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Climate Activists Want Biden To Bar Appointees With Fossil Fuel Ties
"Joe biden has an ambitious climate plan and there are a lot of people with government experience. Who could help implement that plan. But some of them have ties to fossil fuel industries and that is a problem for climate change activists. Npr's jeopardy reports in philadelphia recently. A group of young climate activists marched to biden's campaign headquarters. The sunrise movement often pressures democrats. Back the green new deal but instead biden offered his own climate plan for a slower transition away from coal oil and gas. He has not committed to barring people with fossil fuel ties from his administration. Lauren martinez was sunrise. Thinks he should biden ran on the most progressive climate agenda in us history and one on it. So it's incumbent upon him to take that seriously and put forward people who are accountable to the people that elected him to office the head of the natural resources defense council and former epa administrator gina mccarthy says she understands why young activists want to ban on appointees connected to fossil fuels especially after trump. Put them in key posts including andrew wheeler a former coal industry lobbyist. I mean that's who has been running the environmental protection agency and has gotten us nowhere fast. It's backed us up. It hasn't supported a growing clean energy economy. But here's a problem with a fossil fuel will litmus test biden won't govern alone the us senate could remain under republican leadership that means passing legislation would require compromise and bradbury is ceo of the american exploration and production council. Americans voted for divided government. As part of that you know. I think they voted for moderation. And i think they voted for commonsense. Bradberry sees a future for fossil fuels even under biden's ambitious plan for net zero carbon emissions by twenty fifty worried about climate. Change say there are issues. Republicans and democrats likely can agree on heather. Reams was citizens for responsible. Energy solutions suggests activist focus on things like economic stimulus that boost clean energy. They should looking at the bigger policies and getting to what's possible with getting climate action done today rather than arguing about the position on one's resume among the names on the biden transition team a few have limited ties to fossil fuel but more are from environmental groups. Jody freeman served as councillor for energy and climate change on the obama white house now freeman is at harvard law school and says she sees a trend in the people selected so far i think the clear messages vitality one good people in place wrestling start who have experienced any days and not wasting any time. Freeman is a good example of those who could be excluded. If a biden administration rejects people connected to fossil fuel companies. She sits on the board of oil company conaco phillips but she also led obama's effort to double car fuel efficiency standards. She's also an expert on using presidential powers to address climate change. That's knowledge that likely will be necessary if both parties can't agree on new climate legislation when biden his sworn in next year. Jeff brady npr news.
Trump administration weakens mercury rule for coal plants
"Louis from administration gutted the Obama era rule compelling coal fired power plants to reduce mercury emissions environmental protection agency chief Andrew Wheeler a former coal industry executive called the Obama rule regulatory over reach his previous clients had many of the regulatory rollbacks I saw from the
EPA guts rule credited with cleaning up coal-plant toxic air
"The trump administration gutted the Obama era rule that compelled coal fired power plants to reduce mercury and other toxic emissions environmental protection agency chief Andrew Wheeler called the rule the Obama rule regulatory
Trump administration allows companies to break pollution laws during coronavirus pandemic
"The trump administration is gutting a rule credit it with cleaning up toxic air at coal plants this is a rule from the Obama administration that forced coal plants to cut back emissions of mercury and other human health hazards the current head of the environmental protection agency Andrew Wheeler is a former coal lobbyist environmental and public health groups and Democrats are criticizing the move while the corona virus pandemic is taking up the world's attention the trump administration contends the clean up was not appropriate and necessary EPA staffers own analysis said the rule held off mercury's devastating neurological damage to children and prevented thousands of premature
EPA gutting rule credited with coal-plant toxic air cleanup
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EPA cites COVID-19 as reason to suspend regulation of polluters
"The environmental protection agency has abruptly waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated health and environmental protections why they're saying industries could have trouble complying with them during the corona virus pandemic now here's the kicker the oil and gas industries are among the industries that have sought in advance of relaxation of environmental and public health enforcement during this outbreak citing potential staffing problems unbelievable fury aiding at the EPA's decision was sweeping foregoing fines or other civil penalties for companies that failed to monitor report or meet some other requirements for releasing hazardous pollutants what are they talking about the move was the latest in one of the broadest regulation easing moves by the EPA which you all know is seeking to roll back dozens of regulations as part of president Donald trump's purge of rules that the administration sees is unfriendly to business I am appalled I am I don't mind telling you this is enough reason not to vote for Donald Trump can you imagine such an irresponsible action and yes the administration is taking advantage of this unprecedented a public health crisis and who are they doing the favors for their contributors polluters who threaten the public safety now in a statement EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler so the open ended waiver open ended waiver was retroactive
Trump rollback could leave waterways vulnerable to pollution
"Trump administration officials have signed off on a policy change the narrows the type of water ways to qualify for federal protection under the clean water act here's EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler landowners can finally re focus on providing the food shelter and other commodities Americans rely on every day instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on attorneys and consultants not protected under the new rules features that only contain water in direct response to rainfall groundwater the local Hasen deputy legislative director for the Sierra Club says the policy change strips away environmental protections allowing businesses to fill in wetlands and pollute the water supply the trump administration and going backward on enforcing protections for our water with the dirty water will Jennifer king Washington
Trump Administration Proposes Rollbacks for Two Obama-Era Coal Pollution Rules
"The environment takes another hit from the trump administration A. P.'s above Thomas reports the president is accelerating the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country's coal fired power plants environmental protection agency administrator Andrew Wheeler has signed a proposal that would weaken to obamacare rules one involves requirements on coal fired power plants for cleaning coal ash and toxic heavy metals including mercury arsenic and Selene him from plant waste water before dumping it into water way the other move would give utilities up to several years more to clean up or close the more than four hundred unlined coal ash dumps around the country that lie within a few feet of ground water Wheeler says the aim is to reduce what he calls heavy burdens on electricity producers across the country Ben Thomas Washington
Trump Administration Proposes Relaxing Rules On Waste From Coal Plants
"The trump administration proposing easy more Obama era protections on contaminants from coal fired power plants E. A. administrator Andrew Wheeler signing proposals today overhaul in a set of twenty fifteen rules on pole plant ash dumps and waste
Trump EPA says California must protect water better from homeless waste
"And yet another strike against California the trump administration is accusing the state of failing to protect Californians from degraded water specifically citing concerns about waste from homeless population getting into sewer systems EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler road to California governor Gavin Newsom claiming the state is not addressed water pollution tied to the homelessness crisis in major cities like San
Trump administration moves to block California fuel economy standards
"Be the trump administration is unveiling a national fuel economy standards rule that would revoke California's authority to set its own auto emission standards authorities that it has for decades this is EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler no state has the authority to opt out of national fuel economy standards and no state has the authority to set its own fuel economy standards that impact human safety the environment and commerce for the rest of the country our boarding up plans to fight
Trump Administration To Revoke California's Power Over Car Emissions
"Today the trump administration is expected to revoke California's ability to make its own auto emissions rules from Fifty Years California has been enforcing being more stringent environmental rules than other states that Aris seems to be coming to an end according to reporting from several media outlets. I want to turn now to Jody Freeman. She's a law professor. Sir who directs the Environmental and Energy Law Program at Harvard. She led the push for stricter auto emissions standards in the Obama White House professor. Welcome thank you so so what impact should we be. What potential actually paying attention to here is if this changes made well just to put this in context you know this has been fifty years of California getting waivers favors from the federal government to set its own standards if they want to and have other states opt into them and they've gotten these waivers from both parties Republican and Democratic administrations and never ever has one been revoked once. It's been granted so this is unprecedented. I think the trump administration is showing just how aggressive they're kind of anti climate agenda is because it's it's not enough to freeze fuel efficiency standards at the federal level which they have announced they're about to finalize but they are also now intending to block the states especially California that wanted you more and on top of that they've actually threatened auto companies that if they voluntarily want to agree to meet California's higher standards those companies will be investigated instigated by the Department of Justice for Conspiring to restrain trade so it's really shows you the lengths of the administration's going to to kind of setback climate and clean in air policy in the country. I mean I it sounds though the argument that the administration is making an and we should say this hasn't happened yet. There's some reporting that the administration might postpone on this announcement but the head of the EPA Andrew Wheeler said in a speech yesterday quote federalism does not mean that one state can dictate standards for the nation nation. I mean I just wonder is there is there you know an argument. The fundamentals here that that you know one state should not have different environmental standards than other other states really should be a decision made by the entire country. Well actually I think wheeler has it backwards. The foundation of environmental armone laws since the birth of the field in this country has been to have the federal government set a baseline of floor of standards and then let the states innovate and go above them if they wish so. That's been the long tradition and it's been terrific engine of innovation in the country of producing clean air clean water. It's after with state as the drivers in this instance. It's actually not true. The California's sets the standards for the country here in this case they have special authority where they can set different standards if they want and other states can follow them if they want want but nobody has to do anything they don't want. I think this is a sort of pugnacious political punch in the nose to California. and it's very bad for progress on climate change is bad for consumers because consumers are going to pay more for gas for less efficient cars. It's bad technology policy for the country because the auto industry benefits from being pushed to make cleaner cars and not one auto CEO executive has come out publicly to support the president's very drastic rollback here so that speaks volumes in itself. They've several of them said they support keeping California in the structure of setting standards and they support making progress on fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction. What can I just ask you one. Step back question here. I mean this all comes ahead of big climate change protests that are planned across the country for this Friday. Environment seems to the be drawing more attention than it has in the past having been on the politics of this. Is this activism making a difference. Is it having an impact on the policy of of the from ministration well. I'm not sure it's going to change the policies of this administration which seems really quite bent on unraveling every climate policy the Obama folks put in place as I do think though it's creating a lot of interest in what the Democratic field is going to look lake for the next presidential election and I think it's kind of raising consciousness around the country about the the importance of these issues so I think it's going to have a political impact in the next cycle.
News Brief: Presidential Debate, EPA Changes Clean Water Rules
"Now we know what it looks and sounds like when all the Democratic presidential contenders share the same stage that's right the ten leading leading candidates met in Houston Texas Joe Biden who's been leading in the polls stood near the centre. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders stood to either side. Now it'd be hard to say that anybody decisively one debate so many months before actual voting but this event did seem to highlight genuine differences among Democrats including those three the at center stage. What were the differences well? NPR POLITICAL REPORTER ASTHMA Hollywood is in Houston Good Morning Aspe- and our senior political editor and correspondent Dominica Montinaro was watching Ching to Dominica Good morning to you and let's start with you Dominica. What did you see is? Those candidates spoke well. I mean you know the big thing here is that this was the strongest debate eight at least to start for Joe. Biden was crisper than he's been. He seemed ready to go on the attack but he also got some help early on and that's a big part of why is able to do better from amy cloche are the senator from Minnesota. She really decided to Kinda hug the moderate lane and seemed to put a floor under Biden in didn't wind up turning turning into a pylon like it has an other debates pylon Joe Biden and instead there was this division in the Democratic Party was several candidates on either side and asthma something in close to I I think close to half an hour of disagreements on a single big issue healthcare that's right and we've seen other healthcare debates in the first chew debates but what I think is unique about this. One is at the focus of the healthcare conversation for much of this campaign cycle has been concentrated on the progressive left specifically around around Bernie Sanders Medicare for all plan last night. Biden was much more aggressive in defending his ideas around healthcare and I want you to take a listen to specific bite of what he had to say. I think I know that the senator says she's for Bernie Yeah. I'm for Barack. I think the obamacare worked. I think the way we added to it replace everything that's been cut at a public option guarantee that everyone will be able to have affordable assurance. I guess we should clarify. Senator says she's for Bernie. He's he's referring to Elizabeth. Elizabeth Warren yes exactly and you know the Biden. Campaign sees this argument as a clear strength for him in war and world and people sort of laugh at the idea that health insurance people like their health insurance company. They'll say people like their doctor. They like their nurse and Massachusetts. Senator doesn't really want to take the bait in specifically wind Biden is pushing around this idea of taxes and costs which is something we saw last night. They feel like that's an intellectually dishonest honest argument about whether or not taxes on the middle class will go up the thing that really you ought to look at total cost but I would say look a lot of voters aren't going to get that distinction between between costs and and taxes kind of lost in the details what they're essentially acknowledging your taxes would go up aren't they but they're saying your other cost your other healthcare costs would go down in many cases so we've got Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren favouring Medicare for all but as Dominica mentioned Joe Biden was not the only person saying wait but let's do something a little more a little more moderate here and Dominica just mentioned actually specifically Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar who defended many times this idea of healthcare Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has made a point of saying he wrote the Damn Bill around Medicare for all so he knows that people are mischaracterizing it well. Here's what Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar had to say about that while Bernie wrote the bill I read the bill and on page eight age eight of the bill. It says that we will no longer have private insurance as we know it. I don't think that's a bold idea. I think it's it's a bad idea and this idea of eliminating choice is something we also heard from south. Bend Indiana me or Buddha judge who tied his idea his plan called a medicare for all who want it and basically he says that you should trust the American voters to do what they want to have the sense to choose what they opt for okay so quite substantive debate bait there. Maybe not a lot that was new but people could sit there and look at the differences between the candidates. Now we mentioned that there were ten Democrats on stage but sometimes it seemed seemed almost like there were eleven. Let's listen I WANNA give credit I to Barack Obama for really bringing us this far. We we all know huge debt to President Obama who fundamentally transformed healthcare in America and of course we owe a debt of gratitude to President Barack Obama Dominica at sounds like President Obama had a pretty good bay. It's quite a difference from what we've heard in past debates when they've been pretty critical of Obama's tenure as not progressive aggressive enough of those newly warm feelings tell me they recognize Biden still in the lead and just how important older black voters who've been really supporting Biden are to who wins this nomination. I mean President Obama is still very popular within the Democratic Party and a lot of voters who we've talked to on the campaign trail sorta chafed at this idea that there were sort of dismissing him especially with President trump in the White House. They're saying well. How far do they want to go? we kind of liked to what President Obama had to do. I guess we should be explicit about this of course Joe Biden. Having Been Barack Obama's vice president naturally associated with Obama's record Glenn he's wrapped himself in President Obama and everyone else has sort of seeded the lane which was kind of jaw dropping to be totally honest. There was also a difference last night on gun laws Beto total rourke Democrat of Texas noted early on that his city. I'll pass oh just suffered a mass shooting just weeks ago and he was pretty definite about assault style rifles hell yes. We're GONNA take your fifteen. Ak47 what does he want to do. And how does that. Compare to the other candidates on stage so he's proposing a mandatory gun buyback program Stephen you heard that line was so enthusiastically received in the debate hall all but that that just shows you. It's really popular maybe with the activist base of the Democratic Party. Most of the candidates do agree on some sort of version of voluntary gun buyback back program but our work is going further with this mandatory idea. I think what's really interesting. Is that when you look at the broader electorate mandatory Tori gun buybacks are really controversial recent. NPR PBS Newshour Mayor's poll found that forty six percent of Americans are against Congress passing such legislation Asian forty five percent are in favour and really the divide splits along partisan lines Dominica one of the question for you. We've talked about the five or six leading candidates. It's did anybody a little bit further down in the polls standout. All you know you look at over work. I mean he certainly was in full remote reboot mode of his candidacy and all these other candidates are starting to feel the heat and they were really trying some hail Marys yet Andrew Yang with this competition to give out a thousand dollars to to ten different people. Amy Klobuchar went for broke in the moderate Lane it who Leon Castro forcefully going after Joe Biden at several turns so you had a lot out of these candidates realizing that votes are going to be cast shortly and had to take some risks last night the Medico s Mahala. Thanks so much you're welcome. That's that's. NPR's here's dominicos Montinaro and NPR's Esfahan. The trump administration is changing what qualifies is as the waters of the United States the head of the Environmental Protection Agency signed off on the repeal of an Obama era era regulation for many years federal law has aimed to limit pollution in lakes and rivers the administration of President Obama extended that rule in ways that would regulate pollution on wetlands and smaller waterways they were to be regulated in part because they flow into the bigger waterways. EPA Administrator a straighter Andrew Wheeler argued that rolling back that rule would reassure farmers and home builders and landowners NPR's brought is covering this story for us and he's on the line naked morning hey steve what regulation exactly so what scrapping regulation that was finalized in the waning days of the Obama Administration called the waters of the the US rule or for short okay because you know as well as I do Steve Every federal policies only as strong as its acronym. That's not on August acronym. I got but anyway go basically with the waters United States did was tried to define which rivers streams wetlands and lakes should deserve protection under the Clean Water Act the clean water act itself largely limits pollution in big navigable waterways. That's the term in the actual statute but court decisions including a ruling from the Supreme Court left the door or open for protections to expand off of those bigger waterways so like you said not just the river but the stream that feeds into it or the wetland next to it and Obama wanted to basically officially officially extend federal water protections to that larger connected water system with this regulation. I guess we should just underline the basic problem. Here is gravity. You want to protect the rivers. The Big rivers offers you WANNA protect the big lakes but essentially all land I mean everything flows downhill into something and so how do you how far you extend that protection inland. Why did the trump trump administration consider Obama's approach to be a power grab? Well you know this change was not terribly popular with a number of groups farmers developers minors they saw all this is they did many Obama environmental regulations as a federal land grab in an overreach of what the Clean Water Act was actually intended to do and look the rules certainly expanded federal water protections to new waterways but was I think was as is the case with a lot of these policies one way or the other There's a lot of rhetoric where the on the ground impact is a a little harder to discern part of that be in this rule is because it was immediately challenged in court by some of the groups that we just mentioned and the trump administration was clear from let's start that this rule was one of its top environmental targets so in some ways it was kind of a dead rule walking. Oh so we never really found out how much landowners and other other people might have been affected had this rule been fully implemented. No it was only implemented in two thousand fifteen and and and was challenged by a number of states so do we have any sense now of how landowners and other people will be affected now that the rule is conclusively debt again say you know those groups are groups are thrilled ruled by this decision. EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler announced repeal to applause at the National Association of Manufacturers Headquarters yesterday but this rule like many many of the trump administration's regulatory rollbacks is going to be challenged in court so at the end of the day the impact is probably going to be discerned by court decision very very briefly as my drinking water is supposed to be affected by this again hard to say you know in the media the federal water protections are GonNa Revert back to where they were in nineteen
EPA Confirms The Agency Is Changing Water Policy
"Nate Rod is here with me he covers the environment for NPR and we're talking about the trump administration's decision to repeal an Obama era regulation protecting wetlands and streams from from pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed this yesterday saying they wanna give farmers home builders and land owners more certainty. Can you just start with how this Obama era regulation was was working so that might be giving it too much credit almost from the very beginning when this rule was implemented in two thousand fifteen it was facing challenges legal challenges political challenges all the above but basically what the regulation was trying to do was expand federal water protections under the Clean Water Act Two rivers streams wetlands lakes some argued even ponds that didn't officially have protections before the clean water act largely limits pollution in what they what are called navigable waters think big rivers you know big enough to float a boat but in the forty plus years since the Clean Water Act was went into effect court decisions including Supreme Court decision left the door open for protections of waterways is to be expanded so not just you know rivers but the streams that feed into those rivers the wetlands next to them water systems are connected right so Obama wanted to officially actually extend federal water protections to that larger connected system but it never got off the ground really abusive all these legal challenges everything but so you'd farmers you'd minors minors a lot of people pushing the trump administration for this rollback of this Obama era regulation. What was their central argument well without question that this rule certainly expanded federal protections to new waterways it didn't maybe automatically have them before and that alone was fuel from criticism for criticism from miners farmers developers who saw ah this is federal land grab and argued that it was an over interpretation of what the Clean Water Act itself allows the federal government to do so there were thrilled to see the trump administration carry through on its promise to repeal this but as with a lot of policies when where the other it's kind of hard to know what the on the ground impact was versus versus a lot of the rhetoric that surrounded this policy and part of that was because as I mentioned before it was challenged right away so the head of the EPA Andrew Wheeler I I WANNA give it listen to this th th this is the announcement he made yesterday when President Trump took office he immediately set in motion a process to remove and replace Regulatory Tori burdens that were stifling American innovation and Economic Development the Obama Administration's Twenty fifteen waters of the US definition was is at the top of the list so this goes beyond saying hey this is a regulation that we need to to scrap a rollback to give more certainty for farmers and let them know that they don't have to worry about their ponds. This goes to like a fundamental goal of the trump administration to roll back President Obama's environmental policies that fair L. Absolutely I mean president trump trump before he was president was pretty clear that that was going to be one of his top agendas when he if he was to take office and you know wheeler when he was making that announcement announcement yesterday at the National Association of Manufacturers Headquarters in DC bragging about how effective his agency the EPA has been deregulation. I think he said they've done. They've taken forty six deregulatory actions and they have forty five more in the work. you know and that's just one agency. That hasn't including terrier. It doesn't include other agencies that are also doing deregulation of course. He didn't say that many of those deregulatory actions are being held up in court and it is very likely that this rollback will will face the same sort of challenges ages. N._P._R.'S NATE wrought here West with Munich. Thanks so much yeah thank you.
EPA announces repeal of Obama-era clean water regulation
"The environmental protection agency is repealing obamacare a rules that extended federal authority and protections to streams and wetlands administrator Andrew Wheeler says the move is another promise kept by the trump administration many states already have their own protections for waters within their borders regardless of whether those waters are fairly regulated or not together our proposed definition an existing state programs would provide a strong network of coverage for the nation's water resources this is what Congress intended when it enacted the clean water act Republicans ridicule the regulation as government over reach environmental groups say the mover warts polluters and the fight the changes
EPA announces repeal of Obama-era clean water regulation
"The trump administration is rolling back regulations nations on clean water that had been expanded under the Obama Administration. The previous administration said it was aiming to better protect wildlife and drinking water from industrial will run off and pollution but Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler has called the expansion overreach that in some cases grew to cover dry land formers and oil and gas producers are among the groups who opposed the Obama era regulations saying the rules had intruded on property owners writes
Trump administration to revoke Obama rule that provided federal protection to many wetlands, streams
"And Obama era rule that expanded which waterways are under federal regulation is revoked today's final rule puts an end to an agreed just power grab a PHEV Andrew Wheeler says the rollback returns a familiar frame work while the administration takes public comment on its proposed revised definition environmental groups say wetlands and drinking water will be jeopardized and they plan to
EPA Chief Pledges To Severely Cut Back On Animal Testing Of Chemicals
"Makes response this morning to the government's announcement it will move away from testing potentially dangerous chemicals on animals animal rights groups are praising the decision to phase out some animal tests by twenty twenty five and all animal testing by twenty thirty five but groups like the natural resources defense council worry that EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler a former coal industry lobbyist is using this as an excuse to roll back yet more environmental protections enacted by past administrations the chemical industry has joined animal rights groups and welcoming the new policy Vicki Barker CBS
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"US EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler and other leaders to discuss how people will get around at hot and crowded world. Mr. Wheeler, thanks for coming to climate one. Absolutely. Thanks for having me during your Senate confirmation testimony. You said that climate change is not the greatest risk facing humanity. But it's somewhere around eight or nine on a scale of ten so what is the Trump administration doing to address that eight or nine challenge for humanity? Sure, we're moving forward with our ase proposal the for clean energy act, which will reduce CO two from the electric power segment. Awesome moving forward our cafe standards. But you also reduce CO two on the proposal. It's projected to get thirty. Three to thirty four percent reduction and she'll to from the electric power sector over over the life of the regulation, though. I think there was a Harvard study that the questioned whether that will really reduce the two compared to the Obama clean power plan, which I think that's trying to replace. Well, you gotta remember though, the Obama clean power plan never took effect. It was day by the supreme court because in my opinion went outside the Clean Air Act. So it's really hard to compare apples and oranges. When you have a regulation that is was never implemented outside the jurisdiction of the agency and outside the authority of the Clean Air Act versus a proposed regulation. That follows the law follows the supreme court precedents and will reduce CO two. So a lot of this is really about coal coal production, capacity. United States is about down about a third from twenty ten banks insurance companies hedge funds are all moving away from coal as you. Well know, what is to, you know, do you really think that that easing regulations on coal will help bring back. Industry that's in decline for lots of reasons why I think the important thing here is that we're not tipping the scales. The Obama administration tip the scales away from coal. It's not the job of the thirty. The to pick winners and losers between the different fuel sources, and that would be either department of energy or for or even more likely the state PUC's our job is to set the regulations the governed the industry, and that's what we're doing. And it's and we believe we have a responsible regulation that will reduce CO two electric power segment in following both the Clean Air Act and the Massachusetts versus EPA decision though. There was an effort to require utilities to stockpile bunch of coal, which even the Federal Energy Regulatory commission. Didn't didn't go there that seems like a pretty clear effort to to help Cole by requiring power plants to stockpile coal what you know that that is outside the thirty of the EPA, and I know the problem of energy, and we're looking into those issues. I do think you know as far as. Authorities are concerned I think it's important to make sure that we have a balance of fuel sources in order to make sure that we have electric power for everyone across the country. But again, that's not the role of the and under the Obama administration. The EPA really took that on as their role, which is not what the set up to do. So people said to me that it's really Texas fractures that her call because it's cheap natural gas at her coal more than the Sierra Club or Obama. Do you think there's some truth in that Texas, fractures, really hurtful might be some truth to that? But you know, if you have a co fire power plant, and you're trying to make a decision whether or not to put on a digital equipment or shut it down. That's a big driver for the future of coal. I don't think you're going to look at natural gas is cheap some shutdown functioning co fire power plant just because natural gas is cheap. We're here. Talking at a Bloomberg conference on mobility, a lot of talk about the California waiver clean, car standards, California. The federal government or kind of at a deadlock there. How's that going to play out? Well, hopefully, we can we can end up with something regulation that the California likes and can agree with. But, you know, California's only looking at it as one policy issue, and that is energy efficiency, the Trump administration the federal government. We're looking at more than just one policy issue including highway safety lives saved. Our proposal will save one thousand lives per year as opposed over and above the Obama proposal bigger cars. What's the basis for that? It's older cars right now cars people.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on On The Media
"But as a society, we've been fighting over health insurance since the nineteen nineties, so. Yeah, crypt on and all that. But Republicans just future of green new deal not hinge on people who simply don't want any part of. It. Yeah. It's a good question. But I think what the green deal framing does smartly in the people pushing for it are smartly getting around is tendency within environmental groups to sort of go begging to Republicans to say, please support our climate policy will make it as weak as possible if you just get on board, and we've seen this, you know, time and time again, most notably in two thousand nine with wax Mark with this cap and trade Bill. The fact that emissions trading is a policy tool that will be employed which started off as somewhat decent legislation for the time. And through the course of debating, it just got watered down so much to the point where if it had been passed that Bill would have kneecap the environmental protection agencies in ways that Andrew Wheeler. And Scott Pruitt could really only dream of. And so that has been a trap that I think a lot of environmentalists and Democrats have fallen into saying that you know, we we will only get. Policy if we convince enough Republicans to get on board. But as we've seen such a deeply partisan issue that I don't think Republicans really come to the table in good faith debate climate policy, particularly not given the millions of dollars that they got from the fossil fuel industry every year in campaign contributions. I want to end by bring this back to something..
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on Anderson Cooper 360
"Let's week. There was a lot of talk about a new federal report warning about the dangers of climate change. President Trump told reporters didn't believe the findings and the White House press, Jerry Sanders. So therefore it was quote, not based on facts today, the annual United nation global climate summit got underway. Forbes magazine says the first time the United States will not have a billion. There would you might have missed in the middle of all of this is who the president has actually nominated as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency or senior investigative correspondent drew Griffin. Has this look the president's pick who has ties to big coal. Try to ask the acting administrator of the EPA atop question. Mr. Wheeler drew Griffin with CNN, you're more likely to get a stiff shoulder from his security. Then a chance at even a glance of Andrew Wheeler take a window question. Your security guards won't be bothered by Mr. whaler, perhaps. Because the question we want to ask Wheeler is just how is it possible? One of the biggest lobbyists for the nation's biggest coal companies is now leading the Environmental Protection Agency. Andrew Wheeler was in bed with the coal companies. And now he's an in bed with him blessed year, and now he's inner role where he's regulating them. It makes no sense whatever you can do by his own resume. President Trump could not have chosen a swampy more conflicted person to run the EPA than Andrew Wheeler cells. Just take a look at this photo from last year. It's a meeting between energy secretary Rick Perry who appears to be getting an earful from Bob Murray..
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on WCPT 820
"EPA chief Andrew Wheeler engaged with racists, conspiratorial, posts on social media. Yeah. The acting administrator of the repeated repeatedly engaged with implant Midori content on his personal Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past five years, including some the last month. He liked to racist image of President Obama and Michelle Obama yet with a banana. Did you see that ha-? That's funny 'cause right retweeting an infamous pizza gate conspiracy theorists. I mean, there is no mainstream anymore the Republican party. It's like they're all racist. Lunatic corrupt drifter Pruitt anymore. Pruitt. Florida. Republican gubernatorial candidate wrote a book, arguing the founding fathers were right not to about slavery. Rhonda Santa's racial controversies is. He had right? Andrew gillum notes. Go vote for Andrew gillum. He's found himself in another controversy over racist rhetoric. The piece of toxic arguments put forward by Sandison is two thousand eleven book dreams from our founding fathers first principles in the age of Obama, one of the most disturbing claims he made in the book was that Thurgood Marshall, the first African American supreme court Justice was wrong to suggest the founding fathers failure to abolish slavery and the constitution was a fundamental flaw. Okay. Florida. To relitigate, right. Yeah. Exactly vittles is definitely most definitely on Carlos is my point. If you think..
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on KCBS All News
"Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler has withdrawn a break that the agency. Gave makers of higher pollution diesel trucks. On Scott Pruitt's last day as head of the. Agency Pruitt was beset by allegations that he misused his office for a luxury perks and other personal and political gain CBS. Has been Raikov Wheeler says Pruitt appeared to have overstepped his thirty in the July sixth order which bar. The agency from enforcing, an Obama era cap on. The annual production of higher polluting tractor trailers, known as glider, trucks the, EPA earlier estimated that. Unchecked production of those glider, trucks could cost sixteen hundred premature deaths annually from air pollution the reversal was. One of Wheeler's first breaks with. The policies of his predecessor Bill Raikov CBS news Washington five people have been killed in two shooting incidents in, Corpus Christi Texas in the area three people dead at a nursing home in suburban Rob's town two people found dead at a private home some distance away officials say, the. Incidents are related police say the shooter is among the fatalities Gary Nunn CBS news It's two oh five at the bay area's news station KCBS morning fog and. Drizzle at the coastal I'll give way. To mostly sunny skies this afternoon, will be breezy though and it'll be sunny. And hot, inland today good. Morning I'm Peter Finch here's what's. Happening in Napa county a shelter in place order remains in effect. For the Oakville. Area in Saint Halina the sheriff's office issued the order as a precaution due to a collision involving a tanker. Truck carrying carbon dioxide it happened around walnut drive and state highway twenty nine about a half mile. Up Oakville grade road the, tanker is not leaking but officials are ensuring it's secured before clearing the. Scene close to thirty eight thousand people have fled the car fire which continues to burn out of control in and around Redding, KCBS general lane spoke With one couple whose home had been threatened the. Ash was swirling snow around them and Scott and lily Frank think the flames had to have been three or. Four hundred feet in the air when they decided to evacuate their home in Reading's Oakmont subdivision but. Then the wind changed and, they went back home after we chase off looters I went and talked. To CHP that's right around the corner and told them supposed to be right now but we'll get lose on our block tonight The house tonight and says few. Kudos to them could as the fire department says fee Cal fire and everyone has helped us out their response was go protect your property weighing on. Lily's mind as a co worker who might not be going home her house is. Either threatened or she lost her. House I'm still waiting to hear news and then here.
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"andrew wheeler" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville
"Where he attempted to defend himself from some of these scandals it didn't go well he got challenged by people he thought were going to be nice to him and they weren't nice to him and so he largely kept himself out of the spotlight so now we have andrew wheeler coming in to be the acting administrator andrew wheelers going to pursue the same policy agenda that pruitt that pruitt pursued and i think it sort of pruitt was a blessing in disguise for people in the environmental movement because he was so ridiculous because he said such ridiculous things all the time people actually started to care about the environmental deregulatory process scott pruitt was you know he was a symbol of of what was happening and now with somebody who's a little more low key was a little more boring to be to be honest i mean these policies aren't sexy to talk about do you wanna talk about methane leaks from oil and gas operations you wanna talk about the mechanics of scientific research and how we use it to fight air pollution you talked about steve molloy i mean he's a former tobacco lobbyist these scientific policies of the same ones that that the tobacco industry was pushing when they wanted to not be liable for the harm they were causing team itself but wheeler is going to be pushing those same things and he's not going to attract the same jewish that scott pruitt did the new epa chief andrew wheeler worked for nearly a decade on behalf of fossil fuel companies including the coal company murray energy and it's the senior adviser to republican senator james inhofe the prominent climate change in iowa i want to go to senator inhofe of oklahoma speaking from the floor of the senate in february of two thousand fifteen the day he infamously brought in that snowball in an attempt to disprove global warming in case we have gotten because we keep hearing the two thousand fourteen has been the warmest year on record cheer you know what this is it's a snowball from outside here so it's very very cold out very unseasonable so mr president and he throws the snowball that's senator in half family atkin your final response on this and here you have a man who has not been approved by the senate ken he andrew murray the former chief of staff then hof andrew waylay wheeler of murray coal the former chief of staff of inhofe kenny actually stay in office to the end of trump's term without being approved as an interim as an acting absolutely because he's already been confirmed by the senate to be the deputy administrator so whether or not he gets confirmed he's still has basically all the powers of the administrator one thing that i would say that people should be looking at now i think that people should use scott pruitt and the attention that he drew to himself with his viral weird scandals lotions mattresses first class flights take the attention from that and and put it back on those policies that andrew wheeler now has the full capacity to put forward as epa administrator and the first one that i would look at is a climate change regulation the day that scott pruitt resigned the new york times published a story saying that the pay is preparing to put out its replacement for the clean power plan obama's signature climate change regulation to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants andrew wheeler that's his bread and butter he's been wanting to weaken or repeal that regulation for a long time and andrew wheeler has also expressed interest in trying to roll back one of the most important supreme court case rulings in in climate change law at all which is the law that says that carbon dioxide must be regulated as a pollutant under the clean air act so that's something that i think we should be watch because it's going up real dangerous longterm implications for the american people if that done which brings us back to moustapha and chris arba mustafa you were at the for what some two dozen years twenty four years chris czar but you were there for thirty eight years in this year and a half how has the epa changed compared to what it was before let's begin with chris arba think at the top of the.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"You can always hit the atmosphere mokhele m r m o k e l l y sweet caroline eightyseven says i listen to kfi am six forty from here in north cal loved that mr moore kelly had the kenny johnson on the air with you miss my conversation yesterday with actor kenny jonsson of swat also bates motel sons of anarchy and the shield where we're going to repair that conversation tonight at seven thirty so be on the listen out for that and if you've been following meet more generally going back to politics real quickly i've had absolutely nothing to say about scott pruitt in the epa absolutely nothing because for me it really didn't make a damn bit of difference if only because was he swampy is he swampy yes shooting you've been gone a long time ago yes but it doesn't change the political calculus at all he was hired to rollback regulations and he has done that anything that's anti climate change or pro fossil fuel industry he was four that his subsequent replacement andrew wheeler is for that so whether you're you're going to have scott pruitt or andrew wheeler doesn't really change anything if you're for that type of management you're going to get more of that what happened in in within this epa that people i think missed a story was scott pruitt allegedly resigned and the moment i saw like now resigned he was fired and i said that yesterday when filling in for gary and shannon and some of you pushback saying no it said that he resigned he tendered his resignation and president trump accepted that but that's not how it goes in political circles these appointments your appointed and you you're appointed by the president and you work at the pleasure of the president in other words when the president is no longer pleased with you you will no longer be working for the president and that's what actually happened and has since come out that president trump basically said i need you to turn your resignation so when i come out and say something afterwards it will be in alignment with what you have to say otherwise we're just going to fire you outright as he had with other white house staff members such as a ryan's previous or someone like that and he was trying to avoid that level of embarrassment for scott pruitt who supposedly allegedly had no idea had no idea that he might be fired and there's something which is very consistent about this president it's this he cannot stand when the intention is not on him he doubly cannot stand when the attention is not on him and it's also negative in many respects if you're going to take away president trump's sunshine you can't shine brighter than him and if you're gonna take away his sunshine you definitely cannot cast a shadow because of your behavior over his administration it was there was no way that this story was going to end any other way with the exception of scott pruitt being fired because of his wanton disregard for regulations and ethics seemingly allegedly he was fine to just continue as he was doing it no intentions of resigning so the president basically had no choice why did he have no choice because he has a major announcement monday he's gonna put forth his i i say i because there's going to be a fight on some level and you never know definitively whether a supreme court nominee is going to make it through confirmation more times than not yes but every once in a while you get a harry myers or robert bore or someone like that who does not manage to get through there is a very slim margin here republicans need every single vote in the senate every single one and they may not have senator john mccain who obviously is dealing with health issues they're not so sure about susan collins of maine who has said at least publicly who knows what she will do privately all what she plans.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on This Is Only A Test
"Downtime for a moment i scott pruitt got fired while he resigned yesterday and i think a lot of scientists are rejoicing i say wait one second before we were joyce so some editorializing sorry for just a minor politics here fuck that guy guy was the worst he was at best really bad at his job at worst he was just straight up corrupt and like all of the personal scandals expenses and using government resources to fund his own night open probes that they were investigating nineteen you never want noise appropes in you this is true this is one hundred percent true so regardless of how you feel about climate like i was a disaster was weird there is a weirdo factor with him that is still completely unexplained his resignation letter is disconcerted to say the least he's being replaced by andrew wheeler and so scott pruitt came to the ministration because he was an oil and gas lobbyist he's he specialized in in suing the government particularly the epa under the previous administration challenging how much governmental control they can actually enforce in regulating certain certain things like co two andrew wheeler who's taking his job was an coal lobbyist for a number of years he actually was a staffer for senator james inhofe from oklahoma who's the snowball senator like climate then he took us noball onto the florida prove that global warming wasn't happening how is new york was week yeah it was great but anyways so i don't expect many policy changes here but i will say i think the so i'm not rejoicing that's got pruitt's on because not much is going to change in terms of policy towards climate change i don't think we're anywhere closer to reentering the payers accords which i think is important are investing in renewable technology which i think important to the comedy but what is good is that i interviewed former ministration gina mccarthy last year earlier this year and she said the real detriment of scott pruitt is that his whole design was to dismantle the epa by lowering the morale and taking people at have been there their whole career and forcing them out early at much like the state department yeah but moving them into different departments they didn't specialize in and that i i mean regardless of how you feel about the epa there's something about that feels a little in human like just kind of forcing people out because you don't believe what the organization stands for so i think andrew wheeler probably won't enact those same policies and so that's at least a light at the end of the tunnel but the biggest probably science disaster of this administration so far scott pruitt is gone and you would hope that there would be greater scrutiny on wheeler now that it's it's been such a controversial cabinet positioning wheelers known as being sort of like a washington insider not to use too much politics and he's renowned for being kind of a lowkey guy yeah so the chance of him developing you know nineteen separate investigations into his actions are probably pretty low i'm guessing he's not going to be keen on taking private jets everywhere and spending two hundred thousand dollars controversy probably not spending paying as much attention as the shit that's actually going yet controversies were less interesting than the policy stuff it's just the controversies were just straight up corral a lot of ways one story okay moreton something more more light hearted question for your.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Dot org from npr news this is all things considered i'm mary louise kelley and i melted chang the environmental protection agency gets a new leader next week andrew wheeler will take over as acting administrator of course this is because scott pruitt resigned yesterday amid many allegations of ethical violations we'll get a chance to chat about that in a moment but first let's take a look at wheeler as npr's rebecca hersher reports he brings far more experience to the job than his predecessor when andrew wheeler was fresh out of law school he got a job at the epa a special assistant in the agency's toxics office he helped write rules about how much information chemical companies disclose to the public and after a few years wheeler dead what many young environmental lawyer hoped to do he landed a job in congress working for the senate committee that oversees the why i've known andy longtime scott siegel is a partner at the law firm bracewell llp he is not an accidental administrator he is somebody who has been preparing for a position of responsibility like this really for all of his life he is a student of environmental policy over the years wheeler has helped draft regulations on tons of major environmental issues toxic waste air and water pollution climate change and in many cases he's worked to decrease the power of the federal government to regulate industry blocking or weakening rules about chemical factories refineries in manufacturers at his senate confirmation hearing senator ed markey of massachusetts asked wheeler what he thinks about climate science do you believe human activity is driving the temperature increases on the planet i believe that man has an impact on the climate but i must not completely understood is what the impact is the overwhelming scientific consensus is that human greenhouse gas emissions are driving global climate change wheelers position casting doubt on the science as he deregulates industry mirrors the broader position of the trump administration siegel thinks wheelers experience in washington sets him up better than his predecessor to advance the trump agenda to be frank with you i don't think we'll see the kinds of personal issues that bedeviled the last administrator he is a consensus builder even some democrats are cautiously hopeful the ranking democrat on the senate environment and public works committee tom carper told npr's morning edition it's possible wheeler will turn a page and surprise people in his running of the agency but environmental groups are sounding the alarm one of their main concerns after wheeler left the senate he lobbied for years for one of the largest coal companies in the country bob deans is a spokesperson for the natural resources defense council going from a train wreck to a house on fire doesn't give us comfort the fact is we have an andrew wheeler a former coal lobbyists spearheading the worst white house assault in history on our environment and public health wheeler is expected to stick with the epa agenda of rolling back multiple obama era climate and pollution rules but dean says some of those attempts have been held up in the courts because the epa hasn't backed up its new positions with sufficient science these safeguards were developed in most cases over years and with normal amount of input from the public from every stakeholder imaginable and if they're going to try to take down those safeguards the law requires that they demonstrate they have a better idea which is where andrew wheelers regulatory experience may come in handy if the epa is to succeed with its current agenda the devil will be in the policy details rebecca hersher npr news all right let's turn the conversation back now to scott pruitt and his relatively short but colorful federal career dominated by ethics scandals including his dc condo lease when you look at the facts of what i leased one i paid for it is absolutely one hundred percent ethical and it was signed off in his legal scott pruitt is doing a great job within the walls of the so you were not involved in that i was not involved in the approval the forty three thousand dollars in if i'd known about a congressman i would have refused it scott pruitt getting the last word there on the matter of the forty three thousand dollars secure phone booth installed in his office we also heard president trump they're defending pruitt which he did consistently up till yesterday here in the studio to talk about pruitt's resignation and other political news of the week we have got david brooks of the.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Of ideas dot org from npr news this is all things considered i'm mary louise kelley and i melt chang the environmental protection agency gets a new leader next week andrew wheeler will take over as acting administrator of course this is because scott pruitt resigned yesterday amid many allegations of ethical violations we'll get a chance to chat about that in a moment but first let's take a look at wheeler as npr's rebecca hersher reports he brings far more experience to the job than his predecessor when the andrew wheeler was fresh out of law school he got a job at the epa special assistant in the agency's toxics office he helped write rules about how much information chemical companies disclose to the public and after a few years wheeler did what many young environmental lawyers hoped to do he landed a job in congress working for the senate committee that oversees the epa why i've known andy along time scott siegel is a partner at the law firm bracewell llp he is not an accidental administrator he is somebody who has been preparing for a position of responsibility like this really all of his life he is a student of environmental policy over the years wheeler has helped draft regulations on tons of major environmental issues toxic waste air and water pollution climate change and in many cases he's worked to decrease the power of the federal government to regulate industry blocking or weakening rules about chemical factories refineries and manufacturers at his senate confirmation hearing senator ed markey of massachusetts asked wheeler what he thinks about climate science do you believe human activity is driving the temperature increases on the planet i believe that man has an impact on the climate but i must not completely understood is what the impact is the overwhelming scientific consensus is that human greenhouse gas emissions are driving global climate change wheelers position casting doubt on the science as he deregulates industry mirrors the broader position of the trump administration seagull thanks wheelers experience in washington sets him up better than his predecessor to advance the trump agenda to be frank with you i don't think we'll see the kinds of personal issues that bedeviled the last administrator she is a consensus builder even some democrats are cautiously hopeful the ranking democrat on the senate environment and public works committee tom carper told npr's morning edition it's possible wheeler will turn a page and surprise people in his running of the agency but environmental groups are sounding the alarm one of their main concerns after wheeler left the senate he lobbied for years for one of the largest coal companies in the country bob deans is a spokesperson for the natural resources defense council going from a train wreck to a house on fire doesn't give us comfort the fact is we have an andrew wheeler a former coal lobbyists spearheading the worst white house assault in history on our environment and public health wheeler is expected to stick with the ep as agenda of rolling back multiple obama era climate and pollution rules but dean says some of those attempts have been held up in the courts because the epa hasn't backed up its new positions with sufficient science these safeguards were developed in most cases over years and with norma sort of input from the public from every stakeholder imaginable and if they're going to try to take down those safeguards the law requires that they demonstrate they have a better idea which is where andrew wheelers regulatory experience may come in handy if the epa is to succeed with its current agenda the devil will be in the policy details rebecca hersher npr news all right let's turn the conversation back now to scott pruitt and his relatively short but colorful federal career dominated by ethics scandals including his dc condos when you look at the facts of what i least one i paid for it is absolutely one hundred percent ethical and it was signed off in his legal scott pruitt is doing a great job within the walls of epa so you were not involved in that i was not involved in the approval the forty three thousand dollars and if i've known about it congressman i would have refused it scott pruitt getting the last word there on the matter of the forty three thousand dollars secure phone booth installed in his office we also heard president trump they're defending pruitt which he did consistently up till yesterday here in the studio to talk about pruitt's resignation and other political news of the week we have got david brooks of the.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on Today, Explained
"You're you know what this is it's a snowball so mr president catch this so what you're saying is andrew wheeler may not believe in climate change i wouldn't go that far but he i don't think he would consider it a priority for the administration certainly would not be pushing for aggressive greenhouse gas reductions as the director of the pa i think we can lose track of what scott pruitt was doing in the epa because there were so many scandals that's correct but he was deregulating the heck out of the country right that's right i mean this was one of his signature philosophies that he wanted to d weaponize the epa we think about the last years before the president arrived it was an agency that was weaponized he wanted to rollback environmental regulations he wanted to give industry a more of a seat at the table and recognize that we're not in the business picking winners and losers so the deregulatory effort that we're engaged in twenty two significant actions by the way over the past year equaling about a billion dollars in savings to the us economy just in a year and he was very much in the process of doing that it's just that he got tripped up by some badly formulated decisions that were shot down by courts but now they've learned a little bit about that and now they've got a better strategy in terms of undoing some of the key environmental regulations that the obama administration put forward say for example the clean power plant a plan two years in the mega in the single most important step america has ever taken in the fight against global climate this was the obama administration strategy for cutting greenhouse gases from coal fired power plants and other power plants and the epa's required by law to regulate greenhouse gases so that means that if they repeal this rule they have to come up with a replacement that would stands legal scrutiny and so they just put out a proposal that essentially is a much weaker rule and the question is whether this will survive a legal challenge from environmental groups who say that it doesn't go far enough and one of the more bigger changes that's kind of attacking the bedrock of the agencies changing how the evaluates costs and benefits of environmental regulations he's narrowing the scope of what actually counts as a benefit and also expanding you know the things that have to be considered as a cost like the economic impacts on industry and then some of the lost revenues and things like that and as he shifting the balance such that it becomes much harder to implement a new regulation and that you have to very much consider the feelings of the industry or the sector that's being regulated does it even matter who replaces scott pruitt andrew wheeler someone else i mean it sounds like people like this bob murray character have already spelled out the trump administration's policies on the environment that's right i mean a lot of this is not necessarily going on at the administrator level this is going on at level of underlings a divisions that are actually doing the to day drafting of this legislation or these orders in terms of how they're deregulating the agencies work and that that's going to continue there's a lot of momentum baked in they've had you know more than a year of the trump administration at the epa to get staffed and to start these policies and that's likely to continue there's no reason to believe that they'll suddenly lose momentum but now that scott pruitt is out in fact you know without the additional scrutiny of scott pruitt without him bringing all this unwanted attention they could probably continue about this work more readily without facing environmental lawsuits people wearing scott pruitt paper machine heads outside their office i mean when was the last time you heard from ben carson was the last time you heard from ryan zinke these guys are still getting the job done but they're doing it with a much lower profile and that may be the way forward for the mayor writes about energy in the environment for vox sean rama's room this is today splaine.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Pruitt is the swamp drain it close quote so after a while you have all these voices on both sides of the al and some influential ones specifically on the right side of the aisle calling for his resignation it makes it all but impossible for the president and let's put this in his proper context the president on monday is presumably going to announce his supreme court nominee the last thing he would want is any type of negative pushback from senators because he'll need every single one for the confirmation the last thing he would want is negative pushback from senators on something else and have that getting away of his nominee the supreme court nominee is paramount is at the top of the list it is his priority so anything which is either going to get in the way of that or thwarted or somehow provide some sort of obstacle the president's going to have to get out of the way now you might have seen the published reports and the pictures of scott pruitt having a nice fourth of july barbecue celebration at the white house but that probably was for him to tender his resignation and then they were just going to wait until the next day they weren't going to announce it on the fourth of july but it probably was to close that chapter and say what you want about the politics in washington and say what you want about who is the swamp or who is not the swamp if anybody was exactly the swamp if anyone embodied what has been historically wrong with washington about lobbying and deals and pork and the side negotiations and things which get in the way and people who get in the way of our government working at its best i think it's fair to say that scott pruitt is it and if you're a conservative if you're a republican this should not bother you at all it should bother you not at all here's why his replacement is probably better discount pruitt his replacement andrew wheeler probably has none of the baggage but has all of the focus the scott pruitt does not andrew wheeler has sense enough as a lifelong epa employees career employees i should say knows fundamentally how to get things done i would say that's the argument i would make as far as further deregulation which is in concert with what president trump campaigned on and it's been touting in recent days andrew wheeler can continue with that mandate without getting bogged down with these ideals or or living in a condo of a lobbyist for only fifty dollars a night won't be concerned with trying to get his wife of franchise with chick fillet won't be caught up in all of that other foolishness so if you are a member of the gop or you support president trump you should be absolutely one hundred percent fine with getting rid of scott pruitt because the ship stays its course does not change in any way and if anything you get rid of the distraction ahead of monday's announcement by the president and the president can stay on message the president can continue to focus on the nominee the epa can focus on its mandate and then the administration can continue to move forward so scott pruitt is only a talking point really honestly for the democrats and that was only because scott pruitt was still the director of the epa now that he's gone will there's nothing there's nothing else he's gone as administrator so there's nothing else that the democrats can really say now they can say that they're going to try to oppose andrew wheelers appointment but that's not gonna fly that's not gonna work that's just obstructionism and i understand why the democrats would try to do that and would want to do that but that is not going to go anywhere it's not going to be an issue for the midterms because it was handled now as opposed to september or october and the president can't on monday his announcement with no interference from scott pruitt this is gary and shannon show mokhele infra gary and shannon kfi am six forty more stimulating talk when we come back but there is someone who might become a president a problem for the president and that's the.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on AP News
"Of the podcast ground game look at the top political issues up around the country ahead of this year's midterm elections it's available on apple podcasts and podcast one while you're there be sure to subscribe rate and review it that's the podcast ground game ap radio news i'm jacky quin president trump says his epa administrator scott pruitt resigned of his own accord not wanting his ethics scandals to be distraction for the administration are mike biesecker reports trump loses a man that conservatives have felt was one of his most effective cabinet secretaries pruitt had been relentless in pursuing to roll back environmental regulations at epa deputy administrator andrew wheeler former coal industry lobbyists takes the helm president trump marveled at clear skies of montana during a campaign rally there for gop senate candidate so much about your skies i wrote and i looked at those guys not seeing coalition is a wonderful thing the president also explained why thirty four billion dollars of chinese goods will now be subject to import tariffs he says almost everyone takes advantage of us trade so we have countries ripping us up two years and then when i say well look what did i put tariffs on that because they have been ripping us we have trade deficits they have surpluses china vows to retaliate as have other nations the associated press has learned some immigrant us army reservists who enlisted with a promised path to citizenship are now being let go without warning attorneys say no about forty some say that they were told it's because they're now labeled security risks because they have relatives abroad or their background checks were not completed the pentagon says it can't comment a federal judge in california says the state cat block immigration agents from visiting business locations but it upheld other provisions of the sanctuary gary city law a dangerous heat wave has moved over southern california the san diego region well over a hundred degrees say same as phoenix but the northeast is expecting relief soon this is ap radio news.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on AP News
"Of the podcast ground game look at the top political issues bubbling up around the country ahead of this year's midterm elections it's available on apple podcasts and podcast one while you're there be sure to subscribe rate and review it that's the podcast ground game ap radio news i'm jacky quin president trump says his epa administrator scott pruitt resigned of his own accord not wanting his ethics scandals to be a distraction for the administration are mike biesecker reports from loses a man that conservatives have felt was one of his most effective cabinet secretaries pruitt had been relentless in pursuing to roll back environmental regulations at epa deputy administrator andrew wheeler a former coal industry lobbyists takes the helm president trump marveled at clear skies of montana during a campaign rally there for gop senate candidate so much about your skies throat and i looked at those guys let's see pollution is a wonderful thing the president also explained why thirty four billion dollars of chinese goods will now be subject to we import tariffs he says almost everyone takes advantage of us trade policies have countries ripping us up for years and then when i say well look what did i put tariffs on there because they have been ripping us we have trade deficits they have surpluses china vows to retaliate as have other nations the associated press learned some immigrant us army reservists who enlisted with a promised path to citizenship are now being let go without warning attorneys say they know about forty some say that they were told it's because they're now labeled security risks because they have relatives abroad or their background checks were not completed the pentagon says it can't comment a federal judge in california says the state cat block immigration agents from visiting business locations but it upheld other provisions of the sanctuary gary city law a dangerous heat wave has moved over southern california the region well over a hundred degrees say same as phoenix but the northeast is expecting relief soon this is ap radio news.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on KOMO
"Industry lobby opposition to renewable energy things environmentalists unconsumed amount i don't think much will change seem brackish founding director of u dub shudder for environmental politics president trump often cited pruitt's effectiveness at implementing policy at the for keeping him on through all the scandals in the meantime deputy director andrew wheeler will oversee the agency a mason county corrections deputies recovering after the sheriff's office as he was assaulted by a prisoner at the county jail in shelton the assault is described on twitter as violent sudden and forceful we're told the deputy was serving lunch wednesday to the eddie may to was being held in isolation with the prisoner punch the deputy in the face knocking him down deputy was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries incident remains under investigation washington state senator calls out the legislature following last weekend's crash killed the woman in arlington senator mike padden says he's very frustrated the man accused of driving drunk is able to get behind the wheel despite a suspended license and sixty you i convictions since nineteen eightyone general reluctance to do anything that increase by one or two beds the people that are in our state that driver was supposed to have an ignition interlock but he didn't patent wants to see felony charges after three d u is within a timeframe of at least twenty five years is opposed to the current ten years komo news time ten thirty four aaa traffic every ten minutes on the fours years jay phillips southbound i five just south of mercer we have a disabled vehicle blocking the left lane state patrol has arrived on the scene university bridge is back open to vehicle traffic after a marine crossing and we did clear in des moines northbound i five at highway five sixteen an incident has been removed from the right lane and we do have construction underway northbound i five three right lanes are closed at albro this time your next report at ten.
"andrew wheeler" Discussed on NewsRadio 1080 KRLD
"Com and now he's joepags well it's not really joepags it's mico helga sitting in for my friend joepags happy to be here thrilled to have this audience talking to me talking with me today there's a lot going on specifically we've been hitting the topic of scott pruitt the embattled epa administrator the secretary cabinet member who who resigned today in the president accepted his resignation gave him some nice pats on the back but i believe that scott pruitt had become a distraction and that's why he was allowed to go and now andrew wheeler who has already been approved and confirmed by the senate will step in and we'll see what happens there but i believe the president has laid out a pretty strong plan and i think pruitt has probably got the next six months or so already set up for what they wanted to do with the epa to undo a lot of the stuff that the obama administration had put its boot on the throat of america in american business and in some cases individuals remember the rainwater stuff they wanted to regulate rainwater on your property insanity but now we'll see what happens with andrew wheeler and i'm seeing that the the phone lines are starting to pop by the way if you want to weigh in on any topic tonight eight hundred three eight three nine six two.