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Current News Regarding the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S.A. (and overcoming real corruption)…

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The EPA will roll back the Obama-era auto-fuel-efficiency standards.  The agency threatens to revoke California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act, which allows it to require cleaner cars.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke denies that his department censors science.  A National Park Service report on how it will deal with climate change omits all references to human causation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t want to give threatened species as much protection as endangered ones.

The Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program wins multiple court rulings: Now the BLM must disclose the climate impacts of fossil fuel development in the Powder River Basin; the Trump administration can’t overturn the ban on new offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic without judicial review; and the administration can’t delay increased penalties for automakers to violate fuel-economy standards.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry calls moving away from fossil fuels “immoral.”

The Bureau of Land Management blames a “breakdown of technology” for its failure to note 42,000 public comments in support of protections for the greater sage-grouse.

“I really don’t know” if humans cause climate change, says the head of the EPA’s scientific advisory board.

(The above information is from the Sierra Club that i belong to.)

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“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”  — Albert Einstein

 

Overcoming Real Corruption… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

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  1. Many, many people in my community are concerned and taking action. Mostly, we realize that getting out the vote and reinstating a science-based administration is the most important action we can take.

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    • You are very lucky to live in such an area, Eilene! 🙂 Around our rural area, people mostly vote the way that they were programmed to vote for eons, they don’t recycle much (as we do), they don’t use clean renewable energy (as we do), and they support candidates whose pockets are full of $ from the fossil fuel industry and similar crude institutions.

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  2. The current wave of “undo whatever we didn’t do” is alarming, destructive, not just to the physical environment – also to the mental environment in those growing up with this as “norm”. Waves in time reside, overridden by other prevailing forces. I do hope this wave gets muted in coming elections.

    Sierra Club is doing some really good countering.

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    • Yes, Linda! Like i said to Jazz, it’s like Rod Serling Twilight Zone stuff. (You may be too young to have experienced those horrifying shows.)
      I was quite perceptive even as a kid, and though i’m elderly and retired now, i remember that when i was a kid i realized that we would be polluting our planet to extinction; i knew that it was just a matter of time. Sadly, i see that it’s true more than ever now. Unbelievable numbers of people are denying that man is responsible for what is going on. The coral reefs are dying, the forests wordwide are burning away uncontrollably, and we have governments kissing the behind of the $ loving, crazy industry thugs that want smoke and pollutants to go unchecked into the atmosphere and waterways. It’s quite insane, really. I sure hope that things change. There’s a lot of real ignorance to transcend!

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      • Hi Tom – I loved Twilight Zone, and though I never saw any of the science fiction TV shows like Lost in Space, and I’ve never seen Star Trek or any of those sci-fi movies, I never missed Twilight Zone. I’m actually only a few years younger than you – I turned 62 in April. I worry about what is going on with our natural habitats – flora and fauna that will not be around for much longer at the rate we are going. It is very sad and then I hear about this scientific probe worth all the $$$ going to the sun. Who cares about the sun? We’re not going to live there, just like we likely will not live on another planet. Spend the money to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease or even better for cancer. We don’t need a probe that goes to the sun to know we have global warming.

  3. This is sad. And familiar. Which is even more sad. If If one is not an activist, but merely tries to reduce pollution-free personally and talks to people about it, does it make a difference at all?

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  4. Timely and necessary reminder on the sad state of affairs in this country! Unfortunately those who need to hear it the most probably don’t read or listen to this information. I just got back from a trip to California where I had an interesting conversation with three elderly people while waiting in line. They had only the harshest words for what’s happening with the fuel emission standards, the regulation rollbacks and everything else that’s ailing the environment. The air was so bad from all the nearby fires which makes hearing someone high up say “just cut down all the trees so they won’t burn” even more insulting! I feel lucky to be an independent and well informed thinker! We recycled long before it was chic, but I’ve had people laugh at me for doing the responsible thing.
    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely! I hope that more people will come to their senses and vote out all the crooks and grifters who enrich themselves at the cost of the 99% and the environment!

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  5. What can be done Tom, given the administrations bent? It sounds like they’re hell bent on going backwards.

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  6. Tom, I concur and I’ve been writing and preaching about this for oh so long now. No one (well, certain powers that be, that shouldn’t be) will listen and tend to have selective hearing on such issues because they seem to think that destruction of our natural resources will not affect them! DUH! To think so many are turning a blind eye to this because they don’t believe global warming exists is preposterous! Can you say “Show Me da MONEY” boys and girls? SMH 😦

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