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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #600 on: October 15, 2019, 10:48:07 PM »
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #601 on: October 18, 2019, 12:30:51 AM »
Climate crisis will not be discussed at G7 next year, says Trump official
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/17/g7-summit-2020-trump-climate-crisis

The climate crisis will not be formally discussed at the G7 summit in June next year in Miami, Donald Trump’s acting White House chief of staff said on Thursday.

“Climate change will not be on the agenda,” Mick Mulvaney told reporters, without elaborating.

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... “It’s deeply ironic that the US state most vulnerable immediately to climate change impacts will host a meeting at which global leaders will be forced by the US to largely ignore the topic”

Mulvaney announced that the 2020 summit of seven of the world’s most powerful industrialised countries will take place at the National Doral Miami, one of the president’s golf resorts in Florida, despite widespread ethics concerns and an ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump’s conduct.
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #602 on: October 25, 2019, 01:30:29 PM »
Ho hum.....

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/10/24/20927103/air-pollution-study-deaths-elderly-obama-trump
Study: US air pollution deaths increased by 9,700 a year from 2016 to 2018
The increase might be due to overly lax policies from both Trump and Obama.
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Air pollution is killing more people during the Trump administration than it was under President Obama. Air pollution was responsible for 9,700 more deaths in 2018 than it was in 2016, according to a new paper by economists at Carnegie Mellon.

The researchers, Karen Clay and Nicholas Muller, argue that some of the increase is due to non-regulatory factors, like an increase in wildfires and economic growth. But they note a decline in Clean Air Act enforcement under Donald Trump that could be responsible as well.

The Trump administration has so far rolled back 24 different regulations and accords related to air pollution, according to a New York Times analysis, including rules around air pollution from refineries, industrial pollution of 189 different substances, and regulation of “haze” in national parks.

But the specific kind of pollution addressed in the new study is what experts call PM2.5: microscopic particles 2.5 micrometers or less wide (a small fraction of the diameter of a human hair) arising from human industry, including coal mining and burning, gasoline combustion, construction dust, etc.

PM2.5 can kill people in a number of ways: by causing “heart disease and stroke, lung cancer, chronic lung disease, and respiratory infections,” to name a few listed in a recent report from the Health Effects Institute and the Global Burden of Disease project. That report estimates that PM2.5 killed about 4.1 million people in 2016 alone through those mechanisms.
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #603 on: November 04, 2019, 03:10:26 AM »
EPA to Ease Restrictions on How Coal Plants Store Toxic Waste: Report
https://earther.gizmodo.com/epa-to-ease-restrictions-on-how-coal-plants-store-toxic-1839588546

In his ongoing quest to become a mustache-twirling eco-villain, Donald Trump plans to start rolling back Obama-era EPA safeguards on Monday regarding how coal powerplants store their toxic waste according to multiple reports.

As part of an initiative to protect local waterways in 2015, the Obama administration strengthened regulations affecting how these plants dispose and store contaminated water and “coal ash,” that sludgy byproduct coal plants produce where you can find a potentially poisonous concoction of arsenic, mercury, and heavy metals.

Now the EPA plans to relax requirements these rules put in place and exempt many plants from having to enact them at all, sources familiar with the matter told the New York Times. EPA Administrator and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler told the Washington Post that the Obama-era rules “placed heavy burdens on electricity producers across the country.”

Companies have also complained requirements like lining coal ash ponds to keep them from leaking contaminants into nearby groundwater and adopting better waste management technology are prohibitively expensive to abide by. No doubt because coal is becoming prohibitively expensive itself compared to other renewable resources. And why would any business want to use its hard-earned money on something as frivolous as potable water?

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #604 on: November 05, 2019, 11:03:41 AM »
The US has begun the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, notifying the UN of its intention to leave, as other countries expressed regret and disappointment at the move.

The notification begins a one-year process of exiting the global climate change accord, culminating the day after the 2020 US election.

etc
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50297029
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #605 on: November 13, 2019, 07:17:32 PM »
Scientists See Tobacco Industry Playbook in TRump's Plan to Overhaul EPA'S Public Health Rules
https://www.newsweek.com/scientists-see-tobacco-industry-playbook-trumps-plan-overhaul-epas-public-health-rules-1471303?amp=1

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to limit what scientific evidence can guide public health regulations echoes tactics used by the tobacco industry to invalidate science regarding the tobacco industry, scientists told Newsweek.

The EPA plans to require scientists to disclose all raw data before the agency considered a study's conclusions, The New York Times reported Monday. The proposal, which was described by the government as a step toward transparency, would restructure the process by which the EPA creates public health regulations.

... In a 1996 message sent by a tobacco industry lawyer to the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, a similar tactic is described. The correspondence—which was sent just two years before the United States entered the sweeping Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement that settled claims brought by 46 states and the District of Columbia against major tobacco companies—argues that RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company should push to restructure the process through which the government evaluates scientific evidence for regulations.

"It is critical to our overall goal that EPA not be allowed to change the forum into an industry-by-industry examination. Equally important, the process should not devolve into 'outdoor air' interest seeking to shift the focus to 'indoor air' interests," said the 1996 note, prompted by concerns that the EPA would soon re-evaluate policies relating to environmental tobacco smoke. "Instead, the efforts we envision focus on the process by which EPA arrived at its scientific conclusions, avoiding to the extent possible specific scientific issues, contaminants, or industries."

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #606 on: November 18, 2019, 04:50:30 PM »
At Least 60% of Superfund Sites Vulnerable to Climate Change, Congressional Watchdog Warns
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/superfund-sites-gao-government-watchdog-warning-vulnerability-climate-change-today-2019-11-18/

Washington — At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration's reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says.

In a report being released Monday, the Government Accountability Office called on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to state directly that dealing with the rising risks of seas, storms or wildfires breaching Superfund sites under climate change is part of the agency's mission.

https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-20-73

The findings emphasize the challenges for government agencies under President Trump, who frequently mocks scientists' urgent warnings on global heating.

Superfund Sites Located in Areas that May Be Impacted by Flooding, Storm Surge, Wildfires, or Sea Level Rise


GAO-20-73 Report: ... EPA has not taken actions consistent with one essential element because it has not aligned its process for managing risks with agency-wide goals and objectives, which do not mention climate change. Without clarifying this alignment, EPA cannot ensure that senior officials will take an active role in strategic planning and accountability for managing these risks.
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #607 on: November 18, 2019, 06:40:42 PM »
^^
O oh. That is baaaad news for all life there.
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #608 on: November 26, 2019, 10:45:51 PM »
Six Scientific Journals Denounce Trump Environmental Reform
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-scientific-journals-denounce-trump-environmental.html

The editors-in-chief of six major scientific review journals on Tuesday denounced a pending US regulation that would limit the scientific process for developing environmental and public health policies.

... The rule would require EPA rule-makers to use only studies based on public data, in the name of transparency.

Such a requirement would make it impossible, for example, to use the countless studies that were based on individuals' medical data.

This type of analysis—showing the effects of air pollution on quality of life—is the foundation of a large number of environmental regulations.

The EPA also intends to make the transparency rule retroactive, according to The New York Times, which could call into question decades of regulations on air quality, water mercury levels or lead levels in paint.

"As leaders of peer-reviewed journals, we support open sharing of research data, but we also recognize the validity of scientific studies that, for confidentiality reasons, cannot indiscriminately share absolutely all data," wrote the editors-in-chief of Science, Nature, PLOS, PNAS, Cell Press and The Lancet.
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #609 on: November 27, 2019, 02:02:38 AM »
^^
Important before the election because even the few Deplorables that don't presently subscribe to these Learned Journals appreciate it deeply when those that do subscribe meticulously, and at great length, explain to them just how and why they are wrong, and have always been wrong, then back it with indisputable, often indecipherable scientific ponderings. :-\


The 8 ball emporiums in every rust belt city will be abuzz with this important new information, particularly as the players recognize the gravitas that each Journal's editor wields. :(


The election results now are surely a foregone conclusion. Pass the Braised Brie & Party Like it's 1963! ::)
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #610 on: November 27, 2019, 09:03:47 AM »
Re: " 8 ball emporiums in every rust belt city"

I was just in one such, but in rust belt nowhere, nearest city an hour away. and guess what, i shot some 8 ball (and mostly lost, my elbow aint what it used to be)

Nyhoo, these guyz know that the water is being poisoned and the rain is getting harder and the winter aint cold enuf to kill the tree pests anymore and five hundred year floods are coming every five (those are exactly the words of a seventy five year old farmer running a thousand acres or so who genially taught me some lessons at pool.)

They dont trust the media. They dont trust the politicians. They dont trust the banks. They dont trust the government.

They burn a lot of diesel and propane and fuel oil and they see a carbon tax as another strip outta their hide, like the French gilet-jaunes (and yes, they know about them)

They dont trust no fee and dividend scheme. They know if the fee goes to government it will not come back to them, it will go to those who control the government, which aint them.

They know the environment is degrading. They just dont trust the government enuf  for a solution.

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #611 on: November 27, 2019, 11:53:02 AM »
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I miss the old pool halls & beer bars, though I've entered exactly one in the last 30 years. The wife and I were driving back from Reno and noticed a car we recognised in front of a cowboy bar in the desert south of Tonopah.
We stopped and ran into half a dozen kids we knew from an archaeological class we'd attended at UNLV. They were far from their base and headed to a petroglyph site reported by crews expanding the Tonopah airport.


I played a few sticks, eschewed the proffered brews, and we continued our journey home. I'd quit drinking a decade earlier, but the atmosphere, and the unexpected meet up made a welcome break on the drive. It's amazing how rapidly our skills deteriorate!


I don't know how to rekindle the trust of those whose lifetime of experiences have taught them not to trust. Once it's has been lost, it's damn hard to win back. It's something we need to succeed in if any progress is to be made.
How do you convince someone that this time it's different, that this time we won't take advantage?
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