It is time to stop this madness. This entire week has been lunacy the likes of which we have never before seen in this country. First, there is the absolutely horrible healthcare bill I wrote about yesterday that seems to be flying through Congress to ensure that none of us below a certain income level will qualify for affordable healthcare. Then came the news that Mike Flynn, the man who served for 24 days as National Security Advisor was serving as a foreign agent, lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government, for which he was paid over a half-million dollars, while at the same time working as Trump’s campaign advisor. Then came the news that Republican Representative from Illinois, John Shimkus objects to the inclusion of prenatal care in the health plan because after all, why should men have to pay for prenatal care when they don’t get pregnant??? And now there is this horrific massacre of what was once known as the Environmental Protection Agency – EPA. The only possible solution to halt this runaway train we are on is to get rid of the damn engineer. TRUMP MUST GO!!!
Last month, a man named Scott Pruitt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Think about the name of that department. Environmental. Protection. Agency. Its sole purpose, its Raison D’être, is to protect the environment. PROTECT … not destroy. And yet, Mr. Scott Pruitt does not believe in protecting the environment if it will cost his buddies over at Exxon-Mobil.
Go to the EPA website, and this is what you will see:
“Since the Industrial Revolution began around 1750, human activities have contributed substantially to climate change by adding CO2 and other heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere. These greenhouse gas emissions have increased the greenhouse effect and caused Earth’s surface temperature to rise. The primary human activity affecting the amount and rate of climate change is greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.”
Now, listen to Mr. Pruitt, and this is what you will hear:
“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”
This is the voice of the man who leads the EPA, the same man who has sued the very agency he now leads no less than 14 times for a variety of issues, including the Clean Power Act, mercury and air pollution, the agency’s attempts to regulate pollution of waterways, and methane emissions from oil and gas facilities.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report from 2014, which summarized the findings of 2,000 international scientists, states it is “extremely likely” that the steep rise in CO2, along with other greenhouse gases such as methane, has caused most of the global warming experienced since the 1950s. And yet … this buffoon who is over the EPA, who has a law degree, not a science degree, believes he knows better than all 2,000 scientists who worked on the Climate Change report??? And the buffoon sitting in the Oval Office is allowing this to happen right under our very noses? But wait … that buffoon in the Oval Office announced today that he is proposing to cut the EPA’s budget from $8.2 to $6.1 billion – a 26% cut – in the current year, which would likely reduce staffing by at least 20%. Remember yesterday when I proposed that Ben Carson had been put in charge of HUD to keep quiet about budget cuts? Well, looks like Scott Pruitt is to serve much the same function, and more — to disarm the EPA. He has already explained why he believes he does not need as large a budget … there is no man-made condition to correct, no problems to solve … I guess they will just sit around and eat brownies from now on!
Pruitt’s comments produced a torrent of criticism from scientists, environmental groups, and even his predecessor at the EPA, Gina McCarthy:
“The world of science is about empirical evidence, not beliefs. When it comes to climate change, the evidence is robust and overwhelmingly clear that the cost of inaction is unacceptably high. Preventing the greatest consequences of climate change is imperative to the health and well-being of all of us who call Earth home. I cannot imagine what additional information the Administrator might want from scientists for him to understand that.”
Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said: “Pruitt has demonstrated that he is unqualified to run the EPA or any agency. There is no doubt whatsoever that the planet is warming, and it is primarily due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from burning of fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and we can demonstrate clearly that the observed warming of the planet would not have occurred without that change in atmospheric composition. These are scientific facts, not opinion, and it is incumbent on politicians to take account of the scientific evidence.”
Trump has previously called the EPA a “disgrace” and promised to reduce it to “tidbits” in order to spark economic growth through additional jobs in the oil, gas, and coal industries, as well as expansion in other industries as environmental regulations are lifted, increasing their corporate profits. It looks like he has picked just the right man to help him in his devious plan of mass destruction.
Trump & Co. have also threatened … or promised, depending on which side of the coin you stand on … to abolish the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. But that, and other atrocities, must be saved for Part II of this post, as I cannot squeeze everything into a single post. Stay tuned as we look at the potential fallout both in the U.S. and across the globe from the decisions being made, and also what this world might look like in 50 years, 100 years, if we stay the course that Trump and Pruitt have chosen.