There’s nothing like fresh-baked pie. When I was a kid, my mother always made pumpkin pie for the holidays and, because of my love for that pie in particular, she always made one pie just for me!
Nowadays, I feel fortunate if I can just get a piece of the pie.
When it comes to today’s highlighted story, I’ll be momentarily satisfied with just a taste.
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Bars Government-Funded Science Advisers From Panels is the title of the story and it starts like this:
The nation’s top environmental protection official signed a directive Tuesday aimed at preventing conflicts of interest while bolstering the independence and integrity of scientists who advise the government.
Under the new policy announced by Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, researchers and scientists who currently receive grants from the agency are not eligible to fill open slots on three science advisory groups.
“Whatever science comes out of EPA shouldn’t be political science,” Pruitt, appointed by President Donald Trump, told reporters during a press conference at EPA headquarters in Washington. “From this day forward, EPA advisory committee members will be financially independent from the agency.”
This is a great first step. There is no secret that EPA has been a problem child in our federal government since its inception. The political hacks that have been making the decisions have for far-too-long been profiting from their hard-core regulatory boondoggles that have crippled businesses and stifled the appropriate use of the gifts of our natural resources that belong to all of us.
In my estimation, this agency truly needs to be dismantled entirely. The Fed has no business regulating the “environment,” as the states are more than capable of managing the resources within their jurisdictions… but for today, I’ll take a taste of that pie.
We should applaud the efforts of Pruitt to date and encourage more of the same.
That’s the view from here…