The Trump Admin
and Big Oil
A perfect marriage made in the undrained ‘Swamp’
December 12, 2017
Chronicle news & opinion
A hydraulic oil fracturing operation in progress. Fracking the Bakken Formation in North Dakota. Photo by Joshua Doubek/Creative Commons. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- No, that Washington, D.C. “swamp” that then Presidential candidate Donald Trump kept telling Americans time and again he would drain, has turned out to be yet another in a long string of Trump untruths.
That swamp, still undrained is now filled with bigger, hungrier critters than ever and all demanding to be fed -- and fed they are.
“The Trump administration’s zeal for environmental rollbacks has enabled it to fulfill almost all of the top priorities in a “wishlist” drawn up by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the leading lobby group for US oil and gas companies,” says a new report in the British newspaper The Guardian titled, “No Shame: how the Trump administration granted big oil’s wishlist."
A few items from that report:
.......In a document called “comments on specific regulations” sent to Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in May, API highlighted eight key changes it wanted to ease the regulation of air and water pollution. The EPA has now so far either partially or wholly delivered on six out of these eight key demands within the first year of the Trump administration, "which solicited input on government rules from a number of trade groups."
.......This development comes just as the Guardian and the Center for Public Integrity "publish an investigation into the way the oil lobby has worked for decades to influence US government policy – and is tightening its hold," under the Trump/GOP regime.
....... The EPA’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, previously a harsh critic of the agency who has pledged to reign in its “out of control, anti-energy agenda”, has overseen the delay or repeal moves in line with six of API’s eight highest priorities. “There’s no question that energy lobbyists are calling the shots in this administration, which has been all too willing to roll back public health protections,” said Jeremy Symons, vice-president of Environmental Defense Fund. “Anyone who doubts that can just look at their record.”
Welcome to the Brave New World of the Swamp where Big Oil, the biggest, hungriest, most money-laden critter in the swamp gets everything it wants from the President and the GOP controlled United States Congress. Your tax dollars hard at work Bubba.
Read the full Guardian report here which also contains a link to it's report on the results of its investigation called, "How big oil is tightening its grip on Donald Trump's White House."