Saturday, 21 July, 2018

EPA Head Scott Pruitt Resigns

Evan Vucci  AP Evan Vucci AP
Elijah Vega | 09 July, 2018, 20:38

Putnam, the state agriculture commissioner, is running against U.S. Rep. "We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!"

Trump tweets that Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will assume the acting administrator position Monday. Wheeler is now listed as a consulting principal at worldwide law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, and he has lobbied for Whirlpool, Sargento, and a number of other chemical and big oil interests, according to records compiled by ProPublica.

Environmental and public health advocates are already urging senators not to confirm Wheeler if Trump ends up nominating him to serve as EPA administrator.

"With Scott Pruitt in charge, we can finally unravel the mess of the EPA, and begin developing and implementing thoughtful policies that will make measurable improvements to our natural resources and unleash an energy revolution that will bring jobs and higher wages to Americans", Putnam wrote.

Democrats and environmental groups decried Wheeler as a coal apologist and former top aide to a GOP senator who rejects mainstream climate science.

In October 2017, he notably led a proposal to repeal the CPP, following an order from Trump earlier in the year to "suspend, revise or rescind four actions related to the Clean Power Plan that would stifle the American energy industry".

"Despite his brief tenure, Pruitt was the worst EPA chief in history", said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity.

"Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this", added Trump, who gave no reason for Pruitt's departure. Wheeler's other clients ranged from companies providing coal, gas and nuclear energy to a mix of clients in the auto and food industries.

Amazon Offers Free Echo Dot Ahead Of Prime Day
In the years since, Prime Day has grown into a shopping extravaganza in its own right, with deep discounts on all kinds of items. Amazon is offering Prime subscriptions in the Netherlands for €3.99 for the first month rising to €5.99 in September.

But that doesn't mean Wheeler wasn't lobbying other parts of the Trump administration following the election.

The senator was also a supporter of Pruitt, according to the Times, and Wheeler's rise demonstrates the growing influence of a group of former Inhofe staff members across the Trump administration and Washington including Ryan Jackson, who is now the EPA's chief of staff.

According to The Washington Post, Pruitt pushed to find his wife a well-paying job with a politically connected group.

Rep. Maxine Waters recently made comments encouraging her supporters to publicly confront members of the President's Cabinet, sparking a debate over whether heckling is a permissible political tactic.

Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, suggests that it's time for the EPA to "clean house".

Before heading the EPA, he spent years attacking the agency. "The independent and experienced leader cared deeply about the future of the agency and restored its effectiveness". "We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children", Kirstin Mink told Pruitt as he was having lunch at a downtown restaurant.

In fact, he was the subject of multiple congressional and oversight inquiries; he denied wrongdoing in all cases.

Recommended

  • Dick Cheney Signs Waterboarding Kit For Sacha Baron Cohen's New Show

    Joaquin Phoenix tried to do something similar all the way back in 2010 with I'm Still Here and got called on it in record time. Now, the first teaser for his new series for United States network Showtime has dropped, and it looks very promising, indeed.
    Trump administration takes another swipe at 'ObamaCare'

    Trump administration takes another swipe at 'ObamaCare'

    Still, insurers are grappling with changes that the Trump administration and Congress have made to Obamacare for 2019. The move is expected to add to premium increases next year.
    Conte returns for Chelsea preseason training as club continues to chase Sarri

    Conte returns for Chelsea preseason training as club continues to chase Sarri

    Chelsea are reportedly seeking to lure midfielder Jorginho from Napoli during their ongoing negotiations for manager Maurizio Sarri.
  • South Africa releases Zuma's son on bail after corruption charges

    South Africa releases Zuma's son on bail after corruption charges

    The young Zuma was nabbed by officials and questioned upon his arrival at OR Tambo International Airport from Dubai on Thursday. Zuma agreed to hand in his passport and will make arrangements with the investigating officer if he wants to travel overseas .
    China’s Xiaomi makes underwhelming public debut in Hong Kong IPO

    China’s Xiaomi makes underwhelming public debut in Hong Kong IPO

    Xiaomi's IPO began on Monday in Hong Kong to a fairly slow start, with trade slipping more than 2%, sometimes dropping by 5.88%. Despite Xiaomi's challenging debut, Reuters notes that Hang Seng - the Hong Kong stock market index - was 1.7 percent higher.
    Federer, Serena aim to advance on Wimbledons Manic Monday

    Federer, Serena aim to advance on Wimbledons Manic Monday

    Below is a breakdown of each draw and a look at the four players with the best chances to advance to the men's and women's finals. Thirteen Wimbledon championships between them and 49 grand slam titles overall, it was quite the historic training run.
  • Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin engaged

    Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin engaged

    Or maybe Selena really is over her on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again flame... Selena and Bieber first got back together following her split from The Weeknd last fall.
    Person Killed When Helicopter Crashes Into Virginia Home: State Police

    Person Killed When Helicopter Crashes Into Virginia Home: State Police

    The crash happened near the College of William and Mary Dillard Complex, prompting an alert from the university. Neighbors told local news outlets they saw a small, rickety helicopter crash and heard or felt the impact.
    Mosquito surveillance in Monona County

    Mosquito surveillance in Monona County

    Residents should also make sure that their window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside. Empty buckets, flower pots, old tires from holding water. "That includes any place where there is standing water".
  • Top UK diplomat Boris Johnson quits as Brexit tensions jolt government

    Top UK diplomat Boris Johnson quits as Brexit tensions jolt government

    For a long time it had been clear Boris Johnson was not happy with the prime minister's Brexit strategy. "I'm seeking Brexit. If Theresa May wants to break her manifesto pledges that is up to her [but] these things have consequences.
    Jack Wilshere completes free transfer to West Ham on three-year deal

    Jack Wilshere completes free transfer to West Ham on three-year deal

    However, the club suits him down to the ground and he should settle in quickly, assuming he avoids injury. West Ham have been very active in the summer transfer window and have already made a number of signings.
    Hartley to miss British GP qualifying after FP3 crash

    Hartley to miss British GP qualifying after FP3 crash

    Hartley was able to walk away from the incident, but the severe damage to his Toro Rosso means he might miss qualifying. The Toro Rosso driver crashed heavily at Brooklands after front left suspension failure pitched him into a spin.

Timehop admits attacker stole 21 million users' data Timehop admits attacker stole 21 million users' data The breach also led to a loss of access tokens that the service uses to access users' posts on other social networks. Another thing the hackers got were the "keys" that allow the app to show you posts from the sources you've chosen.

Leaders of bitter foes Ethiopia, Eritrea meet for historic peace talks Leaders of bitter foes Ethiopia, Eritrea meet for historic peace talks The two embraced again at the state dinner, hosted by Isaias and broadcast on both countries' state television. Full-blown fighting ended in 2000, but their troops have faced off across their disputed border ever since.

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores A plastic-straw ban in Seattle , Starbucks' hometown, took effect on July 1 , making it the first major city to take action. A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws.

Police arrest principal, 5 others in rape of student Police arrest principal, 5 others in rape of student The accused threatened to make the video viral if she reported the matter to anyone in the school or at her hom, she said. According to government records, 127 minors and women were subjected to rape in the first three months of 2018.

Things to look out for at the royal christening Things to look out for at the royal christening Prince William and Kate Middleton have opted for friends, rather than immediate family members, as is custom for royal children. The Lily Font is a silver baptismal font which was made in 1840 and has been a fixture at royal christenings since then.

Disgraced Harvey Weinstein still wants to make movies, lawyer says Disgraced Harvey Weinstein still wants to make movies, lawyer says Vance Jr. said the 66-year-old Weinstein is charged with "some of the most serious sexual offenses" that exist under state law. Courthouse guards told people arriving for jury duty to wait or use a different entrance as Weinstein arrived on Monday.

Three Lions Is Officially Number 1 In The UK Three Lions Is Officially Number 1 In The UK Fans had descended at Clapham Junction and were clapping and cheering when the man chose to climb on top of the bus. Police have now confirmed that a woman suspected of having taken part in the vandalism has now been identified.

Eden Hazard lavishes praise on Kylian Mbappe Eden Hazard lavishes praise on Kylian Mbappe The diminutive winger is among the most-fouled players in the Premier League and the same has been true at the World Cup as well. Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions (17 goals, 3 assists).

Michael Appleton on success of England's Harry Maguire Michael Appleton on success of England's Harry Maguire The Leicester centre-half has impressed in Russian Federation this summer, helping England reach the World Cup quarter-finals. England's quarter-final triumph over Sweden will have at least doubled Harry Maguire's value.

Watch Travis Pastrana Make History With Evel Knievel Tribute Watch Travis Pastrana Make History With Evel Knievel Tribute Pastrana ended the event by jumping into the fountain as hundreds of fans on the streets of Las Vegas cheered him on. After finishing with a few burnouts, Pastrana celebrated his triplicating feat by diving into the fountain.

UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned Other Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs have criticized the Chequers deal, saying May's plans offered Brexit in name only . Davis' resignation was followed by that of Exiting the EU Minister Steve Baker.

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic. Plastic straws never completely decompose and can be harmful, even fatal, to animals that ingest them.

Roger Federer suggests Wimbledon organisers reconsider all-white playing gear rule Her exit means eight of the top 10 seeded women have gone out before the end of Week 1. That leaves Serena as the only remaining woman to have won the tournament.

Delhi gangrape case: SC to deliver verdict on convicts pleas tomorrow Delhi gangrape case: SC to deliver verdict on convicts pleas tomorrow The verdict has been recieved unanimously with approval by the general public who feel Nirbhaya has recieved justice atlast. The sixth, a minor, was sent to a correction home and has been released after serving his probation period.

Robin Wright Addresses Kevin Spacey's Behavior in 'Today' Interview Robin Wright Addresses Kevin Spacey's Behavior in 'Today' Interview The impending tell-all comes after fresh allegations of sexual assault were aimed at 58-year-old Spacey. He was so great with me. "That is the only thing I feel I have the right to talk about".