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Scott Pruitt is a Dangerous Man

URGENT UPDATE: October 13th 2017

I CAN’T ____ing BELIEVE THIS

I am not prone to such outbursts in my blog…but read all of the attached…The be even more afraid.

Note that my sources are real…I revise my earlier note that this is a dangerous administration with regard to environmental issues…It is worse…It is an administration that has determined that ethics mean nothing, people don’t count at all and all that matters is how companies that are no longer sustainable can have their owners enriched at the expense of each of us.

ARGH…

‘The war on coal is over’: Environmental Protection Agency to repeal Clean Power Plan

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EPA Chief Announces Reversal Of Obama-Era Curbs On Coal Plants

Having had the pleasure of dealing with the USEPA over the years under different administrations and for different reasons, I find the actions of the current Administrator to be the most disturbing that I have ever witnessed. The current administrator seems to think that he can destroy the agency from within through his actions.

Worse yet, he is acting in a manner that clearly demonstrates that his dismantling of regulations is designed to harm more people in a short time in order to bolster polluters’ profits without regard to sound scientific principles or ideas. Why would he act in secret if this was not the case?

Scott Pruitt is a cancer on the agency and a real threat to the health and safety of our land, water and air.

I have not always agreed with the actions of administrators, but I at least have respected their intent. The current administrator clearly has an intent of destruction and he should be removed from office.

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Since that is not likely to happen, we must call out his actions and make them public.

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Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say
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Pesticides and Safety…A Brief Review

Clyde Haberman writes a fine retrospective about Rachel Carson and how her works were often misreported and she vilified when she made her clarion call about DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). A note here…DDT is still made and still used…

ddtWhy write about this now? Obviously, the new administration has a view about environmental protection that is about as enlightened as that of our Cro-Magnon ancestors. Actually, that is a disservice to our ancestors, they actually understood that the environment affected their lives.

We can see that when Ms. Carson raised her concerns, she was attacked with “Alternative Facts”…ie, lies. History does repeat itself…

The key to the use of pesticides is simple…use integrated pest management, think about the consequences of your product and think before acting.

Of course, the article focuses on how to control malaria. It points out that DDT is much less effective now than it was, but still useful when used selectively. In other words, pesticides have a place, but only if used properly.

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Rachel Carson, DDT and the Fight Against Malaria
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