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Michael Cain

Michael is a systems analyst, with a taste for obscure applied math. He's interested in energy supplies, the urban/rural divide, regional political differences in the US, and map-like things. Bicycling, and fencing (with swords, that is) act as stress relief.

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  1. Avatar George Turner says:

    The West’s methane problem is that they eat too many bean burritos. We can stop that and vastly reduce methane emissions, and that’s something that the EPA should approach with a zero tolerance policy.

    The East knows where the methane is coming from, and it’s people out West. Their noxious emissions are a grave threat to all of humanity. What cannot continue, without government intervention, won’t.

    For those still in touch with reality, methane emissions are such an ongoing thing that even in the 1700’s cisterns had to have special ventilation requirements so they didn’t have methane explosions. Pretty much every eastern lake smells like farts and septic waste as they bubble methane from all the rotting leaves.Report

  2. Avatar Damon says:

    The Trump admin can always say “we tried but the damn libs and the swamp delayed us”.Report

  3. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    There are lots of land use\water rules he could focus on that would give him wins, but Trump goes for a rule with broad public support? I think he’s doesn’t care about winning political victories.Report

    • Avatar Morat20 in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

      I don’t think he knows what is popular or not. But he’s surrounded by a lot of folks happy to spin him a yarn about how X is really unpopular “among the people”, and how is he to know any different?

      And bluntly, he’s always been a con-man at heart — he’s for whatever the person he’s speaking to is for, because he wants to close the deal. Get his money. Make the sale. Worse yet, after 70 years of this sort of thing, he really seems to form a lot of opinions based solely on whomever he’s spoken to last. There’s not a lot he won’t happily change his mind on, and act like he never believed otherwise. (Hell, he seems to believe he’s always believed whatever the new thing is)

      If he’s got Pruitt telling him the rule is “wildly unpopular” because “deregulation” that’s what he’ll believe.

      Who is gonna tell him different? Morning Joe? His army of twitter bots (half his followers or more)? The “failing” NYT? His die-hard rally supporters, chosen for the depth of their fandom?Report

      • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Morat20 says:

        Probably wasn’t even Pruitt, but a lobbyist (Pruitt is from OK, he won’t be ignorant of public opinion on the topic, although I suppose he could be passing along the desires of a lobbyist).Report

        • …although I suppose he could be passing along the desires of a lobbyist).

          Pruitt has a long history of pursuing the interests of the fossil-fuel industry, particularly policies favored by the big companies in Oklahoma and Texas. There seem to be limits, though, even in Oklahoma: last year the Oklahoma Corporate Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, issued new restrictions on fracking and wastewater disposal via injection in response to a rash of modest earthquakes in the areas where such activities are most prevalent.Report

  4. It is amazing that almost every time something of mine gets posted, events take me away. I’ll be granddaughter-sitting until this evening.Report

  5. Avatar North says:

    Of all the various rules to tackle, why go after such a photogenic (locally and nationally) one?Report

  6. Avatar Joe Sal says:

    Well written essay Michael. Excellent work.


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