Scott Pruitt Criticizes ‘False Narrative’ On NYT’s Climate Report

EPA chief Scott Pruitt believes a recent climate report leaked to The New York Times (NYT) is meant to distract people from what efforts the Trump administration is making to reduce carbon emissions.

Pruitt, a Republican from Oklahoma, criticized what he called the media’s stoking of fears that President Donald Trump might dismiss findings that supposedly show man-made global warming is already affecting the environment.

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Californians In Danger Of Losing Their Homes As Green Energy Loan Defaults Rise

Droves of Californians are in danger of losing their homes after defaulting on loan payments from a government program meant to encourage individual investment in green technology, The Wall Street Journal reports.

WSJ found that across 40 counties in California, the number of people defaulting in the Property Assessed Green Energy program (PACE) rose nearly 450 percent from 2016 to 2017, from 245 homeowners to about 1,100.

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REPORT: ‘Many Of The EPA’s Functions Could Be Abolished’

Scott Pruitt, EPA chief

Many Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs are redundant and could be eliminated without hurting environmental quality, according to a new report on reforming the federal bureaucracy.

“The EPA needs to be made more transparent and efficient, a goal that can be achieved while continuing to protect the nation’s environment,” reads the report published by the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) on Wednesday.

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Report: Growing Electric Vehicle Ownership Craters Gas Tax Revenues

Gas tax revenue is expected to plummet in the U.S. during the next decade if electric vehicle sales take up more than half of all new car sales, according to a report published Wednesday.

Even conservative forecasts of electric vehicles adoption will dramatically affect gas tax revenues in places like California and in other states with a high concentrate of Teslas, a research note from Citi points out.

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California farmer to pay $1.1 million in fines for plowing wheat field without permit

President Trump has sought to help farmers by rolling back the Obama administration’s hotly contested Waters of the United States rule, but it didn’t happen soon enough to help John Duarte.

The farmer from California’s Central Valley agreed Tuesday to a settlement with the Justice Department that will have him pay $330,000 in civil penalties and purchase $770,000 in vernal pool mitigation credits for violating the water rule by plowing his wheat field in 2012.

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Trump’s latest executive order seeks to rein in agencies on environmental reviews

President Trump issued an executive order on environmental permitting Tuesday that seeks to solve a longstanding problem for industry by placing firm time limits on federal agencies to issue permits and punishing those that fail to meet the president’s goals.

“The Executive Order will make the environmental and permitting processes needed for major infrastructure projects more efficient and effective,” according to the White House.

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Climate policy — get ready for the next round of hype

Katharine Hayhoe, one of the report’s lead authors, is also a climate activist. See, no bias here.

Preparations are well underway in the liberal media to make August 18 a milestone in the history of climate policy.  That is the date when a special U.S. government report on the state of climate science by authors from 13 federal agencies, known as the U.S. Global Change Research Program, is due to be released.

But if August 18 does become a day to be remembered, it will be as a much-hyped political event, not a scientific one.  The substance of the USGCRP report apparently only rehashes, at great length, research that was assessed even more exhaustively in the Fifth Assessment Report or FAR, published in 2013 by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Global Ocean Cooling Continues

July Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) are now available, and we can see further ocean cooling led by plummeting temps in the  Tropics and Southern Hemisphere, continuing the downward trajectory from the previous 12 months. Note that higher temps in 2015 and 2016 were first of all due to a sharp rise in Tropical SST, beginning in March 2015, peaking in January 2016, and steadily declining back to its beginning level. We have seen lots of claims about the temperature records for 2016 and 2015 proving dangerous man made warming.  At least one senator stated that in a confirmation hearing.  Yet HadSST3 data for the last two years shows how obvious is the ocean’s governing of global average temperatures. –Ron Clutz, Science Matters, 10 August 2017

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Unanticipated Stability: Latest Polar Conditions Show No Signs Of Global Warming Melting

Weather and climate analyst Schneefan writes of an “early frost” in the Arctic and of how Greenland’s snow and ice have grown after being hit by a “snow bomb.” This contradicts the expectations of global warming alarmists.

The polar summer this year appears to have ended prematurely. The mean temperature of the central Arctic above 80°N has remained under the long-term average over the entire summer and even dipped below the freezing point about a week earlier than normal (1958-2002 mean).

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Al Gore’s Carbon Footprint Hypocrisy

Al Gore’s carbon footprint is the size of Godzilla’s, but to hear the liberal New Republic magazine’s Emily Atkin tell it, it really “doesn’t matter.”

But it doesn’t really matter only if “do as I say, not as I do” has become the credo of Gore and his fellow climate change alarmists.

The size of Gore’s carbon footprint has become an issue with the Aug. 4 theatrical release of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the follow-up to “An Inconvenient Truth,” his 2006 global warming horror film.

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140,000 Think Planting Trees Will Offset Trump’s Withdrawal From The Paris Climate Accord

Three climate scientists have started an initiative to plant more than 100 billion new trees to mitigate the environmental impact of President Donald Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris agreement on climate change, the BBC reports.

Current pledges to plant trees number about 140,000 from a little over 500 people, 0.0000014 percent of the #TrumpForest project’s ambitious goal, according to project’s website.

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