Scott Pruitt Testifies Against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan
In this video, Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testifies against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. It’s very ironic that the person who is designated as the person who will take over control of the EPA is arguing against one of the most progressive plans, for protecting the environment from global warming, has proposed in years.
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan calls for carbon dioxide emissions to be reduced by 32% within 25 years, down to same levels as 2005. It is designed to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants. It is also focused towards increasing the use of renewable energy, such as, solar power, wind power, and other renewable, nonpolluting forms of energy.
As you can imagine, the fossil fuel industry (coal and oil) are fighting hammer and tongs against this new rule from the EPA. They are just trying to protect their own profits than protect the environment because they are afraid that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will adversely affect their profit margin. They could care less about protecting our planet and people against global warming, caused by the type of unsafe and obsolete energy production that they want to support. This mindset is just another example of how detrimental capitalism is to our society.
These industries are too shortsighted to see that alternative energy like solar power, wind power, and other forms of renewable energy production holds huge potential for job creation. Increased job creation will not only benefit our economy and workers, but advance profit-making potential for the investors in this burgeoning industry. It seems that the current power producers never heard of something called “diversification”, where they could transform their polluting industries into nonpolluting investments. Of course, this would mean that they would have to stop sitting on their money and actually invest it in something worthwhile; something American industries have never been prone to do. They should know by now that it takes money to make money. Even a socialist like myself can see this fact.
In this video, the primary argument that Scott Pruitt presents is the claim that the States should be the ones to decide the emission standards and enforce them, with no interference from the federal government, in this case, the EPA. Several times he falls back on the “states rights” argument to reinforce his position that the EPA has no authority to impose regulations on energy producing industries like the coal or oil industries. He also makes the standard argument, always made by corporations, that federal regulations cause harm by driving up the cost of whatever is being produced. Scott Pruitt shows himself to be just another shill for the status quo production of coal and oil. It’s very obvious that he is in their pockets.
Scott Pruitt also tries to undermine the EPA’s Clean Power Plan by claiming that it is unconstitutional because the EPA over steps the authority given to it by Congress. He’s tries to imply that the EPA is trying to undermine Congress instead of protecting the environment, which is totally ludicrous. People like Scott Pruitt on the ones who are damaging our environment with their antiquated mindset that regulations are harmful. In reality, regulations are designed to protect the citizens of this country from harm. People like him never seem to realize that if industries behave in a socially responsible way, and really showed any type of caring for the well-being of citizens, regulations would not be necessary.
It’s outrageous that Donald Trump has selected someone like Scott Pruitt for head of the EPA. There is no way that the can share it. This last week be fair when making a ruling dealing with the issue of global warming, alternative energy, or against the oil and coal industries. There are many occasions when he will be faced with a glaring conflict of interest on whatever decisions he makes. However, as we have seen, conflict of interest is the last thing that the Trump administration cares about. If Scott Pruitt is approved to be head of the EPA, our environment will suffer right along with the people living in it.