EPA Report No Surprise:
Agency Stymied By Bush Administration
By James Donahue
An Associated Press report
that hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency scientists complain of “political interference and pressure”
from superiors to “skew” their findings confirms what many of us have suspected since the day George W. Bush took
That agency, created
to be a government watchdog over harmful industrial and residential pollutants that threaten the earth, has been lying unusually
dormant since Bush took office in 2001.
The story said more than
half of the nearly 1,600 EPA staff scientists who responded to an online questionnaire by the Union of Concerned Scientists
reported incidents of political interference on the job.
Agency director Francesca
Grifo deemed the EPA as “an agency in crisis” with low morale among the scientists. The study found that government
researchers are generally continuing to do their work, but their scientific findings are tossed aside when it comes time to
write regulations, the story said.
This information is significant
because the EPA has been under fire by Congress for its failures to step up, especially in determining if carbon dioxide should
be regulated to combat global warming.
Such regulation would,
of course, prove costly to U.S. industry and especially the electric companies that are
still operating outdated coal-fired generating plants. And Bush, whose tenure in office was bought and paid for by big business
interests, have gone out of his way to protect his real employers (they aren’t us) and give them what they paid for.
A Mother Jones story
noted that “no president has gone after the nation’s environmental laws with the same fury as George W. Bush –
and none has been so adept at staying under the radar.”
Operating quietly, through
executive order, Bush moved quietly after taking office to gut key sections of the Clean Water and Clean Air acts, laws that
have traditionally had bipartisan support and have given the EPA its teeth in protecting the environment as well as the health
of the American people.
Bush also crippled the
Superfund program, which was essential in helping pay to clean up millions of pounds of toxic industrial waste after years
of neglect. Many of these sites were products of old industrial activity by companies that no longer exist and consequently
can no longer be held accountable.
The Mother Jones story
charged that the current administration also “has sought to cut the EPA's enforcement division by nearly one-fifth,
to its lowest level on record; fines assessed for environmental violations dropped by nearly two-thirds in the administration's
first two years; and criminal prosecutions-the government's weapon of last resort against the worst polluters-are down by
Bush will go down in
history as an administration that abdicated an old established federal responsibility to protect native animals and plants
His administration has
opened millions of acres of protected and environmentally sensitive public lands to logging, mining and gas and oil drilling.
Bush has openly denied
the existence of global warming, censored scientific reports that support the threat, and walked away from the Kyoto
agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions after it was hammered out by the United
States and other nations while Bill Clinton was in office.
This man is so vile an
earth criminal we believe he may have put us all in great jeopardy by his refusal to act and by blocking action by other agencies
designed to protect us.