Trump Brings Record Fine On Real Polluters

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that a cruise line will pay the largest fine ever for illegally dumping toxic waste overboard.

Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. will pay a $40 million fine after illegally dumping oil and contaminated waste overboard and for falsifying official ship logs to conceal the crime. Senior engineering officials even requested crew members lie to authorities to conceal the illegal dumping, according to the DOJ.

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It’s not ‘Earth Day’ – it’s ‘Anti-Trump Day’

A climate-change skeptic says some upcoming Earth Day marches are primarily political in nature, even though organizers claim the focus will be on the earth and climate.

For a variety of reasons, skeptics of all backgrounds downplay concerns about alleged “global warming.” But individuals, think tanks and special-interest groups – most of them liberal – believe man’s burning of fossil fuels is driving up temperatures and resulting in bigger, more powerful storms.

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Climate activists use grounded iceberg to stoke global warming fears

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A giant iceberg that floated down from Greenland and got grounded off Ferryland, Canada, is now being blamed on global warming. Icebergs are nothing new to the town’s residents, but having one anchored offshore quickly attracted tourists and the climate change crazies.

Currently, it’s stuck in shallow waters at the end of the Southern Shore highway in Newfoundland. That’s driving hundreds to visit the small town and snap photos of the intricately shaped berg. Experts say it’s about 150 feet long with most of it located beneath the surface (hence the term ‘tip of the iceberg’).

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Proof the New York Times Stealthily Revises its Articles after Publication

The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin’s Russia is a 1997 book by David King about the censoring of photographs and fraudulent creation of “photographs” in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union through silent alteration via airbrushing and other techniques.

NY Times regularly revises its articles after publication. The revisions are substantial, undisclosed, and are nothing like real time updates in developing stories. These are regular articles that undergo dramatic changes that appear as if NY Times editors received a commissar’s call stressing the party line and demanding the article matches it exactly, with the NY Times editors dutifully obliging.

I recently stumbled on one of such revisions. Within hours, the description of Scott Pruitt, the newly appointed EPA head, in the NY Times article went from being an “ally of fossil fuel Industry,” to a “climate change dissenter,” to a “climate change denialist.” Later, I was pointed to a helpful website Newsdiffs archives multiple versions of news articles and shows the differences between them. That article has been revised or rewritten at least six times after its original publication, all without any notice to the readers.

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For first time, U.S. gasoline averaged more than 10% ethanol last year: Report

In what industry leaders heralded as proof that the “blend wall” is nothing more than a myth, a new study released Wednesday shows that U.S. gasoline contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average for the first time last year.

The report, released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and citing recent data from the federal Energy Information Administration, says that the average ethanol content in gasoline last year was 10.04 percent — the first time it’s topped the 10-percent mark, which ethanol critics have maintained was the limit for safe operation for the country’s fuel infrastructure and for many automobiles.

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EPA May Rewrite Obama-Era Regulation That Shut Down Coal Plants

The Trump administration asked a federal court to delay oral arguments so it can review a costly Obama-era regulation limiting mercury and other pollutants from power plants.

The Department of Justice notified all parties involved in the lawsuit over the mercury, or MATS, rule Tuesday they would ask the court to delay oral arguments set for May 18 so the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could review the regulation.

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Fact-free LA Times editorial begs Trump to stay in Paris climate accord

After a six-part series of editorials by the LA Times that called President Trump a liar, a man-child, a boorish slob, and much worse, the West Coast paper now wants him to “embrace the Paris climate agreement.” It’s like the ignorant schoolyard bully beating up the new kid for weeks and then asking him to do your homework. Oh, and the beatings will continue until morale improves. Here’s part of their pitch (my comments in bold):

Now, we’re mildly heartened to learn that Trump also may be moving away from his ill-advised campaign pledge to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement of 2015, under which nearly 200 nations pledged to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. (The accord is non-binding and voluntary. It would not affect temperatures or avert warming.)

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Even If Carbon Taxes Could Reduce Global Warming, They Would Hurt The Planet

What do discussions about the Paris Climate Treaty, the furor surrounding President Donald Trump’s executive order rolling back the Clean Power Plan, and the debate over the claimed scientific “consensus” on global warming all have in common? They all connect to the question of whether the United States should impose regulations or carbon taxes to limit climate change.

The so-called experts in this arena often focus on arcane details and fail to acknowledge three major points.

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