The Effects of Politics on Environmental Issues

Written by Erin Rush, ESLLC 2016-2017

In The Denver Post, Borenstein and Biesecker talk about how President Trump and his administration have constantly scrutinized the EPA. After he got elected, President Trump assigned his transition team to put a “temporary hold” on all existing information on the EPA website and mandate the information “including details of scientific evidence showing that the Earth’s climate is warming and man-made carbon emissions are to blame” (The Denver Post).

It is also said that President George W. Bush commented that scientific studies usually didn’t get to the upper level, and when it did, there was no editing or content changes. The President is only supposed to give official notices about the studies. The scientific integrity document expressly “prohibits managers and other Agency leadership from intimidating or coercing scientists to alter scientific data, findings or professional opinions or inappropriately influencing scientific advisory boards” (The Denver Post).

The population’s fears have risen as President Trump begins to freeze more and more contracts and grants. This could even result in loss of “essential funding for drinking water protection, hazardous waste oversight, and a host of other programs” (The Denver Post). Jared Blumenfeld, last year’s EPA regional administrator for California and the Pacific Northwest had this to say about what is happening in President Trump’s administration: “The level of mismanagement being exercised during this transition is startling and the impact on the public is alarming.” This is obviously a huge problem that needs to be looked into further in order to contain it.

This is a picture of a stop sign that was put outside of the EPA in Washington D.C.

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Biesecker, Michael, and Seth Borenstein. “EPA Science under Scrutiny by Trump Political Staff.” The Denver Post, 25 Jan. 2017, http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/25/epa-science-politics-trump/. Accessed 20 Feb. 2017.

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