Once Scott Pruitt, a notorious climate change denier and friend of the oil and gas industry, was confirmed as head of the EPA, we knew we were in for a fight. Regulations, laws, and funding that protected Americans from pollution for decades were at risk. The Pruitt-led EPA scrubbed scientific data on climate change from its website. Trump proposed huge cuts to the agency’s budget, slashing hardest in the science division. And Pruitt has signaled his supported for the fossil fuel industry—despite EPA scientists’ recommendations that we must move away from fossil fuels to fight climate change.
In a move signaling just how cozy Pruitt’s EPA already is with corporate interests, the EPA has dismissed at least five members of one of its scientific review boards. And who are they planning on replacing them with? Not with scientists. Instead, Pruitt wants to fills those slots with people who understand the effects of regulations on business. In other words, more friends of corporations and big business. Yet another instance of the Trump administration’s troubling trend of looking out only for the profits it can make at the expense of our health and our planet.
Now, the Scott Pruitt wants to hear from the public – on what regulations he should eliminate! And while the Trump administration has made it clear that they’re more interested in what their donors and corporate backers have to say, we can’t underestimate what we can do when we come together. The recent March for Science and People’s Climate March were great examples of people making their voices heard – and now we have another chance to tell Scott Pruitt to do his job.
Comments are due by May 15th. Over 40,000 have already submitted comments – and if we can get enough comments, we’ll make it impossible for Pruitt’s EPA and the rest of Trump’s administration to ignore us. Now we have a chance to tell them that we want clean air, clean water, less pollution, and scientific research more than we want a business-friendly EPA that does nothing to protect us from pollution or public health hazards. Let’s make sure they hear us.