Don’t Let Corporate Greed Infiltrate the EPA

Target: Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator

Goal: Reinstate academic experts recently dismissed from the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors.

The EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors has become the latest casualty of the Trump administration, as more than half of the board’s advisers were terminated by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to “expand the pool of applicants” and make “a clean break with the last administration’s approach.” That approach, of course, was one of academic rigor and scientific accuracy, and in the wake of the terminations, it has become clear that the new administration will stop at nothing to pollute the federal government with corporate bias and greed.

The Board of Scientific Counselors is made up of 18 members whose job it is to ensure that scientific research conducted at the EPA is held to the highest standard of integrity and accuracy. By phasing out knowledgeable counselors with academic backgrounds, Pruitt has threatened the integrity of the EPA and everything it stands for. Sign this petition to demand the reinstatement of the terminated board members to ensure that EPA science continues to meet quality standards and does not fall subservient to the will of corporate interests.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administrator Pruitt,

I write today to express disappointment in your recent move to terminate over half of the members of the Board of Scientific Counselors. These respected academics are crucial to ensuring that EPA scientific research is held to the highest standards of integrity and accuracy, and by “expanding the pool of applicants” to include industry members, that mission is placed in severe jeopardy.

Scientific integrity at the EPA is of the utmost importance to ensuring the protection of U.S. ecosystems and the public health of U.S. residents, and by encouraging corporate infiltration of the agency you are purposefully tainting the science that informs important policy decisions to favor business interests. I urge you to reinstate those terminated members to preserve the basic ability of the federal government to provide clean air and water to the citizens you serve.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Scott Pruitt’s dismissal of these scientific advisors to make way for CORPORATE/GOVERNMENT-BEHOLDEN scientists is a serious assault on the environment, plant life and wildlife.
    Scientists picked and approved by government and corporations would obviously be OBLIGATED to do as they are told. All they would be is agents for government/corporate interests. All scientific INTEGRITY and HONESTY would be GONE.
    We must NOT allow science to be HIJACKED.

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