There’s a now-infamous picture of a group of men gathered in the White House to discuss women’s health. But this hypocritical gathering looks like it’s becoming a theme in Trump’s administration. Under Scott Pruitt’s direction, the EPA’s scientific review boards will have no scientists on them.
Pruitt started with a test run, replacing scientists with industry lobbyists:
The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research.
Now Pruitt is going for broke, moving to purge as many scientists from the boards as he can:
The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency.
And Pruitt is on a crusade against science. He’s already destroyed or hidden climate change data. And those review boards with scientists who know the science? Pruitt is shutting them down:
None of the subcommittees will have a chair or vice chair, and all committee meetings scheduled for late summer and fall have been canceled.
Of course, Pruitt is only a puppet. He’s working under the direction of the president, who, after pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, seems determined to destroy the planet:
President Trump has directed Mr. Pruitt to radically remake the E.P.A., pushing for deep cuts in its budget — including a 40 percent reduction for its main scientific branch — and instructing him to roll back major Obama-era regulations on climate change and clean water protection.
Clean water is going the way of urban housing and education—destroyed by an unqualified member of the Trump administration.