This goes way beyond the foxes guarding the hen house
Last Thursday, the Associated Press distributed the following story on a new federal board:
Trophy hunters pack Trump wildlife protection board
From the article:
Trophy hunters are packed on a new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos. That . . .
Yet another fox for the henhouse: Dow Chemical lawyer to oversee Trump administration's response to hazardous spills and toxic sites
From the Associated Press earlier today:
President Donald Trump on Friday tapped a chemical industry insider to run the Environmental Protection Agency office that oversees emergency response to hazardous spills and cleanups of the nation’s most toxic sites.
The White House announced that Trump has nominated Peter C. Wright to serve as EPA’ . . .
Tombstones instead of monuments: black lung is back
From today’s New York Times:
Federal investigators this month identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung cases ever officially recorded.
More than 400 coal miners frequenting three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017 were found to have complicated black lung . . .
Kathleen Hartnett-White has denied climate change, misrepresented data, and plagiarized for starters
From Huffington Post earlier today:
Kathleen Hartnett-White, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, was just one Senate vote away from becoming the White House’s top environmental adviser.
But late Thursday night, the controversial former Texas regulator returned to square one.
The Senate sent her . . .
One fox out, another nominated
Last week, one of the worst of a bad lot of industry-friendly Trump appointments withdrew his name from consideration as head of the EPA’s chemical safety office. Michael Dourson (I first wrote about him here) was apparently so bad that even Republicans were not going to support him. As the Washington Post wrote:
Critics said . . .
In case you missed it, he’s put Kellyanne Conway in charge
As the New York Times recently described:
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, has no public health background, a reputation for bending the truth, and a knack for generating government ethics complaints. Yet Ms. Conway does have the ear of the president.
Despite her resume, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Wednesday . . .
Trump administration continues to add foxes
The Daily Beast last month examined the extent to which former industry officials have become regulators of their former industries:
Nearly a year since he won election, the president has turned federal agencies over to the private industries that they regulate. And he has done so to a degree that ethics groups say they have never . . .