Adored by both Big Oil and President Donald Trump, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is the ultimate example of what happens when corrupt public officials side with corporate polluters instead of protecting the American people.
For more than 30 years, I was a proud employee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest regional office in San Francisco. My job was to help develop systems to protect clean air and mitigate toxic contamination. I’m particularly grateful for the work I did on emergency response measures that set up monitoring and reporting systems to inform the public of the impacts of disasters such as wildfires on air quality.
Rather than upholding the mission of the EPA, Administrator Scott Pruitt has continued the pattern he established as the attorney general for Oklahoma, where he sued the EPA 14 times and worked “arm and arm” with the fossil fuel industry.
News broke in Washington about another ethical lapse on the part of Scott Pruitt’s embattled agency – one that goes beyond the administrator’s personal preference for taxpayer-funded luxury travel.
The federal government funding nightmare is not over. It is merely delayed. With all the political red herrings, government firings and scandals, this White House would wager that most Americans are either not paying attention or are apathetic altogether from the deliberate feed of misinformation.
A recent move by the EPA puts communities across the country at risk. By rolling back a key policy that protects people against cancer-causing air pollutants, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is exposing us all to more toxic air.
Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of a process to repeal the Clean Power Plan, adopted in 2015 as the first national strategy to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Taking steps to reduce carbon pollution, as outlined in the Clean Power Plan, not only limits this major driver of climate change, but reduces other toxic air pollution from power plants at the same time.
President Trump released the fiscal 2019 budget on February 12 and it’s a doozy for the environment. The analysis will continue, but here are a few bad news items for the environment that jump out right away.
Henry Darwin serves as chief of staff to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. He seemingly subscribes to a philosophy that presumes government is wrought with waste, fraud and abuse. Darwin is outspoken and committed to improving efficiencies agency-wide.
Have our country’s governing bodies and reputation sunk so low? When, on Jan 3, the Trump administration announced plans to reverse a ban on new offshore drilling off all U.S. coasts, it opened more than 40 sites for natural gas and oil leases.