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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:59 PM

She pushed Trump to exit Paris climate agreement and roll back rules. She's returning to EPA.

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She pushed Trump to exit the Paris climate agreement and roll back environmental rules. And she’s returning to EPA as chief of staff.

One of EPA’s first Trump appointees, Mandy Gunasekara, has run a ‘pro-Trump nonprofit’ since leaving the agency a year ago

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
Feb. 14, 2020 at 12:20 p.m. EST

Mandy Gunasekara, who pressed for President Trump to exit the Paris climate agreement as the Environmental Protection Agency’s top air-policy adviser, is poised to return to the agency as its next chief of staff, according to two individuals briefed on the matter.

Gunasekara left the EPA a year ago to start what she called a “pro-Trump nonprofit” in her home state of Mississippi. As head of the advocacy group Energy 45, she has argued on behalf of the president’s support for fossil fuels and other energy policies, writing that his approach “has brought both economic prosperity and cleaner air and water.”

After joining the EPA in March 2017, Gunasekara oversaw the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation on an acting basis for nearly eight months under then-Administrator Scott Pruitt. Trained as a lawyer, she played a key role in working to scale back federal rules aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution, including replacing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and federal gas-mileage standards.
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The EPA’s chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, is stepping down later this month to work as the top lobbyist for the National Mining Association. The two individuals briefed on Gunasekara’s hiring spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision had not been publicly announced.
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Gunasekara shares a key credential with other senior EPA staffers serving under Trump, including Jackson and Administrator Andrew Wheeler: They all have worked at some point for Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.). Inhofe has been an outspoken critic of climate change regulations and the author of a book titled “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.”

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Juliet Eilperin
Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's senior national affairs correspondent, covering the transformation of federal environmental policy. She's authored two books, "Demon Fish: Travels Through The Hidden World of Sharks" and "Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives." She has worked for The Post since 1998. Follow https://twitter.com/eilperin

Brady Dennis
Brady Dennis is a national reporter for The Washington Post, focusing on the environment and public health issues. He previously spent years covering the nation’s economy. Dennis was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for a series of explanatory stories about the global financial crisis. Follow https://twitter.com/brady_dennis

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Reply She pushed Trump to exit Paris climate agreement and roll back rules. She's returning to EPA. (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Friday OP
Turbineguy Friday #1
Lindsay Friday #2
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Friday #3
dalton99a Saturday #4
mahatmakanejeeves Saturday #5

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:02 PM

1. "pro-Trump non-profit"

What's their plan? Do they plan on killing themselves before they choke or drown?

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:07 PM

2. I think they're planning for everybody else

to choke or drown, and leave them the best remaining places to choose from.

(They're not all that smart, or they wouldn't be Trumpists.)

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:46 PM

3. So they're all acolytes of Senator Snowball

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 12:13 PM

4. Mandy Gunasekara deserves more public exposure

The group she subsequently founded, Energy 45, does not disclose its donors. Gunasekara has written op-eds for newspapers such as USA Today and appeared on television networks such as Fox News, aiming to serve as a counterweight to critics of the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle environmental safeguards.

“I think what Republicans are starting to understand is, we need to be better about communicating the good work that we’re doing,” she said in an interview with The Washington Post last year. “I always say, we’re right on the policy, we’re right on the facts,” she added. “But what we’re not great at is conveying that.”

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 01:38 PM

5. Ask, and ye shall receive.

Trump’s Beachhead Team Appointments

Here are More than 1,000 Officials Trump has Quietly Deployed Across the Government

By Al Shaw and Derek Kravitz, ProPublica, March 8, 2017

Updated August 31, 2017

She's on the list, but ProPublica provides no details.

Source of the quotation:

Matthew 7 : 7 - 8 KJV - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek ...

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

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