President Trump talked about “draining the swamp” as a major part of his campaign platform and yet he put in an EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, who appears to be the definition of “the swamp” that Trump promised to evacuate. We highlight some of Pruitt’s worst offenses including scrapping the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, instructing EPA staff to boldly deny the dangers of anthropogenic climate change, removing decision-making power from regional EPA directors, and accepting illegal gifts – in the form of cheap rent – from a fossil fuel energy lobbyist. Take some deep breaths before you dive in on this one – it may make you see red!
- Pruitt’s alleged ethics and impropriety antics https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/03/climate/pruitt-epa-apartment-emissions.html
- E.P.A instructs staff to cast doubt on climate science https://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/03/epa-instructs-its-staff-to-cast-doubt-on-climate-science.html
- Scott Pruitt scraps CAFE standards https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-administrator-pruitt-ghg-emissions-standards-cars-and-light-trucks-should-be
Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.