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“I ain’t no great environmentalist, but…”

Posted by direwolff on December 10, 2006

What the heck is going on here?!!! Who’s the genius behind the idea of having political appointees have any real say-so in scientific assessments? What am I missing here?

It’s nice to see the NY Times doing their best to put a mildly positive spin by their use of such positive language for the title of their article, Greater Role for Nonscientists in E.P.A. Pollution Decisions, but if this doesn’t sound like a bitter “W” trying to stick it to the American public for their low approval ratings of him in general, I don’t know what is.  It’s actually getting a little scary how Atlas Shrugged-like our country is getting, with respect to its afront on intellectualism. It’s as though our country is spending more and more time handicapping the smart and educated people.  Given that many of them aren’t running for office, this may have something to do with it.  The smarter and more educated you are these days in this country, the greater the handicap. It’s like being dumb isn’t just cool, it gets rewarded. OK, let me stop my rant right here, as I just realized in that last sentence that our president is a moron and look what it got him, ruler of what used to be known as the free world. I stand corrected…doh!

Notable quotes from that article:

The Environmental Protection Agency has changed the way it sets standards to control dangerous air pollutants like lead, ozone and tiny particles of soot, enhancing the role of the agency’s political appointees in scientific assessments and postponing the required review by independent scientific experts.

But it didn’t take long to follow that precious wisdom with the sort of comments that make you want to pull your hair out…

The change, which largely tracks the suggestions of the American Petroleum Institute but also adopts some recommendations of the agency’s independent scientific advisers, was announced yesterday afternoon by the agency’s deputy administrator, Marcus Peacock. Mr. Peacock said it would streamline a cumbersome process and bring it “into the 21st century.”

Streamline hunh? Yeah, why get caught up with all of that nasty experimentation and analysis, “…come on let’s put it to a vote, gut feel people, gut feel. All of you that have received campaign financing or are consultants to the biggest polluting industries of our country, what do you think of the Clean Air Act, keep it or dump it?”.

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