The Transition Merry Go Round

There were plenty of head scratchers when it came to President Elect Trump’s nominees. It’s hard to say which one was the worst, since many of them were so awful in their own special way. The appointment of Scott Pruitt was another one that was so bad, it would be hard to describe without graphs or charts. Pruitt, has what can only be described as an adversarial relationship with the E.P.A. , and has been involved with litigation with them on several occasions. Like most of Trump’s confirmation, I expect Pruitt to be confirmed with flying colors, but one wonders what’s next for Trump, putting the Fox in charge of the Hen house?

Check out what Robert Reich had to say, and look at Pruitt’s troubling past with the E.P.A.

Today, Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt began making his case to senators on Capitol Hill that he is qualified to run the Environmental Protection Agency. 

His hearings come on the same day scientists reported that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016 — trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014 — the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row.

Pruitt has:

1. Spent much of his past six years in office battling the Environmental Protection Agency — repeatedly suing the agency to challenge its legal authority to regulate toxic mercury pollution, smog, carbon emissions from power plants, and the quality of wetlands and other waters.

2. Received significant financial support from the fossil fuel industry, amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.

3. Dismantled a specialized environmental protection unit that had existed under his predecessor.

4. Denied human sources of climate change. 

Pruitt is by far the worst person ever nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency over its 46 years of existence. No surprise. Trump has called global warming a Chinese plot and vowed to roll back Obama’s efforts to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases.

At a time when catastrophic climate change is almost irreversible – and just when the nations of the world are on the verge of a significant effort to try – Pruitt’s nomination is an insult to America and the world. 

What do you think?