On Sept. 1, your lead editorial approvingly heralded Scott Pruitt’s self-proclaimed “New Day” at the EPA. You also cited 5 instances of what anyone should regard as improper or egregious procedures on the part of the EPA and one instance of apparent fraud. You did not attempt to provide any context by contrasting the balance of EPA actions over the previous 8 years, nor suggest what our understanding of human nature tells us about the number of rogue bad apples one should normally expect to find in any very large organization, public or private.
You concluded, “All things considered, a new day probably isn’t such a bad thing at the EPA.”
This conclusion constitutes a grave betrayal of the farmers, ranchers and loggers you claim to speak for. Scott Pruitt is a climate science denier whose tenure as EPA administrator poses an existential threat to the livelihood and welfare of their children and grandchildren.
To stay in business, agriculturalists must behave like scientists, basing their plans and production decisions on facts, not ideology. The only significant group of people who don’t acknowledge that burning fossil fuels has contributed to the catastrophic warming of the planet are Republican politicians like Pruitt, presumably because Al Gore, a Democrat, first called our attention to that “Inconvenient Truth.”
Climate science deniers are on the same moral plain with Holocaust deniers. When an agency that should operate on the basis of evidence and science pretends that the science does not exist, no good policy can come of it!
Peter M. Gladhart
Owner & Vineyard Manager
Winter’s Hill Estate