Playing the part of Charlie Brown’s father today will be Scott Pruitt

Thomas Veil

macrumors 68020
Original poster
Feb 14, 2004
Years ago I remember reading the following Peanuts comic...

Charlie Brown: You think my dad doesn’t know anything about cars? One time he heard this loud clanking sound coming from under the hood. But he took care of it right away.
Linus: Did he fix it?
Charlie Brown: No, he turned up the radio louder so he couldn’t hear it.​

What does this have to do with Scott Pruitt? Well...

White House, EPA headed off chemical pollution study

Scott Pruitt’s EPA and the White House sought to block publication of a federal health study on a nationwide water-contamination crisis, after one Trump administration aide warned it would cause a "public relations nightmare," newly disclosed emails reveal.

The intervention early this year — not previously disclosed — came as HHS' Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was preparing to publish its assessment of a class of toxic chemicals that has contaminated water supplies near military bases, chemical plants and other sites from New York to Michigan to West Virginia.

The study would show that the chemicals endanger human health at a far lower level than EPA has previously called safe, according to the emails.

“The public, media, and Congressional reaction to these numbers is going to be huge,” one unidentified White House aide said in an email forwarded on Jan. 30 by James Herz, a political appointee who oversees environmental issues at the OMB. The email added: “The impact to EPA and [the Defense Department] is going to be extremely painful. We (DoD and EPA) cannot seem to get ATSDR to realize the potential public relations nightmare this is going to be.”

More than three months later, the draft study remains unpublished, and the HHS unit says it has no scheduled date to release it for public comment.
I swear to god, if this administration ever starts doing public service announcements, they’ll be under the umbrella title, “The Less You Know”.
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macrumors 6502a
Apr 24, 2010
Rock Ridge, California
This guy is absolutely stunning. For a group of people who hate various parts of big government & it's waste, they sure do love spending it's money.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that Administrator Scott Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented, around-the-clock protection from armed officers on his first day — a detail that appears at odds with past claims that the stepped-up security measures came in direct response to death threats.

EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins said in letters to Democratic senators that Pruitt himself initiated the 24-hour-a day protection, which far exceeds the part-time security afforded to past EPA administrators.

Elkins’ letter comes after Pruitt cited an August 2017 report by a staffer in the inspector general’s office detailing more than a dozen investigations of threats against him and his Obama administration predecessor as justification for stepped-up security measures, which has included flying first class on commercial airliners.

Elkins said that 2017 summary was requested by Pruitt’s office and was not intended to justify tighter security. Marked “For Official Use Only,” the internal summary was then improperly made public, Elkins said.


Nov 26, 2010
Washington, DC
All part of the plan to dismantle our government. Put people into positions where they are completely against the division they lead: Scott Pruitt, Betsy DeVos, Rick Perry.... They are doing their best to simply do away with their departments.
Perry is doing a lousy job, but I am amused to hear from numerous DOE officials how Perry is constantly saying that he was fundamentally wrong to ever suggest doing away with DOE.


macrumors 68020
Aug 17, 2009
… What does this have to do with Scott Pruitt? Well...
You left out the defining quote from that story:
… recently ordered limits on the kinds of scientific studies the agency will consider on the health effects of pollution. On the other hand, Pruitt has also called water pollution one of his signature priorities. …
What is meant by making water pollution a priority is not quite clear, but the evidence parses towards facilitating it.