Greenpeace calls for a CAP that promotes the environment and not intensive farming

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) pays "considerable sums" to highly polluting farms, according to a study commissioned by the NGO Greenpeace which calls for the CAP "to really help the environment, not the intensification and enlarging structures. "

Crossing the list of amounts allocated to CAP beneficiaries and the list of ammonia emissions per farm (the only pollution that is monitored at farm level), the 'study identifies' 436 French structures that pollute and yet continue to receive European public subsidies ", assures the association.

By choosing the criterion of ammonia, which causes the proliferation of green algae, Greenpeace pins 421 farms. intensive farming and 15 agro-food enterprises, "all of the same type": "factory farms that produce either pork or poultry by the thousands", more than 2,000 pigs s or 40,000 poultry, "which is well beyond the standards of French production," according to the association.

These structures affect "colossal amounts of public money", according to Greenpeace: "the first 20 have thus affected more than 115.000 euros annual of subsidies CAP on average "in 2014 and 2015.

For Greenpeace, this study" demonstrates the intensity of the deficiencies concerning the monitoring of the pollutions related to the breeding ", and thus it asks" Transparency and real monitoring of environmental pollution. "

Above all, while the reform of the next CAP is being drafted, Greenpeace believes that European subsidies should encourage the production of fewer and better animals, which is "the only way to really solve environmental pollution linked to livestock farming".

"CAP aid must absolutely be capped in order to stop this race for expansion and intensification, because it must be conditioned by the number of assets and the number of animals per hectare to allow real transition ", Judge Greenpeace

USA: the environment agency pinned again for an expense

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law by spending more than $ 40,000 on the construction of a soundproof booth for its leader, who has already been criticized for spending deemed excessive, investigators said. Government Monday,

Led by Scott Pruitt, the EPA – the equivalent of a Ministry of the Environment – should have consulted Congress before committing this expense, said the Government Accountability Office (GAO) , a non-partisan organ

"The EPA used its credits in a way specifically prohibited by law," GAO head Thomas Armstrong said in a letter to US officials.

the proscribed effect of spending more than $ 5,000 to furnish, redecorate, or make improvements to the office of an official appointed by the president without informing Congress.

But the agency spent more than $ 43,000 to install a c Soundproof Cabin.

Scott Pruitt has been the EPA Manager since last year. He is in charge of one of the priority missions of the Trump presidency: to dismantle the environmental record of Barack Obama.

Recently, it is under the fire of the critics for expenses considered excessive, like first class trips and guards of the permanent corps, as well as for a very advantageous rent.

The president reaffirmed his support, calling him a "good man" who does "very good job."

Several elected officials called for the dismissal or the resignation of Mr. Pruitt, including three Republicans. Environmental experts say they are trying to weaken the agency he heads.

In a joint statement, Congressman Betty McCollum and Senator Tom Udall, two Democrats, called the Investigators' findings of "latest evidence of the rampant corruption" of the agency under Scott Pruitt.

Minister of the Environment Leads Great But Trump Defends Him

First-class travel, permanent bodyguards, excessive spending, very advantageous rent: the spending scandal of Donald Trump's environment minister swells, but the US president reiterated his support, satisfied with his action.

Scott Pruitt has headed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since last year, tasked with one of the Trump Presidency's priority missions: to dismantle Barack Obama's environmental record.

Oklahoma, where he had built his reputation as an advocate for the fossil industries as Attorney General, he got on with his new job with such zeal that he is now thanked by Donald Trump, who had not been so lenient to Ministers of Health or Veterans Affairs.

List of Potential Ethical Violations by EPA Administrator Grows Yet Every Week of Revelations Made by Medics ias and elected congressional Democrats

Scott Pruitt has indeed traveled a lot in first class, accompanied by numerous bodyguards. A safety precaution, justified the EPA, evoking threats … But the argument collapsed when it was learned that Mr. Pruitt, for personal trips he had to pay from his pocket, was content to

The number of bodyguards is plethoric, compared to its predecessors: 19 agents and 19 vehicles, for protection 24 hours a day, according to CNN. Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who was contacted confidentially by EPA officials, estimates that the number was 30 in a six-week period.

By comparison, Gina McCarthy, who was in the same post under Barack Obama, had only half a dozen, and was traveling alone on weekends. Another administrator, under George W. Bush, Christine Todd, told CNN that she was walking to work alone.

– 'Preferential treatment' –

Scott Pruitt is also charged with having transferred a bodyguard who had refused to activate the sirens on his vehicle because the Minister was late for a dinner because it was not an emergency.

He allegedly ordered excessive expenses such as installing a secure phone booth in his office ($ 43,000). At least five public servants who opposed other spending plans, such as buying an armored office or renting a private plane on a monthly basis, were dismissed or sacked, according to the New York Times.

Not to mention the particularly advantageous lease signed by Scott Pruitt for his nights in Washington: an apartment rented $ 50 a night to a lobbyist, well below market prices.

The US president has, surprisingly, conceded that his minister was relatively expensive

"Although security spending is somewhat higher than its predecessors, Scott Pruitt has received death threats because of his bold action at the EPA," tweeted Donald Trump. "Exceptionally clean air and water, while saving billions of dollars in the US"

"Rent was about the price of the market, travel expenses OK Scott does a great job!"

If the presidential tweet clears the sky in the short term, it does not put an end to the affair.

The Inspector General of the EPA investigates, and the Democratic Opposition of the Congress continues to discover overwhelming facts, referred by EPA officials who regard Pruitt as the agency's gravedigger and benefit from a law allowing them to confidentially confide in parliamentarians to denounce ethical violations.

"While security issues are extremely important, personal security should never be used as a pretext for obtaining preferential treatment," wrote Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to the Inspector General of the EPA. [19659002ManyelectedDemocratsandthreeRepublicanscalledforhisresignationTherestofthemajority'selectedofficialsareincreasinglyreluctanttodefendit

Trey Gowdy, Chair of the House Government Control Commission, has said in response to an environmental activist that he "lost patience" for this kind of behavior.

But as long as the President maintains his trust, Scott Pruitt is assured of keeping his job.

Constitutional reform: NGOs denounce lack of ambition on the environment

Associations regretted Wednesday the government's choice not to introduce the fight against global warming in Article 1 of the Constitution and the lack of reference to biodiversity, seeing a lack of ambition on the environment.

The Prime Minister announced, during the presentation of the outline of the reform of institutions promised by Emmanuel Macron, that "the constitutional bill will include the imperative of combating climate change in Article 34, which defines the area of ​​the law. "

Édouard Philippe also said that the Social Economic and Environmental Council (CESE)" will become a chamber of civil society. "

For the Foundation for Nature and Man (FNH) created by Nicolas Hulot, the account is not there. The text presented "is not up to the challenges of the twenty-first century," regrets the NGO, which speaks of "constitutional green washing" and calls on parliamentarians to amend the text.

The FNH "deeply regrets the choice the President of the Republic to include in the Constitution only the climate, without adding the protection of biodiversity, and placing it in Article 34 and not in Article 1 "which lays down the founding principles of the Republic, according to the release. She also regrets that the CESE does not become a "real + room of the future +" to examine the long-term impact of political decisions.

"We are disappointed," said Pascal Canfin, director General of WWF France, to AFP. Putting the fight against climate change is "a symbol, but there is a strong fear that it will be a symbol that will not change anything."

"MPs are expected to take the leap and take advantage of the fact that the government introduced the climate in Article 34 to put it in another article, Article 1 or an article of the Environmental Charter, "he continued.

The Association "Our business at all" for environmental law speaks of "a missed opportunity to put France in the climate".

Trump Minister of the Environment on the run for his expenses

US President Donald Trump provided ambiguous support Tuesday to his environment minister, Scott Pruitt, whose travel at taxpayer expense and a very advantageous lease to Washington are scrutinized in Congress, a elected by the majority calling for his resignation.

"I hope he will be fine," the White House leader told reporters without confirming whether he still supported his minister.

Scott Pruitt has for several months been accused of excessive use of Government fleet aircraft or first class tickets on scheduled routes.

A trip to Italy for a meeting of Ministers of the United States G7 and a private tour of the Vatican cost $ 120,000 last summer for Scott Pruitt, EPA advisers and his bodyguards, according to CBS.

The EPA is hammering out all the dice have complied with the internal validation rules.

But these revelations add to others regarding other Trump government ministers and Democrats from a congressional oversight committee have denounced the Trump administration's "extravagant airlift spending," demanding

The Republican-controlled House Committee opened an inquiry last September into the whole range of travel practices of the administration.

Scott Pruitt is also in the crosshairs of Democrats and associations after the revelation that he was paying only $ 50 a night to rent a three-bedroom apartment near the Capitol, partially owned by a Washington lobbyist. The lobbyist's husband is also the president of a major lobbying firm, one of whom was given EPA approval for an oil pipeline last year.

The firm, Williams & Jensen, said in the New York Times that he had not intervened in this matter, and the EPA denied any connection.

Two elected Democrats wrote to the Inspector General of the EPA asking him to to open an inquiry, because not only was the price of $ 50 per night below market price, but Scott Pruitt only paid for the nights he actually spent in the apartment.

"Clauses (of lease) were so in favor of Pruitt that such a lease does not even exist on the market for ordinary citizens, "said representatives Ted Lieu and Don Beyer.

And a Republican representative, Carlos Curbelo, even called on Tuesday for the resignation of the administrator of the EPA, who has rank of minister in the government am

"Apart from our political differences, Scott Pruitt's corruption scandals are a shame for the administration, and his behavior represents a profound lack of respect for American taxpayers. It is time for him to resign or for the president to oust him, "tweeted the elected representative of the majority.