senator Bernie Sanders Grills Scott Pruitt About Climate Change

Senator Bernie Sanders Grills Scott Pruitt About Climate Change

Senator Bernie Sanders grills Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about his position on climate change. Senator Sanders gets Scott Pruitt to admit that President-elect Donald Trump was wrong when he made the statement that climate change/global warming was a hoax. Scott Pruitt readily admits that he believes otherwise.

However, when Senator Sanders tries to ask Pruitt his opinion about why the climate is changing, Pruitt tries to evade the Senators question by saying that his opinion is, “immaterial”. Senator Sanders disagrees about Pruitt’s opinion being “immaterial”, especially since he will be in charge of the agency that is supposed to protect the environment. Scott Pruitt then says that he will do what ever the law requires to enforce environmental regulations.

Senator Sanders points out that 97% of the scientific community says that climate change is caused by human activity. Scott Pruitt then gets into a debate about semantics, saying that the climate is,” impacted” by human activity. Preferring to take the little interpretation of what the scientific community actually said, Senator Sanders argues with Pruitt over the difference between “impact” and “causes”, because Pruitt tries to make light of a very important topic that will confront him as head of the EPA.

Senator Sanders then goes on to make a point about Scott Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma having a record number of earthquakes and the relationship between these earthquakes and fracking (a.k.a. hydraulic fracturing). Senator Sanders asks Pruitt about what he has personally done in his home state to hold the fracking companies accountable. Again, Scott Pruitt becomes evasive and tries very hard to escape from Senator Sanders relentless questioning. Senator Sanders tries to get Scott Pruitt to be more specific about what actions he has taken in Oklahoma, and Pruitt tells about how he has expressed his concern about the problem of increased earthquakes in Oklahoma. He tries very hard to dodge the issue, but Senator Sanders displays his usual tendency to be relentless when questioning someone at a hearing. You can almost see Scott Pruitt squirming in his seat under the pressure that Senator Bernie Sanders puts on him.

At the end, Senator Sanders said that Scott Pruitt will not get his vote. Right on, Bernie!

 

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