Developers Ask Federal Judge to Block New Review of Dakota Access Pipeline

  While developers of the Dakota Access pipeline went to federal court this week to block a tougher federal environmental review, the review is underway. The Dakota Access Pipeline company went to a D.C. federal judge on Monday asking to have the review delayed until there is a court ruling on the company’s claim it …

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EPA Refuses to Pay for Gold Mine Spill—–What Would Pruitt Do as EPA Chief?

What will Attorney General Scott Pruitt do about the EPA refusing to repay claims it caused in the Gold King Mine spill, if he becomes head of the giant agency? If Pruitt’s confirmed, will he reverse the decision announced recently by the Environmental Protection Agency that it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 …

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Liberal State Environmental Leaders Come Out Against Pruitt

  Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination to become the new chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now opposed by 13 former heads of state environmental protection agencies, most from liberal states. Some served under Republican Governors. Others served under Democratic governors. In a letter this week, they all urged Senators on the Environment …

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Pruitt’s Handling of OGE and PSO Rate Cases Examined

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s handling of two controversial rate requests is coming back to haunt him. ClimateWire explored how Pruitt supported OGE in a $1 billion rate hike three years ago but fought a $130 million requested rate increase by Public Service Company of Oklahoma.  OGE is the state’s largest utility while PSO is …

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Scott Pruitt Faces Wednesday Morning Confirmation Hearing to Run EPA

He’s been called an arsonist in charge of fighting forest fires. Others contend he wants the Environmental Protection Agency to stand for Every Polluter’s Ally. Yet Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has his supporters as he prepares for his Wednesday morning confirmation hearing to run the EPA.  Support from Oklahoma U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and …

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Democrats Want EPA Guided by Science—–Attack Pruitt’s Reputation

If Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt doesn’t know it by now that Democrats will go after him during his confirmation hearing Wednesday morning to run the EPA, then he’s not been paying attention. Democrats on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee made it clear last week, they stand with some scientists who say …

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Alliance Report says Further Rejection of Pipelines Will Reduce Electricity Generation

  The Houston, Texas based Consumer Energy Alliance says that rejecting pipeline infrastructure in the U.S. could remove nearly a third of the nation’s electricity generation capacity in 13 years. The report is titled  “Families, Communities and Finances: The Consequences of Denying Critical Pipeline Infrastructure.” It predicts Oklahoma and Texas and other states that make …

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Pruitt Has a History of Taking Campaign Money from Corporations and Helping Them

The allegations by environmentalists and opponents of Scott Pruitt becoming chief of the Environmental Protection Agency are not the first to be raised about Pruitt receiving campaign money from friendly industries. Environmentalists and the New York Times noted this week that Pruitt received campaign money from the poultry industry as he attempted to ease state …

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Sierra Club Steps up Pressure to Fight Pruitt’s Nomination as EPA Chief

Environmentalists and their organizations are making a stronger push to stop the U.S. Senate confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to become the new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. Ever since Pruitt was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump, the Sierra Club has been among the most vocal opponents. In one of its most …

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NY Times Describes Pruitt as Putting Cooperation Before Confrontation

  As Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares for what U.S. Sen. James Lankford says could be the “wildest” of confirmation hearings this week, Pruitt came under review of the New York Times. In its Sunday edition, the paper noted how Pruitt took over as Oklahoma Attorney General and immediately stopped efforts to punish the …

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