On Wednesday, a former intern with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an op-ed where she spoke about how the negative impact of the Trump administration has to produce horrible consequences that are “impossible to miss.” Because Trump is bent on destroying the government agencies from within, he nominated people to head up the agencies who had a track record of dismantling and eroding the very organizations they are now leading.
“In my work, the impact was impossible to miss. I was helping to communicate the EPA’s goals to the public,” former EPA intern Katie Miller wrote in The Washington Post. “And those goals were no longer about putting the environment first, especially if doing so would affect American industries.”
Miller was tasked as an intern to remove the phrase “climate change” from all social media accounts associated with the agency. And she felt so bad about this she even confronted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about it during an internal meeting.
But Pruitt wanted to go through with the Trump administration request. He told the intern that the EPA was not withholding information from the public but trying to “start a discussion” by removing the word from their materials. But that makes no sense.
Since the agency has fallen under the Trump administration, it is rolled-back on many of the progressive agendas that were put forth during Obama’s presidency.
Pruitt was one of the leaders involved in pulling America out of the Paris climate agreement. And not only that the Trump administration has pushed and pushed to end the Clean Power Plan.
Not only is the EPA working to lessen regulations that help protect the environment, Trump administration has lost jobs in the agency. Some 700 people have been fired including scientists, specialists, and department directors.
In a press released posted on the EPA website, the governmental agency announced that they have plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan so they can achieve Trump’s American first strategy.
“The Obama administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far with the CPP that the Supreme Court issued a historic stay of the rule, preventing its devastating effects to be imposed on the American people while the rule is being challenged in court,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate. Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule.”
Pruitt added, “EPA will respect the limits of statutory authority. The CPP ignored states’ concerns and eroded longstanding and important partnerships that are a necessary part of achieving positive environmental outcomes. We can now assess whether further regulatory action is warranted; and, if so, what is the most appropriate path forward, consistent with the Clean Air Act and principles of cooperative federalism.”
Although the whistleblower may only be an “intern,” which conservative media outlets are already using to discredit her statement, the intern saw the destruction of the EPA occurring from within. And that is something that should not be ignored but spoken loudly about.