The prior blog focused on the Trump administration soon to be announced rules changes on new cars fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions.
There are a lot more of changes going into effect, to make both the Department of the Interior and the EPA less effective in doing their job – to preserving and protect our environment. Our environmental science programs at our universities are some of the finest in the world. Students come from many countries including China, India, the EU and Brazil, to learn how to protect the environment. Yet, scientists with the requisite knowledge will not be welcomed in the Trump administration.
It isn’t hard to make an agency less effective, particularly if it is one that requires most policy decisions to ultimately require regulations or new laws, and additional staff to actively enforce regulations. To begin the destruction process, you simply bring in politicians to run things at the top, and let the dedicate staff leave as they become discouraged. The names Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke come to mind. Then you bring in more people with strong connections to the industries you are supposed to regulate, such as chemical companies, fossil fuel companies (mining, hydrocarbon exploration and production, refining and petrochemical) and agriculture related companies. You let them set your agenda. And finally, you put a muzzle on what is acceptable science.
I commented on how the Love Canal tragedy took decades to be discovered, and the full extent of the harm required nearly another decade. If this was done during Scott Pruitt’s EPA, he would probably be handing out band aids to children with chemical burns on their feet, and tell their parents the government is doing everything it can.
I think the editorial appearing in yesterday’s New York Times, No studies, No data, No rules.
I fear as the damage done will take years to fix.
I have not included links on this topic, but there are many ones, very similar to the New York Times.