Newspaper article MinnPost.com

It’s Clearly Time to Rename the Environmental Protection Agency

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

It’s Clearly Time to Rename the Environmental Protection Agency

Article excerpt

Honesty in labeling requires that President Donald Trump declare an emergency to rename (without congressional action, because that’s what emergencies are for) the government entity that has, since its founding, been called the “Environmental Protection Agency.”

The agency’s traditional name suggests an odious bias in favor of environmental “protection.”

Trump nominated the current acting administrator of the EPA, former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, to be the permanent administrator. According to the Washington Post piece on Wheeler’s elevation to permanency, during his period as acting EPA administrator Wheeler “has advanced President Trump’s push to rollback Obama-era environmental regulations.”

During an exchange at a Senate hearing with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Wheeler did not express agreement with Trump’s expressed belief that global warming/climate change is a “hoax,” but he doesn’t believe it is much of a “crisis. …

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