The Head of the EPA has given the administration a “great” ruling that is intended to hurt the average person in the name of profits. This time he went against his own scientific team at the EPA and refused to ban the pesticide Chlorpyrifos.
This is such a “great” rule that Dow Chemical, the maker of the pesticide, is terribly excited. But, parents of children shouldn’t be so happy about it. See, this pesticide is linked to learning disabilities in children.
In November of 2015 the EPA recommended banning the use of this pesticide on food crops citing health concerns. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide that’s been used on crops from broccoli to cranberries since the 1960s. Now Pruitt says it can remain on the market for agricultural use.
“If the new administration is willing to support corporate interests over public safety in the face of such strong scientific evidence, then we should expect clear sailing for many other questionable pesticides in the future,” said Carey Gillam a research director for U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group.
Pruitt is known for his disdain for real science if the outcomes goes against oil and gas and chemical companies profits. He has led the law suits against the EPA for the last few years, and now is in the position to kill public safety regulations wherever he can. And, this actions shows just how willing he is to place profits ahead of public safety.
The recommendation was not a complete ban of the pesticide like DDT. It was only recommending that it be banned from being used on food crops. But, apparently that is where the most profits are, so he refused the ban.
In his usual show of disdain for the public he is sworn to protect, Pruitt said:
We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while still protecting human health and the environment. By reversing the previous Administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making — rather than predetermined results.
However, annual testing reports by USDA show chlorpyrifos residues in nectarines, peaches, cucumbers and other crops. Even low-dose exposure to organophosphates, particularly in the womb, has been found to harm brain development in children, leading to higher risk of disorders like autism.
In January a group of doctors told the EPA:
Children especially experience greater exposure to organophosphate pesticides due to their increased hand-to-mouth action, and relative to adults they eat more fruits and vegetables, drink more, and breathe more. With each year of delay in cancelling food tolerances and agricultural and other uses of chlorpyrifos, more children are unnecessarily at elevated risk for problems in learning, social skills, motor function, and other developmental domains.
As you can see, profits are far more important than your children’s health to this administration. And, don’t forget, Pruitt, a lawyer, is being investigated for ethics violation by the Oklahoma Bar Association. They say he may have perjured himself at his confirmation hearing and is considering removing his law license. And, this is the person making decisions on public safety from his perch at the EPA.
The irony is that Kellyanne Conway told Fox News last night that there is a problem with the news media of “information underload”. For the very first time that she spouted her first lie during the campaign, Kellyanne is on to something. This story has not been covered by the news media the way is should have been.
I keep hearing about all the “wonderful” things trump has done since becoming president. I still haven’t seen a single thing he has done to help the American People. Unless you think the American people are the corporations.
As far as the American People go, trump has signed laws or executive orders that have made it possible for coal companies to pollute rivers and streams, raised the mortgage insurance rates for first-time home buyers by $500 per year, allow a private foreign corporation to use eminent domain to steal citizens land to build their foreign pipeline using foreign steel, decided to allow ISP to use you as cash cows by selling your information without your permission, and now decided that a pesticide that causes learning disabilities to continue to be used on food crops.
See, there are a lot of things that could have, and probably should have had their own headlines to show just how dangerous trump’s administration is to the average person.
The only other things he has done is to fail to pass his infamous “repeal and replace” healthcare bill and signed two Muslim Bans that have been blocked by the courts. That is about all he has done.
Oh, he has taken credit for “jobs” with companies like Ford that announced their plans two years ago. Meanwhile the factory he claimed to have “saved” has started shipping their jobs to Mexico.
This administration is not only out to gut the government of its responsibilities, it is out to destroy the American public as well. As long as companies make higher profits, that is all that matters. His administration is full of people who have proven they don’t have an ounce of integrity.
His EPA chief is under investigation for lying at his nomination hearing and could possibly lose his license to practice law. Something not good for a former Attorney General. His Secretary of the Department of Justice has had ethics complaints against him for also lying to his nomination committee. His Secretary of HHS is being investigated again for trying to pass or kill laws that affect the medical industry right after he purchased stocks in some of those companies.
Not to mention that trump and his entire campaign team is under a “counter espionage” investigation by the FBI for possibly cooperating with Russia while it was hacking our elections. Not to mention two Congressional investigations into the same matter.
Yes, the trump administration has shown over and over that they don’t care about the American people. This latest move by Pruitt is just another example of their disdain for us, the people they are supposed to protect.
In the past, it has taken years for a President to fall below 40 percent approval ratings for their job performance. It took trump about two weeks. All of this damage done to us and it is only 3 months into his presidency. I’m not sure we can last 4 years under this assault.
And, this shirts keep marching along.