EPA?

February 24, 2017

BW photograph of Morgan Rin looking upriver into the sunrise.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency last week-an agency he sued numerous times during his tenure.  This and this are examples of the close ties he has with fossil fuel industries.

The first line of the EPA’s mission statement is as follows:

“The mission of the EPA is to protect (italics added) human health and the environment”.

It goes on to say that their “…efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific (again, the italics were added)  information…”

Given Mr. Pruitt’s views and behaviour, not to mention the president’s, with regard to climate change, it would appear difficult to reconcile the inherent contradiction in this appointment/confirmation.  This is, however, not an unusual situation:  Rick Perry once announced that he would abolish the Department of Energy-and had forgotten its name, and he is now in the process for confirmation as the head of the DOE-the linked article reports several points of reversal and contradictions of earlier position statements.  One clear way to change an organization is to gain power and work from the inside.

BW photograph of the prow of a rock with trees to the left.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The March for Science, which is scheduled for April 22, has become controversial given the political climate surrounding science in general.   I was originally excited about The March for Science as it is disconcerting the manner by which the regard for the scientific method has been degraded.  (As an aside, National Geographic’s March 2015 cover story is entitled “The War on Science”-the current status of the EPA appears to be a natural extension of several points made in that article.)   However, after having read Dr. Robert Young’s op-ed, I have come to agree with his position and recommendations.

Take care.

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