EPA

Ditch Pruitt

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Your DGB for today is to call for swamp monster Scott Pruitt to resign, pack up his knick-knacks and family photos, and carry his sad little cardboard box out the front door of the EPA forever.

Ever since he was confirmed as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Pruitt has been the poster child for swampiness, for how to blithely disregard ethics and use your federal job to line your own pockets. You may recall that he spent thousands of tax dollars on first class plane travel so he could avoid the angry Americans in coach who wanted to know why the head of the EPA seems more interested in protecting fossil fuel interests than, you know, the environment. He rented a sweet condo in Washington, DC for fifty bucks a night from an industry lobbyist. Then he spent an ungodly sum on a not-at-all-paranoid soundproof booth in his office. He misused his taxpayer-funded security detail, used lights and sirens to get to date night with his wife a little faster, and spent tons of dough on fancy signing pens (even gold-plated POTUS only uses Sharpies). Just this weekend we learned that he may have used the promise of favorable policy from the EPA to get courtside seats from a coal industry exec. And finally, *at the very moment we were already writing this Grab,* the news of a NEW ethical violation broke. Apparently Pruitt was having his government-paid employees do personal errands for him, including house-hunting, and purchasing a used mattress from Trump International hotels. We’re flabbergasted by that one.

It is seriously time for this stinking pile of ethical violations to exit stage right. Make some noise. Call your members of congress, tweet your disapproval @EPA, let the administration know this guy’s expiration date is up.

(An aside to EPA building security - you might want to poke around in Scott’s box when he leaves. We wouldn’t put it past him to steal the office stapler.)

 

Things That Are Bad

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help the head of the EPA navigate the murky waters of facts.

Scott Pruitt, who we can safely assume did not obtain a degree in any sciences before he tripped and fell into politics, recently had this to say about Climate Change:

 

“I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing.”

 

And we all know what they say about assuming based on hypotheses proven by objective and verifiable observation, right? Those are facts.

Here are some examples of other empirically bad things you can Tweet at the EPA Administrator:

 

.@EPAScottPruitt I think there’s assumptions made that because cancer has spread, that that necessarily is a bad thing.

 

.@EPAScottPruitt I think there’s assumptions made that because a parachute doesn’t open, that that necessarily is a bad thing.

 

.@EPAScottPruitt I think there’s assumptions made that because you were hit by a car, that that necessarily is a bad thing.

 

 

March for Science

Your DGB for today is to find ways to support or participate in the March for Science taking place across the country on Saturday, April 22nd.

The major march is occurring in DC, but there are a number of satellite marches across the country. You can check our website or the official March for Science website to find a satellite march in your area.

You can also check out their website to buy gear and donate to the march, as well as reading about their mission, particularly their Diversity and Inclusion Principles. If you’re not able to participate in the march, we urge you to call your representatives and let them know you support the March for Science, and urge them to fight 45 and his cronies disbelief in science and their plans to gut science-related programs and the EPA. We also urge you to express your concern over the hiring freezes and gag orders they have put in place on scientists across the country.

So, don your brain hats, and get out and march this weekend to let Trump and other science deniers know that we support science because “there is no planet B.”

 

Scott Pruitt Hearings

Your DGB for today is to contact Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), who sits on the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, and ask that he vote against Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.

Trump really captured his signature spirit of ironic cabinet picks with Pruitt’s nomination. As Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt is currently suing the agency he is tapped to lead. His LinkedIn profile calls him “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” whatever that means. Unless Trump is playing Opposite Day, this nomination serves you that usual feeling about his Cabinet picks: a sprinkle of confusion, a big shot of alarm, and a puckering bite of anxiety.

Senator Moran is the only Majority member not to have met with Pruitt ahead of his hearings, with every other Republican on the committee praising the nominee. Back in March of 2016, Senator Moran was also one of the only Republican Senators to call for hearings on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, so we know he has some ability to think for himself.

You’ll contact the Senator using this form or this phone number: (202) 224-6521 and this DGB suggested message:

I’m contacting you today to ask that you oppose Scott Pruitt’s confirmation as EPA Administrator. His disregard for our climate is bad for Kansas, the United States, and the world.

 

Dispose of Holiday Decorations Responsibly

Your DGB for today is to find a way to lower your holiday’s impact.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is already a part of your daily routine, right? What about when it comes to cleaning up the aftermath of the holidays? After several weeks of work and build-up it’s tempting to just trash everything and stick it by the curb along with all of 2016, but there are easy ways to get rid of the clutter without putting it in a landfill. Your local city or county waste management agency will often have ideas, but here are a few compiled by DGB:

Real Christmas tree: Donate it to your local zoo! Contact them and see if they are accepting trees for the animals to play with.

Fake Christmas tree: If it’s not too far gone, you can donate it to a thrift store, nursing home, or even schools. Most local recycling centers also accept them.

Holiday Lights: This company collects your old lights all year long to raise money for Toys for Tots.

Wrapping paper tubes: They make a great handle for a protest sign! Find out if the organizers of the next rally or march near you are interested in your empty wrapping paper tubes.

Other holiday stuff not mentioned here? Earth911 has compiled a very handy database that can help you find a way.

As for 2016, DGB has confirmed we cannot reuse or recycle. This one must go directly to a landfill.