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EPA science adviser says clearing board of experts leaves “huge void.”

The nation’s largest privately owned coal company, Murray Energy, just filed a lawsuit against the Last Week Tonight host over the show’s recent segment. Oliver had criticized the company’s CEO, Robert Murray, for acting carelessly toward miners’ safety.

Murray Energy’s complaint stated that the segment was a “meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character and reputation” of Murray by broadcasting “false, injurious, and defamatory comments.”

Oliver shouldn’t be too concerned, according to Ken White, a First Amendment litigator at Los Angeles firm, who told the Daily Beast that the complaint was “frivolous and vexatious.”

The lawsuit is hardly a shocking development. Before the show aired, Oliver received a cease-and-desist letter from the company. He noted that Murray has a history of filing defamation suits against news outlets (most recently, the New York Times).

Oliver said in the episode, “I know that you are probably going to sue me, but you know what, I stand by everything I said.”

[…]

Just as John Oliver predicted, a coal tycoon is suing him.

On Monday, 38 of the EPA’s research advisers found out that their terms, set to end in August, would not be renewed.

One of them is Elena Craft, a senior health scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. “It creates a huge void in terms of scientific capacity,” Craft told Grist. “Systematically gutting these committees is essentially cutting off access to some of the greatest science advisers really in the world.”

The purge will leave 11 members on the Board of Scientific Counselors’ subcommittees. The latest move follows sweeping cuts to federal agencies in April. The empty seats on the EPA’s advisory board are expected to be filled with a more industry-friendly bunch.

Craft said that after the announcement, Robert Kavlock, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s research arm, told the advisers in a phone call that he expected the board to pay less attention to climate change.

The board of experts has counseled the EPA on its research programs for two decades. Last year, the board’s subcommittees recommended that the agency work on engaging with communities in its clean-air programs and investigate environmental risks from toxic chemicals. All this advice comes free of charge.

“For an agency that is slated to have its budget cut fairly significantly, cutting out all of the free labor and free help doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense,” Craft said.

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The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior (Unabridged) – Robert O’Neill

The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior (Unabridged)
Robert O’Neill
Genre: Biography & Memoir
Price: $23.95
Publish Date: April 25, 2017 © ? © 2017 Simon & Schuster Audio […]

New plastic wrap might keep buildings cool even when the sun is shining

It is based on the principle of passive radiative cooling […]

Vmoto’s electric scooters: the electric vehicle for the rest of us?

Small, efficient and cheap to operate. And they don’t smog up the air like your average gas scooter… […]

Waste of Energy Dept: The new extreme sport of vacuum cleaner climbing

On the other hand, these cordless vacuum cleaners really suck. […]