EPA Chief Doesn’t Want Science to Dictate Political Policy

How do you make decisions – with your head or your heart? It can be tough to choose when these two motivators are at odds. Fortunately, when it comes to the environment, the smart thing and the compassionate thing to do are closely linked. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency under Donald Trump has resolved to utilize neither its head nor its heart as a guiding force.

In a radio interview earlier this month, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt dropped a disturbing bomb: “Science should not be something that’s just thrown about to try to dictate policy in Washington, D.C.”

Oh, really? America’s leaders shouldn’t use science and fact-based information to factor into their policy decisions? It sure seems like a better approach than wildly “throwing about” unsubstantiated opinions to determine our planet’s future instead.

Sad as it is, we’re accustomed to politicians ignoring their hearts when they legislate. However, for Pruitt to so boldly declare that they’re also choosing to turn off their heads as they make decisions demonstrates just how reckless this administration is prepared to be when it pertains to the environment.

Science does not disappear just because Pruitt does not wish to acknowledge it. While there’s no doubt that the overwhelming majority of research about climate change is in direct conflict to the worldview Trump’s staff holds, that’s all the more reason that they should be examining the data to reach a more sensible perspective.

There’s no way Americans want science kept out politics. Last year, a Pew Research poll found that 76 percent of Americans trust scientists with a great deal or fair deal of confidence. Compare that to the 27 percent who feel the same way about elected officials. We know that scientists have a better read on the threats to this planet than politicians, so of course we want their research dictating policy!

Though it’d be nice if we could chalk up Pruitt’s statement as an isolated comment, it seems like more of the same from the destructive EPA chief. In his short tenure, Pruitt has denied a link between carbon dioxide and climate change, ignored scientific research on a dangerous insecticide and has fired dozens of the EPA’s scientific advisors.

A few days ago, the EPA announced it would stop participating in an awards program that celebrates corporations that voluntarily reduce their carbon footprint. Jahan Wilcox, a spokesperson for the EPA said, “It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that we don’t plan to fund an awards ceremony on climate change.”

In other words, Trump and Pruitt’s EPA is no longer even going to pretend to be concerned about environmentalism. You heard it directly from the EPA: at this point, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that they want nothing to do with anything climate change related.

If the EPA isn’t going to use its head or its heart to ensure that future generations have a clean, habitable planet what is its motivating factor? It seems like greed – plain and simple. There’s no environmental issue important enough for Pruitt not to oppose in order to stand in solidarity with corporate profits. We need an administration that use science to inform policy decisions ASAP.

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79 comments

Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

thanks for sharing

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Amanda M
Amanda Mabout a year ago

To quote a bumper sticker I saw once: "Science flew us to the moon. Religion flies us into buildings!" Well, greed and willful ignorance are going to fly us straight into environmental disaster, and it is NOT going to be pretty!

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Margie F
Margie FOURIEabout a year ago

Thank you

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Stephanie s
Stephanie Yabout a year ago

Thank you

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Jen S
Jen Sabout a year ago

What an asinine comment; better decisions are made based on science than a number of other factors. Trump seeks out people of limited intellect, a gaggle of ostriches with their heads buried in the sand. Ignoring a problem does not solve it.

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Carl R
Carl Rabout a year ago

Thanks!!!

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Berenice Guedes de Sá
Berenice Guedesabout a year ago

Some people are too greedy to hear Science!

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Berenice Guedes de Sá
Berenice Guedesabout a year ago

Of course not. Science would be in the way of profit!! People are greedy! Not all, but may of us is!!

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Colin C
Colin Cabout a year ago

Why should science get in the way of profits.

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Marty P
Marty Pabout a year ago

Clearly Pruitt And Trump Are Insane...So What Does That Say About The People That Voted For Him?

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