What does it say about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that he repeatedly flew first class, wasting taxpayer money and creating a new scandal for the Trump administration? It’s initially difficult to understand why Pruitt, an ambitious politician and careful lawyer, would make such a huge unforced error.
Donald Trump and EPA chief Scott Pruitt believe they are on track to eliminate half the scientists and engineers working at The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by 2020. And, they’re going to endanger our public health in the most tedious, non-controversial way possible by using a little known bureaucratic device called “workforce reshaping.”
Like last year’s budget, the Trump administration’s 2019 budget proposes large cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. And it eliminates explicit climate change programs in other parts of the government and cuts spending for climate change-related monitoring, alternative energy, energy efficiency and flood prevention.
Last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt provided us with additional insight into his views about climate change. According to Lisa Friedman’s NY Times piece entitled, “How to Read Between the Lines When Scott Pruitt Talks About Climate Science”:
In President Trump’s State of the Union address he floated a proposal to allow corporations to exploit our natural resources by gutting vital environmental protections under the pretext of short-term jobs.