Thursday, February 16, 2017

The New Face(s) of Our Environmental Protection Agency

As an environmentalist, it strikes me as especially cruel that Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma will (probably today) soon take charge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Described as a "lawyer who made a career suing the E.P.A.," Mr. Pruitt could severely weaken the effectiveness of this essential government agency. Of course, there are many out there who'd like not only to weaken but to actually dismantle (or "kill") the agency, starting with President Trump ("Environmental protections, what they do is a disgrace. Every week they come out with new regulations."); his E.P.A. transition team leader, Myron Ebell, who has recommended that President Trump cut the federal agency's staff from 15,000 employees to 5,000 employees; and U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who two weeks ago introduced House Resolution 861: To Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.

If this is the goal, then Scott Pruitt is the right choice. Consider these words from Republican Christine Todd Whitman, George W. Bush's E.P.A. chief from 2001-2003: "I don’t recall ever having seen an appointment of someone who is so disdainful of the agency and the science behind what the agency does ... It doesn’t put us in a good place, in my mind. And he’s going to have trouble within the agency if he does convey that kind of disdain to the career staff ... He obviously doesn’t care much for the agency or any of the regulations it has promulgated. He doesn’t believe in climate change; he wants to roll back the Clean Power Plan."

There will be fights--oh, there will be fights. Lawsuits from every angle. Americans hitting the streets to protest. Environmental groups are gearing up for a 4+ year legal battle to require the E.P.A. to enforce the great environmental laws our Congress has passed since the early 70's. In my next post, I'll discuss some of these essential functions of the E.P.A., along with economic facts about enforcement benefits to Americans. But, for now, I'll sign off by offering that these are the real faces of our Environmental PROTECTION Agency:

1 comment:

  1. Those are some winning faces. Pruitt does not stand a chance.