The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is acting against its name, deleting dozens of pages helping local governments and policymakers address climate change.
Full blown anti-intellectualism
The EPA was created with the purpose of protecting human health and the environment. The idea is to develop science-based policies and encourage Congress to pass adequate laws. However, under the current administration, the EPA has basically become a front for climate change denial and fossil fuel lobby. Not only are they now ignoring mountains of climate science, but they’re now removing important resources from the EPA website.
“There is no more significant threat than climate change and it isn’t just happening to people in far-off countries — it’s happening to us,” Ms. McCarthy said. “It is beyond comprehension that E.P.A. would ever purposely limit and remove access to information that communities need to save lives and property. Clearly, this was not a technical glitch, it was a planned shutdown.”
There’s a term for what is happening; it’s called Regulatory capture. As per Wikipedia, regulatory capture is “a form of government failure that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or political concerns of special interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating.” Whenever this happens, the interest of companies or political groups are advanced at the detriment of the interests of the citizens. Government agencies suffering from regulatory capture are called “captured agencies.” It’s clear that the EPA now falls under this category.
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