Why is Scott Pruitt still the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? In fact, I might even ask why Scott Pruitt is still a free man, for he has violated enough laws to have gotten most people put in jail by now. The Washington Post refers to him today as a ‘swamp monster’, and I would agree that seems a fairly good assessment.
Since taking over the EPA last February, Pruitt has been on a one-man mission to violate every code of ethics possible and to use our hard-earned tax money to support his lavish, hedonistic lifestyle. And he is still doing it, and nobody has made a move to fire this man! WHY??? Oh … perhaps it is because he slavishly goes along with the destructive ‘policies’ of Don Trump, eh? Remember, when you finish an 80-hour work week, come home too exhausted to even enjoy the weekend, that Pruitt is off on some jaunt to Morocco or somewhere, staying in luxury hotels and eating gourmet food! This is why you worked those 80 hours, so you could pay taxes to support this buffoon.As EPA administrator, Pruitt reversed and delayed numerous environmental rules, relaxed enforcement of existing rules, and halted the agency’s efforts to combat climate change. Wait a minute … isn’t it called the Environmental PROTECTION Agency? How is any of this considered protecting the environment? Oh … I remember now … that new ‘alternative’ vocabulary.
Scott Pruitt is under at least 11 separate investigations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the E.P.A. inspector general, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and two House committees over his spending habits, conflicts of interests and management practices. I ask the question again: WHY is Scott Pruitt still in his position?Pruitt made frequent use of first class travel, as well as frequent charter and military flights. As EPA administrator, Pruitt leased a condo in Washington D.C. at a deeply discounted rate from a lobbyist whose clients were regulated by the EPA. Pruitt further caused ethics concerns by circumventing the White House and using a narrow provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act to autonomously give raises to his two closest aides of approximately $28,000 and $57,000 each, which were substantially higher than salaries paid to those in similar positions in the Obama administration, and which allowed both to avoid signing conflicts of interest pledges.
Last September, Pruitt spent $43,000 of our money to build a soundproof booth in his office, supposedly to protect against ‘hacking and eavesdropping’, even though there is already such a secure booth in the building. And what, for Pete’s Sake, is so top secret about his job that it must be kept top secret??? Methinks he has an over-inflated sense of self-importance. Last month, the GAO found this purchase violates federal spending laws.
Pruitt has 18 people in his security detail guarding him round-the-clock. WHY??? An internal EPA report showed that EPA intelligence officials concluded there was no justification for the expansion of Pruitt’s security detail and that there were no specific credible security threats against Pruitt. He also insists that if, as he is riding through D.C. in his bulletproof car, there is traffic, the security detail is to use flashing lights and sirens to clear a path for him. He is the administrator of the EPA, not a heart surgeon whose patient might die. One such instance happened as Pruitt was heading to his favourite French restaurant in D.C. Seriously??? People trying to get home from work are forced to move over so this ego-bloated man can get to his dinner quicker? A number of officials at the EPA have questioned Pruitt’s unconscionable spending, and have promptly been “reassigned”.But Pruitt’s failings in ethics and judgment are only part of a much larger problem: Pruitt has failed at the core responsibility of his job. He’s not protecting the environment. Pruitt has become a one-man public-health risk to the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. From day one, he has worked to gut the EPA and hamstring its ability to protect the environment and public health. He works on behalf of the fossil-fuel industry and other industrial polluters, not the American people. That’s the greatest scandal — and the reason, first and foremost, he’s got to go.
Pruitt has been working to weaken standards designed to clean up dirty power plants and to walk back fuel standards for cars. He has put a hold on vital safeguards that would limit the amount of mercury, arsenic, lead and other toxic chemicals that industry can spew into the air or dump into our rivers. Speaking of water, he’s working to repeal the clean water rule that ensures protection for wetlands, rivers and streams that provide drinking water to a third of all Americans.
The EPA was established to protect the environment and public health for everyone. It is no longer doing that, and Scott Pruitt seems hell-bent on destroying it, while living a life of luxury on our nickel. Remember how Trump & his fans used to chant “Lock her up”? My chant is “Get Him OUT!!!”