Scott Pruitt, administrator of the EPA, is systematically weakening the EPA. We have pulled out of the Paris Climate Change Accords, the Clean Water Rule has been suspended, and the Clean Power Act is being repealed. Large areas are being opened to mining and oil exploration with minimal review of potential environmental damage. The EPA budget will be reduced by 31% and 25% of the staff will be fired.
It is a tactic to please the right wing, conservative base of Trump’s administration. The harm is increased global warming with more extreme weather conditions, causing loss of lives and destruction of homes. Global warming does not cause hurricanes, but it can make them more frequent and more intense as a result of warming seas. Long term effects will be decline in the more fragile ecosystems, in Florida and the Chesapeake Bay, with profound effects.
While Scott Pruitt is doing everything he can to make the EPA less effective, Mike Mulvaney is going to extreme measures at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, to make the agency ineffective in defending the consumer – just the opposite of what it was set up to do. I reported that after Equifax security was breached and information on 146 million Americans was stolen, Mulvaney is not issuing subpoenas for information. I’ve reported on the atrocious action in allowing Insurance Bi-Weekly to get back in business (not requesting bond equal to their judgement while it was being appealed).
There is a long list of what Trump is doing wrong. I happen to like Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, but Trump is always undercutting him, and cutting back on the “soft power” of the US, by diminishing our role in the UN and not filling diplomatic posts. I think Jeff Sessions is honest and forthright, not allowing the Mueller investigation to become political. Trump has criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the Mueller investigation, calling him weak.
At this point, the antidote to this, is to elect Democrats to the Senate and House of Representatives in the Fall to help repair the damage. There are very few Republicans with a strong environmental record. We need responsible government and a president that truly believes in a progressive agenda. I don’t know who I’ll vote for in the next presidential election, but it won’t be for Trump. The BS coming from Fox News and other conservative outlets is strong, but people can see their way past this stuff.
The best antidote for what is going on in Washington, is an active and informed electorate. It’s called critical thinking and taking action primarily at the ballot box.