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Old 07-03-2017, 06:45 PM
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Trump's EPA Head Pruitt Spanked By Courts

WASHINGTON A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Monday that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of a new rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks.

In a split decision, the three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the EPA to move forward with the Obama-era requirement that aims to reduce planet-warming emissions from oil and gas operations.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in April that he would delay by 90 days the deadline for oil and gas companies to follow the new rule, so that the agency could reconsider the measure. The American Petroleum Institute, the Texas Oil and Gas Association and other industry groups had petitioned Pruitt to scrap the requirement, which had been set to take effect in June.

Last month, Pruitt announced he intended to extend the 90-day stay for two years. A coalition of six environmental groups opposed the delay in court, urging the appeals judges to block Pruitt's decision.

In a detailed 31-page ruling, the court disagreed with Pruitt's contention that industry groups had not had sufficient opportunity to comment before the 2016 rule was enacted. The judges also said Pruitt lacked the legal authority to delay the rule from taking effect.

"This ruling declares EPA's action illegal and slams the brakes on Trump Administration's brazen efforts to put the interests of corporate polluters ahead of protecting the public and the environment," said David Doniger, director of climate and clean air program for the Natural Resources Defense Council." Associated Press

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Old 07-03-2017, 06:51 PM
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Nice. Hope they don't appeal, but nothing this evil administration does surprises anymore.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:05 PM
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Just like the travel ban, this one will be appealed. Lefty forum shopping has been an effective delay tactic, but the recent 9 - 0 SCOTUS decision demonstrates the folly of this approach.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:27 PM
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Just like the travel ban, this one will be appealed. Lefty forum shopping has been an effective delay tactic, but the recent 9 - 0 SCOTUS decision demonstrates the folly of this approach.
It's truly ironic that Trump can't take a shit without a hearing these days. He bitches, whines and moans about it incessantly.

Funny you didn't complain about this type of legal maneuvering during the past eight years preceding your Pres. 'Bloviatus Pestis' Trump*. I wonder why that is? Hmmmmm.

Actually, I'm getting a great ROI for my donations to the ACLU.
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Just like the travel ban, this one will be appealed. Lefty forum shopping has been an effective delay tactic, but the recent 9 - 0 SCOTUS decision demonstrates the folly of this approach.
You clearly have no understanding of what this ruling said. The Trump administration is free, at this point, to go through normal notice-and-comment rulemaking to try and revise and revoke this rule in compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act (just as the Obama EPA did to pass the rule). He cannot do it by fiat once the rule has been properly promulgated via the act (with oversight from OMB). In other words, he needs to follow the law. Imagine that.
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You clearly have no understanding of what this ruling said. The Trump administration is free, at this point, to go through normal notice-and-comment rulemaking to try and revise and revoke this rule in compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act (just as the Obama EPA did to pass the rule). He cannot do it by fiat once the rule has been properly promulgated via the act (with oversight from OMB). In other words, he needs to follow the law. Imagine that.
For all the lying and screeching during the Obama presidency that he was ruling by fiat, Trump's 'Goober Nation' seems to think that that their 'Dearest Leader' can just ignore the rule of law. Morons.
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The Fox in the hen house.

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Why the EPA matters.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b00abf36472e96
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