Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Scott Pruitt blocks scientists with EPA funding from serving as agency advisers - The Washington Post

Scott Pruitt blocks scientists with EPA funding from serving as agency advisers

Now this is a tricky one. On the surface, it sounds sensible to remove people who have a conflict of interest.

In fact, it might be an excellent decision if Pruitt were planning to replace the scientists who seem to have a conflict with other equally reputable scientists who do not, thus assuring non-conflicted advice while maintaining scientific integrity.

Only one problem. He seems to be ready to take those scientists off the scientific advisory board and replace them with industry-funded scientists (in shop jargon, "cigarette scientists"), and even various people totally ignorant of science, like businessmen in regulated industries - all of whom have an even BIGGER conflict of interest.

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