From Order to Chaos: The Attack on the EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 under Richard Nixon’s administration. Now in 2017, it is likely that at least 25% of the agency will be dismantled by the Authoritarian’s administration.
This is a crime against the well-being of all living things and their environment by the White House
Even before the current administration took over the White House, the Authoritarian’s transition team sent clear messages that the EPA was in trouble. The so-called transition team wanted names of EPA employees who worked on, wrote papers about, and did research in the fields related to climate science.
They were not doing this give out awards! They did it put the EPA on notice that “we are out to get you.”
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With Billionaires in the White House We Need to Keep an Eye on the Money
It’s been reported that the Authoritarian wants to increase the Pentagon’s share of the Federal budget by 10% which translates to about $59 billion more dollars. A report has circulated that the EPA will be cut by at least 20%, including staff and dollars.
The Federal Budget is divided into three parts as shown below.
- Mandatory Spending (like Social Security)–$2.5 Trillion
- Discretionary Spending (like Education, Defense)–$1.1 Trillion
- Interest on the Debt–$229 Billion
If the President submits a budget that includes a $59 billion increase in spending, the money for this is part of the Discretionary Spending which is about a third of the total Federal budget. Mandatory spending is spending on certain programs such as Medicare and Social Security, and are controlled by existing law. Mandatory spending has increased over the years, and is expected increase from $2.2 trillion in 2016 to $3.6 trillion in 2023.
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EPA: From Obama’s Protection to Trump’s Destruction to the Emergence of Resistance
Using the Wayback Machine, we can keep watch on some aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency website now that Trump and his EPA pick for Secretary of the EPA, Scott Pruitt are in charge. Trump wants to cut the EPA, and Pruitt, with ties to the coal, oil and gas industry, and champion litigator against the EPA while he was Attorney General for Oklahoma, is no friend of Earth’s environment, other than helping those who take from the Earth what ever they want.
On January 24, one of the first things the Trump administration did was to demand that the EPA take down all of its Climate Change pages. Then they were told to hold off, then told to remove them, and then to put them back. As of this writing the Climate Change page is still on the website. But the fact that the White House actually ordered the page to be taken down set in motion a lot of resistance.
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Soft Power & Track II Diplomacy Banned with Citizens in 7 Muslim Nations
Peaceful relations between nations require understanding and mutual respect between individuals. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1956
Soft power and Track II diplomacy began in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower created People-to-People, which was to build a massive program of communications between Americans and citizens of other lands, distinct from government contacts. Government contact diplomacy is Track I Diplomacy, whereas people-to-people is Track II Diplomacy. It’s obvious that President Eisenhower would be opposed to the Trump administration’s ban on citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, & Libya entering the U.S.
In a Chronicle of Higher Education article, Keith David Watenpaugh wrote “Why Trump’s Executive Order Is Wrongheaded and Reckless.'” Professor Watenpaugh is a historian of the Middle East and professor of human-rights studies at the University of California, Davis. In the article he said:
The closing of America to the world, begun by this order, is, among other things, an abandonment of the enormous capacity of American soft power embodied in exchange programs, study abroad, and efforts to rescue scholars and students — all of which promote human rights, collective security, and global commerce.
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Roger is a long time friend of mine. We were colleagues at distant universities from 1992 on, and have remained in touch via email. Roger was a prolific writer in the field of science education, and wrote a ground breaking book, Fallout! about an Australian scientist who spoke out against the British testing of nuclear weapons in Australia. It was made into a film Silent Storm.
Last night I wrote in response to an email I received from him. He had sent a photo showing him testing out a boat he had designed, with a llama looking on, and he also mentioned Trump in his note.
Here is my letter to him.
“Looks like a fun outing. How is the boat powered? Was this what you built for your son? It looks like the llama was your lookout (I assume it’s a llama). Many many years ago one of my PhD students & his wife raised llamas on a farm not far from here.
Last night President Obama gave his last speech in front of a packed audience in his adopted city of Chicago. It was a wonderful speech as his usually are. Our country never deserved him. There will be no one close to him and his family. I consider him one of the best, if not greatest President in my lifetime, perhaps in our history.
And now we have Trump who I call The Authoritarian on my blog. He’s the worst we’ve ever had. But I’m concerned about his penchant for revenge, and his disdain for the press. He lies when he speaks.
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