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Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

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by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
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Monday, May 8, 2017

Scott Pruitt Wanted to Hire Thomas Midgley, Jr., Only He's Dead

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research.

A spokesman for the E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, said he would consider replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate, as part of the wide net it plans to cast.
Midgley, in case you've forgotten was a chemist who arguably did more damage to the planet than any other single person in human history. He promoted the use of tetraethyl lead in gasoline, while blatantly lying about its effects on people (effects that were understood by scientists even then). He also invented Freon, the chemical that was linked to severe damage of the ozone layer.

In short, Pruitt is seeking to populate the EPA with the same sort of scientific sellouts who helped the tobacco industry for decades. Pruitt is a well-known shill for the oil industry. As the AG of Oklahoma, he basically turned his office into a free litigation service for them. So none of this should be much of a surprise

8 comments:

Nangleator said...

This administration's medical care should be staffed by the kind of people that cut out your kidneys and leave you in a bathtub of ice.

B said...

The other side of that , (and make no mistake, I pretty much agree with you here) is that a lot of the folks that staff the EPA are liberals who don't care what energy costs or what damage their regulations do to an economy, and are University academics without any real world experience.

A mix of both is a much better idea.

The EPA shouldn't be doing research anyway though....they are a REGULATORY agency.

CenterPuke88 said...

So research to determine if something is dangerous should be left to industry?

Please provide the stats that show the political positions of EPA staffers.

John said...

B, that's hysterical. You claim that They shouldn't do research to find out what actually happens within and industry, and then also accuse them of not understanding the consequences to the industry. Apparently doing research (of the kind they do) tells them nothing

B said...

CP: DO your own research, They are nearly all Climate Change Believers. If you are honest in your research and with yourself, you'll find that that is true.

John: Try reading again, this time for comprehension.

Comrade Misfit said...

Gotta love how the Right can't tell the difference between science and religion.

CenterPuke88 said...

B., the statement is yours, the burden of proof is yours. Out.

dinthebeast said...

Meanwhile they do their dead level best to make sure chemical companies can produce and use things we already have the data on and recommendations against.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/29/521898976/will-the-epa-reject-a-pesticide-or-its-own-scientific-evidence

Since they did that right out of the gate, I don't trust them to regulate in good faith, completely aside from what I know they're actually doing, which they are not being coy about.

I guess they figure that they're old already and won't suffer much (or long) from the air and water going back to how it was in the seventies?

-Doug in Oakland