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Thursday
Aug102017

Extraordinary Snippets From 'The Energy 202'

I will post snippets of particular interest that I pick up from The Energy 202 - the Washington Pot daily environmental briefing. 

Here are four from today two to either blow your mind away, or sink into the depths pf despair:

"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down an Obama-era regulation to limit certain chemicals used in air conditioners and refrigerators. 

In a 2-1 decision, the court said the Environmental Protection Agency could not ban hydrofluorocarbons. In the court’s ruling, Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote that the refrigerants don’t damage the ozone layer, Bloomberg reported. Though the EPA has worked to reverse a number of President Obama’s climate regulations, this was one rule that the Trump administration had defended.

“EPA’s authority to regulate ozone-depleting substances under Section 612 and other statutes does not give EPA authority to order the replacement of substances that are not ozone depleting but that contribute to climate change,” the court ruled."

And:

"U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson advised diplomats to avoid questions from foreign governments on whether the United States could re-enter the Paris climate accord, Reuters reported. The diplomatic cables obtained by the publication also note that diplomats should tell foreign governments that the Trump administration is looking to help countries boost their fossil fuel use."

And:

"As The Energy 202 has pointed out before, the point of Scott Pruitt's "red team-blue team” climate exercise seems not to be to undo his agency's scientific finding that carbon dioxide endangers human health by warming the planet. It's to sway public opinion on climate science.

But several conservative groups, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have not publicly backed that plan yet. A new report from Politico's Emily Holden explains why. "Some advocates privately worry that the debate would politically harm moderate Republicans, while wasting time and effort that’s better spent on the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory rollback," she writes."

And:

"U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley pushed back on the charges that the Trump administration would reject government scientists’ report on climate change. 

"Just because we pulled out of the Paris accord doesn't mean we don't believe in climate protection," Haley said on NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday.  "I think we're very aware that we need to do that. What we're saying is, we're not going to sell out American businesses to do that."

Haley said she hasn’t seen the report but adds “I don't see any reason why they wouldn't” accept the results of the report.

"We're not saying that climate change is not real. It is real. It's how do you have that balance between making sure you've got jobs and businesses moving and then also making sure you protect your climate," she added."

This last has shades of our own Government's unwillingness to clamp down hard on dirty dairying 

The depths of ignorance remain to be 'plumbed' with this (the US) administation. 

 

 

 

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