by Jan Freed
Letter to the editor of the Pasadena Star-News, posted 3/24/17
Scott Pruitt, the new head of the EPA, is not a homicidal maniac. But, like George W. Bush and the captain of the Titanic, his blithe dismissal of timely warnings will kill far more than would a busload of homicidal maniacs who kill directly.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center reports record low Arctic ice: “Vanishing Arctic sea ice is troubling sign that we’re running out of time to avert the disastrous consequences of climate change, and effective steps must now be taken to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
A step backward is to purge Energy Star ratings of appliances, one result of new EPA budget cuts. A step forward is to encourage clean energy jobs and low emissions using a rebated price on carbon, which protects consumers. The conservative Climate Leadership Council and a dozen Nobel laureates strongly support such policies.
Pruitt’s science ignorance is deadly.