Over at EPA, the Swamp Starts Draining Itself

by Jodi Giddings on March 10, 2017

President Trump is attempting to fire-bomb the overinflated budget over at the corruption-plagued EPA. And it looks to be having the intended effect: draining the agency of overpaid, unnecessary Swamp Things. Because at least one of them has elected to leave, rather than stick around and watch the agency he worships be chopped down to size. Mustafa Ali, the founder of the EPA’s “environmental justice office” has resigned from the agency:

“I never saw in the past a concerted effort to roll back the positive steps that many, many people have worked on through all the previous administrations,” he said in an interview, according to the Washington Post. “I can’t be a part of anything that would hurt those [disadvantaged] communities. I just couldn’t sign off on those types of things.”

Ali said he hasn’t seen much from the Trump administration on environmental justice concerns. “I hadn’t seen any positive movement in relationship to vulnerable communities,” he said. “I hadn’t seen yet any engagement with communities with environmental justice concerns.”

So what exactly does Ali mean by “environmental justice?”

Perhaps this, in coordination with this woman, who last week seemed to call for a second Civil War:

Or this, in Silverton, Colorado. The EPA paid nothing in damages for an environmental disaster that you or I would be bankrupted for:

This 2015 waste water spill originated at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado when EPA personnel, along with EPA contractors, caused the release of toxic waste water into the Animas River watershed. (Photo Credit: CBS News)

Or maybe this:

Or perhaps the lack of anything resembling oversight and responsible use of our tax dollars.

And let’s not forget a previous EPA head who set up an email account using a pseudonym to mask her activities from those who paid her salary:

The EPA is the swampiest of the Swamp.

Meanwhile…read the opening paragraphs from this Woe is Me op-ed from the Washington Post; make sure you have your tiny violin. No, global warming…er, climate change religionists, the science is far from “settled.” And isn’t robust inquiry, and challenging what we think we know, at the very heart of the sciences in the first place? Exhibit A:

Pretty compelling argument. I wonder if Mr. Ali has seen it. And isn’t it the height of arrogance to think that we can somehow control it?

My husband-the-engineer and I had our own mini-battle with the EPA, when it unilaterally deemed the property we were purchasing was in a “flood zone.” Never in its history had it been in a flood zone, but because The EPA Said So! we were forced to purchase a $2,000 flood insurance policy in order to close escrow. Long story short: we were right, they were wrong, but had to jump through hoops to prove it, wasting our time and money, and that of our fellow taxpayers paying the salaries of the EPA bureaucrats. It’s federal overreach at its worst. And I say nuke the EPA from orbit; it has no right to exist under our Constitution. And Mr. Ali’s “climate justice?” Well it’s just a liberal ponzi scheme whose goal is centralized control of everything environment, and wealth redistribution in the tradition of ObamaCare. He knows the jig is up, so he took his ball and went home.

Liberals and Leftists are continually preaching to us “rubes” over here on the right about how rejecting we are of science. Well, the above explanation for climate change—which we know has been occurring since the planet’s birth—makes a whole lot of sense to me. Seems our friends on the Left only embrace the science they agree with, or the conclusions that bring them endless federal funding, and reject anything that contradicts their climate change religion. You know, like weebly-wobbly planetary orbits in a chaotic solar system. Oh, and the fact that babies have their own distinct DNA. These are just two of the arguments they cannot win from a scientific perspective.

And about that Swamp? Here’s hoping the other cultists follow Mr. Ali right out the door.

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Wfjag March 10, 2017 at 3:48 am

You misspelled the word. It’s “Environmental Just-us.”

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Jodi Giddings March 10, 2017 at 7:16 am

Curses! My bad! lol

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parker March 10, 2017 at 7:35 am

Two issues need to be addressed. The first is disbanding federal employee unions. The second is denying pensions to federal employees who do things like using a private email account to avoid FOIA.

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Jodi Giddings March 10, 2017 at 7:54 am

Absolutely right, Parker!!

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Nina March 10, 2017 at 7:54 am

Can only hope that draining that particular swamp includes immediate firing of those responsible for Gold King Mine and Flint…among others.

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Jodi Giddings March 10, 2017 at 7:55 am

I have a feeling Mr. Pruitt is on it…we shall see.

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GWB March 10, 2017 at 8:02 am

I never saw in the past a concerted effort to roll back the positive steps

Well, Mr Ali, I think you’re assuming facts not in evidence……

I don’t mind an EPA that helps keep our actually navigable waters clean (and arguably only the ones that cross state boundaries). That’s about all it can do under the Constitution (commerce clause).

And, “environmental justice” would have entailed firing, then civilly pursuing the morons who poisoned the Animas river. What Ali means is nothing like the ancient-to-modern meaning of the word “justice”.

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Jodi Giddings March 10, 2017 at 8:25 am

Exactly right, GWB. And I think Mr. Pruitt agrees.

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David Reynolds Sr March 10, 2017 at 10:56 am

If CO2 is a greenhouse gas and is responsible for global warming/climate change, please explain why Mars with an atmosphere that is mostly CO2 isn’t a warm and toasty place.

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Jodi Giddings March 10, 2017 at 11:31 am

Excellent question, David! *waits for climate change worshipers to answer*

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GWB March 10, 2017 at 11:34 am

Duh! Because it’s so far from the …. o.O wait a minute…….

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Jodi Giddings March 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm

There goes that argument…lol!

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Wfjag March 11, 2017 at 1:20 am

As to Mars, it’s atmosphere is so thin that it fails to act like a blanket like the thicker atmospheres of Earth and Venus, and retain heat. On Earth, the difference between day and night temperatures will be in the range of 20 – 30 degrees F. On Mars, it’s about 120 degrees F.

More important in considering the effects of CO2 on global warming is whether it is a cause or a result? Ice core data show CO2 levels increasing centuries after temperatures rise (it being a lagging indicator) rather than first increasing, and so possibly being a driver of temperature increases. As a lagging indicator, CO2 levels increase because something else caused the conditions which caused increased CO2 levels. Thus, CO2 is likely either not a factor or only a minor factor in temperature increases, and so efforts to control CO2 emissions are wasteful.

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Jodi G March 11, 2017 at 10:14 am

Thanks for that input,Wfjag!

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