Destruction of HUD, ACA, and EPA … All In A Week’s Work!!! – Part I

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!!! epa-runaway-train

 

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.

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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!

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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.”   

epaTrump 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.

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20 thoughts on “Destruction of HUD, ACA, and EPA … All In A Week’s Work!!! – Part I

  1. I am not an American so I have no political agenda as regards our southern neighbours. But as a citizen of this world, I think it is time for all King Donald’s subjects to rise up and say two words to him with voices that can be heard around the world, “You’re Fired!!!!!!!” And if the Americans believe so much in their political superiority that they cannot take action against the world’s biggest criminal of all time, then I think the United Nations should do to King Donald what King Donald’s predecessors did to Saddam Hussein, take away his throne, all his personal stashes of money, and everything else he has of value, and lock him away for life in a 2′ x 2′ x 222′ hole in the ground BEFORE he manages to destroy my–our–blue pearl of a planet, the Earth.

    rawgod

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    • Thanks!!! He is, indeed, but what is most troublesome is that many who stand to lose the most are too blind to see what he is doing to our home! As for the Cheeto … good name! And like the snack food, very little substance 😀

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  2. Dear Jill,

    DT is catering to his base and the business community. But he will soon find out that he is going to loose for the republicans, those rural working class folks who voted for President Obama 2x and who then gave DT a chance. Many of them depend on Obamacare.

    They are taking this country back to the dark ages.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  3. In one week, this reveals the GOP is not a pro-life party. They are a pro-birth party. There is a huge difference. Under the historical mantra of this party, which has been heightened under this President, once you are born, you are on your own. You could add that our President is gutting our diplomatic core, as why avoid wars, when you can fight them like Rambo. This former Republican cannot believe how low this party has fallen. I recognize the Dems are not perfect either, but they are closer to norm.

    I left the GOP in 2006 primarily for its stance on climate change then and that was eleven years ago. Now that the GOP is in power, they have decided if science does not support your claim, attack the scientists, ignore them or defund them. It should be noted that people in poverty are more impacted by climate change and environmental issues because of where they are forced to live. So, adding the HUD and potential ACA changes, this runs counter to Trump’s rhetoric – there is a war on the poor. But, we should not worry, as Representative Roger Marshall told use yesterday, the poor don’t want healthcare.

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    • This is just all so infuriating! And so blatantly against everything this country has ever stood for. The environment does not matter, the people do not matter … so what, exactly, does matter to this administration? Only big business? Only their own bank accounts?

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  4. I wonder whether Pruitt is a family man. I’s to be hoped not as that would make him as guilty as Trump at no caring about the kind of world we’re leaving for our children and grandchildren. Not to mention the species the environment is likely to kill off so I hope there are plenty of film records.

    Thank you to Rep Joe Kennedy III who slammed Paul Ryan on the Obamacare repeal and replacement and got him to admit major exclusions. Those exclusions include care for millions of Americans suffering mental illness.
    This is how he addressed the house………

    “I was struck last night by a comment that I heard made by Speaker Ryan, where he called this repeal bill ‘an act of mercy.’ With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different Scripture,” Kennedy said as the House Energy and Commerce Committee dove into the details of the GOP effort … The one I read calls on us to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, and to comfort the sick.”
    Kennedy then refers to a powerful quote saying, “It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful, but by how we care for the least among us.” The young Congressman adds:

    There is is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury.

    There is no mercy in a country that turns their back on those most in need of protection: the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering.

    There is no mercy in a cold shoulder to the mentally ill.

    This is not an ‘act of mercy.’ It is an act of malice.”

    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • Actually, I just looked it up … he has a wife to whom he has been married for 27 years, a daughter in college, and a son in high school. Apparently he does not care that he is dooming them and their children to a future devoid of clean air, clean water, trees, green grass, etc. I am impressed by young Kennedy … we need more like him! No, the word ‘mercy’ appears to NOT be in the vocabulary of either Congress or anybody in the current administration. I think ‘compassion’, ‘caring’, and ‘humanity’ were also left out of their dictionaries! Sigh. Many hugs to you, my friend! 🙂

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  5. It is madness indeed. At the moment the ravings of the trumpet do not get as much newspaper space here as usually, but that’s due to the elections next week. Apparently there is still loads of people who are not sure yet which party they will vote for, so all the candidates are very busy trying to lure them into their nests. 😉 I have to say I do understand the hesitation of the voters: there is no one really inspiring on the menu. Being Austrian I cannot vote in the Netherlands, so I need not make a choice this time. But looking at the politicians/parties in Austria I can’t say there is much hope for someone great popping up until next year … In Germany they have Martin Schultz (social democratic party) who for the first time in ages seems to be a charismatic politician of one of the bigger/settled parties. So everyone is very curious if he will a) snatch some votes from the populists parties and/or b) snatch the chancellorship from Mrs. Merkel. So … interesting times here as well! – But, on the bright side: springs seems to peek around the corner – and weekend is coming! 🙂

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    • Yes, you guys have your own troubles … I am so hoping that Geert Wilders does NOT win next week’s election! I suspect he would be similar to Trump in many ways, and the world does not need another! I have been so busy writing about Trump that I have not paid as much attention as usual to politics on your side of the globe, but I need to do that this weekend. What are your thoughts about Angela Merkel? From what I see, I like her, but it seems she is coming under much criticism these days. Just saw something this morning about Spain considering their own ‘Brexit’ … though I suppose it would be called ‘Spexit’? The whole bloomin’ world is going loco! Could it be all the CO2 in the atmosphere? Have a great weekend, my friend!

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      • Angela Merkel is one of the very few politicians I would call trustworthy. That of course does not mean she cannot take wrong decisions, but I do think she means well. I think all in all she has been doing a really good job the past years, the problem is only that people in Germany want a change. Germany has been governed by a coalition of the two “big ones” (conservatives and social democrats) for quite some time now. These coalitions (we have the same in Austria, by the way), can get things done quite well, as they usually have enough support in the parliament, but after a while they tend to lose their dynamic, as there is no big opposing force to “rub against”. And the unhappy voters start flocking to new parties that promise to make everything new and better … you know the story. – As for Dutch politics, one can just hope reason keeps the upper hand. A few more days and we will know. Fingers crossed.

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        • Good perspective on Merkel. It confirms what i thought … she is doing the best she can under difficult circumstances. Nobody is perfect, but I think her heart and brain are in the right place, at least. Yes, my fingers are crossed along with yours. It is to be hoped that the Dutch will look at what a mess we have made of things here in the U.S. and decide they do not want to be in this boat! Thanks again for your perspective … you are my go-to person on EU politics! 😀

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