U.S. EPA Now the National Pollution Agency
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.