EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Oil Industry Leaks of Methane, a Damaging Greenhouse Gas || KTLA
“The Trump administration moved Thursday to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a proposal environmental advocates said would renounce key federal authority to regulate the climate-damaging gas.
The proposed rule follows President Donald Trump’s directions to remove “unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens from the oil and gas industry,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.
Exxon Mobil and some other oil giants — wary of blowback from growing public concern over global warming — joined environmental groups in urging the Trump administration to drop the rollback on methane controls, although several state-level and national industry groups welcomed the easing.
The step would be the latest in a series unwinding the Obama administration’s efforts to cut climate-changing emissions from the oil, gas and coal industries, including a 2016 rule regulating oil-industry methane leaks as a pollutant under the federal Clean Air Act.
Trump has pushed to open vast expanses of U.S. wilderness and coastline to oil and gas drilling, speed construction of petroleum pipelines and ease regulations on the industry, dismissing calls from scientists in and out of government for rapid cuts in oil, gas and coal emissions to stave off the worst of climate change.
…President Barack Obama’s administration had cited legal authority under the Clean Air Act to require companies to detect and stop methane leaks at oil and gas sites. The Trump administration contends that Obama’s EPA skipped required legal steps in making that decision, and its proposal Thursday seeks public comment on the issue.
The Obama-era requirements to find and fix methane leaks imposed “a disproportionate effect on small businesses” in the oil industry, Milito said. “A lot of mom and pops would have their wells shut in, elderly people with wells on their properties that could be shut down” under the rules to be rescinded.
But the rollbacks on emissions from oilfields, storage sites and pipelines have split the oil industry, worrying some in the industry about growing blowback in a world increasingly mindful of climate change.”
Kamala Harris’ Two Roles – State’s Top Cop and Senate candidate – Leave Dekraai Seal Beach Murder Case in Limbo
– OC Register
Photo: CINDY YAMANAKA, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
– Kamala Harris’ tv ads claims she fights for the little guy, this case proves that is hardly the case. Having just suffered a major loss in Federal Court, Harris shies away from major murder case in Orange County.
“California Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking a lot these days in her bid to become a U.S. senator, but one subject she’s not mentioning is her complex role in Orange County’s highest-profile criminal case – the penalty phase in the trial of confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai.
Nearly 16 months after an Orange County Superior Court judge ordered Harris’ office to take over Dekraai’s prosecution, the case remains in limbo.
Two actions – an appeal of the judge’s order and a separate investigation of county prosecutors, both led by Harris’ office – figure to delay the case for years.
Harris’ actions raise the specter that the misuse of jailhouse informants by prosecutors in Orange County could, in a small way, play a role in the state race for Senate.
Dekraai has admitted killing eight people in a 2011 shooting at a hair salon in Seal Beach, the most lethal mass murder in county history.
Last year, as prosecutors and defense lawyers argued whether Dekraai should face the death penalty, Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals ruled that the Orange County District Attorney should be removed from the case because the office could no longer be trusted to be fair.
Goethals’ ruling came after he determined that local sheriff’s deputies either lied or willfully withheld information about jailhouse informants.
Relatives of Dekraai’s victims say any delay in his punishment means, for them, extended pain and fear.
But while Harris’ roles in the case might be key reasons for the delay, the victims’ relatives blame others for the slow pace of justice.
“The OCDA and the Sheriff’s Department both got greedy on an open-and-shut case,” said Beth Webb, whose sister was killed in the rampage.
“This is going to be in the courts for the next 20 years because of the appeals.”
– The question is continually asked why is Kamala Harris dragging her feet on justice for Californians?
The answer is simple: She is merely running out the clock, so she can leave the legal mess behind in California and with a senate victory snake off to the Washington DC circus./CJ
BUSTED: U.S. Senate Candidate Kamala Harris Got Political Start From Her Connected Boyfriend
“Kamala Harris got her political start as the girlfriend of California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. She was 29, he was 60 and he helped advance her career with political patronage.
Harris, who is now running for U.S. Senate to replace Barbara Boxer, is now the Attorney General.
Harris’s ties to Brown came up during her bid for San Francisco District Attorney in 2003. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen once called Harris “the Speaker’s new steady.” Brown went on to become the first black mayor of San Francisco.
As Brown’s time as speaker drew to a close in 1994, he named Harris to the California Medical Assistance Commission, a job that came with a $72,000 annual salary. Brown had previously appointed her to the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
She “was described by several people at the Capitol as Brown’s girlfriend,” the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.
Although that job paid nearly $98,000, Harris’ term was set to expire in five weeks when Brown tapped her for the Medical Assistance Commission slot. That body met only monthly and the $72,000 position was not consider a full-time job.
The Brown-Harris affair didn’t last long. She was spotted dating talk show host Montel Williams in 2001, but Brown continued to support her, helping her as mayor to become San Francisco’s first black district attorney over Terence Hallinan, a popular two-term incumbent.
Harris was narrowly elected California’s Attorney General in 2010. The election was widely seen as fraudulent.
Despite voter registration rolls that showed Democrats outnumbering Republicans statewide by some thirteen percent, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley led Harris by 34,000 votes after more than 7 million were counted. But after provisional ballots were counted, she was declared the winner by approximately 50,000 votes.”
Supreme Court Delivers Huge Blow To EPA’s Ability To Control Private Property
“The U.S. Supreme Court just made it easier for individuals and companies to challenge federal agencies’ authority to regulate private property under federal law — a decision with huge implications for a major Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation.
Chief Justice John Roberts sided with Hawkes Co., a family-owned business in North Dakota, that wanted to extract peat from wetlands they owned in northern Minnesota. The court said Hawkes could immediately challenge a federal agency’s decision to prevent them from using their private property.