Can’t We Reduce Pollution AND Create Jobs?

On his last day as an EPA employee, Mike Cox sent a tough letter to new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about administration policies.

You might have heard about this:

EPA Decides Not To Ban A Pesticide, Despite Its Own Evidence Of Risk, NPR, 29 March 2017

The new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is not a fan of regulation. He also doesn’t believe that carbon dioxide contributes to climate change. His new policies reflect this.

Former EPA employee Mike Cox sent a letter to Pruitt before he left. An excerpt:

“I, along with many EPA staff, are becoming increasing alarmed about the direction of EPA under your leadership … ” Cox said in a letter to Pruitt. “The policies this Administration is advancing are contrary to what the majority of the American people, who pay our salaries, want EPA to accomplish, which are to ensure the air their children breath is safe; the land they live, play, and hunt on to be free of toxic chemicals; and the water they drink, the lakes they swim in, and the rivers they fish in to be clean.”

I side with Cox. But, according to the leader of Trump’s EPA transition team, Myron Ebell, who responded to Cox, I’m not sympathizing with the people whose jobs have been destroyed because of pollution regulation:

Now that Trump is moving toward “radically downsizing the EPA,” Ebell said, “employees who are opposed to the Trump Administration’s agenda are either going to conduct themselves as professional civil servants or find other employment or retire or be terminated. I would be more sympathetic if they had ever expressed any concern for the people whose jobs have been destroyed by EPA’s regulatory rampage.”

From: EPA Staffer Leaves With A Bang, Blasting Agency Policies Under Trump, Washington Post, 7 April 2017

Can’t we reduce pollution and tackle climate change while also creating jobs?

3 thoughts on “Can’t We Reduce Pollution AND Create Jobs?

  1. RB

    We are as a nation creating jobs and tackling pollution. Just look no further then the jobs created in the renewable energy sector; solar and wind power. Tesla’s electric car is another success. Look at all the jobs the national parks have created in tourism. Reduction in air pollution makes people healthier so they have fewer sick days – (i.e. more productive workers). These are just a few examples off the top of my head. We a little research we would find so many more examples of job creation and improved economic activity of tackling pollution. I hate that the new administration is turning its back on all of this progress.

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