Science and health

To the Editor:

A short time ago, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he wants to prevent scientists who have received research grants from the EPA in the past from serving on their scientific advisory boards. Doing this would mean censoring scientists who are only trying to do their jobs of studying pollution, pesticides and climate change, and how those affect our health.

Censoring this research compromises our understanding of these environmental threats, therefore putting Americans as well as our global neighbors at risk of more illness and premature deaths.

He claims the change would increase transparency. This is just false. Pruitt has taken every chance to evade transparency and hide his conflicts of interest. In addition, he has deleted climate change from the EPA’s website and suspended the work of scientific committees.

He is leading an incredibly dangerous antiscience crusade and advancing a propolluter agenda which places our health and environment at risk. The EPA needs their scientists to meet the agency’s mission of protecting the health of people and the environment.

Pruitt has been doing his very best to undermine this mission and showing how unfit he is to lead the agency.

Amy Roebuck

Mount Desert

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