President Trump just found another creative way to show America (and the rest of the world) his disdain for the EPA, and for science.
On Tuesday, the New Republic reported that the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency — now headed by climate science denialist Scott Pruitt — deleted the word “science” from the agency’s official mission statement.
When writing federal guidelines for water pollution standards, the EPA traditionally used the phrase “science-based,” as seen in this image from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. This meant that when determining how much pollution is safe for drinking water, swimming, and fishing, the EPA would defer to peer-reviewed science in establishing guidelines. Now, Pruitt’s EPA is softening the standards for polluted water by simply shooting for “economically and technologically achievable standards,” according to the EPA’s updated website.
Scientists have been organizing their resistance to Trump from the moment he was inaugurated. In response to the administration censoring the EPA’s Twitter account, a new account rose up — @altUSEPA — proclaiming to be the work of undercover EPA workers going against the environmental policies of the White House. Scientists are also planning a march on Washington in defense of empirical science on Saturday, April 22
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.