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U.S. House of Rep. Smith’s got the Honest ACT passed, that regulates EPA opportunity to spread information!

“The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.”Garry Kasparov

Welcome to the Banana Republic, the United States of America (USA), the Trump Administration has a new golden child and has to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that has to be silenced. The EPA under Scott Pruitt. The Environment and Climate Change is lie under the Trump regime, that is myth that the environment gets destroyed or worsen by industry or mineral extraction. Still, they have to make sure that the EPA doesn’t explain the environmental regulations without any scientific evidence. It has to be tested and retested the narratives, as the EPA should not question the need for free release of CO2 or any other damaging gas that can worsen the sky, or the after effects of crude-oil pipelines and the damage of soil in the areas after fracking.

Well, take a look at the Lamar Smith proposal that get through and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday:

To prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible” (…) “The Administrator shall not propose, finalize, or disseminate a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such covered action is” (…) “publicly available online in a manner that is sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results, except that any personally identifiable information, trade secrets, or commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential, shall be redacted prior to public availability” (H.R. 1430, 2017).

Representative Lamar Smith the man behind the bill, who has a magical fascination with silencing and stopping the EPA, as he is from San Antonio, Texas and Republican, surely if somebody would have remembered what sort of greatness, he showed in February:

On Tuesday, Smith held a hearing titled “Making the E.P.A. Great Again.” From the list of witnesses, it was clear that Smith was not, however, interested in improving the E.P.A.—in fact, just the reverse. One of the witnesses was a lobbyist for the coal industry, another a lobbyist for the chemical industry. In a display of hypocrisy so blatant it could have been hilarious, but wasn’t, Smith used his opening statement to rail against “conflicts of interest” at the E.P.A. The agency, he complained, depended on the expertise of scientists to whom it sometimes also awards research grants. His proposed solution to this problem? To stack the E.P.A.’s science advisory board with scientists who work for regulated industries” (Kolbert, 2017).

So Rep. Smith has no issues listening to the Coal, Chemical and Oil industry, if it benefits them at a U.S. House hearing on making EPA great again, like the ones who wants to pollute and drop hazard into the environment for a buck is the ones to listen to. Shows the lack of thinking and integrity that is in the Washington D.C. right now and is accepted by the Trump Administration. Where the businesses are more important nature and the future, where the kids of Trump has to live in wasteland and in narrow future of damaged rivers, creeks and polluted air.

The donors for the 2015-2016 Campaign for the U.S. House Representative for Texas and parts of Committee for Science, Space and Technology, those we’re $95,050 from Oil and Gas, either as PACs or individuals, other important donors for the campaign of Smith we’re Nustar Energy, AT&T, Boeing Co., Koch Industries and Marathon Petroleum (Check Opensecrets.org).

So, the man who has massive support for his elections and campaigns was supported through business who needs to extract their resources and has to pollute to do so. It could seem that they scratched an itch for the Representative and when he was elected he scratched an itch for them. Instead of direct brown envelopes directly into the pocket of the representative, they paid for his campaign and his viable campaign in Texas.

Now that he has a place on the Committee for Science, Space and Technology, there he can change legislation that fits Nustar, AT&T, Boeing Co., Koch Industries and Marathon Petroleum, as they will not have any sort of information that cannot be verified by generous study. They have been silenced and cannot question climate change or even the implication of pollution or environmental damages by industry, as the Honest ACT, who is made to stop certain information from getting into public.

So it it good to know that the EPA sentiment is old:

But I don’t know whether Americans want the EPA and Congress to be honest. You say, “What do you mean, Williams?” There are numerous laws, restrictions and regulations based upon the EPA’s fraudulent report on secondhand tobacco smoke. How many Americans do you think would say, “Hey, now that we know that EPA 1992 report was a fraud, let’s repeal all those laws and regulations based upon it”? I’m guessing most would say, “I don’t like the smell of cigarettes and if it takes government fraud and duping the public to get rid of it, so be it.” (Williams, 1999).

So there are surely many who has hard feelings against the EPA and their practices, but they should still wonder if it is wise to stop the EPA. They might get wealth to buy cars, but nature is not something that returns after you have used it and extracted the minerals. There are so many places destroyed by industry and not habitable, so much touched nature that will not come back after oil industry and other industry has used their tools. Together with the knowledge of pollution, there are invisible particles that might hurt mother nature on the long run, but that doesn’t Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump or Lamar Smith. Peace.

Reference:

Kolbert, Elizabeth – ‘THE CONGRESSMAN WHO’S TRYING TO MAKE THE ENVIRONMENT WORSE, AGAIN’ (08.03.2017) link: http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-congressman-whos-trying-to-make-the-environment-worse-again

U.S. House of Representatives: H. R. 1430 – ‘Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017’ or Honest ACT (29.03.2017)

Williams, Walter – ‘Do Americans want honest EPA?’ (09.06.1999) link: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/701389/Do-Americans-want-honest-EPA.html

Koch Brothers revelead through the ‘Freedom Partners’ a plan to repeal laws under the Trump Presidency!

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In American politics there have in the recent years been families intervening with their Super-PACs and their lobbyist to get their legislation through both U.S. Congress and House of Representatives, as well making sure the Supreme Court are accepting it. Than you have this one industrial family, the Koch brothers David and Charles that has involved themselves in politics and engaged in donating campaign funds to dozens of Republican candidates over the years. These have in return delivered legislation that the Koch brothers industries have profited on.

The Super-PAC named “Freedom Partners” set in plan how the Trump Presidency could repeal and make sure the legislation of Obama administration get away. So the leniency and corporate freedoms get back as it was before. Since this legislation has hampered the ability to gain vast profits on destroying the planet and giving minimum salaries to their employees. Something industrialists like Koch brothers wants more off and not just behaviour from the Federal Government.

Therefore the newest document shows certain aspects of their wish-list of how a Trump Presidency should be:

“• Executive Actions and Proposed Regulations: President-elect Trump can unilaterally rescind any executive action signed by President Obama or proposed regulations that have yet to be finalized, including, but not limited to:

  • Executive order establishing a task force on commercial advocacy
  • Executive order putting a moratorium on new federal coal leases
  • Presidential memorandum requiring new federal overtime rule promulgation
  • Paris Climate Agreement requiring greenhouse gas emissions reductions
  • Proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs incidental to the Clean Power Plan
  • Proposed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) payday and vehicle title loan rules
  • Proposed CFPB arbitration rules
  • Regulations Finalized On or After June 13, 2016: Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can avoid a Senate filibuster to repeal all regulations finalized during the last 60 legislative days, with June 13, 2016, being the cutoff date.

Congress should prioritize the following:

  • Final Stream Protection Rule regarding coal mine permitting
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) federal lands Methane Rule
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): 2017 and 2018 obligations
  • EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards: Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles” (Freedom Partners – ‘A ROADMAP TO REPEAL: REMOVING REGULATORY BARRIERS TO OPPORTUNITY’ – 05.01.2017).

That the Executive orders are coming in and making sure that the economic freedoms of corporations is extended and the limitations of former put legislation are repealed. So that the powerful and rich men which are the core base with core principals of the Trump Administration get their will. Therefore the Koch Brothers and their campaign through this Super-PAC are already achieved.

The like memorandum on the Fiduciary Duty that we’re signed in on the 3rd February, which stated: 

“Section 1. Department of Labor Review of Fiduciary Duty Rule. (a) You are directed to examine the Fiduciary Duty Rule to determine whether it may adversely affect the ability of

Americans to gain access to retirement information and financial advice. As part of this examination, you shall prepare an updated economic and legal analysis concerning the likely impact of the Fiduciary Duty Rule, which shall consider, among other things, the following:

(i) Whether the anticipated applicability of the Fiduciary Duty Rule has harmed or is likely to harm investors due to a reduction of Americans’ access to certain retirement savings offerings, retirement product structures, retirement savings information, or related financial advice;

(ii) Whether the anticipated applicability of the Fiduciary Duty Rule has resulted in dislocations or disruptions within the retirement services industry that may adversely affect investors or retirees; and

(iii) Whether the Fiduciary Duty Rule is likely to cause an increase in litigation, and an increase in the prices that investors and retirees must pay to gain access to retirement services” (White House – ‘MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF LABOR SUBJECT: Fiduciary Duty Rule’ – 3rd February 2017).

These here is simply put order where Trump is putting in place less legislation and regulation on banking sector where they trade financial instruments to costumers, the citizens and the ones beholden the retirement funds. These are now set in place in a way where the advice from bankers are put so they get legal advice they see fit for their situation and not for what the banks earn the most on each client. With the new legislation, the bankers can in general sell bad investment portfolios to costumers and gain massive fortunes on the bad investments. This is what the Koch Brothers wants to achieve through their PAC.

Than you have the other latest Executive order which state this:

Section 1. Policy. It shall be the policy of my Administration to regulate the United States financial system in a manner consistent with the following principles of regulation, which shall be known as the Core Principles:

(a) empower Americans to make independent financial decisions and informed choices in the marketplace, save for retirement, and build individual wealth;

(b) prevent taxpayer-funded bailouts;

(c) foster economic growth and vibrant financial markets through more rigorous regulatory impact analysis that addresses systemic risk and market failures, such as moral hazard and information asymmetry;

(d) enable American companies to be competitive with foreign firms in domestic and foreign markets;

(e) advance American interests in international financial regulatory negotiations and meetings;

(f) make regulation efficient, effective, and appropriately tailored; and

(g) restore public accountability within Federal financial regulatory agencies and rationalize the Federal financial regulatory framework” (White House – ‘CORE PRINCIPLES FOR REGULATINGTHE UNITED STATES FINANCIAL SYSTEM’ – 3rd February 2017).

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This is where you see that the business oriented President Trump has put in place two different sort of orders, with the outcome of deregulating the financial industry, the ones trading and selling financial advice to their costumer’s, the other where they are focused of giving the financial decisions directly to the companies. Hereby giving the full power of all instruments to the financial industry and their corporations, that instead of regulating the financial and fiscal regulations that could stop the economy from cracking; with none or lose regulation could give the enterprises a free will that could led them to bubbles. First it would give enormous souring profits, but after the bubble burst the recession and cause massive loses to all citizens who invested in speculative business.

Koch brothers are surely having a wish-list that is starting to be achieved as even coal-legislation has been mentioned to be voted in the U.S. Congress. Therefore the plans of the Freedom Partners and the steps to repeal the regulations of Obama will cease to exist. This is certainly to vanish the print of legislation that we’re for common good and not only for corporate greed.

Step two of the Wish-list of the Koch Brothers we’re these:

“STEP 2. LONGER-TERM OPPORTUNITIES

All other regulations passed before June 13, 2016 can be repealed in at least one of three ways.

  • Executive Rulemaking, Legislation to Rescind or Defund, and Judicial Challenges. These are time-consuming processes that should begin immediately. President-elect Trump and Congress should prioritize the following:
  • EPA Rule defining The Waters of the United States
  • EPA Clean Power Plan
  • HHS Electronic Health Record Incentive Program
  • HHS Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health
  • DOL Overtime Rule
  • DOL Fiduciary Rule
  • FCC “Net Neutrality” Rule
  • USDA Calorie Labeling for Vending Machines” (Freedom Partners – ‘A ROADMAP TO REPEAL: REMOVING REGULATORY BARRIERS TO OPPORTUNITY – 05.01.2017)

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The Koch brothers with their plans are certainly set into plan or has least showed to the transitional team, as the legislation for certain aspects are put into action. So the plans to achieve their needed lesser legislation and lassies-faire economy are surely on their way. They have already started and the Freedom Partners PAC is effective. What the world should wonder about, what the PAC gave the Trump Administration since they are obliging them so magnificently. Secondly, what did the PAC to do the Republican Congressmen and Senators to gain their votes and get them to enact bills that they want to see?

We can question the power of the Koch Brother can be shown here, as the Republican have succumbed to the will of donors, instead of caring of the U.S. people wish to see. That can be seen as the legislation of late is friendlier of corporations than of the will of people. This will continue under businessman Trump and his running mates in cabinet. Trump Administration might deliver on more of this list of the Koch brothers. As they have started already. This can only indicate what the Trump administration will continue to strive towards as their ally and friendly future donor might want more legislation to pass or to be repealed to secure vast fortunes. Peace.

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