Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is no friend of the agency he leads. Since he entered office, Pruitt has tried to roll back multiple regulations that curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit pollution from cars and trucks, all the while cozying up with the polluters he’s supposed to keep in check. Pruitt also is neck-deep in all sorts of scandals, and his departure is a real possibility. But the first in line to replace him — the newly named deputy Andrew Wheeler — may be an even greater threat to the EPA and the environment. Pruitt has had a short but eventful tenure as head of the EPA. He’s come under fire for flying first class and spending way too much taxpayer money while traveling abroad, using two secret EPA email addresses, and having a chief of security who had heated confrontations with EPA officials who challenged Pruitt’s lavish spending. Earlier this month, The New York Times revealed that last year, Pruitt got an … [Read more...] about The EPA’s deputy chief may be an even bigger threat to the environment than Scott Pruitt
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On this episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode’s Kurt Wagner and The Verge’s Casey Newton talk with Kara Swisher about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s two-day marathon of hearings in front of Congress. You can read a write-up of the interview here or listen to the whole thing in the audio player above. Below, we’ve posted a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. If you like this, be sure to subscribe to Too Embarrassed to Ask on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Kara Swisher: Hi, I’m Kara Swisher, executive editor of Recode, and you’re listening to Too Embarrassed to Ask, coming to you from the Vox Media podcast network. This is a show where we answer all of your embarrassing questions about consumer tech and the week’s news. You can send us your question on Twitter with the #TooEmbarrassed; we also have an email address, [email protected] Remember, there are two … [Read more...] about Full transcript: Recode’s Kurt Wagner and The Verge’s Casey Newton answer Facebook questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Energy and Environment by Chris Mooney by Chris Mooney Email the author April 11 at 2:10 PM Email the author This amplified color mosaic shows the Mississippi Delta in 2014. (NASA Earth Observatory image by Michael Taylor and Adam Voiland, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey) The state of Louisiana is proceeding with ambitious plans to redirect the Mississippi River and rebuild some of its rapidly vanishing wetlands — but even this massive intervention may not be enough to save the most threatened lands from fast rising seas, scientists concluded in a study published Wednesday. … [Read more...] about Seas are rising too fast to save much of the Mississippi River Delta, scientists say
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Energy and Environment by Chris Mooney by Chris Mooney Email the author April 11 Email the author (Levke Caesar/Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) The Atlantic Ocean circulation that carries warmth into the Northern Hemisphere’s high latitudes is slowing down because of climate change, a team of scientists asserted Wednesday, suggesting one of the most feared consequences is already coming to pass. The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation has declined in strength by 15 percent since the mid-20th century to a “new record low,” the scientists conclude in a peer-reviewed study … [Read more...] about The oceans’ circulation hasn’t been this sluggish in 1,000 years. That’s bad news.
President-elect Donald Trump's efforts to “drain the swamp” of Washington lobbyists and special interests straight into his White House is continuing at a healthy pace. Wednesday's edition? Trump's choice of a friend of the fossil fuel industry and enemy of the environment to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been an outspoken critic of the agency he’s slated to run, subscribes to the "science-isn’t-settled" brand of climate change denialism, and used his tenure as the Oklahoma's top lawyer to sue the EPA multiple times over its “activist agenda." Pruitt also joined in the multi-state lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan—President Obama's cornerstone climate plan which would cut harmful emissions in the oil and gas industries—which he condemned as “unlawful and overreaching.” Moreover, the attorney general is closely tied to the industries he is supposed to … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s top environmental pick is a man who hates the environment