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EPA Alcoholism Rising Because of Trump

 

EPA lifers are “in the dumps” about life at the agency under President Trump. The level of anxiety is so high that alcoholism may be on the rise among climate-alarmist lifers, according to one staffer quoted in The Washington Post. If that is true, that’s very good news, because it means the EPA will be getting back to its original — and largely accomplished mission — of cleaning up America’s air, land, and water.

EPA lifer and “climate change advisor” Mike Cox quit recently, and not quietly. The Pacific Northwest staffer issued a public letter stating his reasons, and The Washington Post reported his letter with unwarranted gusto. What the hell did he have to lose, I suppose. Trump is eliminating 25 percent of all EPA jobs. I guess his was one.

This middle-finger story about Cox included the usual nonsense about how if all Americans don’t all bike to work (like him) for the rest our lives, the earth is DOOMED … and so on. But I had to laugh, though, at this wilting flower’s concern about the ski industry on the West Coast.

“ … talk to the ski area operators who are seeing less snowpack and worrying about their future …”

Dude. Mammoth Mountain in Northern California announced in February that its skiing season will be extended to … the Fourth of July Weekend. There hasn’t been skiing at Mammoth Mountain in July for at least 40 years. Tell me more about how humans, globally, are creating “less snowpack” in America. These climate alarmists are so used to peddling BS, they don’t think anyone watches The Weather Channel — which for the first time in memory this morning spoke positively about the end of the California drought, instead of saying, “But it’s not over yet!!”

Anyway, The Washington Post reporter couldn’t get an EPA spokesman to comment on the EPA diva’s walk-out letter, but they did get a hold of Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who led the Trump Administration’s EPA transition team. Myron, a friend of The Heartland Institute — and winner of this year’s Climate Change Awards — delivered a classic quote:

The EPA did not respond to requests for comment on Cox’s letter, but Myron Ebell, who led Trump’s EPA transition team, did.

Now that Trump is moving toward “radically downsizing the EPA,” Ebell said, “employees who are opposed to the Trump Administration’s agenda are either going to conduct themselves as professional civil servants or find other employment or retire or be terminated. I would be more sympathetic if they had ever expressed any concern for the people whose jobs have been destroyed by EPA’s regulatory rampage.”

The reporter didn’t mention if Myron dropped the mic … but it should have.

After reading the story, it was clear that the reporter buried the lead and headline. Theirs was “EPA staffer leaves with a bang, blasting agency policies under Trump.” The headline should have been: “EPA Lifers Hit the Bottle, Because Trump.” From the last paragraphs of the story:

Coping takes different forms.

Black humor and burying themselves in a project’s scientific minutia will work for some.

“For the rest of us,” added one longtime regional staffer, “there probably will be a significant rise in alcoholism.”

Heh. It’s a good sign that words by Trump and actions encouraged by Myron Ebell and the rest of the climate realist EPA team have meaning. But drink up, government alarmists! And then submit your resignations — like Mr. Cox, if less dramatically, so we can start having real science direct federal policy on the climate.

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  1. Profile photo of Seawriter Member

    Cox did not resign. He retired. Didn’t sacrifice anything. Did a neener-neener-neener on his way out the door.

    If the rest of those in the EPA opposed to Trump are just as bold and daring as Mr. Cox, there is little to worry about.

    Seawriter

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    • April 9, 2017 at 3:57 am
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  2. Profile photo of Kozak Coolidge

    Here’s a thought.

    They should quit and get real jobs.

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    • April 9, 2017 at 5:35 am
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  3. Profile photo of Seawriter Member

    Kozak (View Comment):
    Here’s a thought.

    They should quit and get real jobs.

    Too much like work.

    Besides, if you have a taste for bullying, a desire to feel superior to others, and enjoy moral preening, there is no better slot than being a civil servant. All those not working for the government are your serfs, and you can warm yourself with the knowledge that you are an underpaid servant of the people while enjoying pay superior to that of the private sector and adamantite job security.

    Seawriter

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    • April 9, 2017 at 5:54 am
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    Kozak (View Comment):
    Here’s a thought.

    They should quit and get real jobs.

    A Freaking Men

    • #4
    • April 9, 2017 at 5:55 am
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  5. Profile photo of I Walton Member

    The EPA was created simultaneously with the clean air and water acts, and other legislation coming out of the 50s and 60s and predated the modern environmental movement. The EPA was quickly captured by a variety of interests including industry that produced “the best available technology” and environmental groups that quickly discovered the power of extremist environmental positions to raise money. The folks responsible for the clean air and water acts, the land conservation fund, the wilderness bill were a handful fishermen, hunters, and wilderness buffs who got together in the fifties in Colorado to fight against the Federal government’s Army engineers and the Bureau of reclamation who were rapidly ruining wild rivers. They wanted to gather information on the value of outdoor recreation, and they did, and out of those studies came much of the effective legislation. Think of that, man and the value of the outdoors to him, was the center of their focus. That’s been turned on its head by the bureaucrats and lobbyists who came after the conservationists. Close it.

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    • April 9, 2017 at 6:02 am
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  6. Profile photo of Addiction Is A Choice Member

    It’s never been about the environment; it’s about the overthrow of capitalism! Similarly, it’s never been about homosexual rights, but about the overthrow of Judeo-Christian values.

    “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

    -Anonymous SDS radical

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    • April 9, 2017 at 6:31 am
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  7. Profile photo of The Reticulator Member

    There should be no such thing as EPA lifers, nor should there be lifers in any other government department. Half-lifers, maybe, but not lifers. Term limits.

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    • April 9, 2017 at 6:43 am
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  8. Profile photo of The Reticulator Member

    Jim Lakely (quoting):

    The EPA did not respond to requests for comment on Cox’s letter, but Myron Ebell, who led Trump’s EPA transition team, did.

    Now that Trump is moving toward “radically downsizing the EPA,” Ebell said, “employees who are opposed to the Trump Administration’s agenda are either going to conduct themselves as professional civil servants or find other employment or retire or be terminated. I would be more sympathetic if they had ever expressed any concern for the people whose jobs have been destroyed by EPA’s regulatory rampage.”

    I’m all in favor of environmental regulation when done appropriately for a free people and a limited government. So I’m not a reflexive EPA basher. This is great.

    • #8
    • April 9, 2017 at 6:48 am
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  9. Profile photo of Randy Weivoda Thatcher

    So what kind of booze has the smallest carbon footprint? EPA alcoholics need to know.

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    • April 9, 2017 at 7:42 am
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    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):
    It’s never been about the environment; it’s about the overthrow of capitalism!

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    • April 9, 2017 at 7:49 am
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    So what kind of booze has the smallest carbon footprint? EPA alcoholics need to know.

    Probably chibcha. You chew corn then spit it in the pot. It’s a community process. Then you drink it and pass out without eating. Really hits all their priorities.

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    • April 9, 2017 at 8:33 am
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  12. Profile photo of drlorentz Member

    Jim Lakely: EPA lifers are “in the dumps” about life at the agency under President Trump.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. I mean, especially after what they did to all those coal miners.

    Jim Lakely: Tell me more about how humans, globally, are creating “less snowpack” in America.

    Exactly. Snowpack at near record levels in CA, well above normal.

    Jim Lakely: he usual nonsense about how if all Americans don’t all bike to work (like him) for the rest our lives, the earth is DOOMED

    Hey! I bike to work. What are you trying to say here, man? This time, you’ve gone too far.

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    • April 9, 2017 at 10:00 pm
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  13. Profile photo of JcTPatriot Thatcher

    I don’t want to see the EPA destroyed. I want their teeth pulled out. Instead of the power-mad humanity destroyers they have become, let’s change them to a recommendation department. They are, from now on, forbidden to make “regulations” (which are actually laws written outside of Congress) and instead, they make “recommendations” based on actual facts, to send to Congress. Congress can then pass a law based on the facts presented. This way, if they really do find a problem – remember Chlorofluorocarbons – then we can still act on it.

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    • April 9, 2017 at 10:16 pm
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  14. Profile photo of Michael Brehm Member

    Before they hit the bottle, I demand that they initiate an impact study of the effects of an alcoholic lifestyle on the environment. All that barley and grape etc. cultivation coupled with the energy consumption of brewing and distilling is bound to lead to adverse carbon levels in the atmosphere. If they do not do so, they are nothing less than frauds.

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    • April 10, 2017 at 6:02 am
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  15. Profile photo of JcTPatriot Thatcher

    Hundreds of TSA workers, the aggressive pat-downers of the airports, have been failing drug and alcohol testing recently. Drudge linked the story earlier, but he has moved on and it’s gone now, sorry.

    Probably not because of Trump, but I’ll still give him credit.

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    • April 10, 2017 at 6:55 am
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  16. Profile photo of Ray Kujawa Thatcher

    I saw the pictures in the early sixties when I was little of dirty Lake Erie. A lot of good work has been done there and elsewhere by government and reflects well on the values of all Americans.

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    • April 10, 2017 at 9:10 am
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  17. Profile photo of Isaac Smith Member

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Kozak (View Comment):
    Here’s a thought.

    They should quit and get real jobs.

    Too much like work.

    Besides, if you have a taste for bullying, a desire to feel superior to others, and enjoy moral preening, there is no better slot than being a civil servant. All those not working for the government are your serfs, and you can warm yourself with the knowledge that you are an underpaid servant of the people while enjoying pay superior to that of the private sector and adamantite job security.

    Seawriter

    We really should introduce them to the private sector:

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    • April 10, 2017 at 10:33 am
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  18. Profile photo of Isaac Smith Member

    drlorentz (View Comment):
    Exactly. Snowpack at near record levels in CA, well above normal.

    CLIMATE CHANGE!!!! We’re all doomed!!

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    • April 10, 2017 at 10:34 am
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  19. Profile photo of Kevin Creighton Contributor

    Out: EVERYBODY PANIC! THE ICE CAP IS MELTING!

    In: EVERYBODY PANIC! THE ICE CUBES IN MY DRINK ARE MELTING!1!!!

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    • April 10, 2017 at 11:43 am
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  20. Profile photo of profdlp Coolidge

    It would be a relief to see them drunk on something besides power.

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    • April 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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  21. Profile photo of Henry Castaigne Member

    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):“The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

    -Anonymous SDS radical

    The perfect example of this is gay rights. When gays could get married and their lifestyles were largely accepted the radical wanted to force Christians to bake homosexuals a cake and they moved on to Transgender rights.

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    • April 10, 2017 at 10:33 pm
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