I generally don’t bother with the The Post, there’s only so much fish wrap you can use but a number of people have pointed to the fanciful A siege against the EPA and environmental progress.
So, who are these wondrous defenders of a rogue agency?
Firstly, let’s have a quick look at Bill Ruckelshous and his infanticide of, well, basically non caucasians:
In April 1972, after seven months of testimony, EPA Administrative Law Judge Edmund Sweeney stated that “DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man. … The uses of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds, or other wildlife. … The evidence in this proceeding supports the conclusion that there is a present need for the essential uses of DDT.”
Two months later, EPA head [and Environmental Defense Fund member/fundraiser] William Ruckelshaus – who had never attended a single day’s session in the seven months of EPA hearings, and who admittedly had not even read the transcript of the hearings – overturned Judge Sweeney’s decision. Ruckelshaus arbitrarily and capriciously declared that DDT was a “potential human carcinogen” and banned it for virtually all uses. (see)
And Christie Todd Whitman, oh dear:
She was asked: ”Global warming, what is your thought on what the state of science is and what can be done to address it?”
Mrs. Whitman said: ”Still somewhat uncertain. Clearly there’s a hole in the ozone, that has been identified. But I saw a study the other day that showed that that was closing. It’s not as clear, the cause and effect, as we would like it to be.”
When some experts on the atmosphere and pollution read a transcript of Mrs. Whitman’s statements, they said the governor had clearly confused two distinct, important global environmental problems: global warming and the ozone hole. (see)
Looks like the WaPo has decided to help us get rid of the misanthropes at EPA by “defending them” – might have to start reading that paper again after all.
Steve has also responded, see Mass murderer, nitwit defend EPA over on the main site.