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Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 2:57:01 AM

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Even in the midst of the coronavirus' reign of terror little donny continues to push his agenda of tearing down environmental regulations to favor big polluters and poison us all.

I say we throw him head first into a coal ash storage pond. Duke Energy has a few that would be suitable.


Coronavirus Doesn’t Slow Trump’s Regulatory Rollbacks


https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/coronavirus-doesnt-slow-trumps-regulatory-rollbacks/

WASHINGTON — As much of his government battles the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump is pushing ahead with major reversals of environmental regulations, including a restriction on scientific research that some doctors worry would complicate future pandemic controls.

Federal employees across multiple agencies said the administration was racing to complete a half-dozen significant rollbacks over the coming month. They include a measure to weaken automobile fuel efficiency standards, which one person familiar with the plans said would be issued as early as next week.

Other efforts include loosening controls on toxic ash from coal plants, relaxing restrictions on mercury emissions and weakening the consideration of climate change in environmental reviews for most infrastructure projects.

The aggressive timeline is aimed at shielding the policies from easy reversal if Democrats win the White House or control of the Senate in the 2020 election. While it is hardly unusual to see a push to finalize policies toward the end of an administration, several agency officials said they were surprised that political leaders had shown no sign of letting up amid the pandemic.

A dozen federal workers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about agency work, all described a relentless atmosphere at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department. Several people said they had been told to expect no “slippage” or relaxation of deadlines, although thousands of federal employees, like much of the nation, are working from home and juggling child care and work responsibilities.

The administration also has denied requests to extend public-comment periods in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 3:24:49 AM

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Oscar D. Grouch wrote:
Even in the midst of the coronavirus' reign of terror


Applause
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 8:29:16 AM

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It's EXCELLENT news! Thanks, Grouchie!
Blaidd-Drwg
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 9:50:47 AM

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I see our Democrats and Republicans as a couple who have been engaging in very dangerous sexual liaisons, resulting in the country being politically syphilitic, with Trump simply being the largest syphilitic sore on the anus of the country (so far).

But rather than try to cure, or even contain the disease, we are fixated on that one great big sore on our anus, completely neglecting the disease and all of the other sores.
Hope123
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 10:00:02 AM

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Wilmar (USA) 1M wrote:
It's EXCELLENT news! Thanks, Grouchie!


Good luck in the future when the snowball effect of these rollback consequences begins to pick up more than they are already.

Money is the root of all evil and all you and your president care about is money. Humans or animals are not considered in any way.

You can breathe your filthy-mercury-and-other-pollutants-laden air and eat your mercury laden fish. That is for those still there after the Covid-19 “hoax” is done.

Canada will fight you for the water pollution bordering the two countries. Foul winds from the south are already hitting Canada. Literally and figuratively.

Americans will be responsible in great part for the extinction of many animals - especially the trophy-hunted ones. Trump relaxed regulations so Trump's sons could show their -quote “manhood” - by killing defenceless animals.


95 ROLLBACKS done or pending. They are trying to get them done before election, and done in a way that they cannot he changed later.

Air pollution and emissions
Drilling and extraction
Infrastructure and planning
Animals
Toxic substances and safety
Water pollution

Romany
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 10:33:40 AM
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I think those Americans who get their news from TV remain largely ignorant about all the safety measures etc. have been rolled back: it is hugely embarrassing, after all, when an administration has no other reason than 1) to allow the 1% to continue to make even larger wads of cash and 2) because an ex-political opponant put them in place.

But not so the rest of the world. Although there may be plenty of them, my travels around US news sources has not unearthed what is a huge discussion point across the rest of the world: the fact that there has been a global reduction of pollution which stood at 25% a couple of weeks ago and has risen since then as traffic emission, factory waste etc. are no longer present in pre-covid amounts.

Already the effect on flora and fauna that is being observed even by lay people in every country, is being monitored by biologists, scientists, metorologists, geologists, - a huge phalanx of experts and professionals from every culture. Bird-life, urban scavengers, city wildlife are exhibiting adaptations already to the changed conditions.

So I think that, post-covid, pressure will be brought on such a large mass as North America continuing to risk the planet for money! "Nothing will ever be the same again" is a phrase being employed in every language and every country these days, and everybody seems to get it. The future is already looking different to the way it did on New Years Eve.

By the time the whole world has gone through this and come out the other end it's impossible to even speculate on the forms these changes will take on a global scale. But the talking point now is how the days of American "exceptionalism" began to die 3 years ago. And that, Post-covid, it will be a meaningless concept.

Things will change indeed. And the American Government will have to change with it.



Hope123
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 10:55:31 AM

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Romany, it is so good to have an overview from you as to what is actually happening on the other side of the pond. And that there are positive results happening.

I meant to post this in my previous post - The US rollbacks include a measure to weaken automobile fuel efficiency standards - as early as next week. Other efforts include loosening controls on toxic ash from coal plants, relaxing restrictions on mercury emissions and weakening the consideration of climate change in environmental reviews for most infrastructure projects.

Edited - it is so hard to understand how supporters can still support a man whose failings the rest of us know and don't condone, who has called the virus a democratic hoax, and now implies that there is a shortage of protective equipment because they could be “going out the back door” and the FBI should investigate. In effect accusing doctors and nurses of stealing for profit, as his thinking might be. If they are stealing, it is to wear them and protect themselves when he has failed to supply them. Straight from his Twitter feed. And who cuts off vendors of those supplies to states whose governors have assertively asked for more equipment. Like Michigan.

If 1000 nurses (say 2 hospitals in NYC) treat 30 patients a day and change their masks per safety guidelines each time, that’s 30K masks. Over a 10 day period, that’s 300K masks. No conspiracy, just math. And let this sink in - nurses are wearing the same masks all day!
Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 7:38:32 PM

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Trump responds to the publication of Rachael Carson's book Silent Spring...

"There's nothing to see here folks. This is just a democratic hoax. There's nothing wrong with DDT. It's good for the economy."


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Blaidd-Drwg
Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:06:52 PM

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The Trump administration fired the U.S. pandemic response team in 2018 to cut costs.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-fire-pandemic-team/

Amid warnings from public health officials that a 2020 outbreak of a new coronavirus could soon become a pandemic involving the U.S., alarmed readers asked Snopes to verify a rumor that U.S. President Donald Trump had “fired the entire pandemic response team two years ago and then didn’t replace them.”

The claim came from a series of tweets posted by Judd Legum, who runs Popular Information, a newsletter he describes as being about “politics and power.” Legum’s commentary was representative of sharp criticism from Democratic legislators (and some Republicans) that the Trump administration had ill-prepared the country for a pandemic even as one was looming on the horizon.

Legum outlined a series of cost-cutting decisions made by the Trump administration in preceding years that had gutted the nation’s infectious disease defense infrastructure. The “pandemic response team” firing claim referred to news accounts from Spring 2018 reporting that White House officials tasked with directing a national response to a pandemic had been ousted.

Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer abruptly departed from his post leading the global health security team on the National Security Council in May 2018 amid a reorganization of the council by then-National Security Advisor John Bolton, and Ziemer’s team was disbanded. Tom Bossert, whom the Washington Post reported “had called for a comprehensive biodefense strategy against pandemics and biological attacks,” had been fired one month prior.

It’s thus true that the Trump administration axed the executive branch team responsible for coordinating a response to a pandemic and did not replace it, eliminating Ziemer’s position and reassigning others, although Bolton was the executive at the top of the National Security Council chain of command at the time.

Blaidd-Drwg
Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:16:59 PM

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Politicians and corporate interests have been using disaster as a tool to consolidate power and remove regulatory restrictions for as long as there have been politicians and corporate interests. This is just the most recent iteration.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shock_Doctrine
https://inthesetimes.com/article/22416/coronavirus-crisis-disaster-capitalism-naomi-klein-covid-19
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