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WATCH LIVE: EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Senate Confirmation Hearing

WATCH LIVE: EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Senate Confirmation Hearing

The EPA nominee will face testy Democrats.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA, will face the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at 10AM EST.

This has potential to become one of the more feisty confirmation hearings because of his ties to everything Democrats hate: fossil fuels, skeptical of man-made climate change, and lawsuits against the EPA.

Please watch live with us below and follow along as I live blog the hearing!


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Out of all of Trump’s appointments, I have to admit that this is the one I truly love! (and I try not to get emotional about these things)

Most people don’t realize that decisions by the EPA affect their day to day lives more than those made by almost any other agency. And the left has destroyed any honest look at what has become a runaway agency by repeating over and over, “If you oppose ANYTHING that the EPA says you must do, then YOU WANT PEOPLE TO DIE!!!”

That’s what passes for cost-benefit analysis on the left.

I want Pruitt to go after this agency like a starving bear goes after a fresh salmon, straight out of the river.

    Joe-dallas in reply to Tom Servo. | January 18, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Tom – “That’s what passes for cost-benefit analysis on the left.”

    Just to add to your point – The correct analysis is “marginal cost v marginal benefit” – Measuring each incremental cost against each corresponding incremental benefit”.

    Take for example, the micro micro micro particulate matter.
    At some incremental point, there is zero additional benefit, so it is a complete waste of money to try to improve beyond that point. Yet under the standard cost benefit analysis, there would appear to be some positive benefit to justify the cost and therefore impose the additional costs well beyond the point of any incremental benefit.

    Their inanity goes beyond regulations that have a poor cost/benefit ratio. They actively hurt people with their stupidity. Take for example the asbestos abatement rules. If the asbestos had simply been left where it was people would have been safer. But no, the EPA had to force everybody to remove it, which made it airborne in the process which caused unknown thousands of cases of cancer. Truly morons.

I love the EPA’s version of science. They have repealed the law of diminishing returns.

Under the EPA’s science, each incremental improvement in air quality results in an ever increasing number of lives saved. Quite the opposite of diminishing returns.

I just switch over, was watching Price take a hit from Bernie. Bernie’s was trying to rope Price in saying things
that he did not agree to. Price is pretty good.

Pruitt is great. I love this. Go Scott!

In a cafeteria line at U of Wash in 1980, I asked the graduating law student behind me what she was going to do. She was going to work at EPA. Why I asked. “Because the government is always right.”

It’s easy to be a snowflake when the government can send a chill down everyone else’s spine.

    Joe-dallas in reply to alaskabob. | January 18, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Alaskabob – I graduated in 1978 with a degree in accounting. At that time there was a very definitive caste system on where the accounting graduates got jobs. The top 1/4 got jobs with the Big 8 (now big 4), the next 1/4- got accounting jobs in industry, the bottom 1/4 got jobs with the IRS or other government agencies. This casting system continues today.

    This point should also be noted the next time you hear studies showing government employees earn less than private sector employees with comparable degrees.

      Your point about the intelligence and abilities of graduates and where they go is well taken.

      But the “pays less” line is no longer true. In fact, government workers earn far more than their private industry counterparts these days, especially when you take into account their lush pensions and frequent double-dipping.

        Joe-dallas in reply to Paul. | January 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        Paul – Concur, In the 70’s through the mid 90’s, where accounting students got jobs was heavily based on their class ranking and the relative compensation level was based on the class ranking and where they got thier jobs. This tiered structure was extremely well known to everyone in accounting. The various government agencies have increased pay to where they are “competitive” with the private sector for the top grads, so there is now some mixing of the various tiers, However, they Gov’t agencies havent been able to pierce into the upper tiers since most high achieving students (at least accounting students) typically dont want to work in government.

      alaskabob in reply to Joe-dallas. | January 18, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Great points…. for her… it could have been being a SJW type of saving the planet… or… lower on the totem pole. Either way.. a government job has been a guaranteed job short of being an absolute failure (maybe).

As I recall the original mission of the EPA was to clean up toxic waste spills… talk about mission-creep!!

Ha, Ha, Ha, Duckworth is pushing ethanol and her nasty high fructose corn syrup. Both damaging things to our heath and cars.

    Tom Servo in reply to MarkSmith. | January 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Wow – I try to keep personal observations off the net, but I have to note that one dietary move that improved my health greatly was when I stopped consuming anything with HFCS in it. A bit difficult at first, but it mainly means that you don’t eat mass marketed crap.

    I get better gas mileage with 100% gas. Even considering the cost differential, I’ll buy the 100%.

    And, Oklahoma is a state that requires gas stations to label their pumps so you know if you are getting 100% or E10. My favorite station is On Cue which has the full range of options (E10, E85, 100% in 3 grades, CNG, Diesel and fast charge electric in certain locations). Love’s is another station with lots of options.

    It drives me nuts to travel to other states and not know what I am purchasing, though in some stations around state parks, I discovered that the premium gas is 100% because of boat motors.

What the heck was the Harris comment about batting averages?

Sanders is up next, this is going to be good!

Sanders on the attack. Pruitt is protecting Oil and Gas. Sander saying human is the cause of global warming. Pruitt and Sanders are going at it.

Bernie is saying fracking is causing the earthquakes.

Sander is asking if Pruitt is doing everything to stop earthquakes. You are not going to get my vote.

    MarkSmith in reply to MarkSmith. | January 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Headlines tomorrow: Pruitt not Stopping Earthquakes so Sanders will not vote for him!

    In Oklahoma, the Corporation Commission oversees the oil & gas industry not the Atty Gen’s office. They have done a lot of work with the industry and the OK Geological Survey to figure out what is happening.

    It is not fracturing that is the main problem, but the high pressure injection waste water wells. The operators of the waste wells track how much they pump into the wells and at what pressure and they turn that info into the Commission either monthly or on demand. The Commission has shut down or reduced allowed amounts in areas that have had quakes and it seems to have quieted things down.

    BTW, when there were minor quakes in the area, I discovered that I lived between a known fault line and the new activity. I immediately got an earthquake rider ($75). It was amusing that during the middle of a severe drought in Oklahoma, I received a postcard from the government encouraging me to get flood insurance.

    And, I am an accountant, worked for nonprofits, and not the oil & gas industry. And I support an outrageous transportation fee for oil & gas to those states who shut down their nuke power plants. I’m looking at you New York!

      Liz in reply to Liz. | January 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      And check out the OK Energy Resources Board website.

      They have some interesting videos about drilling, fracturing and other things. And they also reclaim abandoned well sites through a fee charged to current oil/gas royalty owners and drillers. I wonder if the solar and wind farm people have the same commitment to cleaning up after themselves?

    Bob00 in reply to MarkSmith. | January 18, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Bernie sure is ate up with bullshit.

I’ve watched Scott Pruitt’s hearing: He is excellent, and I am very impressed, and very optimistic.
Also excellent performances from Republican senators, such as Joni Ernst and Dan Sullivan.
The EPA is about to receive its comeuppance.

Henry Hawkins | January 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Article is incomplete. Needs an additional hundred tweets from total strangers.