Environment

Report: EPA Admin. Scott Pruitt is a Paranoid Nutcase

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We know Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt is engage in all manner of secret dealings with the fossil fuel and chemical industries, but he's apparently taking secrecy (and paranoia) to a whole new level.

Agency employees who spoke to the New York Times say Pruitt holds up in his locked office like a mad king.

Doors to the floor are now frequently locked, and employees have to have an escort to gain entrance.

Some employees say they are also told to leave behind their cellphones when they meet with Mr. Pruitt, and are sometimes told not to take notes.

Mr. Pruitt, according to the employees, who requested anonymity out of fear of losing their jobs, often makes important phone calls from other offices rather than use the phone in his office, and he is accompanied, even at E.P.A. headquarters, by armed guards, the first head of the agency to ever request round-the-clock security.

No one who is this paranoid should be allowed lead a federal agency, or any other agency for that matter, but here we are.

I considered the number of lawsuits filed against the Obama-era EPA to be egregious, but they may pale in comparison to the flood of lawsuits that will come when the decisions of Scott Pruitt bear fruit. Dozens of states and municipalities are already challenging Pruitt's decisions in court, but the worst will come when his decisions begin harming average people.

Over 50 farm workers were sickened in Bakersfield, California earlier this year after crops were sprayed with a pesticide chemical that was approved for use by Scott Pruitt. Health and farmworker organizations banded together to file a lawsuit on behalf of farmworkers in June.

I don't think Pruitt's tenure can last.

  • muselet

    Ashby, calling Scott Pruitt a paranoid nutcase is understating by a lot. Armed guards? Inside EPA headquarters?

    Yikes.

    –alopecia

    • I work at a federal agency and the idea that the head of the agency would walk around with armed guards is utterly alien to my experience. Almost everyone who has headed my agency has been a professional, dedicated to our mission for the American people. Fortunately, so far we’ve avoided the WH’s evil gaze, but that can’t last forever.

  • Badgerite

    And on a darker note, the now Republican Governor and billionaire Jim Justice is suing two environmental regulators from Kentucky personally ( that means that he is going after their personal assets to settle any judgement) for rulings that resulted in fines levied against several companies Justice controls that operated in Kentucky and did not fulfill legal obligations to reclaim damaged landscapes. The only way such a lawsuit could succeed is if the defendants to the action acted outside the scope of their employment with the state which I doubt that Justice can prove in court. But the lawsuit itself is an obvious attempt to intimidate and threaten those who are employed by the government to see that environmental laws are enforced. This is essentially a version of the trump defamation lawsuit gambit. Only this time it is not aimed at critics. It is aimed at law enforcement. So there is that. Link to story below.
    http://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2017/08/11/intimidation-accountability-mining-company-goes-after-kentucky-regulators-own-money/540181001/

    • muselet

      It’s the ultimate SLAPP suit. I wish I could say I was surprised.

      –alopecia

  • Arthur Croft

    Pruitt should get sprayed with some pesticide.
    He is about as respectable as a cockroach.

  • Georgie

    Pretty much the whole trump administration:
    https://media.giphy.com/media/cBybHF5W5BmRG/giphy.gif
    so this behavior does not surprise me.

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