March 10th, 2017

[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 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.

We can no more reason with the climate deniers (at least not until Mar-A-Lago disappears under the waves) than we can a petulant child.

Mass resistance is the only tactic that may work. Get started here, and here and here…


  1. Jeff,

    97% of climate scientists agree that human activity is causing climate change, but EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt doesn’t want to listen to them.

    Instead, he is listening to the fossil fuel industry and spreading their lies. This morning on CNBC he said that carbon emissions don’t contribute to climate change.

    This kind of climate denial is dangerous. If we want the truth to be heard above the lies, we need to get much, much louder. We’re planning a whole springtime’s worth of actions, mobilizations and organizing to counter the fossil fuel industry takeover of government, but we need your support to do it.

    In all of human history, there has never been this much CO2 in the atmosphere, and the planet has never been this hot. These things are connected.

    Scott Pruitt denies the simple reality of climate change, not because he’s dumb, but because he’s in the pocket of coal, oil and gas corporations. We need people in government who will stand up for the truth, not the fossil fuel industry—but to get them there, we have to build our movement even bigger than before.

    Next week, we’re coordinating national planning meetings for the People’s Climate March and sister marches around the country. Then we’ll put the pressure on Congress: both in their home districts during the April recess and in DC at the march on April 29th.

    Together we’ll fight back against the Trump administration’s attack on clean air, water and climate and his efforts to accelerate new fossil fuel infrastructure.

    This work needs your participation, but also your financial support. Your donation will help put organizers, trainings and toolkits on the ground where they’re needed most. Click here to chip in and fund these efforts.

    Thank you for all of your passion, creativity and support in this challenging time,


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