Career EPA Official Confirms Pruitt’s Personal Safety Was Reason For First-Class Travel

An Obama-era career EPA official confirmed Thursday that Scott Pruitt needed a waiver for first-class travel after passengers consistently confronted the agency chief over his climate policies.

“He was approached in the airport numerous times, to the point of profanities being yelled at him and so forth,” Henry Barnet, director of the agency’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, told Politico. Pruitt’s use of expensive business flights for international flights have created media speculation.

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Obama-appointed judge tells Energy Dept. to carry out Obama-era regulations

The Trump administration must carry out the implementation of four energy efficiency regulations that it has delayed for more than a year, a federal court ruled Thursday.

The Department of Energy (DOE) wrote the rules and made them public in December 2016, under the Obama administration.

But when President Trump took office Jan. 20, 2017, his administration took advantage of a 45-day window for error corrections to review the rules and potentially scuttle them.

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Exxon Sues The Suers In Fierce Climate-Change Case

As climate-change lawsuits against the oil industry mount, Exxon Mobil Corp. is taking a bare-knuckle approach rarely seen in legal disputes: It’s going after the lawyers who are suing it. Exxon has even given that campaign a vaguely sinister-sounding name: “The La Jolla playbook.” —Bloomberg, 13 February 2018

For the second year in a row, “electricity is making up a smaller share of U.S. household bills than ever before,” a fact that can be traced directly to the fact that natural gas has retained its position as the No. 1 electricity generation producer in the U.S. in 2017. —Energy In-depth, 15 February 2018

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REPORT: More Than 100 ‘Climate Change Cases’ Filed In US Courts In 2017

Dozens of lawsuits concerning man-made global warming were filed in U.S. courts last year, according to a new report.

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law found more than 100 lawsuits “raised claims concerning either the impacts of climate change or reducing GHG emissions” were filed in U.S. courts in 2017.

Most notably, seven California cities and counties filed suit against oil companies over alleged damages caused by man-made global warming.

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Endangered Black Stork’s Nest Blocking Wind Farm’s Construction Gets Criminally Cut Down

Conservationist/wind-energy protest group Rettet den Odenwald (Save the Forest of Odes) here writes that yet another endangered stork nest was recently destroyed at the forested location near a proposed JuWi wind park.

Controversy swirls over German wind park builder JuWi

Normally the clearing of forest land to make way for an industry is required to undergo an extremely strict permitting process involving very detailed environmental impact studies.

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Breaking: Climatologist Dr. Tim Ball Wins Epic Libel Court Battle

L to r: Michael Mann, Andrew Weaver, Dr. Tim Ball

After a three-week trial, Canadian judge dismisses all charges in the lawsuit brought against Dr. Tim Ball by British Columbia Green Party leader Andrew Weaver.

Climate skeptics are hailing the verdict as a key victory over extremists promoting human-caused global warming. Not a peep from the mainstream media!

Speaking to Climate Depot’s Marc Morano, Ball explained:

The judge ruled that Weaver was not defamed by me and dismissed the claim completely. This was after almost seven years and thousands of dollars in legal costs.” But Ball lamented, “There are no media reports and my guess is there won’t be any.”

Professor Andrew Weaver is a champion of Canadian greens and Desmogblog (a site funded by a convicted criminal). View the lawsuit here.

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These Eco-Terrorists Are ‘More Afraid Of Climate Change’ Than Going To Prison

Eco-activists responsible for sabotaging pipelines in 2016 are committed radicals willing to take whatever measure they deem necessary to fight global warming, according to a report Tuesday from The New York Times.

Shutting off portions of the Keystone Pipeline and violating the law is necessary to prevent climate change, two of the Seattle-based activists told TheNYT. Their strident positions have come at a high price.

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Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal Makes Approving Oil And Gas Pipelines A Cake Walk

The White House budget proposal released Monday authorizes the Interior secretary to sign off on proposed oil and gas pipelines traversing National Park Service (NPS) land.

The proposal would take the power to approve oil and gas lines on NPS land out of Congress, placing it under Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

The change would correspond the pipeline approval process to what is already in place for electric, water, and communications infrastructure.

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The trial lawyers behind the climate litigation racket

The intersection of trial lawyer opportunism, climate orthodoxy, and political expediency has become a busy and increasingly perilous place.

Over the summer, Richmond, Marin County, Oakland, San Francisco, San Mateo County, Imperial Beach, Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz County in California filed suit against ExxonMobil and other energy companies for damages to coastal property and infrastructure caused from climate change-related increases in sea levels.

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Trump Proposes Sweeping Changes To Decades-Old Environmental Laws

President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan includes sweeping changes to the environmental review process that can hold up major projects for years with studies and legal challenges.

Most notably, Trump’s plan would limit environmental reviews to two years, keep reviews within one agency and get rid of “redundant and inefficient provisions in environmental laws,” according to the White House.

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Climate Hail Mary by Inept Cities

Some cities in deep financial straits due to their own mismanagement are hoping to bail themselves out by suing oil companies.

Several are in California where the current governor blames droughts, fires, and mudslides on climate change.

So Governor Brown is a role model for all politicians how to scapegoat nature instead of taking responsibility for their own failings as leaders.

As I have long said, COP stands not only for UN Conference of Parties but also for the ultimate political COP-Out. (Note: A “Hail Mary” is a desperate football pass into the end zone as the game ends.)

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Dem Senators Are Scrambling To Save Obama’s Onerous, Job-Killing Climate Rule

Kentucky coal miners helped Trump win the presidency.Four Democratic senators are demanding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt recuse himself from repealing a former President Barack Obama-era regulation placing significant burdens on fossil fuel energy providers, The Washington Post reports.

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Brian Schatz of Hawaii together submitted a comment to the EPA Wednesday on repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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