President Trump has been busy keeping his campaign promises, and yet another one is addressed in the Trump EPA’s decision to eradicate a committee whose only function appears to have been rubber-stamping Obama’s job-killing regulations.
The Daily Caller reports:
EPA Wipes Clean Advisory Board Criticized For Fast-Tracking Obama-Era Climate Regs
The Trump administration is moving to revamp an EPA committee that conservatives believe rubber-stamped many of former President Barack Obama’s climate regulations.
Only a handful of subcommittee members on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) will remain after the agency suspended the board’s meetings for the rest of the year. The decision comes after EPA head Scott Pruitt jettisoned five academics from the BOSC in May.
The cancellations, which were announced Monday in an email to BOSC members, come as the White House considers replacing members of the board with officials sympathetic to business concerns.
“It completely wipes out BOSC,” committee Chairwoman Deborah Swackhamer said in a statement about the EPA’s decision to scuttle future meetings. The BOSC will only have 11 of 49 subcommittee members because of the agency’s move.
The EPA will accept applications from scientists from across the spectrum, agency spokeswoman Amy Graham wrote Tuesday in a statement. “We are taking an inclusive approach to filling future BOSC appointments and welcome all applicants from all relevant scientific and technical fields,” she added.
Pruitt’s dismissals come after legislation meant to reconfigure the board’s makeup passed the House in May. They also follow months of promises from President Donald Trump to reduce the EPA’s budget and ratchet down the agency’s role in fighting global warming.
Keep up the great work, Mr. President!