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Carmakers want emission, CAFE tweaks, not huge rollbacks, but won't say so publicly

As promised, the Trump administration has embarked on regulatory rollbacks across many fronts, some immediate and others taking longer.

It remains unclear whether the EPA's plan to loosen carbon-dioxide emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles will survive inevitable court challenges.

However, despite shrill rhetoric from environmental groups, automakers in general—especially the Detroit Three—don't want those standards tossed out the window.

They might like to see them delayed, and some minor technical details adjusted to provide more credit for specific technologies.

But they do not want, nor have they lobbied for, wholesale abolition of carbon-emission rules and corporate average fuel economy limits, overseen by the EPA and NHTSA, respectively.

Much more: https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1116271_carmakers-want-emission-cafe-tweaks-not-huge-rollbacks-but-wont-say-so-publicly

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Apr 17, 2018, 02:11 AM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: Sean Hannity is Outed as Michael Cohen's Client & James Comey Drags Trump on 20/20

After criticizing the FBI raid on Trump's personal attorney, Sean Hannity is outed as Michael Cohen's secret client. Meanwhile, former FBI director James Comey throws grade-school shade at Donald Trump on 20/20 leading up to the release of his memoir, "A Higher Loyalty."

Hasan The Record - What is Impeachment?

Hasan Minhaj breaks down the process for impeachment as defined by the Constitution.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Apr 17, 2018, 12:19 AM (1 replies)

Line 5 oil pipelines temporarily shut down due to power outage

Sixteen sections of underwater oil and gas pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac were found unsupported on the Great Lakes bottom during 2003 inspections — spans of 140 feet or longer, well beyond state requirements for mooring the pipe.

The underwater oil and natural gas pipeline between Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas has been temporarily shut down because of a power outage at an Enbridge terminal in Wisconsin.

Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns and operates Line 5, said in a statement Sunday that the underwater pipelines will remain down until severe weather improves at the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5 will restart as soon as possible.

Gale-force winds of about 40 m.p.h. and a mix of snow and sleet hit northern Michigan on Sunday, causing waves of about five feet in the Straits, according to the National Weather Service.

The temporary shutdown of Line 5 comes days after the discovery of three dents in the pipelines -- a revelation that raised concerns among state officials and others about the severity of the damage. Enbridge described the dents as small and indicated the pipelines' structural integrity had not been compromised.

More (Includes video): https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/04/15/line-5-oil-pipeline-shutdown-power-outage-storm/518909002/

An image from underwater inspections of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac shows an area of missing protective coating and exposed steel. State officials are concerned, because it appears this damage was caused during the installation of anchor supports for the pipeline, without any repair or reporting of the coating damage.
(Photo: Michigan Department of Environment)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 16, 2018, 03:41 AM (1 replies)

Out of order signs pop up at Vermont gas pumps

BURLINGTON, Vt. Some businesses in Vermont have stopped selling gasoline as they decide whether to replace their underground tanks.

As of January first, 26 Vermont facilities still needed to replace 61 single-walled tanks as part of a 2013 law.

Replacing the tanks could cost between $100,000 to $200,000 thousand dollars to replace tanks that work perfectly fine.

Charlie Handy's family has owned Handy's Service station in Burlington for almost 50 years.

"Now I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to do the tanks. Or if it's not worth it for me to do the tanks," Handy said.

The business has single- walled underground gas tanks.

Handy has to switch them out with double- walled tanks if they want to remove the out of order bags.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said it's a safety issue. Gas in single walled tanks is more likely to leak into the soil or ground water.

More (Includes video): http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Out-of-order-signs-pop-up-at-Vermont-gas-pumps-479806073.html

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 16, 2018, 03:21 AM (9 replies)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - Corporate Taxes

John Oliver: SYRIA, Comey Interview

Many of America’s largest corporations shift a surprising portion of their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes. Even more surprisingly, that’s a legal thing to do.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 16, 2018, 02:44 AM (12 replies)

Holocaust victims can still be helped, more than 70 years later

GLENS FALLS — More than 70 years after the Holocaust, there are still things people can do to help the Jews who were murdered.

People can help care for the abandoned cemeteries that hold the victims' ancestors, said Dr. Michael Lozman, an orthodontist from Latham.

That was the message at Sunday’s Holocaust Remembrance Day event at Congregation Shaaray Tefila. Lozman described his one-man effort to restore Eastern European Jewish cemeteries that had been abandoned ever since the Jewish communities there were destroyed during the Holocaust.

"What can you do for those Jews who were murdered? Restore their family cemeteries. It's our obligation, our responsibility," he said.

Much more (Includes photos): http://poststar.com/news/local/holocaust-victims-can-still-be-helped-more-than-years-later/article_6de9482e-de73-5151-a73a-c2ead34726ff.html
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:00 AM (3 replies)

SNL - Weekend Update on Michael Cohen Raid

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, including the FBI raiding the home, office and hotel of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's lawyer.

Weekend Update on Oklahoma Teacher's Arrest

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, including an Oklahoma teacher being arrested for having sex with a student during a walkout.

Weekend Update: Laura Ingraham

Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham (Kate McKinnon) shares some of her new sponsors.

Weekend Update: LaVar Ball on Lonzo's Year

LaVar Ball (Kenan Thompson) shares stats from son Lonzo's year with the Lakers.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:17 AM (4 replies)

SNL - Cold Open - Meet the Parents

President Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), is questioned by Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro).
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Apr 15, 2018, 12:58 AM (5 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 4/13/18

The GOP Is Discrediting Comey With 'The Three C's'

With James Comey's 'A Higher Loyalty' set to release on Tuesday, the Republican Party has launched a full-scale attack on the fired FBI director.

A School District's Defense: Mini Baseball Bats

Mini bats to fend off assailants: an idea so crazy that it just might definitely not work. While it's important to shine a new approaches to preventing guns in schools, it can be equally educational to shed a light on techniques that definitely won't work.

Queen Elizabeth's Sick Burn Of Trump And Obama

The Queen's comparison of Trump to a helicopter is only one of the insults from her forthcoming comedy album 'Queen Elizabeth's Royal Beatdown.'

Midnight Confessions With The Cookie Monster

Me not take internet safety serious enough, because me always allow cookies.

Late Show Backstage Pass: The Invisible Props Department

A day in the life of Sarah, the head of the Late Show's invisible props department.

A Retirement Home For Retiring Republicans Only

The higher-than-usual number of retiring GOP elected officials are all headed to one place in 2019: Old White Acres.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Apr 14, 2018, 04:01 AM (2 replies)

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - 4/13/18

Monologue: Operation Desert Stormy

Bill recaps the top stories of the week, including the U.S. strike on Syria and President Trump's mob boss mentality.

Sen. Brian Schatz

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) joins Bill to discuss the US strike on Syria and the tech industry's use of consumer data.

Sinclair TV Shows

WARNING: You might be watching a TV station owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group if one of these shows are on the lineup.

New Rule: The 'What Were You Thinking' Generation

In his editorial New Rule, Bill argues that it's unfair to impose today's "woke" standards on yesterday's art.

Obama's Legacy, Police Brutality, LGBTQ #MeToo | Overtime

Bill and his Real Time panelists – Jason Kander, Maya Wiley, Jonathan Chait, and Andy Cohen – answer viewer questions after the show.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Apr 14, 2018, 01:17 AM (6 replies)
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