On the basis of congressional testimony Thursday from our nation’s top environmental steward, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, I can’t help but wonder: Who’s protecting our environment and health?It certainly isn’t Scott Pruitt.In nearly two hours of testimony before a House appropriations subcommittee, Pruitt offered not a single idea for protecting our air, water, and lands from pollution; defending the health of our children; or fighting the growing dangers of climate change.
He focused, instead, on plans to gut the budget and slash the staff of the EPA, roll back protections for clean air and water, and renege on our global commitments to reduce the carbon pollution that imperils the planet.
Well NRDC is, and EarthJustice is, so in other words only private independent non-federal government types are the only protectors now. And us, of course.
Pruitt is a fool and a tool.
Both Democrats AND Republicans think the cuts are too extreme:
Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress said Thursday that the Trump administration’s proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cuts are too harsh.
In a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, lawmakers criticized the administration’s plan to slash the agency’s budget by 31 percent.
Many representatives worried that cuts to EPA programs like Superfund site cleanup and pesticide testing would hurt their home states. “You’re going to be the first EPA administrator that has come before this committee in eight years that actually gets more money than they ask for,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) told Pruitt.
“We heard what we expected to from Scott Pruitt today: old ideas and industry-influenced propaganda,” said Green for All’s deputy director Michelle Romero.