Scott Pruitt is gone, and good riddance.

During his time in office, Pruitt racked up a fabulous array of “bizarre and venal” controversies—so many that it verges on cliché to list them all. (My favorite: Pruitt’s dispatching a government-salaried aide to buy a used Trump hotel mattress for his own—that is, Pruitt’s—personal repose.)

His fall has delighted critics both of the Trump administration and of his own distinct brand of open corruption. Yet I suspect that many environmentalists and climate advocates will come to miss the Oklahoma attorney. Pruitt succeeded in something that not even Democrats can muster: He could get the EPA into the news.

Since last January, the White House and the executive agencies have attacked environmental science and policy. They have proposed bailing out coal plants, stopped prosecuting some environmental crimes, and begun dismantling Obama-era climate programs like the Clean Power Plan. Trump has even tried to install Barry Myers—the CEO of Accuweather and a longtime opponent of free and public weather forecasts—as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the same federal agency that issues free and public weather forecasts.

But of all these efforts, an environmental-policy issue has led the national conversation only once, …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Science


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