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Senate Confirms Fossil Fuel Ally Pruitt to Head EPA


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Senate Confirms Fossil Fuel Ally Pruitt to Head EPA

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

This story will be updated.

The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

His strong ties to the fossil fuel industry, hostility to the very agency he now leads, and uncertainly on climate science had sparked fierce outcry.


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May the GOP rat pack be rewarded with: contaminated toxic water; massive oil spills in their pristine landscaped yards; air saturated with sulfur dioxide fumes leaving their eyes burning and them choking on said air; their meat filled with salmonella, maggots or any other bacteria and illegal hormones; their GMO fruits and vegetables saturated with pesticides and their sewer system overflowing throughout their homes. Unless they live in self-contained bubbles, they and their children/relatives will suffer the same harm as all the rest of us.

Party over the people...how very fascistic of these soldiers of doom.


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Protracted suicide. Republicans, as ever, making with their special brand of venal amorality. Luckily, it's profitable.


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Unfortunately, environmental pollution frequently affects the poor, minorities, and those least able to defend themselves or maintain political representation in government. Regardless, we are all eventually affected by pollution and the polluting mindset one way or another.

The only way to deal with the trump fascists is to keep constantly mobilized and active against their destructive actions and policies.


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This government of the plutocrats, by the plutocrats, and for the plutocrats shall make all earth perish.


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Why no mention of these two Democrats voting for Pruitt? Should these types of party members even be in the Democratic Party? This is one reason why it has become very difficult to support the Democratic Party and why I have mostly voted Green the past twenty years. If this Party includes members who would vote for such a blatantly anti-environmental EPA head as Pruitt, then what else can we expect from the Party. I do give credit to the Dems for apparently doing everything they could to block Pruitt's nomination but the Party needs to decide if it is pro- or anti-environmental and that goes for policies such as All Of the Above Energy Policy, fracking, nuclear energy, Arctic oil extraction, "clean coal", and on and on.

"But Democrats were ultimately undermined by their own ranks in their fight to stop Pruitt from taking over the agency. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, both up for reelection in 2018, voted for Pruitt, reflecting the political pressures facing Democrats in coal country states that supported Trump."


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Absolutely; the "concern" of the Clintons and Obama duly noted.


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Is it not interesting that POS is also the acronym for "Point Of Sale"?
The other meaning is also quite accurate because these senators were all bought off by their corporate masters.


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When did clean water and clean air become the enemy of humanity?


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Heitkamp and Manchin have been in lockstep with the GOP on 99% of the cabinet confirmations. Behind their very thin veils, they are T-bag repugnicants who ran as dems in their states knowing that would be their only ticket to the Senate. I wrote to both chastising them for their treachery and telling them to pack their bags because 2018 is right around the corner.

(Their responses were only worthy of file 13...the round one on the floor or associated with the DEL button. BS and more BS)


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The Dem Party is responsible to very large degree for the rule of the trump regime and elevation of the destructive pruit!

The real story though is that now, if not before, the GOP and all its members and agents OWN the next four years and the destruction of what American's value most! THEY are now responsible, and when the time comes to pay the piper the GOP will pay the highest price for their perfidy!

The pity is we the people have no mechanism or leaders to oppose this tragedy - certainly not the within the complicit DP!
Utter failure for decades by the DNC/DLC, Clintons, and Obama to build any strong progressive base, along with foisting HRC on us, the only candidate trump could have beaten, set the stage for today's and tomorrow's nightmares!

The DP establishment, Clinton/Obama wing, still rules the party direction even as they lamely, deceitfully, and far too late, play at being an opposition - betrayals of vast dimension that can never be ignored or forgiven!

The DP establishment are corrupt and complicit sellouts who will soon play the old lesser-evil game and seek support that will NOT be forthcoming! they do not possess the integrity, moral compass, or gumption to do what needs to be done..........................What we desperately need is a new party and established leaders to leave the complicit sellout and lead our millions to victory and repair as best we may all the evil this regime will commit!


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Yet Trump ran on this war on clean air and water and was voted into office.


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This will probably be much worse than Reagan and George W Bush for the EPA. Of course Trump has the fossil fuel industry and the chemical industry on his side as well as millions of people who support jobs over the environment. Besides this situation being a potential health threat it is occurring during an absolutely critical time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Corporate greed and the motivation of people to have jobs even if it eventually costs them their health and damages society must be opposed to protect the environment which humans and millions of species of animals and plants depend on for survival. Given the declining the status of so many ecosystems and the existential threat of climate change it is probably fair to say that the Republican Party is now the most destructive force in the world.


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I fully expect that if Trump ever has to pick someone to head up the US Bureau of Federal Prisons, he will choose Charles Manson.

The Donald will probably say something like "He's been in it such a long time, no one knows the prison system better than Manson, he'll be phenomenal."


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Familiar scenario, isn't it? Two more (Clinton) Democrats who were promoted as "bold progressives" by much of the liberal media work on behalf of the Republican agenda. I think I stopped being shocked by this around twenty years ago.


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I haven't read all comments yet, but ANY dem who votes for these stooges needs to be primaried.


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Years of research have consistently shown that economic issues are at the top of the list. Environmental issues are an eventual problem while economic issues are an immediate threat for so many. Our more fortunate seem unaware that we have a poverty crisis (indeed, there are those who deny it). We don't have jobs for all, and actual welfare aid ended 20 years ago. What do you think happens to all those who have been phased out of the job market?

If there were enough urgency to warrant public concern about environmental deterioration, there would have been nationwide efforts to educate the public and dramatically reduce the use of privately owned motor vehicles.


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(Shh. I don't think we're supposed to talk about those things regarding the Clinton wing.)

Fascism is a fascinating subject, and I encourage people to learn more about it. Did you know that the US has been implementing fascism (by definition) for years, slowly and from the bottom up? Yep, it doesn't necessarily need to be abruptly imposed by a military coup, but can be quietly accepted by the masses. Because the US itself is an economic entity, it makes sense that economic class has been the tool of fascism here. In recent decades, our government quietly stripped our poor of a list of fundamental civil and human rights. And yet, because we've been "re-educated" about US poverty and the poor, it somehow seems acceptable. And that's fascism. We watch now as it trickles up.


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Certainly everyone should care about climate change because it is a existential threat and is causing many problems already. Read about the problems in Mexico City that are quite serious.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/17/world/americas/mexico-city-sinking.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news.


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Funny!