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senators press pruitt for concessions on biofuels mandate


washington — the head of the environmental protection agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with a group of senators from corn-growing states who could upend president donald trump's nominees for key regulatory posts.epa administrator scott pruitt pledged in a letter to sen. joni ernst of iowa and a half dozen other republican lawmakers to take specific actions benefiting the biofuels industry.last summer, pruitt proposed biofuels targets for 2017 and 2018 set slightly below current levels. this followed a push by oil companies to ease mandates included in the renewable fuel standard, which requires ethanol from corn and soybeans to be blended into gasoline and diesel. though pruitt's letter said he was still assessing the issue, epa's current analysis is that those standar






democratic lawmakers raise pressure on epa over carl icahn’s biofuels role


u.s. democratic lawmakers asked environmental protection agency head scott pruitt on wednesday to disclose procedures to prevent billionaire carl icahn from influencing u.s. biofuels policy for personal gain.the letter is the latest in a string of missives from democrats concerned about icahn’s dual role as a special adviser to president donald trump on regulation and as a major investor in heavily regulated industries.icahn has an 82 percent stake in oil refiner cvr energy inc. he has also recommended the white house change the biofuels program that would reduce costs to cvr and other refining companies.“recent reports about mr. icahn’s actions with respect to the renewable fuel standard (rfs) program have raised significant ethical and legal concerns given his oil refinery business inter






democratic senators call for probe into icahn’s biofuel credit dealings


eight democratic senators on tuesday asked u.s. regulators to launch an investigation into billionaire carl icahn’s activities in the u.s. biofuels blending credit market, saying the activist investor may have violated securities trading laws since becoming an adviser to president donald trump.“we are writing to request that your agencies investigate whether carl icahn violated insider trading laws, anti-market manipulation laws, or any other relevant laws based on his recent actions in the market for renewable fuel credits,” the senators said in a letter to the heads of the securities and exchange commission, the commodity futures trading commission, and the environmental protection agency.the letter, a copy of which was seen by reuters, was signed by democratic senators elizabeth warren






senators press icahn on white house influence, business conflicts


several democratic senators pressed billionaire investor carl icahn on monday to clarify his role as an adviser to president donald trump, saying his position in the administration raised “alarming” questions about potential conflicts of interest with his stakes in the biofuels and pharmaceutical industries.the senators, led by sheldon whitehouse of rhode island, sent a letter to icahn pointing out that, as a trump adviser on regulation, he has made policy proposals that benefit his own investments – which range from an oil refinery to an nutritional supplement manufacturer.“we write because we are increasingly concerned about the role you are playing in the trump administration and the possibility that you are breaking federal conflict of interest laws,” the seven senators wrote in the le






emails reiterate epa chief's ties to fossil fuel interests


washington — newly obtained emails underscore just how closely environmental protection agency chief scott pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as oklahoma's state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued the agency he now leads.the latest batch of pruitt's emails was provided to the associated press on thursday, running more than 4,000 pages. they include schedules and lists of speaking engagements from the years before pruitt became the nation's top environmental watchdog, recounting dozens of meetings between pruitt, his staff, and executives and lobbyists from the oil and gas industries.democratic senators fought unsuccessfully to get pruitt's emails prior to his february confirmation vote. shortly after pruitt was sworn in, an oklahoma judge rule






emails reiterate epa chief’s ties to fossil fuel interests


washington (ap) — newly obtained emails underscore just how closely environmental protection agency chief scott pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as oklahoma’s state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued the agency he now leads.the latest batch of pruitt’s emails was provided to the associated press on thursday, running more than 4,000 pages. they include schedules and lists of speaking engagements from the years before pruitt became the nation’s top environmental watchdog, recounting dozens of meetings between pruitt, his staff, and executives and lobbyists from the oil and gas industries.democratic senators fought unsuccessfully to get pruitt’s emails prior to his february confirmation vote. shortly after pruitt was sworn in, an oklahoma judge






waste products not crops key to boosting uk biofuels


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption the report recommends a cap on crop based biofuels the uk should focus on using waste products like chip fat if it wants to double production of biofuels according a new study.the report from the royal academy of engineering says that making fuel from crops like wheat should be restricted.incentives should be given to farmers to increase production of fuel crops like miscanthus on marginal land. even with electric vehicles, biofuels will still be needed for aviation and heavy goods say the authors. while the european union has mandated that 10% of transport fuels should come from sustainable sources by 2020, these biofuels have been a slow burner in the uk. suppliers are already blending up to 4.75% of diesel and petrol with greener fuel, but doubli






waste products, not crops, key to boosting uk biofuels


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption the report recommends a cap on crop based biofuels the uk should focus on using waste products like chip fat if it wants to double production of biofuels according a new study.the report from the royal academy of engineering says that making fuel from crops like wheat should be restricted.incentives should be given to farmers to increase production of fuel crops like miscanthus on marginal land. even with electric vehicles, biofuels will still be needed for aviation and heavy goods say the authors. while the european union has mandated that 10% of transport fuels should come from sustainable sources by 2020, these biofuels have been a slow burner in the uk. suppliers are already blending up to 4.75% of diesel and petrol with greener fuel, but doubli






waste products not crops key to boosting uk biofuels


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption the report recommends a cap on crop based biofuels the uk should focus on using waste products like chip fat if it wants to double production of biofuels according a new study.the report from the royal academy of engineering says that making fuel from crops like wheat should be restricted.incentives should be given to farmers to increase production of fuel crops like miscanthus on marginal land. even with electric vehicles, biofuels will still be needed for aviation and heavy goods say the authors. while the european union has mandated that 10% of transport fuels should come from sustainable sources by 2020, these biofuels have been a slow burner in the uk. suppliers are already blending up to 4.75% of diesel and petrol with greener fuel, but doubli






records show epa's pruitt used private email, despite denial


washington — environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt occasionally used private email to communicate with staff while serving as oklahoma's attorney general, despite telling congress that he always used a state email account for government business.pruitt emails obtained by the associated press through a public records request show exchanges where the republican used a private account hosted by apple. pruitt's use of private email, which is not illegal for officials in oklahoma, was first reported by oklahoma city fox television station kokh.pruitt denied using private email for work in both his senate confirmation hearing last month and in response to written questions.democratic sen. ron wyden of oregon said monday the issue raises questions about pruitt's honesty.pruit






nasa determines that biofuel helps reduce engine pollution


why it matters to you we're flying in airplanes more than ever, so finding a way to cut down on the associated pollution is key. nasa has shown that biofuels can help us do just that.a new nasa study has confirmed that when jet engines use biofuels, they emit fewer particle emissions in their exhaust trails. so yes, biofuels are, in fact, better for the environment than their fossil fuel alternatives.“using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and earth’s environment,” nasa wrote in a press release in mid-march.the study involved test flights in 2013 and 2014, in which scientists collected data on engine performance, emissions, and aircraft-generated con






nasa determines that biofuel helps reduce engine pollution


why it matters to you we're flying in airplanes more than ever today, so finding a way to cut down on the associated pollution is key. luckily, nasa has shown that biofuels can help us do just that.in news that ought to be news for absolutely no one, a new nasa study has confirmed what you probably already knew, or certainly could’ve guessed. as it turns out, when jet engines use biofuels, they emit fewer particle emissions in their exhaust trails. so yes, biofuels are, in fact, better for the environment than their fossil fuel alternatives.“using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and earth’s environment,” nasa wrote in a press release this week.the s






epa watchdog expands probe of pruitt travel


washington (ap) — the inspector general at the environmental protection agency says it is expanding an inquiry into administrator scott pruitt’s frequent taxpayer-funded travel.the watchdog office said the review will now include all travel by pruitt through sept. 30. previously, the inspector general was focusing on pruitt’s travel to his home state of oklahoma through july 31.a spokeswoman said friday the scope of the review was expanded after requests by members of congress,the associated press and others reported in july that pruitt traveled to oklahoma at least 10 times.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.an epa spokeswoman said the trips were warranted.the inspector general’s office said its review will look at whether pruitt followed epa travel policies and whe






scott pruitt is a co2 truther


scott pruitt, the head of the environmental protection agency says carbon emissions aren’t to blame for the greenhouse effect. on thursday, during an appearance on cnbc’s “squawk box,” pruitt insisted that co2 emission are not the primary cause of global warming. “i think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging…






records show epa's pruitt used private email, despite denial


washington — environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt occasionally used private email to communicate with staff while serving as oklahoma's attorney general, despite telling congress that he had always used a state email account for government business.a review of pruitt emails obtained by the associated press through a public records request showed a 2014 exchange where the republican emailed a member of his staff using a personal apple email account.emails released under court order last week in response to a different public records request yielded additional examples where emails were addressed to pruitt's private account, including a 2013 exchange with a petroleum industry lobbyist who emailed pruitt and a lawyer on the attorney general's staff. that suggests pruitt






winning numbers drawn in 'daily 3' game


in a story june 27, the associated press, relying on schedules provided by the environmental protection agency, reported erroneously that epa administrator scott pruitt met with dow chemical ceo andrew liveris for about a half-hour at a houston hotel. a spokeswoman for the epa says the meeting listed on the schedule was canceled, though pruitt and liveris did have a "brief introduction in passing."






records show epa's pruitt used private email, despite denial at confirmation hea


environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt occasionally used private email to communicate with staff while serving as oklahoma's attorney general, despite telling congress that he had always used a state email account for government business.a review of pruitt emails obtained by the associated press through a public records request showed a 2014 exchange where the republican emailed a member of his staff using a personal apple email account.emails released under court order last week in response to a different public records request yielded additional examples where emails were addressed to pruitt's private account, including a 2013 exchange with a petroleum industry lobbyist who emailed pruitt and a lawyer on the attorney general's staff. that suggests pruitt made his priv






emails show epa chief scott pruitt has close ties to fossil fuel industry


washington -- when a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to scott pruitt’s home three years ago, the then-attorney general of oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for american electric power.pruitt’s executive assistant emailed howard “bud” ground, saying “general pruitt” wanted to know when his lights would be back on. the utility lobbyist asked for pruitt’s address and a work crew soon arrived at the republican official’s sprawling 5,500-square-foot tulsa home.the 2013 email exchange is one of dozens reviewed by the associated press that underscore the cozy ties between the new head of the environmental protection agency and those that profit from burning fossil fuels. aep generates about 60 percent of its electricity from coal, creating planet-warming carbon emissions that pruitt is now






winning numbers drawn in 'daily pick 3' game


in a story june 27, the associated press, relying on schedules provided by the environmental protection agency, reported erroneously that epa administrator scott pruitt met with dow chemical ceo andrew liveris for about a half-hour at a houston hotel. a spokeswoman for the epa says the meeting listed on the schedule was canceled, though pruitt and liveris did have a "brief introduction in passing."






records show epa's pruitt used private email, despite denial


washington — environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt occasionally used private email to communicate with staff while serving as oklahoma's attorney general, despite telling congress that he had always used a state email account for government business.a review of pruitt emails obtained by the associated press through a public records request showed a 2014 exchange where the republican emailed a member of his staff using a personal apple email account. emails released by pruitt's former office under court order last week in response to a different public records request also showed a 2013 exchange with a petroleum industry lobbyist who emailed pruitt to that personal account, copying the message to the government account of a lawyer on the attorney general's staff.it is n






emails show new epa chief’s cozy ties with fuel industry


washington (ap) — when a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to scott pruitt’s home three years ago, the then-attorney general of oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for american electric power.pruitt’s executive assistant emailed howard “bud” ground, saying “general pruitt” wanted to know when his lights would be back on. the utility lobbyist asked for pruitt’s address and a work crew soon arrived at the republican official’s sprawling 5,500-square-foot tulsa home.the 2013 email exchange is one of dozens reviewed by the associated press that underscore the cozy ties between the new head of the environmental protection agency and those that profit from burning fossil fuels. aep generates about 60 percent of its electricity from coal, creating planet-warming carbon emissions that pruitt is






emails show new epa chief's cozy ties with fuel industry


washington — when a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to scott pruitt's home three years ago, the then-attorney general of oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for american electric power.pruitt's executive assistant emailed howard "bud" ground, saying "general pruitt" wanted to know when his lights would be back on. the utility lobbyist asked for pruitt's address and a work crew soon arrived at the republican official's sprawling 5,500-square-foot tulsa home.the 2013 email exchange is one of dozens reviewed by the associated press that underscore the cozy ties between the new head of the environmental protection agency and those that profit from burning fossil fuels. aep generates about 60 percent of its electricity from coal, creating planet-warming carbon emissions that pruitt is now






pruitt to epa employees: 'we don't have to choose' between jobs and the environm


pruitt's remarks came shortly before the possible release by the oklahoma attorney general's office of thousands of his emails from his tenure there, as ordered by a judge on thursday. the office has not said whether it will comply or appeal.after introducing him, mccabe gave pruitt an epa lapel pin and an epa hat. the new leader, a former partner of a triple-a baseball team, said he would wear the latter when going to washington nationals games.






sean spicer, scott pruitt say they haven't discussed trump's views on climate ch


white house press secretary sean spicer and environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt on friday said they haven't discussed the president's views on climate change with him -- despite intense national and international focus on the paris accord in recent days and mr. trump's announcement thursday that the u.s. will withdraw from the paris accord. "i have not had an opportunity to have that discussion," spicer -- who was also asked about the president's climate change views earlier in the week and had no answer -- said during friday's white house press briefing.pruitt -- who has generally been skeptical of climate change -- dodged multiple questions from reporters on the president's views, saying the "extent" of his discussions with the president entailed whether the paris






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epa chief met with dow ceo before deciding on pesticide ban


washington — the trump administration's top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of dow chemical shortly before reversing his agency's push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children's brains, according to records obtained by the associated press.environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt's schedule shows he met with dow ceo andrew liveris on march 9 for about a half hour at a houston hotel. both men were featured speakers at an energy industry conference.twenty days later pruitt announced his decision to deny a petition to ban dow's chlorpyrifos pesticide from being sprayed on food, despite a review by his agency's scientists that concluded ingesting even minuscule amounts of the chemical can interfere with the






new epa head pruitt tells cpac crowd they are ‘justified’ in wanting to see agen


repeatedly stating, “the future ain’t what it used to be,” newly confirmed environmental protection agency chief scott pruitt on saturday told attendees at the conservative political action conference that they are “justified” in wanting to see the agency eliminated.“i think people across this county look at the epa much as they look at the irs,” the former gop congressman from oil-friendly oklahoma told the appreciative crowd.according to pruitt, the obama administration went too far and has damaged the energy industry and that is was right to feel justified to want to see the agency reined in if not gutted.in an interview after his speech, pruitt said he intended to see look at previous epa initiatives, like the clean power plan and the methane rule, and roll them back.pruitt, who himsel






sean spicer, scott pruitt say they haven't discussed trump's views on climate ch


white house press secretary sean spicer and environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt on friday said they haven't discussed the president's views on climate change with him -- despite intense national and international focus on the paris accord in recent days and mr. trump's announcement thursday that the u.s. will withdraw from the paris accord. "i have not had an opportunity to have that discussion," spicer -- who was also asked about the president's climate change views earlier in the week and had no answer -- said during friday's white house press briefing.playvideocbsnanalyzing impact of u.s. backing out of paris climate accord president trump backed out of the paris climate accord, saying the deal put the u.s. economy at a disadvantage. cbsn political contributor and






ap fact check: pruitt blows smoke over coal jobs and climate


washington (ap) — president donald trump’s environmental chief has been trying to clear the air about why his boss is pulling out of the paris climate accord, but some of the claims he’s making are as solid as smoke. a look at a some of the statements environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt made over the weekend:pruitt, pushing back on whether the president is overstating his ability to bring back long lost coal-mining jobs, credited trump with creating almost 50,000 jobs “in the coal sector” since the fourth quarter of last year. “in the month of may alone, almost 7,000 jobs,” pruitt told nbc’s “meet the press.”the facts: he’s wildly off base. instead of adding almost 50,000 jobs in the last few months, coal mining accounted for a total of only 51,000 jobs nationally at






epa chief: carbon dioxide not primary cause of warming


washington — the new chief of the environmental protection agency said thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus and his own agency.epa administrator scott pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on the climate is "very challenging" and that "there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact" of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases."so, no, i would not agree that (carbon dioxide) is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," pruitt told cnbc's "squawk box."pruitt's view is contrary to mainstream climate science, including nasa, the national oceanic and atmospheric administration and the epa itself.carbon dioxide is the biggest heat trapping for






epa's pruitt took charter, military flights that cost taxpayers more than $58,00


"administrator pruitt's extensive travel to oklahoma, and expensive travel within oklahoma, suggests disproportionate attention to his home state," whitehouse wrote, adding that the inspector general should add the guymon visit to his probe and examine why six staffers accompanied pruitt there. "as part of your review, i further request you examine whether this trip, and the size and composition of his entourage, is consistent with the travel expenditures of prior epa administrators."






senate advances nomination of trump pick pruitt to head epa


the u.s. senate on thursday voted to advance the nomination of president donald trump’s pick to run the environmental protection agency and a final vote could occur on friday.the senate voted 54 to 46 to advance scott pruitt, the attorney general of oil and gas producing oklahoma. pruitt has come under criticism from many lawmakers for suing the agency he intends to run 14 times on behalf of oklahoma. one republican, senator sue collins, said this week she would not vote for pruitt in the final vote.(reporting by timothy gardner)






court blocks epa from suspending obama-era emissions rule


washington -- a federal appeals court in washington has ruled that the head of the environmental protection agency(epa) overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of a new rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks. in a split decision monday, the three-judge panel from the u.s. court of appeals for the district of columbia circuit ordered the epa to move forward with the obama-era requirement that aims to reduce planet-warming emissions from oil and gas operations. epa administrator scott pruitt announced in april that he would delay by 90 days the deadline for oil and gas companies to follow the new rule, so that the agency could reconsider the measure. the american petroleum institute, the texas oil and gas association and other industry gr






epa chief reject carbon dioxide's role in global warming


washington – the new chief of the environmental protection agency said thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus and his own agency.epa administrator scott pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on the climate is "very challenging" and that "there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact" of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases."so, no, i would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," pruitt told cnbc's "squawk box."pruitt's view is contrary to mainstream climate science, including nasa, the national oceanic and atmospheric administration and the epa itself.carbon dioxide is the biggest heat trapping force and is respo






that epa push to ban a pesticide that harms babies' brains? dropped after trump


scott pruitt, the trump administration’s top environmental official, privately met with the ceo of dow chemical just before reversing the epa's efforts to ban a widely used dow pesticide. multiple scientific studies showed chlorpyrifos can damage the brains of children. today's associated press story is a clear case for why the environmental protection agency and its appointed leader matter to american lives. environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt’s schedule shows he met with dow ceo andrew liveris on march 9 for about a half hour at a houston hotel. both men were featured speakers at an energy industry conference. twenty days later pruitt announced his decision to deny a petition to ban dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide from being sprayed on food, despite a review by his ag






emails reiterate epa chief’s ties to fossil fuel interests


washington (ap) — newly obtained emails underscore just how closely environmental protection agency chief scott pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as oklahoma’s state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued to block federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions.the latest batch of pruitt’s emails, provided to the associated press on thursday, runs more than 4,000 pages. they include schedules and lists of speaking engagements from the years before pruitt became the nation’s top environmental watchdog, recounting dozens of meetings between pruitt, members of his staff, and executives and lobbyists from the coal, oil and gas industries. many of the calendar entries were blacked out, making it impossible for the public to know precisely wher






as senators became more independent, meetings with lobbyists hoping to take adva


ottawa — with the increase in the number of independent senators, lobbying of the upper chamber has increased significantly — and, observers say, that’s a trend that’s likely to continue.lobbyists registered more meetings with senators and senate staffers in 2016 than in any other year on record, a threefold increase from 2015 and well above typical margins under the majority conservative government.last year, 687 communications between lobbyists and senators were registered with the office of the federal lobbying commissioner. that compares to 217 in 2015 — a low number that is partly explained by a long election campaign — and an average of about 450 over the four previous years. another 76 communications have taken place since the holiday break.in the past 12 months, 27 new senators wer






emails reiterate epa chief's ties to fossil fuel interests


washington — newly obtained emails underscore just how closely environmental protection agency chief scott pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as oklahoma's state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued to block federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions.the latest batch of pruitt's emails, provided to the associated press on thursday, runs more than 4,000 pages. they include schedules and lists of speaking engagements from the years before pruitt became the nation's top environmental watchdog, recounting dozens of meetings between pruitt, members of his staff, and executives and lobbyists from the coal, oil and gas industries. many of the calendar entries were blacked out, making it impossible for the public to know precisely where pru