[Update @ 0649: This headline just popped into my inbox—Chief Environmental Justice Official at EPA Resigns, With Plea to Pruitt to Protect Vulnerable Communities.]
So, I read the news yesterday and the headline above was the first thought that came to my mind after I read that President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency head, and more to the point, former attorney general for Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt said:
I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that [Carbon Dioxide is] a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. But we don’t know that yet … We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.
Pruitt, who in his former job sued the EPA (I wonder how House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte feels about such frivolous suits?) 14 times clearly care more about serving his corporate masters than he does the American people.
Facts no longer matter in this case. Remember that the tobacco industry managed to suppress the links between the use of tobacco and various cancers for more than 50 years. Articles like the one cited above or the email I received from 350.org this morning are only preaching to the choir. The scales of justice are being tilted by billions of petrodollars on one side and the existential survival of modern society (and possibly the human race) on the other.