Trump's former General Kelly comes to Homeland Security with tons of militarized equipment ---military swat teams-----and a completely deregulated US city community policing capability brought to us by several years of BALTIMORE POLS----CONGRESSIONAL, MARYLAND ASSEMBLY, AND CITY HALL----installing far-right wing global Wall Street security policies while running as DEMOCRATS. Tag team to TRUMP.
It was this policy in 2011 that started all the police killings of black citizens in US cities ---global military training via global military corporations. Who installed these laws? 5% to the 1% black, white, and brown citizens----who wrote these laws? Global Wall Street---the 1% white men.
Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
A decade of billions in spending in the name of homeland security has armed local police departments with military-style equipment and a new commando mentality. But has it gone too far? Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz of the Center for Investigative Reporting report.
G. W. Schulz
12.21.11 4:45 AM ET
Nestled amid plains so flat the locals joke you can watch your dog run away for miles, Fargo treasures its placid lifestyle, seldom pierced by the mayhem and violence common in other urban communities. North Dakota’s largest city has averaged fewer than two homicides a year since 2005, and there’s not been a single international terrorism prosecution in the last decade.
But that hasn’t stopped authorities in Fargo and its surrounding county from going on an $8 million buying spree to arm police officers with the sort of gear once reserved only for soldiers fighting foreign wars.
Every city squad car is equipped today with a military-style assault rifle, and officers can don Kevlar helmets able to withstand incoming fire from battlefield-grade ammunition. And for that epic confrontation--if it ever occurs—officers can now summon a new $256,643 armored truck, complete with a rotating turret. For now, though, the menacing truck is used mostly for training and appearances at the annual city picnic, where it’s been parked near the children’s bounce house.
“Most people are so fascinated by it, because nothing happens here,” says Carol Archbold, a Fargo resident and criminal justice professor at North Dakota State University. “There’s no terrorism here.”
Like Fargo, thousands of other local police departments nationwide have been amassing stockpiles of military-style equipment in the name of homeland security, aided by more than $34 billion in federal grants since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a Daily Beast investigation conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.
The buying spree has transformed local police departments into small, army-like forces, and put intimidating equipment into the hands of civilian officers. And that is raising questions about whether the strategy has gone too far, creating a culture and capability that jeopardizes public safety and civil rights while creating an expensive false sense of security.
“The argument for up-armoring is always based on the least likely of terrorist scenarios,” says Mark Randol, a former terrorism expert at the Congressional Research Service, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress. “Anyone can get a gun and shoot up stuff. No amount of SWAT equipment can stop that.”
Local police bristle at the suggestion that they’ve become “militarized,” arguing the upgrade in firepower and other equipment is necessary to combat criminals with more lethal capabilities. They point to the 1997 Los Angeles-area bank robbers who pinned police for hours with assault weapons, the gun-wielding student who perpetrated the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, and the terrorists who waged a bloody rampage in Mumbai, India, that left 164 people dead and 300 wounded in 2008.
The new weaponry and battle gear, they insist, helps save lives in the face of such threats. “I don’t see us as militarizing police; I see us as keeping abreast with society,” former Los Angeles Police chief William Bratton says. “And we are a gun-crazy society.”
Adds Fargo Police Lt. Ross Renner, who commands the regional SWAT team: “It’s foolish to not be cognizant of the threats out there, whether it’s New York, Los Angeles, or Fargo. Our residents have the right to be protected. We don’t have everyday threats here when it comes to terrorism, but we are asked to be prepared.”
The skepticism about the Homeland spending spree is less severe for Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York, which are presumed to be likelier targets. But questions persist about whether money was handed out elsewhere with any regard for risk assessment or need. And the gap in accounting for the decade-long spending spree is undeniable. The U.S. Homeland Security Department says it doesn’t closely track what’s been bought with its tax dollars or how the equipment is used. State and local governments don’t maintain uniform records either.
To assess the changes in law enforcement for The Daily Beast, the Center for Investigative Reporting conducted interviews and reviewed grant spending records obtained through open records requests in 41 states. The probe found stockpiles of weaponry and military-style protective equipment worthy of a defense contractor’s sales catalog.
In Montgomery County, Texas, the sheriff’s department owns a $300,000 pilotless surveillance drone, like those used to hunt down al Qaeda terrorists in the remote tribal regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. In Augusta, Maine, with fewer than 20,000 people and where an officer hasn’t died from gunfire in the line of duty in more than 125 years, police bought eight $1,500 tactical vests. Police in Des Moines, Iowa, bought two $180,000 bomb-disarming robots, while an Arizona sheriff is now the proud owner of a surplus Army tank.
The flood of money opened to local police after 9/11, but slowed slightly in recent years. Still, the Department of Homeland Security awarded more than $2 billion in grants to local police in 2011, and President Obama’s 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contributed an additional half-billion dollars.
Law enforcement officials say the armored vehicles, assault weapons, and combat uniforms used by their officers provide a public safety benefit beyond their advertised capabilities, creating a sort of “shock and awe” experience they hope will encourage suspects to surrender more quickly.
“The only time I hear the complaint of ‘God, you guys look scary’ is if the incident turns out to be nothing,” says West Hartford, Conn., Police Lt. Jeremy Clark, who organizes an annual SWAT competition.
A grainy YouTube video from one of Clark’s recent competitions shows just how far the police transformation has come, displaying officers in battle fatigues, helmets, and multi-pocketed vests storming a hostile scene. One with a pistol strapped to his hip swings a battering ram into a door. A colleague lobs a flash-bang grenade into a field. Another officer, holding a pistol and wearing a rifle strapped to his back, peeks cautiously inside a bus.
The images unfold to the pulsing, ominous soundtrack of a popular videogame, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Though resembling soldiers in a far-flung war zone, the stars of this video are Massachusetts State Police troopers.
The number of SWAT teams participating in Clark’s event doubled to 40 between 2004 and 2009 as Homeland’s police funding swelled. The competition provides real-life scenarios for training, and Clark believes it is essential, because he fears many SWAT teams are falling below the 16 hours of minimum monthly training recommended by the National Tactical Officers Association.
“Luck is not for cops. Luck is for drunks and fools,” Clark said, explaining his devotion to training.
One beneficiary of Homeland’s largesse are military contractors, who have found a new market for their wares and sponsor training events like the one Clark oversees in Connecticut or a similar Urban Shield event held in California.
Special ops supplier Blackhawk Industries, founded by a former Navy SEAL, was among several Urban Shield sponsors this year. Other sponsors for such training peddle wares like ThunderSledge breaching tools for smashing open locked or chained doors, Lenco Armored Vehicles bulletproof box trucks, and KDH Defense Systems’s body armor.
“As criminal organizations are increasingly armed with military-style weapons, law enforcement operations require the same level of field-tested and combat-proven protection used by soldiers and Marines in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other high-risk locations,” boasts an Oshkosh Corp. brochure at a recent police seminar, where the company pitched its “tactical protector vehicle.”
The trend shows no sign of abating. The homeland security market for state and local agencies is projected to reach $19.2 billion by 2014, up from an estimated $15.8 billion in fiscal 2009, according to the Homeland Security Research Corp.
The rise of equipment purchases has paralleled an apparent increase in local SWAT teams, but reliable numbers are hard to come by. The National Tactical Officers Association, which provides training and develops SWAT standards, says it currently has about 1,650 team memberships, up from 1,026 in 2000.
Many of America’s newly armed officers are ex-military veterans from the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Charles Ramsey, who was police chief in Washington, D.C., on 9/11, upgraded the weaponry when he moved to Philadelphia in 2008. Today, some 1,500 Philly beat cops are trained to use AR-15 assault rifles.
“We have a lot of people here, like most departments, who are ex-military,” Ramsey says. “Some people are very much into guns and so forth. So it wasn’t hard to find volunteers.”
Some real-life episodes, however, are sparking a debate about whether all that gear also creates a more militarized mind-set for local police that exceeds their mission or risks public safety.
In one case, dozens of officers in combat-style gear raided a youth rave in Utah as a police helicopter buzzed overhead. An online video shows the battle-ready team wearing masks and brandishing rifles as they holler for the music to be shut off and pin partygoers to the ground.
And Arizona tactical officers this year sprayed the home of ex-Marine Jose Guerena with gunfire as he stood in a hallway with a rifle that he did not fire. He was hit 22 times and died. Police had targeted the man’s older brother in a narcotics-trafficking probe, but nothing illegal was found in the younger Guerena’s home, and no related arrests had been made months after the raid.
In Maryland, officials finally began collecting data on tactical raids after police in 2008 burst into the home of a local mayor and killed his two dogs in a case in which the mayor’s home was used as a dropoff for drug deal. The mayor’s family had nothing to do with criminal activity.
Such episodes and the sheer magnitude of the expenditures over the last decade raise legitimate questions about whether taxpayers have gotten their money’s worth and whether police might have assumed more might and capability than is necessary for civilian forces.
“With local law enforcement, their mission is to solve crimes after they’ve happened, and to ensure that people’s constitutional rights are protected in the process,” says Jesselyn McCurdy, senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. “The military obviously has a mission where they are fighting an enemy. When you use military tactics in the context of law enforcement, the missions don’t match, and that’s when you see trouble with the overmilitarization of police.”
The upgrading of local police nonetheless continues. Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio now claims to operate his own air armada of private pilots—dubbed Operation Desert Sky—to monitor illegal border crossings, and he recently added a full-size surplus Army tank. New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly boasted this fall he had a secret capability to shoot down an airliner if one threatened the city again. And the city of Ogden, Utah, is launching a 54-foot, remote-controlled “crime-fighting blimp” with a powerful surveillance camera.
Back in Fargo, nearby corn and soybean farmer Tim Kozojed supports the local police but questions whether the Homeland grants have been spent wisely. ”I’m very reluctant to get anxious about a terrorist attack in North Dakota,” Kozojed, 31, said. “Why would they bother?”
Here is our resident TOTALITARIAN Mikulski ---she does ANYTHING global Wall Street tells her-----far-right wing global Wall Street running as a Democrat---you know that platform for LABOR AND JUSTICE --THE 99%!
Baltimore is ground zero for ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE US CITIES AS FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES-----so what happens here will be exported to your neck of the woods-----Baltimore has a growth industry of SECURITY -----MILITARY ----preparing for just these tensions a CIA has created globally in bring Foreign Economic Zones these several decades. This is why our Baltimore pols LEAD in the most repressive policies -----in Congress, in Maryland Assembly----in Baltimore City Hall----
Mikulski wanted to make sure Baltimore/Prince George's County--- was the go-to place for a GENERAL TIED TO HOMELAND SECURITY----Trump didn't do this----OBAMA and Clinton neo-liberals set the stage and Trump will allow things to get very tense with policy overreach---targeted and profiling overreach----just as occurred these several years against our US city black citizens. It's deliberate---they are trying to create anger and factioning.
WE THE PEOPLE THINKING WE NEED JOBS HAD BETTER THINK TO WHERE THESE POLICIES LEAD----IT IS NOT JUST ANY JOB.
All of the elements of civil unrest and civil war in US cities will come from these CIA/global military corporations
'Secret Service honors Sen. Barbara Mikulski for years of service
Longtime senator from Baltimore to retire at end of her term
Updated: 6:29 PM EDT Oct 26, 2016'
Mikulski Secures $390M For New FBI Headquarters In Suburbs
December 16, 2015 10:52 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski has secured $390 million for a new FBI headquarters as part of the spending agreement negotiated in Congress.
The language was not in the initial Congressional spending bills, but was added some time before the agreement Tuesday.
The agency is in the initial stages of relocating from an aging downtown Washington building to a new suburban campus. Three potential sites have been chosen after a search — two in Maryland and one in Virginia.
Mikulski, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been pushing to have Prince George’s County land the headquarters and the 11,000 workers it would hold.
State officials have promised to invest millions in road improvements to bring the FBI to Greenbelt or Landover, rather than to Springfield, Virginia.
I wanted to share with FB friends across the nations how Clinton far-right wing global Wall STreet took hold of our left Democratic Party ---BY PRETENDING to do left policies with no intentions of doing this. Here we have a Mikulski in Baltimore given media coverage as USUAL -----allowing her to sell this idea of helping to protect public housing with HUD funds. This was in Clinton era 1990s-----it gives the impression she wanted to PRESERVE a housing complex----and VOILA ---IT WAS DEMOLISHED---this was the beginning of MASTER PLAN AND GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUS construction---and this was what grew Johns Hopkins into A CORPORATE PLANTATION controlling all city economy.
'Was a 1000 unit public housing complex built in the 1970 demolished in the late 90's early 2000's. The site was cut of from the rest of the city by I-95 and abutted the city / county line. Currently the area is slated to undergo redevelopment'.
This was the earliest stages of US cities as Foreign Economic Zones----our HUD funding started being misappropriated to global corporate campuses-----and all of these development policies are the WORST OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT. This was Clinton era----1990s ------so we know Clinton had an EPA leader NOT WATCHING OR WORKING IN PUBLIC INTEREST.
If Democratic voters educated on public policy they would have seen all this coming-----left social Democrats shouted----please educate our children and grandchildren on all these political tricks ----so HISTORY DOESN'T REPEAT ITSELF.
Mikulski moving to save project $20 million HUD grant for Hollander Ridge might be rescinded
September 25, 1998|By John B. O'Donnell | John B. O'Donnell,SUN STAFF
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said yesterday that she would move to preserve $20 million in federal funds for reconstruction of the -- Hollander Ridge public housing complex in East Baltimore -- a seeming reversal for the Maryland Democrat.
Mikulski's move came a day after her press secretary denied that she would seek congressional approval for the $20 million grant for Hollander Ridge -- money that Congress was told last week had been awarded illegally in 1996.
Susan Gaffney, the inspector general of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said two weeks ago that the grant should be rescinded unless lawmakers approve the award of the money.
On Wednesday, Mikulski aides insisted that the senator would not attempt to override Gaffney's recommendation or to "affirm" the 1996 grant.
Yesterday, they said that this was still the case -- but that in the event HUD Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo accepts Gaffney's recommendation to rescind the 1996 grant, Mikulski's legislation would set aside the funds for award again next year to Baltimore. To get the funds, the city would have to file a new application and meet the criteria for the funds.
But the city would be guaranteed the money even though cities usually have to compete for HUD funds to rebuild and replace public housing.
The practical effect of the Mikulski measure would be another year's delay and a requirement that the city jump through some hoops again -- but it would preserve the largest portion of the $51 million that the city says is needed to demolish the decaying, 1,000-unit Hollander Ridge project on the eastern edge of the city and replace it with a 450-unit complex for the elderly.
Mikulski hopes to include the measure in the HUD appropriation bill for the fiscal year that begins next week.
The prospects for the measure are considered good because she is the senior Democrat on the Senate subcommittee that handles the HUD budget, and as such would have considerable leverage when lawmakers craft the spending plan.
Two versions passed
The House and Senate have both passed their versions of the HUD bill. A committee of House and Senate members is expected to meet soon to reconcile differences and produce a final version for passages by both houses.
Gaffney has no authority to act on her own. She can recommend action, and it is possible that Cuomo could go ahead with the 1996 grant, even if Congress does not approve it. However, a senior HUD official suggested Wednesday that is unlikely to happen.
Mikulski vehemently denied that she has asked HUD to draft legislation "to overturn" Gaffney's recommendation, as the agency's deputy secretary Saul Ramirez Jr., had claimed.
"I am extremely disturbed the misrepresentation of this staff request," Mikulski wrote to Cuomo. "I strongly believe that the final decision and responsibility about whether to rescind the funds for Hollander Ridge rests with the Secretary of HUD."
Mona Miller, Mikulski's press secretary, said yesterday that Mikulski's legislation maintains her position that Cuomo should deal with the Gaffney recommendation "while making sure that Baltimore's interests are protected."
Meanwhile, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke expressed optimism that Baltimore ultimately will get the $20 million for Hollander Ridge.
"All the signals that we get from Secretary Cuomo's office are that he is still supportive of the grant to Baltimore, and he disagrees with the inspector general," Schmoke said yesterday.
The original plan
Initially, the city sought $40 million to demolish part of Hollander Ridge, rebuild some of it and construct 151 new houses.
After the city got half the money it sought, Gaffney concluded that the $20 million had been awarded illegally because the city had not met the criteria HUD had laid out in advance, and because a HUD consultant had said a rebuilt Hollander Ridge would not be economically viable.
With that, the city scrapped its original plan and asked HUD to approve a new community for senior citizens.
Gaffney aides said yesterday the city should not be allowed to change a plan after the multicity competition for funds had been completed.
Pub Date: 9/25/98
This should tell us something. Clinton indeed started filling our EPA with CORPORATE EXECUTIVES who then said nothing as US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones created the worst of city development policies.
Since the Clintons are far-right wing----of course Republicans would back her.
Ex-EPA heads under Republicans back Clinton
By Dan Merica
Updated 7:44 AM ET, Tue August 9, 2016
Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at the Coliseum on August 8, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida.(CNN)Two former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency under Republican presidents endorsed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, citing her plan to tackle climate change and Donald Trump's "profound ignorance of science."
William D. Ruckelshaus, who was the first EPA administrator under President Richard Nixon and then again the fifth under President Ronald Reagan, and William K. Reilly, the administrator under President George H. W. Bush, said in a joint statement that while Republicans have a history of protecting the environment, Trump "threatens to destroy that legacy of respect for the environment and protection of public health."
"That Trump would call climate change a hoax -- the singular health and environmental threat to the world today -- flies in the face of overwhelming international science," the duo said.
Trump tweeted in 2012, that "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
The duo also touted Clinton as someone who "understands that environmental protection is a public health issue" and "recognizes the threat that climate change represents to this country and the rest of the world."
"For us, there is simply no choice in this election," Ruckelshaus and Reilly add. "We Republicans should be shocked, outraged even, at the prospect that all this progress, this legacy will be repudiated and rolled back by Donald Trump."
Both Ruckelshaus and Reilly have been moving away from the Republican party recently.
Ruckelshaus, who was also deputy attorney general in 1973 when he was fired for refusing Nixon's order to dismiss the independent counsel investigating the Watergate break-ins, made news in 2008 when he decided to endorse Obama over Clinton and Republican Sen. John McCain.
Reilly, who has also served as president of the World Wildlife Fund, was appointed by President Barack Obama to co-chair the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010.
Below we see a CLINTON as ROBBER BARON PRESIDENT who started the expansion of EXECUTIVE ORDER usage using it often to install what were environmental issues. The gorilla-in-the-room policies of CLINTON were----sending US corporations overseas and building Foreign Economic Zones in Asia and Latin America----spending all Federal agency money to do this----this was what was called Clinton's ECONOMIC SUCCESS. It was then all economic growth happened OVERSEAS. The other gorilla-in-the-room policies surrounded Federalism Act which Clinton PRETENDED allowed all his Federal agencies to NOT ENFORCE FEDERAL LAW.
Maryland does this same thing---they pass all kinds of laws that sound left social progressive---AND THEN THEY DO NOT ENFORCE THEM. This is how a far-right wing pol pretends to be left labor and justice.
Clinton used Executive Order to make lots of REAL ESTATE into Federal or FOUNDATION control. He watched as all revenue was sent overseas as our US cities decayed and environmental catastrophes in public health and violence set in.
- June 29, 1993: President Clinton signed an executive order establishing the President's Council on Sustainable Development (Executive Order 12852).
President Clinton's Record on Trade and Globalization: In 1992, 10 million Americans were unemployed, new job creation was slow, and wages were stagnant. Other nations' high trade barriers limited the ability of American businesses and farmers to sell their goods abroad and hampered economic recovery. Our trade policies failed to reflect our values by failing to take into account the responsibility to protect our environment, eliminate child labor and sweatshops, and protect the rights of workers around the world. But today:
The biggest environmental catastrophe's of modern history? US building Foreign Economic Zones overseas creating environmental devastation------and our US cities allowed to decay creating environmental devastation----all tied to Clinton era and his EPA would have been the one to STOP THESE BAD ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES. If we were to go back and look at each of these supposed land PROTECTIONS ----we would see land being set aside for later development. Just the BROWN FIELDS designation in US industrial cities ----most never having any environmental mitigation ---now handed over to global Wall Street in development as is.
This is when all the TELL THE VOTERS WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR started by Clinton neo-liberals and many of the Democratic base were fooled by this FAKE ENVIRONMENTALISM.
It was also the same time as the CORPORATE GREEN REVOLUTION occurred where BIG AG went global.
Environmental Actions by President Clinton and Vice President Gore
- January 20, 1993: President Clinton and Vice President Gore eliminated the Council on Competitiveness, which was established by the Bush-Quayle Administration and had been frequently used to circumvent environmental laws.
- March 30, 1993: President Clinton and Vice President Gore held the Forest Conference in Oregon, a critical first step toward developing a comprehensive and balanced long-term policy to preserve and protect old-growth forests while balancing the needs of the workers, businesses, and communities dependent on timber sales.
- April 21, 1993: President Clinton issued executive orders directing federal agencies to reduce their use of ozone-depleting materials, increase their use of alternative-fueled vehicles, and purchase energy efficient computers (Executive Order 12843, Executive Order 12844, Executive Order 12845).
- June 29, 1993: President Clinton signed an executive order establishing the President's Council on Sustainable Development (Executive Order 12852).
- July 1, 1993: President Clinton signed the Forest Resources Conservation and Shortage Relief Amendments Act (H.R. 2343).
- August 3, 1993: President Clinton issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to reduce pollution as much as possible and to report to the community any toxic chemicals that are released into the environment (Executive Order 12856).
- August 4, 1993: President Clinton signed legislation establishing the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in Idaho (H.R. 236).
- August 13, 1993: President Clinton signed the Colorado Wilderness Act of 1993, which designated a total of 612,000 acres as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System (H.R. 631).
- August 24, 1993: The Clinton-Gore Administration unveiled a wetlands protection initiative which included more than 40 changes to current wetlands policy, including establishing a more effective process so that landowners and farmers can seek review of permit decisions without having to go to court.
- October 20, 1993: President Clinton signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to use recycled paper and other recycled products (Executive Order 12873).
- February 11, 1994: President Clinton issued an executive order to address environmental justice and ensure that low-income citizens and minorities do not suffer a disproportionate burden of industrial pollution (Executive Order 12898).
- March 8, 1994: President Clinton issued an executive order directing federal agencies to improve energy efficiency and water conservation at their facilities (Executive Order 12902).
- March 11, 1994: The White House announced the Greening of the White House initiative, a comprehensive energy and environmental upgrade that includes actions for landscaping, waste reduction, recycling, and water and energy efficiency.
- April 11, 1994: President Clinton signed the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Improvement Act of 1994 (S. 476).
- April 29, 1994: President Clinton issued a memorandum directing agencies to use environmentally beneficial landscaping practices, such as using regionally native plants for landscaping, reducing use of pesticides and fertilizer, promoting construction practices that minimize adverse effects on natural habitats, and implementing water-efficient practices such as irrigation.
- May 13, 1994: President Clinton issued executive orders directing that the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Mexican States Concerning the Establishment of a Border Environment Cooperation Commission be implemented in a manner consistent with U.S. environmental policy (Executive Order 12915, Executive Order 12916).
- August 11, 1994: President Clinton signed the Winter Run Chinook Salmon Captive Broodstock Act (H.R. 2457).
- August 26, 1994: President Clinton signed the Farmington Wild and Scenic River Act (H.R. 2815), designating a portion of the Farmington River in Connecticut as a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
- August 26, 1994: President Clinton signed the George Washington National Forest Mount Pleasant Scenic Area Act (H.R. 2942).
- October 19, 1994: President Clinton signed the North American Wetlands Conservation Act Amendments of 1994 (H.R. 4308).
- October 22, 1994: President Clinton signed the Water Bank Extension Act (H.R. 5053), which expands eligibility for the wetlands reserve program to lands covered by expiring agreements under the Water Bank Act.
- October 22, 1994: President Clinton signed the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994 (H.R. 4924).
- October 31, 1994: President Clinton signed the California Desert Protection Act (S. 21), which designated approximately 7.7 million acres of Federal lands as wilderness. The Act added approximately 3 million acres to the National Park System, including magnificent lands adjacent to the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Monuments. It also established the Mojave National Preserve as a new unit of the National Park System.
- April 18, 1995: Vice President Gore unveiled a National Environmental Technology Strategy with three major goals: create high-wage jobs and exports and stimulate overall economic growth; reduce the cost of cleaning up past pollution; and help prevent future damage to the environment.
- June 7, 1995: President Clinton issued an executive order to improve the quality, function, sustainable productivity, and distribution of U.S. aquatic resources for increased recreational fishing opportunities (Executive Order 12962).
- July 31, 1995: President Clinton announced that the Clinton-Gore Administration had reached agreement with oil companies to protect sensitive coastal areas off Florida and Alaska from oil drilling.
- August 8, 1995: President Clinton issued an executive order requiring those who would do business with the federal government to continue to report on over 650 toxic chemicals that are emitted (Executive Order 12969).
- November 10, 1995: President Clinton signed the Fisheries Act of 1995 (H.R. 716), which implements international agreements designed to protect important fish stocks in high seas areas of the world's oceans and off of America's coasts.
- March 25, 1996: President Clinton signed an executive order requiring paper mills to use some recycled materials in producing new paper (Executive Order 12995).
- March 25, 1996: President Clinton issued an executive order to protect and preserve the National Wildlife Refuge System for future generations while ensuring continued public access and recreational opportunities (Executive Order 12996).
- April 6, 1996: President Clinton signed the most environmentally beneficial Farm Bill in history. The bill provided over $2 billion in increased spending for conservation programs, including $200 million to purchase environmentally sensitive lands in the Everglades.
- May 15, 1996: President Clinton signed the Trinity River Basin Fish and Wildlife Management Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2243).
- May 24, 1996: President Clinton signed legislation reauthorizing the Water Resources Research Act (H.R. 1743).
- May 24, 1996: President signed legislation authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to acquire property in the town of East Hampton, New York, for inclusion in the Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge (H.R. 1836).
- August 2, 1996: President Clinton transmitted to the Senate the Canada-United States Protocol for the Protection of Migratory Birds.
- August 3, 1996: President Clinton signed the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, establishing strong new standards for pesticide residues in food, and requiring for the first time that the standards take into account special risks to children (H.R. 1627).
- August 6, 1996: President Clinton signed the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996, requiring stronger standards for many pollutants and establishing a revolving loan fund to help communities upgrade water treatment systems. (S. 1316).
- August 7, 1996: President Clinton ratified a landmark fisheries conservation agreement: the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks.
- August 12, 1996: President Clinton signed the Yellowstone Protection Agreement to protect the park from mining.
- August 28, 1996: President Clinton announced new initiatives to accelerate cleanup of brownfields and Superfund sites, strengthen environmental enforcement, and expand community right-to-know.
- September 18, 1996: President Clinton issued a proclamation establishing the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
- October 1, 1996: President Clinton signed legislation authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to acquire the Waihee Marsh for inclusion in the Oahu National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Hawaii (H.R. 1772).
- October 2, 1996: President Clinton signed the Antarctic Science, Tourism, and Conservation Act of 1996 (H.R. 3060), which implemented the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.
- October 9, 1996: President Clinton signed legislation increasing funding for the Department of the Interior for the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana (H.R. 2660).
- October 11, 1996: President Clinton signed the Sustainable Fisheries Act (S. 39), the Water Desalination Act of 1996 (S. 811), and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (H.R. 543).
- October 12, 1996: President Clinton signed the Water Resources Development Act, which authorized development of a long-term plan to restore the Florida Everglades (S. 640).
- October 12, 1996: President Clinton signed the Accountable Pipeline Safety and Partnership Act of 1996 (S. 1505), which will reduce risk to public safety and the environment associated with pipeline transportation of natural gas and hazardous liquids.
- October 19, 1996: President Clinton signed the Marine Mineral Resources Research Act (S. 1194).
- October 26, 1996: President Clinton signed the National Invasive Species Act of 1996 (H.R. 4283), which will help to control the unintentional introduction and spread of invasive species, such as zebra mussel, throughout the waters of our Nation. Such species can cause significant damage to the environment, the economy, and fisheries.
- October 31, 1996: President Clinton signed an executive order dissolving the Midway Islands Naval Defensive Sea Area and the Midway Islands Naval Airspace Reservation and transferring jurisdiction to the Secretary of the Interior, who will oversee the Midway Islands as the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Executive Order 13022).
- November 11, 1996: President Clinton signed the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996, establishing five new national parks, authorizing 10 national heritage areas, and expanding and protecting dozens of national parks, trails, and wild and scenic rivers (H.R. 4236).
- January 25, 1997: President Clinton issued a memorandum directing the Agriculture Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretary, and EPA Administrator to work with consumers, producers, industry, States, universities, and the public to identify ways to improve food safety.
- April 18, 1997: The United States ratified the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty of 1991which sets forth a comprehensive, legally binding system of environmental protection that applies to all activities in Antarctica. It reaffirms the status of Antarctica as an area reserved for peaceful purposes, including scientific research.
- April 21, 1997: Vice President Gore announced that President Clinton had signed an executive order setting new standards to reduce environmental health risks and safety risks to children (Executive Order 13045).
- May 2, 1997: President Clinton announced a Balanced Budget Agreement that included $700 million for priority Federal land acquisitions, including $250 million to protect the ancient redwoods of the Headwaters Forest in California and $65 million to acquire the New World Mine outside of Yellowstone.
- May 13, 1997: Vice President announced the creation of the Brownfields National Partnership, a two-year effort including more than 100 commitments from more than 25 organizations to further spur cleanup and redevelopment at some 5,000 brownfields sites around the nation.
- July 16, 1997: The President approved stronger, more protective air quality standards to further control pollution from ozone and particulate matter (smog and soot) and issued a memo to the EPA regarding implementation of those standards.
- July 26, 1997: President Clinton issued an executive order to protect natural, recreational, and ecological resources in the Lake Tahoe Region (Executive Order 13057).
- August 15, 1997: President Clinton signed the International Dolphin Conservation Program Act, commonly known as the Dolphin Safe Tuna bill (H.R. 408).
- September 11, 1997: President Clinton signed an executive order launching the American Heritage River initiative (Executive Order 13061).
- October 9, 1997: President Clinton signed the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (H.R. 1420).
- October 18, 1997: Vice President Gore directed federal departments and agencies to develop an action plan to clean up America's waterways.
- October 20, 1997: The Vice President announced that the Clinton-Gore Administration and the state of Maryland have joined together in a new initiative to help protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
- October 29, 1997: The Vice President announced a U.S.-China initiative that will move the countries toward greater cooperation in energy and environmental science, building on the Administration's efforts to engage China in joint initiatives that promote sustainable development and help lay the groundwork for reaching common ground in addressing climate change.
- November 19, 1997: President Clinton signed the Asian Elephant Conservation Act (H.R. 1787).
- December 12, 1997: The United States signed the Kyoto Protocol. The Protocol must be ratified before it can take effect.
- December 12, 1997: President Clinton signed the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act Amendments of 1997 (H.R. 1658).
- January 8, 1998: Vice President Gore announced new "Energy Star" partnerships with leading manufacturers to promote energy-saving TVs and VCRs with the potential to save Americans hundreds of millions of dollars in electricity bills and significantly curb greenhouse gas pollution.
- February 2, 1998: President Clinton announced plans to expand or protect 100 natural and historical sites, including the final links in the Appalachian Trail, critical winter range for Yellowstone's elk and bison herds, and initial funding for the removal of two dams blocking salmon migration on the Elwha River near Olympic National Park.
- February 12, 1998: Vice President Gore announced that with leadership from the Clinton-Gore Administration, major auto manufacturers voluntarily agreed to produce a cleaner car that emits 70 percent less pollution than today's models.
- April 8, 1998: President Clinton issued an executive order creating the American Heritage Initiative Advisory Committee, to review nominations for selection of American Heritage Rivers (Executive Order 13080).
- May 4, 1998: President Clinton launched the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing, a partnership with America's building industry to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our homes — cutting consumers' energy bills by 30-50 percent, while reducing the greenhouse gases that cause global warming.
- June 11, 1998: To strengthen protection of natural coral reefs, President Clinton signed an executive order directing federal agencies to expand research, preservation and restoration activities (Executive Order 13089).
- June 12, 1998: To protect our oceans and coasts from the environmental risks of offshore oil and gas drilling, the President issued a directive extending the moratorium on offshore leasing for an additional ten years, and permanently barring new leasing in national marine sanctuaries.
- July 25, 1998: President Clinton issued a directive with four new steps to decrease energy use in Federal buildings and facilities, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving taxpayer dollars.
- July 30, 1998: President Clinton and Vice President Gore designated 14 American Heritage Rivers. Communities along these rivers will receive help over the next five years tapping federal resources to carry out their plans for revitalizing their rivers and riverfronts.
- August 5, 1998: President Clinton signed the African Elephant Conservation Reauthorization Act (H.R. 39).
- August 11, 1998: President Clinton expanded the public's right to know with the announcement of a new rule requiring water utilities to provide regular reports to their customers on whether their drinking water meets federal health standards — and if not, why not.
- August 25, 1998: President Clinton issued an executive order creating the President's Council on Food Safety, which is charged with developing a comprehensive and coordinated strategic plan for Federal food safety activities (Executive Order 13100).
- September 14, 1998: President Clinton issued an executive order expanding recycling by Federal agencies (Executive Order 13101).
- October 5, 1998: President Clinton signed the National Wildlife Refuge System Volunteer and Community Partnership Enhancement Act of 1998 (H.R. 1856).
- October 20, 1998: President Clinton signed the Gallatin Land Consolidation Act of 1998 (H.R. 3381). The legislation, part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's goal of restoring and protecting the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, directed the transfer of certain lands and other assets in Montana to the Big Sky Lumber Company in exchange for a significantly larger amount of land to be included in the Gallatin and Deer Lodge National Forests.
- October 27, 1998: President Clinton signed the Border Smog Reduction Act, which prohibited entry into the U.S. of certain foreign vehicles which do not comply with state laws governing emissions (H.R. 8).
- October 30, 1998: President Clinton signed the Fish and Wildlife Revenue Enhancement Act (S. 2094).
- October 30, 1998: President Clinton signed H.R. 2807, an omnibus measure enhancing fish and wildlife protection, including reauthorization of the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act.
- October 31, 1998: President Clinton signed the Utah Schools and Land Exchange Act of 1998 — an exchange of land, mineral rights, commercial properties, and natural treasures between the United States and the State of Utah. This was the largest such land exchange in the history of the lower 48 States (H.R. 3830).
- November 13, 1998: President Clinton signed the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, which improved the management of various park programs and increased funds to parks through concession contracts and the National Park Passport Program (S. 1693).
- February 3, 1999: President Clinton issued an executive order to prevent the introduction of invasive species into our environment, and to limit the economic, ecological, and human health impacts those species might have (Executive Order 13112).
- March 2, 1999: President Clinton announced completion of negotiations to protect the Headwaters Forest in California — the world's largest unprotected stand of old-growth redwoods.
- March 9, 1999: Vice President Gore announced a comprehensive federal strategy to help clean up rivers, lakes and coastal waters by reducing polluted runoff from large livestock operations.
- April 9, 1999: President Clinton signed the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic River Act, which designated portions of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers in Massachusetts as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (H.R. 193).
- April 22, 1999: Vice President Gore announced a "regional haze" rule to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas so that visitors can enjoy unspoiled views of America's greatest natural treasures.
- May 29, 1999: President Clinton issued an executive memorandum to improve the water quality of beaches and rivers, including the Cape Cod, Cape Hatteras, and Pt. Reyes National Seashores.
- June 3, 1999: President Clinton issued an executive order directing all federal departments and agencies to improve the energy efficiency of government buildings.
- August 12, 1999: The President issued an executive memorandum setting the goal of tripling the nation's use of bioenergy and bioproducts by 2010. At the same time, the President signed an executive order establishing the Interagency Council on Biobased Products and Bioenergy to develop a biomass research program to be presented annually as part of the federal budget (Executive Order 13134).
- August 14, 1999: The President announced new steps to restore America's rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Under a proposed rule, the Environmental Protection Agency will work with states to better assess the health of U.S. waterways and to develop detailed plans to make them safe for fishing and swimming.
- August 21, 1999: President Clinton announced a landmark agreement to protect 9,300 acres adjoining Yellowstone National Park — a critical step to preserve the park's famed bison and geysers.
- September 2, 1999: President Clinton signed a proclamation strengthening our ability to enforce environmental, customs and immigration laws at sea by expanding a critical enforcement zone to include waters within 24 nautical miles of the U.S. coast.
- September 16, 1999: President Clinton transmitted to the Senate an amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to strengthen measures to promote compliance with the protocol.
- October 13, 1999: President Clinton directed the National Forest Service to develop regulations to provide long-term protection for 40 million acres of "roadless" areas within national forests. The proposed regulations could ban road building in these areas and could also prohibit logging or other activities that harm their unique ecological value.
- October 21, 1999: President Clinton signed into law Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Act of 1999, establishing the Black Canyon in Colorado as a national park (S. 323).
- October 30, 1999: President Clinton announced an agreement to preserve New Mexico's spectacular Baca Ranch.
- October 30, 1999: President Clinton announced the acquisition of 14,000 additional acres within the Joshua Tree National Park — land that otherwise might be developed.
- October 30, 1999: President Clinton announced a new EPA rule strengthening the public's right to know about highly toxic chemicals released to the environment. The rule establishes or strengthens reporting requirements for 27 "persistent bioaccumulative toxics," including mercury, dioxin, and PCBs, which build up in the environment rather than breaking down.
- November 5, 1999: President Clinton announced the addition of 57,000 acres of prime Columbia River Salmon habitat to the National Wildlife Refuge System, including large sections of the Hanford Reach, the last section of free-flowing salmon habitat on the Columbia.
- November 16, 1999: Vice President announced that President Clinton signed an executive order requiring careful assessment and consideration of the environmental impacts of trade agreements (Executive Order 13141).
- November 24, 1999: President Clinton signed the Arctic Tundra Habitat Emergency Conservation Act (H.R. 2454).
- December 12, 1999: President Clinton announced that the EPA was issuing the toughest standards ever for reducing harmful air pollution from auto tailpipes. The new standards ensure that sportutility vehicles, minivans, and lightduty trucks meet the same low levels of tailpipe emissions as other passenger cars.
- January 11, 2000: President Clinton signed proclamations creating three new national monuments — the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and the Agua Fria National Monument in Arizona, and the California Coastal National Monument — and expanding another, the Pinnacles National Monument in California.
- February 9, 2000: President Clinton transmitted to the Senate the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, with Annexes. This Convention assists developing countries in evaluating risks and enforcing their regulatory decisions regarding trade in hazardous chemicals and pesticides.
- February 14, 2000: President Clinton announced $18.6 million in Forest Legacy grants for 29 projects encompassing nearly 250,000 acres in 19 states and territories. These competitive grants are used to protect private forestland that provides critical wildlife habitat and is threatened by development. Protected lands can continue to be used for forestry and other compatible activities.
- March 22, 2000: U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Indian Minister of External Affairs Jaswant Singh signed a U.S.-India statement on cooperation on energy and environment issues on behalf of the United States and India, outlining a common agenda on clean energy development and environmental protection.
- March 28, 2000: President Clinton announced new measures to restore "natural quiet" to the Grand Canyon by better managing sight-seeing flights over the National Park. The new rules continue to allow visitors to view the Canyon by air, but limit noise by significantly expanding "flight-free" zones over the Park and by restricting future growth in commercial air tour operations.
Clinton sent US corporations overseas and sent Foreign Economic Zone construction soaring. This was the prime cause of DEFORESTATION----it was the prime cause of hyper--industrialization and factory growth creating GREEN HOUSE GASES-----who was his Vice President? GORE----Mr Climate Change himself most think he was promoting what became GLOBAL GREEN CORPORATION.
Global Big AG and Monsanto cleared more land for industrial farming all over the world while selling this was causing global economic miracles. Know what 99% of global citizens think of these economic miracles? LEAVE OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES ALONE.
Clinton's EPA leader was appointed to SAY NOTHING TO CREATING STAGE 5 GLOBAL WARMING.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Deforestation: The Hidden Cause of Global Warming
In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change. So why are global leaders turning a blind eye to this crisis?
The accelerating destruction of the rainforests that form a precious cooling band around the Earth's equator, is now being recognised as one of the main causes of climate change. Carbon emissions from deforestation far outstrip damage caused by planes and automobiles and factories.0514 02
The rampant slashing and burning of tropical forests is second only to the energy sector as a source of greenhouses gases according to report published today by the Oxford-based Global Canopy Programme, an alliance of leading rainforest scientists.
Figures from the GCP, summarising the latest findings from the United Nations, and building on estimates contained in the Stern Report, show deforestation accounts for up to 25 per cent of global emissions of heat-trapping gases, while transport and industry account for 14 per cent each; and aviation makes up only 3 per cent of the total.
"Tropical forests are the elephant in the living room of climate change," said Andrew Mitchell, the head of the GCP.
Scientists say one days' deforestation is equivalent to the carbon footprint of eight million people flying to New York. Reducing those catastrophic emissions can be achieved most quickly and most cheaply by halting the destruction in Brazil, Indonesia, the Congo and elsewhere.
No new technology is needed, says the GCP, just the political will and a system of enforcement and incentives that makes the trees worth more to governments and individuals standing than felled. "The focus on technological fixes for the emissions of rich nations while giving no incentive to poorer nations to stop burning the standing forest means we are putting the cart before the horse," said Mr Mitchell.
Most people think of forests only in terms of the CO2 they absorb. The rainforests of the Amazon, the Congo basin and Indonesia are thought of as the lungs of the planet. But the destruction of those forests will in the next four years alone, in the words of Sir Nicholas Stern, pump more CO2 into the atmosphere than every flight in the history of aviation to at least 2025.
Indonesia became the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world last week. Following close behind is Brazil. Neither nation has heavy industry on a comparable scale with the EU, India or Russia and yet they comfortably outstrip all other countries, except the United States and China.
What both countries do have in common is tropical forest that is being cut and burned with staggering swiftness. Smoke stacks visible from space climb into the sky above both countries, while satellite images capture similar destruction from the Congo basin, across the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo.
According to the latest audited figures from 2003, two billion tons of CO2 enters the atmosphere every year from deforestation. That destruction amounts to 50 million acres - or an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland felled annually.
The remaining standing forest is calculated to contain 1,000 billion tons of carbon, or double what is already in the atmosphere.
As the GCP's report concludes: "If we lose forests, we lose the fight against climate change."
Standing forest was not included in the original Kyoto protocols and stands outside the carbon markets that the report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) pointed to this month as the best hope for halting catastrophic warming.
The landmark Stern Report last year, and the influential McKinsey Report in January agreed that forests offer the "single largest opportunity for cost-effective and immediate reductions of carbon emissions".
International demand has driven intensive agriculture, logging and ranching that has proved an inexorable force for deforestation; conservation has been no match for commerce. The leading rainforest scientists are now calling for the immediate inclusion of standing forests in internationally regulated carbon markets that could provide cash incentives to halt this disastrous process.
Forestry experts and policy makers have been meeting in Bonn, Germany, this week to try to put deforestation on top of the agenda for the UN climate summit in Bali, Indonesia, this year. Papua New Guinea, among the world's poorest nations, last year declared it would have no choice but to continue deforestation unless it was given financial incentives to do otherwise.
Richer nations already recognise the value of uncultivated land. The EU offers Ã¢â€šÂ¬200 (£135) per hectare subsidies for "environmental services" to its farmers to leave their land unused.
And yet there is no agreement on placing a value on the vastly more valuable land in developing countries. More than 50 per cent of the life on Earth is in tropical forests, which cover less than 7 per cent of the planet's surface.
They generate the bulk of rainfall worldwide and act as a thermostat for the Earth. Forests are also home to 1.6 billion of the world's poorest people who rely on them for subsistence. However, forest experts say governments continue to pursue science fiction solutions to the coming climate catastrophe, preferring bio-fuel subsidies, carbon capture schemes and next-generation power stations.
Putting a price on the carbon these vital forests contain is the only way to slow their destruction. Hylton Philipson, a trustee of Rainforest Concern, explained: "In a world where we are witnessing a mounting clash between food security, energy security and environmental security - while there's money to be made from food and energy and no income to be derived from the standing forest, it's obvious that the forest will take the hit."
We have talked at length about Obama using ENVIRONMENT AND GREEN terms to simply expand Clinton era technology infrastructure for global online businesses pretending these technologies are green when in fact they will create the same environmental devastation in US as occurred in overseas Foreign Economic Zones------
This same spending by Clinton wired global Wall Street all over the world------Obama did the same for global education and global health care corporations. The amount of waste and toxic materials tied to these kinds of economies is MASSIVE.
Obama's EPA costs U.S. $1T, $3K per person
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com
The outgoing Obama administration has greatly expanded its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the past eight years – to the point that Americans are individually feeling its economic toll on their wallets.
With President-elect Donald Trump waiting to receive his keys to the White House next month, many Americans are excited to see how he can loosen the grip of the business-killing EPA’s penalties and restrictions on businesses and consumers.
Saving the planet or fleecing the wallet?
The excessive restrictions enforced by President Barack Obama and the EPA has reached astronomical proportions, with the American Action Forum (AAF) reporting that the regulatory costs imposed on Americans by the government agency has reached more than $1 trillion.
When taking a closer look at the EPA’s stronghold on Americans’ wallets, the federal agency has been found to cost approximately $3,080 per person.
And as the Obama administration finishes its final year, records show that the EPA has finalized a total of 4,432 new regulations on Americans.
In the name of conservation or environmentalism, the EPA is greatly reducing the standard of living and increasing the cost of living for every American.
“In other words, each year, every person – regardless of age – in the nation is responsible for paying roughly $540 in regulatory costs,” AAF Director of Regulatory Policy Sam Batkins explained, according to TheBlaze. “These burdens might take the form of higher prices, fewer jobs or reduced wages.”
Raking in hundreds of billions of dollars, Obama’s climate change agenda imposed by the EPA has worked to tap into the incomes of Americans at every socioeconomic level.
“The Obama Administration surpassed 500 major regulations last summer, imposing $625 billion in cumulative costs,” Batkins announced. “Earlier this year, regulators published the administration’s 600th major rule, increasing burdens to $743 billion.”
For the first time in United States history, the EPA’s total reached the $1 trillion mark under the Obama administration, which has significantly extended the arm of big government into virtually every aspect of Americans’ lives.
“Now, thanks to data from the last term of the Bush Administration and another billion-dollar rule from [the] EPA, the regulatory tally has surpassed $1 trillion,” Batkins continued. “These figures are direct estimates from federal regulators, but it will take more than an effort from these regulators to amend hundreds of major regulations.”
Not over yet …
The economic expert says that it is going to takes a concerted effort by Trump and the other branches of government to reverse the regulatory burden that Obama’s EPA has inflicted upon Americans and the way they do business.
“Congress, the next president and even the courts must participate in the next generation of regulatory modernization,” Batkins concluded.
But the regulatory frenzy is not over yet, as reports indicate that the outgoing president’s push to finalize many more EPA regulations will not relent until his last days in office.
“Obama is said to continue to increase this burden as much as possible before his term is up by locking up as many regulations as possible,” TheBlaze’s Brandon Morse reports.
Since CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA were about using Federalism Act to PRETEND all Federal agencies could IGNORE enforcing Federal laws including our environmental laws-----and were about using our Federal agencies to fleece the Federal government with fraud and corruption as with the incredible abuse of GREEN TAX CREDITS-----with US cities as Foreign Economic Zones MOVING FORWARD especially under a WORLD BANK IMF-----there is no need for global Wall Street to have these Federal agencies.
Bringing global corporate campuses and global factories back to the US to operate as they did overseas brings to the US the same environmental devastation. Once global manufacturing factories are installed they will literally rape our natural resources----strip mining-----waterways----and global Wall Street does not want an EPA there to pretend to protect WE THE PEOPLE.
TRUMP ENDING EPA IS MOVING FORWARD NO-HOLDS BAR GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUSES DOING ANYTHING THEY WANT FOR PROFIT.
'The move elevates a fierce EPA critic -- Pruitt had sued the agency over its regulations of power plants -- to the position of EPA administrator'.
Trump picks Scott Pruitt to head EPA
By Eric Bradner, CNN
Updated 4:53 PM ET, Thu December 8, 2016
- Democrats and progressive groups pledged to mount a fight against Scott Pruitt's nomination
- The Oklahoma attorney general is prominent critic of climate change science
"Attorney General Pruitt has great qualifications and a good record as the AG of Oklahoma, and there were a number of qualified candidates for that particular position that the President-elect interviewed and he settled on Attorney General Pruitt and we'll look forward to the confirmation hearing," Kellyanne Conway told reporters Wednesday.
The move elevates a fierce EPA critic -- Pruitt had sued the agency over its regulations of power plants -- to the position of EPA administrator.It's a signal the Trump administration is intent on reversing President Barack Obama's moves to curb climate change. In a statement Thursday morning from the Trump transition team making the nomination official, Pruitt was quoted as saying,
"The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses."
Who's in Trump's Cabinet?
Democrats and progressive groups quickly pledged to mount a fight against Pruitt's nomination.
Pruitt is a prominent denier of climate science, writing in the National Review in May that "the debate is far from settled" over whether human activity has contributed to the warming of the earth. In point of fact, the vast majority of climate scientists say climate change is real and humans contribute to it.
Incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Pruitt "will have to answer many tough questions" in the nominating process.
Schumer said Pruitt's "reluctance to accept the facts or science on climate change couldn't make him any more out of touch with the American people -- and with reality."
Reid on Trump's Cabinet picks: 'Quite frankly, scary'
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted that the decision to tap Pruitt is "sad and dangerous."
He tweeted Wednesday, "Trump's nominee to lead EPA, Scott Pruitt, is a climate denier who's worked closely with the fossil fuel industry. That's sad and dangerous."
YOU CANNOT BRING ASIAN ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE TO THE US PRETENDING THERE IS A FEDERAL AGENCY TASKED WITH PROTECTING PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE ENVIRONMENT----so yes, Trump will totally dismantle it while fracking, raw timber harvesting, strip mining, rare earth mineral extraction, our coastlines charred with one oil spill after another---- US city water and sewage pour into our waterways----JUST AS UNDER OBAMA.
Hmmmm, Obama pushed and installed oil drilling along the EAST COAST prohibited for a century and never did anything with that---OH, I see it is Trump and his EXXON MOBILE appointment who will make our EAST COASTLINE an ecological mess!
Donald Trump 'taking steps to abolish Environmental Protection Agency'
Myron Ebell, a key presidential aide, said climate education material could be ‘withdrawn’ and review of car fuel efficiency standards could be reopened
Myron Ebell, who led Trump’s EPA transition team, has described the environmental movement as ‘the greatest threat to freedom in the modern world’. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuter
Wednesday 1 February 2017 20.13 EST Last modified on Wednesday 1 February 2017 20.24 EST
Donald Trump will work towards the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency – and any employees cleaving to the Obama era should be “very worried” by the prospect of Scott Pruitt taking over the agency, a key aide of the president has told the Guardian.
In an exclusive interview, Myron Ebell – who headed up Trump’s EPA transition team, said that agency’s environmental research, reports and data would not be removed from its website, but climate education material might be changed or “withdrawn”.
Ebell also signalled that a review of fuel efficiency standards for cars, rushed through by the departing Obama administration, is likely to be reopened despite its contribution to the US’s pledged emissions cuts in the Paris agreement.
A campaign stump pledge by Trump to scrap the EPA in its entirety was “an aspirational goal” that would be best achieved by incremental demolition rather than an executive order, according to Ebell.
“To abolish an agency requires not only thought but time because you have to decide what to do with certain functions that Congress has assigned to that agency,” he said.
“President Trump said during the campaign that he would like to abolish the EPA or ‘leave a little bit’. It is a goal he has and sometimes it takes a long time to achieve goals. You can’t abolish the EPA by waving a magic wand.”
The EPA was created in 1970 to protect human health and the environment, but Trump favours devolving much of its work and responsibilities to US states.
Ebell has previously said that two-thirds of the agency’s 15,000 engineers, scientists and researchers could be axed but not that Trump’s campaign pledge of revoking the agency itself was still an objective.
Half of the EPA’s $8.2bn (£6.47bn) budget is currently passed on to the states and it was “quite possible” that Trump would initially propose a 10% cut in federal EPA funding, Ebell said.
While he does not speak for the president, his dismissals of climate science and environmental regulation have cut with the grain at the new incumbents of the White House.
A climate action plan Ebell prepared for the incoming president outlines a strategy for withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, and scrapping Obama’s signature clean power plan.
Any attempts to abolish the EPA would likely be steered by Pruitt, Trump’s nominee who has sued the agency 13 times, although Democrats boycotted his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, preventing a vote.
The former EPA chief administrator in the Bush White House, Catherine Todd Whitman, complained earlier this week that agency staff were feeling “nervous” about the arrival of Pruitt, a climate science denier who has reportedly accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the fossil fuels industry.
“If you want to defend the status quo then you should be very worried,” Ebell said. “I expect Scott Pruitt to be a serious reformer at the EPA.”
Fears of a purge of EPA climate data, research, and reports have been fuelled by the removal of climate science material on a White House website and a “temporary hold” placed on new publications until they have been vetted by political appointees.
Ebell insisted that existing scientific webpages would be protected. “I have no doubt that they will not disappear,” he said. “I don’t think President Trump has the least interest in destroying or hiding information. But I do think that a great deal of what the EPA puts out in the way of so-called ‘climate education’ – some of the research that they’ve not necessarily done but promoted – does not meet the minimal standards legally required by the federal information quality act. It therefore needs to be changed or withdrawn.”
Ebell is the director of the ultra-conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the “number one enemy of climate change alarmism”, according to his Twitter page.
He has gained notoriety for arguing that climate science is based on “a tissue of improbabilities” and his CEI has been ridiculed by Greenpeace for a video claiming that CO2 is not a pollutant.
As he arrived in Brussels to address a Blue-Green summit on Wednesday, he was jeered by scores of environmental protestors, one of whom was bundled out of the meeting after brandishing a placard saying ‘Resist’ during his speech.
Ebell has described the environmental movement as “the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world.”
Asked for his advice to Ebell, Greg Barker, a former climate minister under David Cameron issued a plea: “Please stop trashing experts.
“It is incredibly dangerous. We live in a very complex and integrated world and the idea that we should denigrate learning and expertise is very worrying, very dark and sinister,” Lord Barker added.
Ebell responded from the podium by accusing Barker of having “strong economic interests in this [environmental] crony capitalist regime”.
The combative stance may not have persuaded EU officials in the audience, but it has won admirers on the US “alt-right”, the far-right movement in the US who share his hostility to environmental regulation.
In a key speech in North Dakota last May, Trump lashed out at what he said were “totalitarian tactics” by the EPA, as he promised to save the US coal industry, build the Keystone XL pipeline and “cancel” the Paris climate agreement.
Doing so would mean “we will be ceding global leadership of climate policy to China,” Ebell said after the meeting. “[But] I want to get rid of global climate policy, so why do I care who is in charge of it? I don’t care. They can take it as far as I’m concerned, and good luck to them.”
A green light given to the 54.5 miles a gallon fuel efficiency standard for new automobiles might also be heading for the kerb, after the Obama administration fast-tracked a measure approving the fuel and emissions-saving rule in its last days.
Ebell said: “My view is that the mid-term review should be reopened by the Trump administration because I believe the conclusions by the Obama administration were cooked. I don’t think the facts support the conclusion that everything is [proceeding] on target, so I think they will have to reopen that.”
For those not understanding why Obama opened our East Coast to oil drilling and limited it in Alaska/Arctic it was because global oil found it to hard to establish oil drilling rigs and needed more time to tackle drilling there......so Obama PRETENDED to be protecting one area while opening our East Cost to the same Gulf Coast drilling environmental devastation.
DON'T LISTEN TO THESE GLOBAL WALL STREET CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS PRETENDING TO BE PROTECTING OUR EAST COAST-----BOOKER IS TOP GUN FOR US CITIES AS FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES-----ONE BIG ENVIRONMENTAL NIGHTMARE
Plan to drill for oil off East Coast, limit it in Alaska, draws heat
The Obama administration called for oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time since the 1980s.
Maria L. La Ganga
Obama administration plan would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling
The Obama administration moved Tuesday to allow offshore drilling on the Atlantic Coast while protecting some, but not all, sensitive Arctic areas — actions that angered many and pleased few.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's proposal — part protection, part politics — would keep the Pacific Coast free of new oil and gas development. It further antagonized Alaska's elected officials, who view the administration as waging war on the 49th state's troubled economy while oil prices plummet. Alaska pays most of its bills with oil tax revenue.
From Our Partners: Behind-the-scenes look at the 'Scamalot' series“This is a balanced proposal that would make available nearly 80% of the undiscovered, technically recoverable resources, while protecting areas that are simply too special to develop,” Jewell told reporters.
The announcement was the first step in a multiyear process to develop a final offshore leasing program for 2017 through 2022, according to the Interior Department. The government will spend months taking public comment on the draft.
Among the areas singled out for protection are 9.8 million acres in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska, including the Hanna Shoal.
“These areas are important to the bowhead, beluga and gray whales; walruses, ice seals, seabirds and other marine life,” said Chris Krenz, Arctic program manager for the conservation group Oceana.
New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker, right, and Robert Menendez discuss their opposition to offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency)Although Oceana is grateful for the protections, Krenz said, he and other environmentalists agreed they do not go far enough: Among the 14 areas nationwide that were designated for potential fossil fuel development, the administration proposed three oil and gas leases for the Arctic.
“Rather than opening more of the Arctic and other U.S. coastal waters to drilling for dirty energy, the U.S. needs to ramp up its transition to a clean energy future,” said Margaret Williams, managing director of U.S. Arctic programs for the World Wildlife Fund.
“Encouraging further oil exploration in this harsh, unpredictable environment at a time when oil companies have no way of cleaning up spills threatens the health of our oceans and the local communities they support,” Williams said. “When the Deepwater Horizon spilled 210 million gallons of crude oil [in the Gulf of Mexico] five years ago, local wildlife, communities and economies were decimated.”
Alaska officials argued that the Interior Department didn't go far enough — in the opposite direction.
The draft oil and gas plan, with its proposed leases and protected regions, comes days after Obama announced that he wanted to designate much of the resource-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness and weeks after he closed the Bristol Bay region to oil and gas development.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) accused the Obama administration of being “determined to shut down oil and gas production in Alaska's federal areas.”
“This offshore plan is yet another example of their shortsighted thinking,” she said.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent who inherited a massive deficit when he was sworn in last month, told reporters during a conference call that Obama's actions amounted to “being kicked while we're down. We're in the worst financial condition in the history of our state. This is not the time to be doing this to us.”
Alaska's deficit stems from the combined effects of dropping oil production and falling prices caused by an oversupply.
Jewell is scheduled to visit Alaska in mid-February, and Walker vowed to give her a bill for roughly $2.1 billion, the cost of the state's education and healthcare programs. With the U.S. constraining oil and gas development, state officials argue, Alaska cannot pay for federal mandates on education and healthcare.
Jewell told reporters, “I look forward to coming to the state, and I hope I am welcomed.”
Jewell's draft five-year plan also proposed offering up 10 oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and one that would encompass a large area off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia — states whose governors support offshore drilling.
Information about the Atlantic's oil and gas resources is more than 30 years old, Jewell said. “At this early stage in considering a lease sale in the Atlantic, we are looking to build up our understanding of resource potential as well as risks to the environment and other uses.”
Several East Coast officials objected to the Interior Department's proposal, though there were no plans to drill off their states' coasts. They warned that an oil spill could spread beyond the lease areas and noted that oil prices were near historic lows.
Democratic lawmakers from New Jersey were among those who complained. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said in a statement posted on their websites:
“Opening up the Atlantic coast to drill for fossil fuel is unnecessary, poses a serious threat to coastal communities throughout the region, and is the wrong approach to energy development in this country.”
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