A recent article titled "Righting Civil Wrongs" sadly describes how the poor, minority residents of communities throughout the United States have been left with no choice but to sue their government (the US EPA, specifically). Years ago, these residents formally claimed that they were the victims of environmental racism-for example, because government had permitted a local landfill to continue to expand into their neighborhood. By law, the US EPA is required to respond to these serious claims (they are claims of Civil Rights violations, after all) within 180 days, to say whether it agrees that environmental racism is at work. However, some of these residents have been waiting up to 20 years for an answer, and still do not have one.
More than perhaps anything else he does, a president's budget proposal tells us what he thinks is important.
Two things that Scott Pruitt just said prove that he is so deep into the pocket of big oil company polluters that he can't find his way out. He's not fit to head the EPA.
It's hard to say what's worst about Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's choice to head the EPA. Among the choices are:
The recent resignation-in-disgrace of Trump Administration National Security Advisor (NSA), Michael Flynn, and the resulting damage to the country could have been avoided. If the President and his advisers had looked at Flynn more carefully before he was appointed to head the NSA (and assuming that they even cared about what they would have found), they would have realized that the conflicts created by Flynn's unusual coziness with the Russians would explode in their faces, and badly damage our national security interests.
It is well known that President Trump's pick to run the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has sued the EPA 14 times.
This week, the U.S. Senate votes on whether to approve President Trump's choice, Scott Pruitt, to head the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"). Why should every Senator in the building vote "No"?
I've written recently about President Trump's determination to get the EPA out of the business of protecting the environment and the lives and health of the American people. (EPA Blog) (Gorsuch blog). Huge corporate polluters-including petroleum and mining companies-are tired of having to comply with the federal clean air and water laws, and, in Trump, have found their man to take them off the hook.