Posts Tagged ‘EPA’


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Groupthink the Key to Success in Government “Science”


Wednesday April 25th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:11pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Scientific studies must be reproducible because replication allows others to examine the data and methodology, and the possibility of reaching different conclusions. If a study is not reproducible it is not really science at all, and that is now common, according to David Randall and Christopher Welser, authors of The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern…
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An Earth Day Meditation for Millennials


Friday April 20th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

April 22 marks Earth Day and millennials might think it goes back at least 100 years, or maybe all the way to the nation’s founding. Actually, Earth Day started only 48 years ago in 1970, but it was an occasion of significance. As Randy Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk and Kenneth J. Sim showed in…
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Government Finally Violates No-Fire Zone


Friday February 2nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:04am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted, EPA “policy advisor” John Beale told his bosses he really worked for the CIA and shirked his duties for a decade. During this time, EPA bosses never fired Mr. Beale but they did pay him generous retention bonuses. EPA boss Gina McCarthy presided over the massive toxic spill on Colorado’s Animas…
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Government No-Fire Zone Abuses Taxpayers


Tuesday October 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:50am PDT   •   2 Comments

“Tesla fired hundreds of workers this week, including engineers, managers and factory workers,” reported Louis Hansen of the San Jose Mercury News. “Little or no warning preceded the dismissals,” which came after performance reviews, as the company struggles to produce its Model 3 sedan, for which 450,000 customers are waiting. Overall, Tesla showed the…
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California Waterboards Property Rights


Tuesday August 1st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:24am PDT   •   0 Comments

August is National Water Quality Month and that might prompt a meditation on agencies such as California’s State Water Resources Control Board. The Board’s five full-time members are appointed by the governor and “the mission of the Water Board is to ensure the highest reasonable quality for waters of the state, while allocating those…
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EPAttacks Property Rights


Thursday June 1st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:49am PDT   •   0 Comments

In 2012, John Duarte was plowing his wheat field in Tehama County, California, when a government inspector accused him of “deep ripping” the land and violating the Clean Water Act, which declares seasonal “vernal pools” to be “wetlands.” So according to the government, Duarte needed a permit to farm his land, but the farmer,…
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Is Donald Trump the New Swamp Fox?


Tuesday April 18th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:24am PDT   •   1 Comment

As a candidate, Donald Trump contended, “there’s tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government, an easily verified reality. As we noted, a recent internal study exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in Pentagon business operations, where the purchasing bureaucracy alone counted 207,000 full-time workers. The Environmental Protection Agency allowed “policy advisor” John…
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Spying Out EPA Waste, Fraud and Abuse


Friday March 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:29am PDT   •   0 Comments

President Trump wants to cut the budget of the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent, from $8.2 billion to about $5.7 billion, a reduction of $2.6 billion and more than 3,000 positions. The proposed cuts have drawn attacks from politicians, the old-line establishment media, and regulatory zealots. For their part, taxpayers might keep…
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Getting Skinny


Thursday March 16th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PDT   •   1 Comment

Before he became president, Donald Trump perhaps made his biggest impression on Americans in his role on the reality TV game show The Apprentice. Today, with the release of the president’s so-called “skinny” budget, he looks to be in the starring role for a government-version of The Biggest Loser. Reuters reports on President Trump’s…
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How to Score the Final Clinton-Trump Debate


Wednesday October 19th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

With the revelations of the past weeks, the third presidential debate is sure to be one of the best shows in Las Vegas. Many observers have already had enough of the Clinton-Trump spectacle, but there are still some important things to look for. Observers might examine the candidates’ statements for some sense of the…
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