In the course of the election, Donald Trump was clear about his views on climate disruption, the Paris agreement, and most specifically the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Now that Trump is President-elect, he is wasting no time in putting his ideas into play. To start the ball rolling, he has appointed Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.
Reaction has been swift and overwhelming negative.
Pruitt is part of a cabal that promotes the concept that clean energy is antithetical to a robust economy.
Unsurprisingly, Pruitt fits in perfectly with the other cabinet picks, who have glaring conflicts of interest. (No surprise that Kellyanne Conway told reporters, "Attorney General Pruitt has great qualifications.").
Is Pruitt's nomination a crisis? You bet it is!
Let's go over some of what the EPA does and why Pruitt should not be anywhere near the reins.
What the EPA Does:
The EPA has a plainly stated mission: "To protect human health and the environment." Its job is "to reduce environmental risk based on the best available scientific information." This includes creating and implementing federal laws "fairly and effectively."