Never, not in the worst times of any federal or state Administration opposed to strong environmental protection, have I seen anything like it.
U.S. EPA yesterday issued a news release approvingly quoting special interests attacking EPA.
The occasion was the “ascension” of Scott Pruitt to EPA Administrator on a 52-47 vote in the U.S. Senate. The news release is not only unbecoming of any agency’s chief, but also demonstrates that prevailing norms of professional conduct no longer exist in the front office of EPA — no more so than in other offices controlled by the current head of state.
This is repugnant. Clean air, clean water and healthy people and ecosystems are part of the national interest. EPA does not belong to the factory farm lobby, polluting utilities and rapacious mining companies.