Saturday, December 17, 2016

Pollution's Best Friend to Head EPA

Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower on Dec. 7, 2016

Incoming President Donald Trump has chosen some pretty abominable appointees: racist Jeff Sessions as attorney general, racist Stephen Bannon as White House strategist, loose cannon Mike Flynn as security chief, public school opponent Betsy DeVos as education secretary, Affordable Care Act enemy Tom Price as secretary of health and human services.

On the other hand, Trump picked relatively less objectionable appointees in Ben Carson and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

But now Trump has veered back to the abominable in choosing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt — a fierce enemy of pollution controls and the Environmental Protection Agency — to head the EPA.

Pruitt is notorious for fighting all sorts of efforts for clean air, water and land. He’s a world champion for pollution. The president of the Union of Concerned Scientists said:
Pruitt has a clear record of hostility to the EPA’s mission, and he is a completely inappropriate choice to lead it.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman added:
As attorney general, Scott Pruitt consistently failed to uphold his responsibility to protect our nation’s air and water, instead acting as an agent of the oil and gas industry — at the expense of the American people — every time.
In one instance, Pruitt signed a court petition written for him by a fossil fuel lobbyist.

Like Trump, Pruitt contends that global warming is a hoax — which puts him at odds with thousands of world-class scientists. Will he make America more vulnerable to the danger of worse hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes, droughts, shoreline calamities and other hazards of climate change?

Pruitt has also led the Republican Attorneys General Association, which funneled $2.6 million to West Virginia's own Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in the 2016 election. Morrisey is another avowed enemy of the EPA. He's also bedded with big pharma, which has flooded our state with millions of painkillers.

Democrats in the U.S. Senate need to band together and filibuster in order to block some of Trump’s worst appointees -- which at this point is nearly every single one he's chosen so far.

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