Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Scott Pruitt - willing to endanger unborn children?

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, is willing to accept the release of toxic mercury into the environment;  the kind of mercury that can get into the developing brains of unborn children and damage them.

So Scott Pruitt does not value the lives of unborn children.

Scott Pruitt vs. Science

"On other issues, Pruitt appeared to contradict his record as Oklahoma attorney general. Asked about the impact of mercury pollution, Pruitt said mercury is "very dangerous" and that he's "concerned." In 2012, however, he signed onto a lawsuit challenging the EPA's mercury regulations, arguing that "the record does not support EPA's findings that mercury…pose[s] public health hazards."
So what's it going to be, Scotty boy?  Are you going to work to prevent more mercury from getting into our environment, or not?  We'd really like to know.

Here's more, from Time.

Donald Trump’s EPA Pick Imperils Science—And Earth

"Mercury is a deadly neurotoxin that damages the brains of “the developing fetus and young children,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is spewed into the air from coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources before settling into lakes and waterways and contaminating the fish we eat. But Pruitt’s challenges against the EPA’s mercury standards include a tidy piece of scientific denial, claiming “the record does not support the EPA’s findings that mercury… pose[s] public health hazards.” After that legal challenge failed, Pruitt sued a second time to block the mercury rules—even though virtually all power plants had already complied with them at a fraction of the expected cost."
We'd all like to know.  And I fear we're going to find out.

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