Trump Mandates All EPA Studies And Data To Be Reviewed By His Political Staff Before Release

Submitted by: fancylad 3 months ago News & Politics

I know, I know, I know -- there's a crapload of Trump news today, and I'm all for never reading about him again, but this one is bad... really bad.

Trump and his administration is mandating that all studies and data from from those studies 
brought forth by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency get reviewed by "political appointees" before these reports get released to the public. 

So, a dictatorship? First the EPA studies, then what? Censoring the internet? 

Anyone want to defend this one? Even if you don't believe in climate change, what do you think of the leader of the free world withholding information that's rightly yours to review?
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Male 2,709
Well it only makes sense to have non-scientists, all of whom have political agendas and very subjective perspectives, to 'review' - and I understand this to mean suppress, redact, manipulate or alter - objective facts gathered by professionals in their own fields.
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Male 1,877
captkangaroo " alternate facts gathered by professionals in their own fields. "  Fixed it for you ;)
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Where are all the conservatives to defend their orange monkey now?
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Male 4,952
... but the E-mails!?...
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Male 4,952
I've noticed that the Trump continues to tweet about his attendance and ratings of his inauguration , even today he tweeted a couple of times about it and even has given a couple of TV speeches about it AND YET not a word about condolences or giving aid to the tornado victims  who lost their homes, properties and lives. This man has PRIORITIES! I was even tempted to tweet him about it but I decided not to, I don't want to end up on his terrorist watch list.
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Male 4,952
thezigrat Today the Trump called for a federal investigation on wide spread voter fraud by dead and illegal immigrants with NO DATA to support this claim, However he dismisses the FACT of Russia's tampering with the United States Election Process and totally ignores the proof calling it all lies.  His call for the investigation is just to prove that he is more popular than Clinton? This Man Has PRIORITIES!
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thezigrat He's right, there was wide spread voter fraud by dead and illegal immigrants. The only remedy is to redo the vote. 
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Male 4,952
You people do realize this will affect future science text books and what subjects allowed in schools as well?
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Male 4,952
Don't worry all, this will pass
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Male 1,642
trump has a man date.. get it uhhuhuhuh
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Male 1,642
bad man dates indy
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Male 1,877
But where is the "proof" this is with ill intent to the public...am I right megrendel Nothing to see here...move along.
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Male 5,723
kalron27 Not so sure there's any intent more than to be aware of what the next pile of shit actual scientific evidence is going to dump on them so they can come up with some kind of (probably bullshit) response. Clicking on the link got me pretty much nothing in terms of a report, so I don't know if it's a mandate for administrative approval for publication or merely for pre-publication review.
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Male 1,877
broizfam I like what squrlz4ever wrote below, the EPA works for the public, not one administration :)  To pre-approve reports on scientific evidence is a scary thought. 

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Male 5,723
kalron27 I agree. Pre-approval is absolutely inappropriate and dictatorial. Again, though, not having seen the actual report (the link didn't take me to an actual report - I tried!) I can't say that he's actually requiring pre-approval so much as a bit of lag time to give him the chance to figure out what lies he'll have to come up with to counter the reports as they get published.
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Male 1,877
broizfam " a bit of lag time to give him the chance to figure out what lies he'll have to come up with to counter the reports " Are we talking...Alternate Facts? ;)
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Male 5,723
kalron27 Oh! Right. Sorry! I forgot. The new administration doesn't lie.
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Male 4,392
Conservatives freaked out  about the unprecedented amount of executive orders President Obama was signing. If you believed the hyperbole you would have thought all he ever did was sign executive orders, but Obama ended up with an average of only 34.6 a year. To find a president with a yearly average less than him you have to go all the way back to Grover Cleveland in 1889. On his sixth day, Trump has already signed 12 executive orders (more than a third of Obama's yearly average). Now that is something to legitimately freak out about.
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Male 4,392
Obama's first executive order made it so only ex-presidents could assert executive privilege on presidential records not their heirs as George W had put into policy. Basically it made it easier for the public to obtain presidential records. His second of two that first day was a requirement that his executive branch sign an ethics pledge. What a monster.
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Male 5,723
markust123 But...but...he's a conservative! That means it just has to be appropriate! Right? Just ask 5Cats - he'll tell you. Obama, on the other hand...
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Male 1,642
waiting for the alt spin on this.  i bet it will be fantastic.  no wonder why 1984 is flying off the shelves at a super quick rate recently. https://qz.com/894420/george-orwells-1984-and-trump-key-concepts-that-might-explain-why-1984-is-the-best-selling-book-on-amazon-in-the-age-of-trump/
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Male 1,877
rumham I saw that yesterday, emergency reprinting and all.
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Male 356
Hitler did that shit. nice.
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Female 267
When the BBC does reports filmed in some 3rd world fascist dictatorship they'll occasionally put in a disclaimer saying words to the effect of "this information has been reviewed and censored by the government of ---".

I never thought I'd live to see the day they had to do that in the US.
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Male 300
I'm surprised that someone hasn't noticed the similarity between Trump and Shirley Stoler's Nazi concentration camp boss in the film "The Seven Beauties" 
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Male 1,877
mentott510 ah...hmmm...yep I totally see it.  I put it in Photoshop and added an orange tint...doppelganger!
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Male 4,952
kalron27 Uncanny!
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Male 4,952
Trump is the best president the United States ever had. It'sTrue (Alt Fact)
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Male 4,952
I bet reducing restrictions on child labor laws is high on his list. Remember Exploitation starts at home. "Putting those freeloading preteen kids to work"
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Male 4,952
Greed and Money Trumps Nature, Environment and common sense
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Male 585
thank god we live in these here times. it dosnt matter what he trys to do. somebody will put the info out there. the  tighter he squeezes  his fist the more info will leak through.
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Male 1,011
fancyclad and, also, to all from the US..."Leader of the free world"...wtf? America, world police? I don't give a shit who the POTUS is, I live in the free world also, and he sure as shit isn't MY leader. I'd happily kick that orange skinned twat in the nuts, and be damned with the consequences. (and the same applies for any POTUS, from any party). The difference between the US and the rest of the world? You have freedom of speech. We have freedom of thought....
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Male 2,102
Uggh. The EPA (and all government agencies, for that matter) work for the people, not the president.
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Male 4,952
squrlz4ever apparently, not any more
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Male 6,430
So let me get this straight, deficit spending, lying on a policy (see like your doctor keep your doctor, silencing your opponents, a possible dictator, all things lobbed by the "right" on Obama.  Yet here we are seeing them HAPPEN under Trump.   Yet those ardent supporters of him can find NOTHING wrong with this?  Don't anyone say I wasn't critical of Obama, I found multiple issues with him, I disagreed with Snowden, I disagreed with Drone policy, I disagreed with Obamacare, but for the love of god,  Can we all at least agree you can't defend EVERYTHING President Trump is stating/doing?  
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Male 7,636
normalfreak2 I agree that you can't defend EVERYTING ANYONE does. 

As the EPA has been granted way too much power, I don't mind it getting put under some semblance of control.  There's too much political influence and bulling involved with the EPA.  They are making regulations that have the effect of law without having the authorization to make law. 

If Trump is doing this to rein in their excesses and does so in a transparent manner, I have no problem with it.

If Trump is doing it to censor the studies for his own uses, that will be a major problem.
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Male 1,877
megrendel " If Trump is doing it to censor the studies for his own uses, that will be a major problem. "  Excellent...thank you!  We will need your vast knowledge on this if (cough cough...when) that is the case.
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Male 6,430
megrendel I agree with that.
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Male 252
Jesus Christ...this is a page right out of the autocratic handbook...
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Male 300
I'm right with you Abortabortabort.  I'll be retiring from public service soon and can resume being a political activist again.  This is a really scary time.  Having political hacks screening scientific work for release is like times past when there were party officers in all aspects of life as in Nazi Germany and when the Soviets were in power in Russia.
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Male 4,952
mentott510 He also wants to do this with News Reports. I bet there will be an exec order on this soon.
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Male 196
The EPA has been given to much power and Trump is reeling it in. The EPA can walk onto any construction project on a house built prior to 1978 and, after doing a swab test for lead, can shut down the whole project. Not only that, they can fine every business working there till they are out of business. If one single piece of paperwork is out of place your done for. This applies to projects as small as replacing one window! It has more than tripled cost of doing business.
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Male 66
WakeToWood So can OSHA.  It does not matter if EPA is "repealed". Corrupt officials will still be corrupt.  I doubt the costs have been tripled. 
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Male 520
slicerdicer Being in the business of selling safety supplies, I know quite a bit about OSHA, and OSHA does not normally shut things down.  It really comes down to the individual inspectors, and yes, some can be dicks, but the vast majority of the time, unless a particular company is a repeat offendre, they come in, tell the company what needs to be done and give them a couple weeks to get in compliance.  They come back and re-inspect and as long as you remedied the issues, you are fine.  I see it all the time when customers call me and tell me they had or are having an OSHA inspection and need to get certain things in place.  Yes, it's a disruption, but nowhere near the level of the EPA.
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Male 66
I bet GE is extremely happy.  They have been unable to leave their defunct properties in Albany, NY area since they would have to clean them up.  On the plus side we will find out if industrial waste really create mutant super heroes like the comic books!!!
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Male 300
"leader of the free world" - not a free world for long
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Male 1,259
I mentioned this to a trump supporter and she called me a liar. I told her she could easily confirm it and she refused. Said she'll rely on how she feels about him. 
Not much better than burying your head in the sand.
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Male 4,952
oobaka 'Unemployment rates is not a number it is a feeling' - Spicer
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Male 50
His political staff that's made up of of buffoons and mentally ill people? Before Trump came politics used to bore me. But now i cannot get enough of it.
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Male 1,877
Yea!!!!
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