U.S. EPA Now the Na­tional Pol­lu­tion Agency

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It is true that prior to Trump, the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Protection Agency (EPA) was some­times overzeal­ous, in­com­pe­tent, un­fair and preda­tory. But it was also fre­quently the only thing stand­ing be­tween pol­lut­ing crim­i­nal cor­po­ra­tions and the well-be­ing of the en­vi­ron­ment and our health. So, yes, it def­i­nitely needed some im­prove­ment, but it did not need to be dis­em­bow­eled and turned into a mon­ster, which is ex­actly what is hap­pen­ing. The bar­bar­ians are not just in­side the gate – they are now in con­trol.

Un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, the EPA has be­come more of an En­vi­ron­men­tal Pol­lu­tion Agency. It has stopped en­forc­ing im­por­tant laws that pro­tect hu­man health and the en­vi­ron­ment, de­funded crit­i­cal pro­grams, ban­ished sci­ence and rea­son and dis­man­tled some of the most es­sen­tial reg­u­la­tions re­quired to pro­tect hu­man health.

It has also be­come a grotesque pro­pa­ganda or­gan of crack­pot or­ga­ni­za­tions and the lu­natic fringe funded and cul­ti­vated by the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try.

Not only has the EPA be­come a fund­ing and em­ploy­ment source for the swamp trolls who spout id­i­otic mantras crafted by pro­fes­sional liars; it is now help­ing to or­ga­nize fake sup­port­ers to push through its poi­son is profit agenda.

Newly re­leased emails show se­nior EPA of­fi­cials ea­gerly col­lab­o­rat­ing with crim­i­nal cor­po­ra­tions to rally dis­in­for­ma­tion trolls to take over pub­lic hear­ings and pro­mote Scott Pruitt’s de­struc­tion of the agency.

Ac­cord­ing to the emails, John Konkus, the EPA’S deputy as­so­ciate ad­min­is­tra­tor for pub­lic af­fairs, re­peat­edly reached out to se­nior staffers at the hideous Heart­land In­sti­tute. “If you send a list, we will make sure an in­vi­ta­tion is sent,” Konkus wrote to then Heart­land pres­i­dent Joseph Bast in May 2017, seek­ing sug­ges­tions for dis­in­for­ma­tion sci­en­tists and econ­o­mists the EPA could in­vite to an an­nual EPA pub­lic hear­ing on the agency’s sci­ence stan­dards.

Fol­low-up emails show Konkus and the Heart­land In­sti­tute mus­ter­ing scores of trolls known for re­ject­ing sci­en­tific warn­ings of man-made cli­mate change, in­clud­ing mem­bers of in­dus­try lu­natic fringe groups like Plants Need CO2, The Right Cli­mate Stuff, and Junk Sci­ence.

The emails also re­veal how pol­lu­tion-lov­ing Pruitt and his se­nior min­ions have sought to sur­round them­selves with peo­ple who share their mad vi­sion of plan­e­tary de­struc­tion.

The emails were ob­tained by the En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fense Fund and the South­ern En­vi­ron­men­tal Law Cen­ter, which have sued to en­force a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest that the EPA has re­fused to com­ply with.

With the EPA firmly in con­trol of crim­i­nal cor­po­ra­tions who pol­lute, sicken and kill for profit, it is es­sen­tial that en­vi­ron­men­tal de­fenses be erected at the state, county and city lev­els.

AMERO grants are now avail­able for a wide range of en­vi­ron­men­tal protection projects and pro­grams.

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