Scott Pruitt, the head of the EPA, just announced the withdrawal from the Clean Power Plan. What was this? Well, the Clean Power Plan requires states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards based on their individual energy consumption. You can read more about this here:
In that article you can see where Pruitt downplayed the potential health issues in favor of jobs in an interview with Fox News. Because that is apparently the job of the EPA now, ignore potential health problems in favor of jobs. Naturally, this move guarantees to be tied up in court for a bit, just like the Clean Power was tied up in the court system. This is summarized nicely in this Washington Post article, the same in which Pruitt announces the end of "The War on Coal."
This is not the first time that the new EPA has done such a thing, previous EPA employees are leaving in droves because of the change of direction:
One of the more personal ones with me is about chlorpyrifos, a pesticide thought to cause issues with brain development amongst fetuses and children. The EPA (ironically) concluded that the pesticide did cause risks, only to reverse itself under new management.
Why is this personal to me? Well, one possible side effect is autism and I have an autistic son.
Pruitt only met with industry executives and agricultural groups, no environmental groups, before making this decision:
So, really, what it boils down to is that Pruitt and Trump both say they want clean air and water but only if it doesn't cost too much or cause issues with a profit margin or piss off the Trumpling base.
So, really, the "Protection" part of the Environmental Protection Agency is a bit superfluous. That's not their job anymore, their job is to increase the profit margin and create jobs, no matter what this costs in sick people, especially kids. This is why the EPA needs a new name. I'm going to propose two:
1) The Economics Prevails Agency (EPA)-This is one for the traditionalists. You keep the EPA of the original agency, you keep the same initials on Pruitt's door and you don't need to change the stationary that just says "EPA." It's kind of a "win-win" scenario. But, on the other hand, it doesn't really stand out to me. It's too bureaucratic and rather stodgy. This is why I actually prefer this one:
2) The Fuck You Environment Agency (FYE)-This one I like. It puts the "environment" back into play, it's snappy and nicely radical. It accurately describes what Trump and Pruitt want to do to the EPA and the environment in one fell swoop. It's catchy in a way that no one will forget.
Thoughts? I welcome suggestions.