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Scott Pruitt’s grubby tenure at the EPA is over

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guest-omnnmei

This POS utterly corrupt swamp creature will be replaced with another POS swamp creature by the worst swamp creature of them all, the POS with the tanning cream orange grill.

Hedgefundguy

Gonna miss Mr. Pruitt.
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Every time I saw his picture it reminded me of the Chameleons song,
"Swamp Thing."
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I can practically see your face
And another revolutionary falls from grace
Hear the thunder in your brain
Not enough sunshine, too much rain
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When the light of life has gone
No change for the meter
And then the king of spivs will come
Selling blood by the liter
When nothing's sacred anymore
When the demon's knocking on your door
You'll still be staring down at the floor
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Not too many hours from this hour
So long
The storm comes
Or is it just another shower?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeJGATZ8Yx4
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Enjoy!
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NSFTL
Regards

Kremilek2

At least it is a message that there are boundaries in Trump administration that shouldn't be crossed. It will be interesting to observe if Mr Pruitt will try to advance his career in politics or will become e.g. Mr Trump's advisor. There is definitely an open future.

Kremilek2 in reply to guest-omnnmei

I think that there are many consevatives who support Mr Trump. Even today Mr Trump critized some European countries for having large trade surplus with America, low defense budget, and a lot of trade with Russia. So this could be an indication of more complex views of Mr Trump.

BlueHugh

A while ago someone characterized the Trump administration as "Malevolence tempered by incompetence". Pruitt was a poster boy for that insight.

guest-aalaalis

What caught my attention to this article was the subheading that Scott Pruitt's resignation ".. may be bad news for the environment." The article goes on to talk about how unfit for office and eco-unfriendly Pruitt is. So how could him resigning be "bad news for the environment?" If anything, this is a win for the environment. It is hard to believe Pruitt's successor could be WORSE than he was. The article merely speculates that "there is no reason to believe" the EPA will be less hostile. While that may be true, the subheading is extremely misleading. Pruitt's departure is good for the environment.

Senor Droolcup

Is this newspaper still really worth $190 per year? I subscribed decades ago to a newspaper that was supposed to be about minimal government regulation. Increasingly, I find myself paying for "Mother Jones with a Finance section". In fact, it's difficult to think of a government intervention in the market that the Economist HASN'T favored recently. Why do we even pay for a Lexington column when I can get the same message and writing quality free on the DNC website?

What is the point of this newspaper? That's actually a real question...

Sense Seeker in reply to brmk

It is indeed interesting that some of these free market fundamentalists don't have a problem with the abuse of government power when it concerns a government that reduces taxes for the rich and ravages the institutions of the State.
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Same with debt. That seems to be an acute problem when governments contemplate spending money on education, health care or the poor, but never when tax cuts for corporations and the rich are proposed.
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I think Mr Droolcup may feel more comfortable sticking to WSJ. That billionaire-owned outlet can be counted on to consistently take the side of the 0.1% wealthiest Americans, and filters its news and views to remove any reference to unwelcome facts like the scientific evidence of global warming and its consequences, and anything to do with the difficulties of Americans on a modal income or below, except if it is to dismiss and ridicule such issues.

BLURR

The fact that this appointment succeeded in clearing the confirmation, and we now have a temp that was a lobbyist for coal speaks volumes. TRUMP and his cohorts, enablers, revisionists and excusers are more than partisan or advancing an alternative ethos, these people are damaging the republic. I can imagine that when they are done, which cannot come soon enough, the scars and disillusionment will be deeper and more profound than Watergate. It is all so very sad. Thank God I am not American.

Mr. Dean

It’s not like things could be worse for the environment than with Pruitt.

More importantly, and this is a serious question, was Pruitt the most corrupt cabinet official of the modern era? I can’t think of any from the past 3 administrations that come close. None of his scandals were that huge, but his money grubbing unethical behavior was so broad and complete in scope that it’s legitimatey impressive. You might have to go back to turn of the century patronage days to find his equal.

Michael Dunne

Could any of the allegations and investigations lead to charges? I noted this - "spent $43,000 on a sound-proof phone booth for his office that was subsequently found to be illegal" - but wonder if there are any real consequences for this kind of abuse of power.
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Otherwise, his actions didn't seem so Christian (don't think Jesus would have liked such displays of arrogance and corruption, but just guessing there).
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Going forward, this administration may put in place people who are much more discrete, and possibly much more gratuitous in undermining regulations that do directly impact public health ...

ashbird in reply to Michael Dunne

He does have 13 federal "inquiries" into his "management practices". The $43,000 sound-proof phone booth in his office is a small fly compared with others (all on NYTimes which has a credible fact-check department). Too long to list here.
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As to whether "Christian", well, there already has been the precedent of an 11th Amendment absolving the sin of coveting another man's wife - No problem, the Church of Evangelicals said. Re what Jesus would have liked, my guess is as bad as yours.
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As to people who are much more discreet going forward, so far (as of July 5, 2018, 4:11PM ET) there have been 5 fired, and 18 resigned. A way to go to make America great, no doubt.
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Re "gratuity" in undermining regulations that do directly impact public health, that's a point too deep for the administration's contemplation. There are practically no good men or women left. A way to make America even greater. Sweet. Very sweet.

Sense Seeker

Hilarious commentary ("... seem representative of a broadly ethically-challenged administration" - LOL) except that the underlying issue is so serious. Global warming is no laughing matter, and nor is the fact that the US government is owned by corporate vested interests - and doesn't even feel any need to hide the fact.
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Now that this Pruitt clown is gone, a former coal lobbyist is running the agency that is supposed to protect the American people from environmental disasters? That's not funny any more.

ashbird in reply to Sense Seeker

That's not funny any more".
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Nothing this administration does is funny. Except, I suppose, for the Chief's die-hard supporters. But what can one do? Weep all day? You can't even criticize, for that is "PC" or, "Mentally Ill", or something terribly awful.

Angus Cunningham in reply to ashbird

"But what can one do?"
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One can resolve not only to vote at the mid-terms but also to apply the skills we apply in TE's blogs to the task of giving an opportunity to skeptics in climate change and other environmental sciences to debate the issues.
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debateMATES was just such a program; and it attracted both skeptics and proponents of the concept of anthropomorphically-generated climate change to debate the issues live. A narrative of its first evening session, including the very successful salient results of the debate then organized , is available at this link: http://www.authentixcoaches.com/debateMATES.html

ashbird

I suppose the Dept could auction his phone booth to the highest civilian bidder who then will place it at the Baccarat room in a Casino for rent at $100 for 1 minutes. You never know, someone may be eavesdropping.
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