October 18, 2019 Feature

Environment

Eric B. Gallon

A. The Reports of EPA’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated.

Donald J. Trump’s presidency began with predictions of the end for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Guardian warned that the new President might lay off “two-thirds of the agency’s 15,000 engineers, scientists and researchers,” cut EPA’s funding by ten percent, and ultimately “work towards the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”1 When the Senate confirmed E. Scott Pruitt as EPA’s Administrator in February 2017, the New York Times appraised Mr. Pruitt and concluded that he was “well positioned to carry out Mr. Trump’s campaign trail promises to dismantle the agency and slash its ranks of employees.”2 The Times noted that Mr. Pruitt would be responsible for steering “President Trump’s efforts to dismantle major regulations on climate change and clean water— and to cut the . . . authority of the government’s environmental enforcer.”3

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