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Environment is under attack


Monday, October 8, 2018

Silent Spring, a 1962 book by biologist Rachel Carson, revealed that our overuse of pesticides was poisoning our environment which, if unchecked, would ultimately poison us. That realization, together with environmental disasters of that decade, prompted President Nixon in 1970 to create the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate, in part, mankind’s impact on the environment.

Now comes the Trump administration which, in the span of a single year, is laying waste to nearly 50 years of learning about and mitigating environmental damage — hardly a surprise as candidate Trump vowed “to get rid” of the EPA. And, once in office, Trump swiftly installed Scott Pruitt, a notorious climate-change denier, as EPA’s Administrator; exited the Paris Accord; ordered that all climate change information be purged from the EPA website; proposed an EPA budget cut of 31 percent; and issued a phalanx of executive orders whose purpose is to eradicate any regulation that restricts energy production.

Climate change is obviously an “inconvenient truth” for the Trump administration, as is the increasingly compelling scientific evidence that human activities contribute significantly to that change.

Christine Whitman, EPA administrator for George W. Bush, stated that the recent changes in the EPA website are “to a degree that undermines the credibility of the site … The message they’re sending … is that science doesn’t matter …”

Philip Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center, told Time magazine that “the idea that the science of climate change is in doubt … is simply false,” adding “I see no way to avoid concluding that the current EPA administration places the interests of the fossil industry above those of the people it is charged to protect …”

Without a swift reversal of EPA policy, our posterity will breathe Carson’s envisioned poison: Are we so amoral, so stupid as to risk this?

Robert Hursey



Humans of Greenville


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