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LeeG
09-29-2018, 02:15 PM
More idiocracy.


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/climate/epa-science-adviser.html

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to dissolve its Office of the Science Advisor, a senior post that was created to counsel the E.P.A. administrator on the scientific research underpinning health and environmental regulations, according to a person familiar with the agency’s plans. The person spoke anonymously because the decision had not yet been made public.

The science adviser works across the agency to ensure that the highest quality science is integrated into the agency’s policies and decisions, according to the E.P.A.’s website. The move is the latest among several steps taken by the Trump administration that appear to have diminished the role of scientific research in policymaking while the administration pursues an agenda of rolling back regulations.
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The changes at the two offices, which both report directly to the head of the E.P.A., come as the agency’s acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, is overseeing a reorganization of the agency.

After dissolving the office of the scientific adviser, Mr. Wheeler plans to merge the position into an office that reports to the E.P.A.’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, a demotion that would put at least two more managerial layers between the E.P.A.’s chief scientist and its top decision maker.

“It’s certainly a pretty big demotion, a pretty big burying of this office,” said Michael Halpern, the deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy with the Union of Concerned Scientists, an advocacy group. “Everything from research on chemicals and health, to peer-review testing to data analysis would inevitably suffer,” he said.
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WI-Tom
09-29-2018, 03:17 PM
This kind of thing--the destruction of public agencies and their missions--may be the single biggest harm that this administration does. And their supporters cheer them on.

Tom

Rigadog
09-29-2018, 03:50 PM
Im not sure the EPA uses science, I think like most agencies it now relies on divination: things like reading tea leaves, Tarot, crystal balls and the like. You can also make decisions using a good old SWAG. I mean science has put us in the fix we are in, you can't really expect to use it to fix a problem it created. It's like if you jump into the ocean with a big heavy rock you sink. would you use the same rock to get back to the surface? I think Trump's brain is so big anyway that it figures everything out to small decimals and makes the right decisions. Probably 2% (at the most)of it is devoted to running the EPA, no sweat. There's so much left over for other stuff, like tweets and finding the most qualified people.