Energy & Environment – Report: EPA Chief Ordered Dangerous Driving

A report clarifies more of Scott Pruitt’s allegations, and the G7 nations say they will phase out coal and what you should know about gas prices before Memorial Day.

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Report says ex-EPA chief ordered drivers to speed

Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has instructed the security detail to drive above the speed limit to set appointments, sometimes to the point of “dangerous”[ing] public safety,” according to a federal report.

In the ReportFrequently running late, federal agents wrote, Pruitt frequently told her drivers to “speed up” and prompt them to use sirens and lights, asking, “Can you guys use this magic button to guide us through traffic?”

In 2017, Pruitt ordered an agent to turn on lights and sirens while driving in oncoming traffic to pick up the then-official’s dry cleaning while he was 35 minutes late for a meeting, according to the report.

Agents said Pruitt specifically directed drivers to use lights and sirens and his face “implicitly through his body language and gestures.”

In at least one case, the report said, Pruitt’s agent was told that lights and sirens would only be used in emergency situations rather than compensating for minor delays, which markedly annoyed Pruitt and made him shut up due to “discomfort”. time.”

The report stated that the client was removed from his positions within days.

The witness described that this behavior sent a clear message to [protective security detail] The report states that if you don’t implement the official’s bid, you will lose your job.” “This idea has surfaced at many inconvenient times as PSD agents have been directed to use lights and sirens in violation of…public policy and safety.”

The report was released Thursday by the Office of Special Counsel though it was completed in 2018 by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Criminal Law Enforcement, Forensics and Training.

So what does he have to say? In a statement to The Hill, Pruitt dismissed the report, calling it “the New York Times is after me again.”

times first mentioned on the federal report.

“The left does not want me to go back to Washington because they know I will reverse their terrible policies. I will fight environmental extremist groups in order to restore energy independence.

Pruitt, President Trump’s first EPA chief, left the post in 2018 after a series of controversy over expenditures and ethics rules. He is now running to represent Oklahoma in the Senate.

Read more about the allegations here.

G7 agree to ‘final’ phase-out of coal power

A group of major economic powers including the United States said on Friday they would eventually agree to phase out coal-fired power, a major contributor to climate change.

The environment ministers of the Group of Seven (G-7) said in a joint statement On Friday they will agree to phase out the “ultimate” coal power “relentlessly”.

The word “relentless” refers to methods of electricity generation that do not use technology to capture their greenhouse emissions.

Who is on the plane and who is affected? The G7 consists of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Japan is expected to be particularly affected by the commitment, as a country I got 32 percent of the electricity of coal in 2019. Coal makes up approx 22 percent of electricity generation in the United States.

Earlier this week, Reuters reported that countries were considering tougher action on coal – phase out by 2030. The news service reported that the 2030 date faced objections from both the US and Japan.

But the call for a phase-out is a step further than what nations agreed to at last year’s COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, when nations only agreed to “phase out” coal.

Read more about the agreement here.

Summer weekend begins with high gas prices

Soaring gas prices have Americans bracing for an expensive Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of summer when holiday-related travel usually rises.

Despite the increases – last week, gas prices in every state were above $4 for the first time ever – they were AAA Expect to travel for the three-day weekend It will return to levels close to pre-pandemic.

In its forecast, the AAA projected an 8.3 percent increase in travel compared to Memorial Day weekend in 2021, or 92 percent from 2019 levels. The group projected that car travel in particular would reach 93 percent of its pre-pandemic volume. .

Policymakers are looking to vacation travel for insights into how to handle pain at the pump.

“Everyone’s feeling the pain now, or they’re going because we’re getting off the big travel weekend, when everyone is paying attention,” Senator Kevin Kramer (RN.D) told The Hill. “I think we’ll have some data that will be useful, and it will be useful as we think about what to do next,” Kramer said at the end of the long weekend.

Travelers are hitting roads to make up for lost travel time during the pandemic, said Devin Gladden, director of federal affairs at AAA National.

“However, with gas prices rising to levels they’ve never seen before, they are sure to look for ways to save money on their travels,” he said.

Gladden added that demand slowed somewhat last week but said it was likely to pick up again by the end of the week.

He said, “We could see demand stabilizing lower again, which could once again take some gas out of the price increases as crude oil prices continue to be volatile.”

Read more about the forecast here.

what we read

  • We’ve never been good at recycling plastic. Some countries are trying a new approach (NPR)
  • Munchen is serious about Schumer talks (Axios)
  • How FEMA Helps White, Rich Americans Escape Floods (E&E News)
  • Retail investors are sitting on a $763 million carbon bubble (quartz)
  • How a Republican Effort to Punish a Corporate Regulator for Climate ActionNew York times)

Finally, there is something odd and amazing: upper stabilizer;

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