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Rep. Darrell Issa calls for Pebble Mine probe

House Republicans are calling for an investigation into whether the Environmental Protection Agency planned to kill a controversial Alaska Copper-and-gold mine from its inception, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.

 

The EPA last month moved toward issuing a preemptive veto of a key mining permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  The agency said the mine would destroy salmon runs that are home to nearly half the world’s sockeye salmon, and would disrupt the lives of native tribes.

 

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., urged EPA’s internal watchdog to investigate the agency’s handling of the Pebble project Friday, saying it had planned to use a preemptive veto to block the mine from outset.

(Washington Examiner)

 

 

Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property

All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm. He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in brook and brown trout, ducks and geese. It was a place where his horses could drink and graze, and a private playground for his three children. 

 

But instead of enjoying the fruits of his labor, the Wyoming welder says he was harangued by the federal government, stuck in what he calls a petty power play by the Environmental Protection Agency. He claims the agency is now threatening him with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $75,000-a-day fine. 

 

 

Will the Supreme Court permit EPA climate fraud?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency. The case will determine how far EPA can extend its regulatory overreach, to control “climate changing” carbon dioxide from power plants and other facilities – by ignoring the Constitution’s “separation of powers” provisions, rewriting clear language in the Clean Air Act, and disregarding laws that require the agency to consider both the costs and benefits of its regulations and what it is regulating. Put more bluntly, the Court will decide whether EPA may deceive and defraud the American people, by implementing regulations that have no basis in honest science and will be ruinous to our economy. It is the most important energy, economic and environmental case to come before the Court it in decades. 

(Cfact.org)

 

 

Watch Trey Gowdy’s epic speech on the floor of Congress that may be a defining moment for America 

We’ve finally gotten to the point where Congress had to pass a law to make sure that the laws they pass are enforced.

 

In a speech that Representative Trey Gowdy really shouldn’t have had to make, he explains angrily to the Congress what its job is, and to Obama what his job is. Members were heard to applaud as he reached the crescendo.

 

Five Democrats joined Republicans in passing a bill that directs Obama to follows the laws – clearing the House by a 233 to 181 vote.

(IJ Review)

 

 

California’s drought is a dam problem 

Congressman Tom McClintock brings some common sense to California’s drought crisis. There is no reason for the current drought problem. California needs more water storage and more dams. Instead Sacramento is considering the opposite – they want to remove dams.

(YouTube)

 

 

IG report: EPA employees used federal charge cards for gym memberships, gift cards

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees used federal charge cards to buy gym memberships, gift cards, hotel space and items at dance halls and music venues, according to an inspector general report released Wednesday.

 

“The EPA did not provide effective oversight to ensure that purchase card holders and approving officials comply with internal control procedures,” according to the report, entitled ”Ineffective Oversight of Purchase Cards Results in Inappropriate Purchases at EPA.” Seventy-five of 80 reviewed transactions were not in compliance with EPA policies.

(Watchdog.org)

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