From the moment it became clear that Donald Trump would be president, liberals focused on environmentalism and “climate change” have fervently believed that the Trump administration would prove to be a nightmare for them.
According to The Daily Caller, that nightmare just took a big step toward becoming reality for those libs, as at least five members of the Environmental Protection Agency‘s Scientific Advisory Board have been sent packing, likely to be replaced by representatives from industries the EPA regulates.
The dismissals coincided with recent House legislation that called for that board and another like it to be revamped, as they have long been viewed by congressional Republicans as little more than a “rubber-stamp” for the EPA’s many climate change-related regulations, with little to no input from the industries being regulated.
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“The administrator believes we should have people on this board who understand the impact of regulations on the regulated community,” EPA spokesman J. P. Freire told The New York Times. “We want to expand the pool of applicants (for the scientific board) to as broad a range as possible, to include universities that aren’t typically represented and issues that aren’t typically represented.”
As could be expected, liberals were absolutely aghast at the change, acting as if it were the end of the world while decrying it as a “red flag” that revealed how anti-science the Trump administration really is.
“This is completely part of a multifaceted effort to get science out of the way of a deregulation agenda,” said Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, according to The Times. “What seems to be premature removals of members of this Board of Science Counselors when the board has come out in favor of the EPA strengthening its climate science, plus the severe cuts to research and development — you have to see all these things as interconnected.”
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However, The Washington Post reported otherwise, noting that all members of the 18-person board serve three-year terms and that those dismissed had simply seen their terms expire without being automatically renewed as they routinely had been under the prior administration.
Friere made it clear in an email that “no one has been fired or terminated,” but that they were simply being replaced by fresh advisers with different outlooks.
“We’re not going to rubber-stamp the last administration’s appointees. Instead, they should participate in the same open competitive process as the rest of the applicant pool,” Freire said, noting that the dismissed board members were welcome to reapply. “This approach is what was always intended for the board, and we’re making a clean break with the last administration’s approach.”
As to those board members pitching fits over being dismissed, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt‘s chief of staff Ryan Jackson stated, “I’m not quite sure why some EPA career staff simply get angry by us opening up the process. It seems unprofessional to me.”
The science-worshiping liberals — who don’t really care about actual science unless it lines up with their agenda — are now experiencing a nightmarish reality in two ways: first in that representatives of the despised private sector will join them on the board, and second in that the industries most targeted with burdensome regulations by the EPA will now have more of a say in how those regulations are crafted and applied, undoubtedly taking at least some of the economy-killing sting out of them.
This would be akin to placing pro-life doctors in charge of Planned Parenthood, so perhaps you see why some liberals are totally freaking out over this move by the Trump administration, even as conservatives let out another cheer.
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