Court Blocks EPA Effort To Suspend Obama-Era Methane Rule

Michael Biesecker reports via PBS: A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Monday that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of a new rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks. In a split decision, the three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the EPA to move forward with the Obama-era requirement that aims to reduce planet-warming emissions from oil and gas operations. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in April that he would delay by 90 days the deadline for oil and gas companies to follow the new rule, so that the agency could reconsider the measure. Last month, Pruitt announced he intended to extend the 90-day stay for two years. In a detailed 31-page ruling, the court disagreed with Pruitt’s contention that industry groups had not had sufficient opportunity to comment before the 2016 rule was enacted. The judges also said Pruitt lacked the legal authority to delay the rule from taking effect.

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As Senate hearings heat up, Warner calls FBI nomination ‘an effort to distract’ the public

As Senate hearings heat up, Warner calls FBI nomination ‘an effort to distract’ the publicWarner made the comments on CBS’ “This Morning” after Trump tweeted that he would be nominating former Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wray to replace James Comey as head of the bureau. The Virginia Democrat is the top Democrat on the committee that is hearing testimony from National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers Wednesday, and ousted FBI Director James Comey Thursday.



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Smithsonian Increases Goal For Spacesuit Crowdfunding Effort

An anonymous reader writes: The recently launched Kickstarter campaign by the Smithsonian to preserve Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit has surpassed its goal. As of Saturday, the campaign raised about $ 525,000, and now The National Air and Space Museum has increased its goal to $ 700,000 in order to save Alan Shepard’s Mercury spacesuit.

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Heartbroken Man Waits 44 Hours To Buy The iPhone 6 In An Effort To Win Back His Wife

Darius Wlodarski waited for an incredible 44 hours to buy the latest iPhone for his wife. The couple split up a month ago and Darius is determined to fulfill his promise to himself to buy one for her. He does not expect the present will necessarily get them together again but hopes it will bring her some happiness.
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