Tag: Andrew Wheeler

Coal Ash Kills Workers. Trump Kills Coal Ash Regulations.

Ten years ago, environmental disaster struck Kingston, Tennessee. A dike containing massive amounts of coal waste burst, releasing 1.1 billion gallons of the heavy-metal sludge onto land and into waterways. It was the largest spill of coal ash slurry—a mixture of coal-burning byproduct and water—in United States history. The cleanup […]

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Trump’s EPA chief Andrew Wheeler caught ‘liking’ racist & conspiracy memes, yet again

Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler has been caught –yet again– engaging with racist and conspiracy theory posts on social media. He pooh-poohed questions about online interactions he had with a Pizzagater, and tells a reporter he doesn’t remember liking a racist picture of the Obamas. How long has his inflammatory online activity been going on? […]

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EPA to Resume Enforcement of ‘Glider Truck’ Rules

The new acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, has jackknifed former EPA head Scott Pruitt’s decision to quit enforcing the strict sales limits imposed on glider trucks. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, they’re basically new heavy commercial trucks that use old powertrains. Advocates argue that using refurbished engines and transmissions save business owners […]

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The White House P.R. “Nightmare” That Never Came

On June 20, the Trump administration released a report some officials hoped would never see the light of day. The draft study from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found that contaminated water across the country, especially on and near military bases, was far more toxic than the government realized. That meant potentially […]

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Elizabeth Warren: EPA Administrator Must Believe in Climate Change

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said on Thursday following President Donald Trump’s tweet announcing that Scott Pruitt was stepping down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that anyone who doesn’t believe in climate change should not head the agency. The Hill reported on Warren’s statement about Pruitt’s resignation in which she said he should […]

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EPA Shuffle: Scott Pruitt Out; Former Coal Lobbyist In

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A former coal lobbyist will be the new acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency after former agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned on Thursday. Andrew Wheeler was confirmed by the Senate in April to be the EPA’s deputy administrator, but he was criticized by Democrats for his past ties to energy lobbyists. […]

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Sanders: ‘Delighted’ Pruitt Resigned, Wheeler ‘Should Be Vigorously Opposed’

On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) expressed delight at the resignation of EPA Director Scott Pruitt and stated new Acting EPA Director Andrew Wheeler “should be vigorously opposed.” Sanders said he is “delighted” that Pruitt is gone, and “what we have got to do now is to see if we can […]

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