This week’s actions, upcoming events & interesting links:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under serious assault from multiple sides; an Administrator that denies climate change, executive orders to rescind or revise current rules, proposed budget and employee cuts and proposed Congressional legislation designed to reduce EPA’s effectiveness.
Background: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of EPA commented last week that “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,”
Here’s the number to call his office (EPA Office of the Administrator) to offer your feelings about Pruitt’s comments: (202) 564-4700 or email him at Pruitt.email@example.com
Script: I’m calling because I’m seriously concerned about Scott Pruitt’s claim that CO2 is not a major driver of climate change. The role of CO2 and humans as drivers of climate change is widely accepted among the scientific community, and I’m deeply concerned that Mr. Pruitt, as the head of the EPA, rejects scientific evidence.
Scott Pruitt’s denial of climate science ignores the EPA’s own findings under both Democrats and Republicans. His refusal to acknowledge carbon dioxide as a major contributor to climate change puts all of us in danger.
Background: The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology approved H.R. 1430, the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017 (HONEST Act), and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017 HR 1431. Though these bills have benign names they both will hamper the scientific endeavors of the EPA not only under this administration, but for years to come.
Script: I am calling because I am concerned about H.R 1430 and H.R. 1431 regarding the EPA recently approved by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
What is Congressman Simpson’s position on these two bills?
I believe both of these bills will impose new restrictions and bureaucratic hurdles on how the EPA uses science to develop policy. Limiting the science EPA uses only serves to limit the actions EPA may take to protect the public health and the environment now and in the future.
Background: Pruitt is staffing the EPA with skeptics of climate change, the draft White House budget slashes EPA funding by 25%, and there has already been an executive order to rescind or revise the Clean Water rule, an order to walk back a program on collecting data on methane emissions and most likely executive orders will soon follow on rolling back the Clean Power Plan and an EPA-DOT announcement rescinding emissions standards for the auto-industry.
Script: Given EPA Administrator Pruitt’s comments last week and his staffing of the EPA with climate change skeptics I am deeply concerned.
The scientific evidence is overwhelming that the current rate of global warming is driven by human-made emissions. Most of the warming has occurred in the past 35 years, with 16 of the 17 warmest years on record occurring since 2001.
Climate change is a threat to our economy, food production, and coastal areas. We need to support the work of the EPA not reduce its effectiveness.
March 16 – Public Lands & the Environment Indivisible Group meeting 5:30 PM CSI, Hailey
March 28 – Why Public Lands Matter conference, Boise – https://sps.boisestate.edu/andruscenter/why-public-lands-matter/
April 22 – Earth Day
April 22 – March for Science, Boise – Idaho March for Science https://www.facebook.com/events/611756682362334/
March 28 – Climate Change March DC – https://peoplesclimate.org/
High Country News Article on “What the new EPA Chief’s emails mean for the West”
“5 Graphics to Help You Understand President Trump’s Conflicts of Interest”