The EPA Just Removed Half Of Its Scientific Board, seeking industry-aligned replacements

Submitted by: fancylad 2 months ago in News & Politics Science


Scott Pruitt (pictured above), the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, didn't renew the terms of 9 of the 18-member board of scientific counselors, and he will be replacing these board members with representatives from industries that the EPA regulates. In other words, people who are in the EPA's pocket.

"The committee has been eviscerated," Deborah Swackhamer, chair of the board, told The Guardian. "We assumed these people would be renewed and there was no reason or indication they wouldn’t be. These people aren’t Obama appointees, they are scientific appointees. To have a political decision to get rid of them was a shock."

The decision to not renew the three-year terms of the 9 scientific counselors will allow the Trump administration to rejigger the scientific board in line with its industry-friendly agenda that has sought to strip away various pollution rules in the name of "regulatory certainty."
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Male 8,122
But...I thought 'diversity' was the key to solving ALL the problems?  

If you committee is going to regulate industry, it might be a good idea to appoint at least a few who are familiar with industry.
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Male 2,574
The EPA is just like any other federal government body.  Formed out of mostly good intentions for what would seem logical reasons...but growing to become a bloated agency full of self important experts who think they know what's best for everybody.  They wield power but are accountable to no one.  They create massive amounts of regulations ...that are really laws.  Search around a bit under "epa navigable waters"  These clowns would have a feakin' puddle classified as navigable water if they had their way.  Numerous courts have thrown out claims brought by these EPA morons.  At what cost to the tax payer on both sides of the issue.  I'm all for clean air and water and many great strides have been taken in my life time and the land is a lot better off for it.  Fucking great I say.  But there comes a point where bureaucrats  become freakin' parasites  and I'm sure the EPA has more than its share.  Perhaps this is just a culling and good thing.
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Male 2,574
Test test.  The site has been acting odd for me as of late so just testing to see if I can post.
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Male 5,342
dromed What post? I don't see your post
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Male 4,097
dromed 
I've been having the same problem from time to time, I try to post a comment and when I press the post button it just deletes everything I wrote. 
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Male 851
richanddead same here and in my case as replies to comments as opposed to an original comment.
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Male 31
woodyville06 
I'm having the same problem. 
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Male 3,037
it just takes 4 words to stop this government.
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Male 5,342
monkwarrior Impeach the President Trump?
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Male 1,440
thezigrat Impeaching the president will not stop the government, no one person is that powerful in this country at this time at least, The EPA is not controlled by the Senate or the House its controlled by the Plutocrats  that have been appointed, or hired by the head of the EPA and can almost not be replaced because of unions and laws protecting there jobs.
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Male 5,342
casaledana  But that is more than 4 words
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Male 1,440
Well from what I understand the head of the EPA is a political appointee (appointed by the president, not a cabinet position but is treated like one.) , that person then appoints the Scientists Advisory Board, They then decide who is going to be in the Committees and who will be considered an expert so if this is not a political enterprise I don't know what is. Who ever is in charge (EPA head) has the power to push any agenda they want.
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Male 3,633
casaledana Sums it up nicely, it is a political tool. The EPA takes care of the US government and craps on everyone else, that's why it was created, to give a free pass to one of the World’s biggest polluters, The US government. Pretty cushy, high paying jobs too.

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Male 234
Don't panic. Just a couple of watermelons getting the axe.
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Male 327
Don't panic.  The people are still here.  The scientists are still here. When Trump and the GOP get the boot it can all be fixed.  Also, we don't have to buy products and services that violate the best interests of the environment. Hit them in the pocket book. The resistance is alive.
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Male 2,081
Not too shabby (if you actually take time to see who was replaced and who replaced them)
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Male 2,955
Not replacing them with people in the EPA's pockets, replacing them with representatives of the EPA's corporate masters.
Protesting will not help, using your votes won't help - never has - hanging every last member of the federal government - as traitors and criminals - will.
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Male 814
Trump and the Republicans are scum.
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Male 2,572
I understand administration changes to institutions...but:

 "We assumed these people would be renewed and there was no reason or indication they wouldn’t be. These people aren’t Obama appointees, they are scientific appointees. To have a political decision to get rid of them was a shock." 

That is frightening...
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Male 289
"Those who own the country ought to govern it" - John Jay
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