EPA scientists shocked by decision after Trump’s meeting, sources say

EPA scientists shocked by decision after Trump’s meeting, sources say 1


The EPA told staff scientists it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world's most valuable wild salmon fisheries just one day after President Donald Trump met with Alaska's governor, CNN has learned. The news came as a "total shock" to some top EPA scientists who were planning to oppose the project on environmental grounds, according to sources. CNN's Drew Griffin reports.

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77 Comments on "EPA scientists shocked by decision after Trump’s meeting, sources say"

  1. Trump really does’t care what happens after he’s gone.

    • You’re right. He doesn’t care. Well, not about you and me. Or anybody else.

      The USA has deep and fundamental urgent problems. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize these. It does however need an understanding of a wider context.

      Does Trump use his experience and knowledge to try and address this? Yes! But he is found wanting. As businessman and as politician. Why?

      Trump’s ‘strategy’ is very predictive and transparent. His claim to keeping his opponents in the dark is delusional. Trump is an open book. Not Shakespeare. One with pictures and connect-the-dot puzzles.

      1.Trump’s strategy is to define a ‘problem’ according to his definition. He frames the problem. Chooses the words to describe it or not to describe it.
      2. He creates the environment and context of ‘problems’.
      3. He sets the agenda how the ‘problem’ should be addressed eg talking points, time frame, what, when, where, how, who.
      4. He isn’t interested in solving the ‘problem’ that he originally created — it is his playground — it is the reason why he is president. The reason why he is still president of the USA.
      5. Unexpected and real problems are framed and described not as problems. Trump doesn’t have the ability or the integrity to face reality. This is why Trump is a different person when he goes off script, when he isn’t in telepromt mode, when he is faced with real people in real suffering with real emotions. That is when Trump exposes his emotional 1770 airports, his Don Quixote windmill giants. And goes where he is safe: Me, me, me, me…
      6. His whole regime is subservient to him as he has effectively silenced dissent and alternative opinions with ‘you are fired’-threats via his tweets.

      Trump is a master in controlling the political agenda. Not only in the USA, but also globally where he has to promote his interests. His skill in dominating how conflict — real, potential or as threat — is focussed on how these conflicts are structured by rules that suits him. The main objective for Trump is to exploit preferred kinds of conflict enabling him to create a competitive advantage, to create a monopolistic position and to mobilize bias in the ‘management’ of these ‘problems’ with the effect that he determine what is ‘in’ and what is ‘out’ — his own preferred problem priorities as opportunities!

      Indeed, he who determines what politics is about — and not about — runs the country!

      Central to Trump’s ‘problem management’ — and the creation of ‘problems’ — is the wish for personal gain and advantage through the artificial manafactured ‘problem’. A ‘problem’ that is manufactured mainly by a appeal to a perceived ‘unfairness’ in the distribution of resources.

      The manufacturing of problems is always and exclusively triggered by the following ‘triggers’: technological changes, ecological changes, natural disasters, imbalance in distribution of resources, unanticipated human events, innovations in weapons technology, patterns of world allignment, international conflict, and war. This is Trump’s playground!

      Trump’s cynical ‘policy’ is to create a link. A link between these triggers and a ‘grievance’ or ‘problem’ which transforms the issue into an agenda item meriting attention — legitimizing his jurisdiction and governmental authority.

      Using Twitter as medium Trump is able to expand the ‘issue’ to an attentive public using messages that are specifically aimed to be: ambiguous (reaching an expanded public), socially significant, non-technical, lacking a clear precedent.

      Where Trump experience push back or is confronted with his ‘manufacturing of problems’, his approach is primarily to discredit the person or group if he isn’t or wasn’t able to co-opt these persons or leaders. Critique is eliminated through a ‘You’re fired’- management style.

      The language used in expanding the ‘problem’ to his base is through symbols that provoke strong positive or negative reactions that arouse concern, provoke action, dissuade opposition and project a ‘strength’ of commitment and support. The ‘problem’ has become visible, the problem has become reality a-la-Apprentice Reality Show!

    • altitude illume | August 10, 2019 at 8:19 AM | Reply


    • Hope he’ll be gone sone, one way or the other

    • We are all connected | August 10, 2019 at 11:38 AM | Reply

      @David Mc you are incredibly stupid. Or just a troll jacking off to attention.

    • You have hallucinations of that at night?

  2. Mister Sarajevo | August 9, 2019 at 8:13 PM | Reply

    Obama has the eye of a tiger
    Trump has the stomach of a hippo

    • NPC Non Binary Demigender Pansexual Two Spirit | August 10, 2019 at 12:48 AM | Reply

      SumNPCLibtardSoyboyDemoncratCuckwhojerksittoWaifus – Imagine unironically starting every response with imagine unironically to try and sound intelligent, while not even being able to spell the word ‘literally’LOL!!

      Nice virtue signaling, but leftist cucks like you seem to forget that slaves in America were originally enslaved and sold here by blacks. There is no ‘racist oppression’ in America, it’s just a fake narrative that losers like you follow because it makes you feel righteous. And to also sucker democratic votes from gullible blacks who don’t even realize that democrats are the ones who wanted slavery to continue in America ROTFL!! (Here comes the part where you insert the leftist lie “BUT M-M-MUH PARTIES SWITCHED IDEOLOGIES”) LOL!!

      And slavery still goes on to this day in Africa, yet never a peep from you virtue signaling race baiting leftist losers about that. How hilarious to be called dumb by some underdeveloped, feeble, self-righteous commie loser who can’t even spell simple words, lives in his mother’s cellar playing with himself to cartoon porn, and has zero original thought in their warped mind, only capable of regurgitating leftist propaganda talking points ROTFL!! Epic comedy!! The world views you have are about as real as that cartoon porn you fap off to nightly..you’re a perfect example of why the whole world is laughing at you scum 👍😆🍿

    • @NPC Non Binary Demigender Pansexual Two Spirit Your Trumplord dodge the draft 5 times.

  3. Make Racists Afraid Again | August 9, 2019 at 8:13 PM | Reply

    Rich Republicans Literally don’t care about you.

  4. Copper mining is very destructive to the land. Don’t allow this to happen. Seems like Alaskan’s got what they voted for… another dirty republican

    • Matthew Pickeral | August 10, 2019 at 11:15 AM | Reply

      Anyone else EPA certified on here but me? No copper means no plumbing or electricity.

    • @Matthew Pickeral wtf what does epa certified mean. I have worked in transmission and distribution of electricity for over 35 years never heard of that in in terms of electricity distribution?

    • Matthew Pickeral | August 10, 2019 at 11:35 AM | Reply

      Steve Haag


      It’s mostly for HVAC/ mechanical plumbing professionals.

    • Yishkah's dream | August 10, 2019 at 11:53 AM | Reply

      @santiagowechsler so you rather have politicians destroy another environment/ecosystem for luxuries? Will those luxuries matter after all the trees, fresh, clean water, air, and food are no longer available?🤔 Use critical thinking skills before you answer this.

  5. There goes fishing, tourism, and the environment in Alaska:)😥😥😥😥😥😥

  6. Blink Once on Sunday! | August 9, 2019 at 8:23 PM | Reply

    I think only two things mattered to Trump in this situation. 1) There’s a lot of money to make. 2) Obama was the one who wanted to protect the area.

    Yeah, his main motivator in life is money, but his rivalries with Obama and Hillary Clinton are almost as strong. He’s still in the process of undoing everything Obama did as president.

  7. Like I said when he was sworn in…there goes the neighborhood

  8. Michael Gilbert sr | August 9, 2019 at 8:26 PM | Reply

    Another part of the Earth will be polluted beyond recovery.

  9. KILLAWATTS 804 | August 9, 2019 at 8:29 PM | Reply

    Americans need to stop sleep walking before they walk off a cliff😳

    • KILLAWATTS 804 | August 9, 2019 at 10:12 PM | Reply

      @Marvin Gaye unfortunately they are a part of this country too…if we dont ALL get it together our children will suffer even more than we are right now…

    • KILLAWATTS 804 | August 9, 2019 at 10:12 PM | Reply

      @jjmarz1001 lol…yeah, we still hanging on with one hand though….

    • William Meyer | August 9, 2019 at 10:17 PM | Reply

      If you ask me the election of our current president was a serious wake-up call. I used to try to calm people down about president #43, saying he could have been so much worse, and now I’m sure.

      The problem is the hyperbole liberals used to bash George W. Bush now makes them sound like the boy who cried wolf; when you describe a category 3 hurricane as apocalyptic, what is there left to say when a category 5 blows through?

    • Kermit T. Frog | August 10, 2019 at 3:08 AM | Reply

      They have already walked off the cliff. They just haven’t hit the bottom yet. And they aren’t sleep walking. It is like that scene in Dr Strangelove where Slim Pickens is whooping and hollering as he rides a nuclear bomb to his doom.

  10. It’s not mind-boggling!! You answered your own damn question … Obama put it in place, that’s why he f*cking did it!! 😡
    I swear this country has a mass dementia problem … 😖

    • More like mass laziness. Why are we letting him do this? There are 327 million of us and only one of him.

    • @Kay Right? WTF is taking them so long?

    • The truth is, the liberals have done a terrible job with the situation they’ve been in the last 2 years. Instead of gaining sympathy for your side, as a whole they’ve screamed and lied about all kinds of nonsense and most Americans are straight-up sick of it. Now, here’s a legitimate concern that I don’t even like, but who’s going to listen to you guys now? You’re an echo chamber, and the rest of the country thinks the left ‘done lost its mind.

  11. Shameless vandalism and corrupt destruction of the environment…and all for a short term financial hit for Trumps buddies.
    Drain the swamp eh?

    • @Vae Vobis He probably still will

    • It’s not to drain the swamp, it is to drain the brain and trump is doing a very good job of that.

    • Freewheelin' Franklin | August 10, 2019 at 9:28 AM | Reply

      @Downright Dutch
      Once you said it exposed the “Russiagate” was a fraud by the democratic party, I knew you were nothing but an ignorant hillbilly parroting Trump propaganda. The Mueller report VERFIED the meeting with Russians you idiot.

    • @joeythehat9 How funny, you vote Republican and still want talk like you care for the environment. And then you call on the Democrats to save the environment. I bet at election time you will still vote Republican even though they support healthcare only to those who can afford it, more air pollution from cars, water pollution poisoning coal families, fracking even though it is causing earthquakes in areas that never had earthquakes, AND Off Shore drilling in one of the last pristine places on the planet.
      You will vote Republican because your short term profit is okay at the expense of the environment.

  12. Everything Trump touches dies. And that’s not an exaggeration. I just hope that there will be something left of this country when he’s gone. It’s going to be up to the people of Alaska to prevent this from happening.

    • We are all connected | August 10, 2019 at 11:42 AM | Reply

      @William H oh aren’t you cute

    • Fake news from the wild right? ROTFWLMAO! You blind to Trump’s hypocrisy and disregard for human life, narcissistic personality, and consistent validation of all your fears, hate, and ridiculous conspiracy theories, bro?

    • Thank you, Bill, for being self-conscious. You’re still a Trump-loving animal, but none of them can be honest about themselves.

  13. alondra nowe | August 9, 2019 at 8:36 PM | Reply

    What’s the point in having an E.P.A?? Bypassing all enviromental concerns for $$$$$$$$ is what it boils down to. WHAT IS THIS COUNTRY COMING TO ??????

  14. Cleetus Luckas | August 9, 2019 at 8:41 PM | Reply

    So just to SPITE OBAMA this freaking MORON has NO regard for the consequences,

    • Cleetus Luckas | August 10, 2019 at 9:25 AM | Reply

      @Dave Waldon
      Other than him being BLACK, what didn’t you like about him? Trumpturds and racists blame Obama for the DUMPSTER FIRE BUSH left in HIS wake. INSTEAD if acknowledging that blatantly obvious elephant in the room you RETARDS put it on OBAMA. Then wherever progress Obama actually made you eantvti credit TRUMP. When he isn’t taking. CREDIT fur something Obama did he’s trying to destroy just because his name us on it. What’s with you RACISTS? Is it penis envy? Your fragile self esteems are beyong ridiculous, One obvious thing Trump despises about Obama is he is everything HE WISHES he could be that he knows he CAN’T. Even Melania follows Obama on Twitter…..LMAO

    • John Harrington | August 10, 2019 at 10:11 AM | Reply

      @William H as a non American I can tell you with certainty america is not respected and its because of trump, here in Ireland and across Europe people are laughing at trump and americans for being stupid enough to follow him

    • Rene’ Placek
      Yeah he’s a lying racist pos. Most of them are

    • GOD loves all of you…please don’t fight.

  15. Gabriel Ferdinand | August 9, 2019 at 8:42 PM | Reply

    Wow, the greed is unreal, you can’t eat copper

    • How it works is, you take the money from selling it and u can buy food, with said money

    • @Mike Knight food that isn’t available due to mining. But sure.

    • We are all connected | August 10, 2019 at 11:33 AM | Reply

      @Mike Knight wow that was stupid. They are POLLUTING AND KILLING our food RESOURCES!! How stupid are you right wingers? If left up to you dumbasses, we’ll ALL be eating Soylent Green in a few years!!!!

  16. You want to see the swamp. There it is right in front of the whole world to see. Corruption at the highest levels

  17. Patty Donohue | August 9, 2019 at 11:53 PM | Reply

    This is a DISASTER! Another instance of IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE caused by TRUMP. Remember November 2020!

    • Bárbara Núñez de Cáceres | August 10, 2019 at 9:54 AM | Reply

      It isn’t lost yet!! Do something about it, don’t just sit there and watch its destruction!! Environmental agencies are going to sue the administration, let’s support them with money and whatever they need!

  18. It’s incredible that people still support this corrupt piece of human garbage.

  19. Richard Alevizos | August 10, 2019 at 5:42 AM | Reply

    Donald Trump should just die already.

  20. Lesley Allinson | August 10, 2019 at 6:20 AM | Reply

    Trump and his people dont care about anything except themselves

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