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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #650 on: August 13, 2020, 09:46:14 PM »
Trump Rolls Back Methane Climate Standards for Oil and Gas Industry
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/13/trump-rolls-back-methane-climate-standards-oil-gas-industry

The Trump administration is revoking rules that require oil and gas drillers to detect and fix leaks of methane, a greenhouse gas that heats the planet far faster than carbon dioxide.

The Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Andrew Wheeler, will announce the rollback from Pennsylvania, which has major oil and gas operations and is also a politically important swing state. The rule change is part of what Trump calls his “energy dominance” agenda.

Roughly a quarter of global warming the planet has experienced in recent decades has been due to methane, said Robert Howarth, a researcher who studies methane at Cornell University. The oil and gas industry is the biggest source of the pollutant.

US methane emissions have become more concerning as scientists have begun to better understand their prevalence and impacts, and as gas production has continued to grow rapidly, increasing 10% last year.

The world essentially cannot meet the near-term goals nations agreed to in an international climate agreement without reducing methane, Howarth said.

EPA to Rescind Methane Regulations for Oil and Gas
https://www.wsj.com/articles/epa-to-rescind-methane-regulations-for-oil-and-gas-11597051802

Agency would end requirements that the industry have systems and procedures to detect and fix greenhouse-gas emissions, sources say
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #651 on: August 19, 2020, 09:57:45 PM »
xpost from methane thread

Forget the Trump tweets. This is the Trump action that might actually kill us.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/forget-the-trump-tweets-this-is-the-trump-action-that-might-actually-kill-us/2020/08/17/e912c0ae-e0b8-11ea-b69b-64f7b0477ed4_story.html

"It did this by using accounting gimmicks in its official regulatory cost-benefit analysis. In technical documents, the administration said it was no longer taking into account harms that climate change might have outside U.S. borders; and also that it was changing the “discount rate” — that is, reducing how much weight it placed upon future costs. It was Trump’s trademark isolationism and short-termism, made mathematically explicit.

The result? The Obama-era estimate of methane’s social costs were ratcheted down from about $1,400 per metric ton to just $55 under a Trump accounting scenario. Incidentally, the Trump administration was admonished for this same phony math in a court case blocking a related environmental rule last month."

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #652 on: September 01, 2020, 08:50:03 PM »
<Not on topic at all so i removed it. kassy>
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #653 on: September 04, 2020, 04:27:52 AM »
It does not actually have Trumps fingers on it,  not the EPA, but it is his comrades and part of The Assault on Science.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/09/03/the-savaging-of-detlev-helmig-citizen/

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And what if on top of all this he cost the university nothing? What if, in fact, he was a cash cow, one who, as lead scientist or co-lead, had brought in over 90 projects and $30 million in grants to the university?

And what if not only his salary, but the salary of his associates, historically as many as 10 people, were paid from these grants?   In addition, what if the university demanded and received add-ons of up to 60 percent to cover its “administrative” costs?

Wouldn’t every reasonably sane university president with an ounce of business sense value this man not only for his accomplishments and the money he brings to the budget challenged university, but for the gild he added to the university’s escutcheon?

Such a man does exist.  His name is Dr. Detlev Helmig.  And so does such a university.  It is the University of Colorado.  It has a new president, Mark Kennedy, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota.  The university’s Board of Regents hired him last year, despite substantial student and faculty opposition, for his purported business acumen—acumen so great, in fact, that the regents awarded him a compensation package in excess of one million dollars annually.

Dr. Helmig worked at the University of Colorado-Boulder for 25 years as both a teacher and atmospheric scientist.  Never had he received anything but an above satisfactory performance review from his bosses.

Michelle Bachman took over from Mark Kennedy position in Washington.   Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dummer.

   
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Yet, the university has cavalierly redistributed these funds to others, but some projects, such as the only global network for monitoring volatile organic compounds and the only continuous monitoring of these pollutants in the Arctic have come to a complete stop for a lack of the scientific leadership Helmig alone provided.

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As knowledge of its existence grew, Boulder A.I.R. began to be asked by local communities such as Longmont and Broomfield to help them monitor their already severely compromised air quality.  They preferred to deal directly with Helmig rather than pay the university’s 60 percent overhead cost.  Helmig actually attempted to carry the university’s water, but the university’s bureaucratic labyrinth was simply impenetrable according to Salazar’s rebuttal.

These cities were particularly concerned by the state’s approval of new fracking mega-pads right in their midst.  These approvals came despite a state law, SB 181, passed in the spring of 2019, requiring an evaluation process that promised protection of public health and the environment as a condition to be met before new wells were approved.  The Polis administration had effectively confounded, if not outright repealed, the law through a series of astonishingly muddle-headed implementation forays.  Indeed, after almost a year and half of being voted out of the legislature, no significant changes in Polis administration policy to protect the pubic and the environment have occurred, with over 3000 wells being approved since his administration took office in January of 2019.

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There is also the ongoing disagreement between the climate scientists at CU and NOAA, which has a major climate office in Boulder, and the state’s Air Pollution Control Division, APCD.

I checked, nothing about him at DeSmogblog.     The search here yielded two hits of posts by AbruptSLR where Helvig was in papers.  The one was on the Cold Season Methane and CO2 fluxes in Arctic Tundra. 

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #654 on: September 13, 2020, 02:18:22 PM »
NOAA's new deputy assistant secretary of commerce for observation and prediction.
David Legates

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/12/912301325/longtime-climate-science-denier-hired-at-noaa


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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #655 on: September 15, 2020, 08:23:06 PM »
In First, Scientific American Magazine Endorses Biden
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-scientific-american-magazine-endorses-biden.html

For the first time in its 175-year history, US magazine Scientific American has endorsed a White House candidate, saying Tuesday it wanted Democrat Joe Biden to prevail because President Donald Trump "rejects" science.

"We do not do this lightly," the editors wrote in a scathing anti-Trump editorial published online for the magazine's October issue.

"The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the US and its people—because he rejects evidence and science," they write.

The most devastating example, they say, is the president's "dishonest and inept response" to the COVID-19 pandemic that has cost nearly 200,000 American lives since late February, shortly before Trump announced a national emergency.

But coronavirus is just the first in a lengthy list of Trump trip-ups and alarming policy positions, say the editors, including his "ongoing denial of reality" regarding climate change that has "hobbled" US preparations for battling the crisis.

"He has also attacked environmental protections, medical care, and the researchers and public science agencies that help this country prepare for its greatest challenges," they add.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientific-american-endorses-joe-biden/
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #656 on: September 16, 2020, 03:57:31 AM »
Which is the best answer to Sep-2012 ASI lost (compared to 1979-2000)?
50% [NSIDC Extent] or
73% [PIOMAS Volume]

Volume is harder to measure than extent, but 3-dimensional space is real, 2D's hide ~50% thickness gone.
-> IPCC/NSIDC trends [based on extent] underestimate the real speed of ASI lost.

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #657 on: September 18, 2020, 12:59:28 AM »
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

Insensible before the wave so soon released by callous fate. Affected most, they understand the least, and understanding, when it comes, invariably arrives too late