Under Scott Pruitt, the EPA has fought climate change science in a manner that strongly resembles the way that big tobacco fought to keep the public ignorant of the danger of smoking, asserts Emily Atkin of the New Republic. Pruitt has pushed laws that will make it impossible for health results to be used in studies about pollution. This would prevent links between pollution and health being drawn and protects corporations from being sued by the people whose health they have caused to deteriorate. Just like big tobacco, the EPA is working to create laws that make holding big polluters accountable much more difficult. This is a threat to public health.
Scott Pruitt has guided the EPA in the right direction by fighting heavy regulations that have held back America’s industries, argues Rick Manning in The Hill. Under the previous administration, many policies were put in place that shackled American companies in the name of protecting the environment. Pruitt is right to undo this and it will benefit the US economy. His critics routinely ignore that he boosted pollution site cleanups and oversaw strong civil and administrative fines for pollution. Even his desire to make regulations follow data that is publicly available is attacked. Pruitt’s policies protect America’s economy.