Rachel Maddow opened the 4/5/18 episode of her show talking about the latest member of the Trump administration who is likely to be… asked about how is job is going and find out he’s been fired in a tweet. Nonetheless, as she began she turned around (she has a turning chair now) 😀 to take a look at all the members of this president’s staff and administration who are no longer employed by said administration.
This is how we come to Scott Pruitt. For those who are unaware he is the current head of the Environmental Protection Administration. He rose to national acclaim as the attorney general for the state of Oklahoma. One of his greatest projects in this position was to gather with several other states attorneys general to sue the EPA. His and their claim was that many of the directives the EPA were enacting were… bad for business. Their claim is that the rules that companies were expected to follow have created an onerous burden on these companies. When president Trump signed an executive order to repeal the Clean Power Plan implemented during the Obama administration, Pruitt was there (at EPA headquarters) along with Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp. and several coal miners to celebrate this… victory?
I was prompted to write this post after watching two episodes of Frontline. Thank God for PBS. In particular, there was the episode from this season “War on the EPA” as well as one from season 27 entitled “Poisoned Waters.” I’m not going to make this an attack on energy industries. What I do want to ask is why are the foxes guarding the henhouse? You can look at any of the ways that Scott Pruitt has enriched or attempted to enrich himself as head of the EPA and know his main concern is the (green) bottom line.
Some people want to look at our current commander-in-chief and consider him a buffoon. I don’t think he has Pruitt heading the EPA because he wants to line his pockets with contributions from the lobbies that support his policies (although I’m sure he and his EPA chief have no qualms about doing so). I think his real plan is to bankrupt the EPA. Take a look at any of the things Scott Pruitt has done or attempted to do since becoming the head of the EPA and there you have it. No PUBLIC SERVANT with any desire to serve the people of this nation instead of corporate interest would dare do any of the things he’s done thus far. The longer he serves in this position, the more he has the approval, explicit or implicit, to do exactly what he’s doing from the president. Don’t forget that we are the now only industrialized to not be a part of the Paris Climate Agreement.
One of the things that stood out in the “Poisoned Waters” episode was a group of Seattle-area citizens standing up and demanding that the Port of Seattle and the EPA do extra tests in cleaning up a hazardous waste site. Because these people made their voices heard, the process was changed.
My real question is when will we take a stand with our fellow citizens and the future of our children and children’s children and keep the influence of the corporations at bay?