Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A. Article Written by Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton, Prsentation by Ciara Cattano

SUMMARY:

Donald Trump has been working on forming his cabinet ever since he was announced to be the President-Elect. Trump, known for believing that global warming is a hoax drawn up by the Chinese, selected this week Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt stays consistent with Trump's views on climate change, and encourages debate on the legitimacy of global warming. Some are worried about Pruitt's appointment, saying that "Pruitt could be the most hostile E.P.A. administrator toward clean air and safe drinking water in history," and many of Trump's environmental threats could come to fruition under Pruitt's leadership. In addition, Pruitt has close ties to the fossil fuel industry, which could prove to be bad news for those who want to see Obama's Clean Power Plan continue through the next four years.

ANALYSIS:

Any appointments that Trump makes to his cabinet are headline-worthy. These are the people who are going to advise the President for the next four years, and as a President who many worry doesn't have enough experience, these cabinet members will be crucial to the Trump Administration's smooth sailing. But considering Trump's concerning stances on global warming, many had hoped that his choice for head of the EPA would be someone who could moderate his claims. Instead, Trump selected someone who sounds like he and Trump see eye to eye on many of these issues. It's also worrisome that Pruitt has such close contact with the fossil fuel industry, because he could be tempted or swayed to make some big decisions in the industry's favor, and put the well-being of the Earth at risk.

TAKEAWAY:

This article caught my eye because I've found it interesting (and concerning, if we're being honest) to see what kind of cabinet appointments Donald Trump is making. Since the news about leader of the EPA just came out in the last couple of days, I thought it would be perfect to write about for this assignment because of its correlation to environmental science. I'm definitely worried about the state of our earth as it is currently, and the selection of Pruitt has only increased my fears instead of consoling them. It appears to me, at least in the way that it's being presented in the news, Trump is choosing people for his cabinet who are going to push America backwards instead of progressing it forward. We only have one Earth, and significant damage has already been done. By appointing someone who isn't convinced that climate change is real, I want to remain hopeful but deep down, I can only see matters worsening from here.

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