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Scott Price is the new EPA Sledgehammer

Scott Price is Trump’s sledgehammer to demolish the EPA. Today Price said on CNBC’s “Squwak Box”:

“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming

Pruitt is not a scientist, he has a undergraduate degree in Political Science and a juris Doctor (a law degree). As Oklahoma’s Attorney General he created the “Federalism Unit” to fight former President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Waters of the United States, Immigration legislation, and others. He has sued the EPA as Attorney General 13 times. CNN reported that President Trump plans to cut the EPA by 24% reduce staffing by 20%. Pruitt is O.K. with it.  He apparently thinks clean water and clean air is overrated. I think the folks around the country that are struggling to get safe drinking water may disagree.

His views on Carbon Dioxide are in direct opposition to NOAA, and multiple other government groups, and the vast majority of climate scientists.

During the confirmation process Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists said “It’s this simple: If senators take seriously their job of protecting the public, they must vote no on Pruitt.” While concerned scientists were and are concerned about Pruitt it is clear Republican legislators believe that Pruitt was the right man for the job. They don’t seem troubled with the rising waters that are devastating coastal areas, thawing permafrost, increasing droughts, and more. I guess as long as oil flows and bank accounts go up their A-O-K with it.

Of course all regulations need to be carefully reviewed to ensure they are not overly burdening business and local governments. That doesn’t mean EPA regulations need to be removed entirely.

Republicans, Democrats, Independents, all of us drink water, breath air, and we have a part to play in cleaning up the environment. We have a responsibility to future generations to act responsibly.

How is this working for the people?

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