Friday, 17 August, 2018

EPA being stymied in bid to delay Obama regs

Francis Olson | 09 June, 2017, 02:39

In the wake of the Administration's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the groups have filed a motion seeking to immediately stop the EPA action, marking the first legal challenge filed against a Trump Administration's EPA action to stay emission reduction requirements of a climate regulation.

President Donald Trump's environmental chief has been trying to clear the air about why his boss is pulling out of the Paris climate accord. Pruitt repeatedly argued the climate agreement would harm the US economy, particularly coal industry jobs.

"What we've done as a country is lead through innovation and technology", said Pruitt.

Asked by NBC's Chuck Todd if President Donald Trump was making a "false promise" to revive the US coal industry - which has been battered by cheaper natural gas - Pruitt responded, "Dead wrong".

No data exists from government or industry sources to back up the claim that the industry has seen such a dramatic surge in coal mining jobs over this time period. The only problem? As The Washington Post notes, in the final four months of the Obama administration, there was a gain of just 1,400 coal jobs. The industry would argue that the number should be about 62 percent higher - 81,000 rather than 50,000, as of the end of 2016.

Last month, the coal industry added 400 jobs, not 7,000. Host Chuck Todd played a clip of former Vice President Al Gore blaming the loss of coal jobs on technology and competition.

EPA's detection and fix program is crucial to identify and stop leaks, which can occur in very large volumes, of methane and other pollutants from the hundreds of valves, pumps, tanks and other equipment at oil and gas wells, as well as in the pipeline network that brings the gas to market. "And promising to re-create the 19th century is not a visionary strategy for a successful 21st century". Scarborough started out his interrogation by insisting the question was "simple": "Does [Trump] still believe that it was a hoax launched in China?"

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It is true that for all mining jobs, which Pruitt in some cases has mentioned along with coal jobs, there has been almost a 50,000 job increase since October, the beginning of the fourth quarter. "In the month of May alone, nearly 7,000 jobs".

Which, given what we know of how much TV Trump consumes and how little he likes those who work for him making news, is probably a smart way for Pruitt to keep his job.

The increase in coal industry-related jobs in Central Appalachia - where employment increased 5.9 percent from January to March - was likely due to a recent surge in metallurgical coal prices, according to experts.

He used the same figures in an interview on Fox News. But "mining" refers to gas, oil, metal ores, coal and nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying. Due to the closing of coal-fired power plants and natural gas lower prices, the market for the kind of coal used in electricity - the biggest use for coal - remains down relative to where it was several years ago.

One more lie to add to the vast pile of lies this administration tells on a daily basis.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wrote to industry groups on April 18 saying the EPA had chose to stay the rule in response to petitions from the industry.

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