A Former EPA Insider Speaks Out | FRONTLINE
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Outside interests are having outsize influence over EPA chief Scott Pruitt, says Betsy Southerland, a former 30-year veteran at the agency, in an interview for the FRONTLINE documentary "War on the EPA." What agency experts are "trying desperately to do," she says, is "hope against hope that their facts will change Scott Pruitt's mind."
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  • Andrew Hatton
    Andrew Hatton

    It’s made up civil war is coming 2020 epa will be gone!

    • nathan karford
      nathan karford

      Fuck yeah im ready!

  • facemellter
    facemellter

    Pollution is bad unless we tax it and grab those dolla dolla bills y’all. Than it’s fine. This is why the epa is the laughing stock of the real world.

  • David Wilson
    David Wilson

    She is full of it

  • Jonathan Izaac
    Jonathan Izaac

    Republicans: The scientists are radical leftists!!

  • MrNemo1one
    MrNemo1one

    Epa sucks micro managers just to keep there BS Jobs !

  • The Ultimate Reductionist
    The Ultimate Reductionist

    If you want to abolish the EPA, then we should abolish the military and all courts. Why should any of my money go to fucking police officers and judges if the government refuses to do anything to help me or if the laws are not in my favor? Why should anyone be forced to have their taxes given to police officers and prison guards and judges? When you outlaw breeding and the meat industry and fossil fuel addiction, then you can have other laws.

  • The Ultimate Reductionist
    The Ultimate Reductionist

    To asshole cuntservatives: What about the destruction to our economy & food supply that you fossil fuel addiction pushers FORCE upon the rest of us without our permission? Sorry, conservaturd hypocrite shithead: some of us ARE much less guilty at harming our climate and economy with global warming than others. We were forced into existence by breeders, whom you conservatives actively defend. So, I have NO problem forcing you to go vegan and to be forced to reduce YOUR lifestyle by driving less powerful electric cars. How infinitely arrogant and obnoxious that you think you are entitled to burn as much fossil fuels for your luxury and comfort and not give a damn about hurting others. Nobody is entitled to the status quo. There is nothing sacred about the status quo.

  • Midnight Rambler
    Midnight Rambler

    These activists harmed the EPA themselves. This silly woman lecturing ppl who believe in the rule of law

  • Caged
    Caged

    6 figure pension after 30 years of government work. Ha ha get one of those 7 figure pensions from the oil industry.

    • Wendell Goode
      Wendell Goode

      I'm sure its 100% BS about the 6 figure pension.

  • Mike Harrington
    Mike Harrington

    Having Pruitt head the EPA is like having a turd in your bathtub

  • GEORGELET4
    GEORGELET4

    Bogus! Fact: the temperature data has been manipulated by NASA and NOAA so the EPA can claim man-made CO2 is a threat.

    • M P
      M P

      According to who? Alex Jones?

  • Marcus Sellers
    Marcus Sellers

    Welcome to the Post Modernist Republican party.

  • xjanosikx
    xjanosikx

    That far bastard administrator was bought

  • OBAAT
    OBAAT

    It's great she's no longer at the EPA. The entire agency ought to be abolished. It is people like this woman who stifle growth. It would be an improvement if all they did was waste taxpayer money. Instead, they both waste taxpayer money AND stifle economic activity and growth--no mater the narrative this obviously biased "documentary" tries to deliver.

    • Wendell Goode
      Wendell Goode

      I wonder why Nixon created the EPA?

    • The Ultimate Reductionist
      The Ultimate Reductionist

      +OBAAT If you want to abolish the EPA, then we should abolish the military and all courts. Why should any of my money go to fucking police officers and judges if the government refuses to do anything to help me or if the laws are not in my favor? Why should anyone be forced to have their taxes given to police officers and prison guards and judges? When you outlaw breeding and the meat industry and fossil fuel addiction, then you can have other laws.

    • OBAAT
      OBAAT

      Are those the only two options--keep the EPA or abolish it and turn into China?

    • Caged
      Caged

      Have you ever been to China? They have grown so fast in the last 20 years that it's who Trump believes we are competing against. However, if you've ever been to China, it's polluted as hell. The air is horrible. The water is toxic. I don't want that coming here just because we need a factory.

  • whykhr
    whykhr

    The EPA's schlock Clean Power Scam, I mean plan, was largely written by the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Counsel) a rabidly anti-nuclear Lobby. A plan which rewards states that shutdown zero-CO2 nuclear power plants and replace them with fuel-guzzling, smoke belching, fracked NG power plants. So we are seeing perfectly good NPPs being shutdown by the dozen in the US, causing over 100 million of tons of extra emissions to be released annually, while the CPP is being touted "as a solution". And the API (American Petroleum Institute) flies into a rage whenever state legislatures consider giving some pittance of a climate change benefit to Nuclear, like 1 cent/kwh. Yet they are OK with wind & solar getting 5-40 cents/kwh subsidies. Wind & Solar being just greenwashing for fracked Natural Gas. Shell Oil calls Wind & Solar the "Dancing Partner" for their natural gas. The Big Oil funded NRDC launches lawsuits trying to shutdown, give bad publicity or force costs up at NPPs at every opportunity. It's IRS 990 form shows it has multi-million$ annual donations including an $11M personal donation in 2013. Mysteriously they have the donor names left blank in the required IRS 990 form field, as usual for these anti-nuclear Lobby groups. And salaries of 17 directors of more than $161k per year with the president getting $423k/yr. With a Rockefeller Bankster/Oil Baron on the (unpaid) executive. And of course big donations from Rockefeller foundations. What rich charitable individual would give $11M to some schlock NGO with a bunch of super well paid executive, when he could give that money to a Real Charity, i.e. to help sick kids, cancer research, child hunger, homelessness etc. Obviously they are giving them money because they are getting payback. Return on Investment. And unlike media campaigns or planted news stories, those investments in schlock NGOs are classified as "charitable donations". What a scam, Big Oil lobby firms masquerading as Environmental Organizations. Each NPP they can shutdown earns Big Oil about $60 Billion, that's Billion with a "B", in increased gas sales. Coal not so much. Most Coal power plants just go into care and maintenance mode when they are not profitable and reopen when electricity prices skyrocket due to NG shortages and renewables failures. The corrupt NRC (The Nuclear Rejection Commission) won't allow NPPs to go into care & maintenance. They have to be decommissioned. Another example is anti-nuclear lobby, Greenpeace, with its $400M/yr in funding which to this day they flatly refuse to tell us where that incredible cash comes from.

    • Leif Torgerson
      Leif Torgerson

      Feel free to take all the casks of nuclear waste sitting outside the decrepit plants that actually cost MORE to decommission (due to everything being irradiated) than to keep active, even while running at a huge monetary loss ... and hold them in your apartment for 10,000 years. I'm sure they will remain secure for the whole time period.

    • Tri Pacer
      Tri Pacer

      Thank You!

  • Tri Pacer
    Tri Pacer

    A dried up old hag full of bitterness, sound like someone else we know?? She also gets a 6 figure retirement out of her "misery". You just CAN'T tell these libtards they are wrong about ANYTHING! They just can't seem to accept ANYTHING they don't agree with.

    • Andrew Hatton
      Andrew Hatton

      RCH PE I’m from Virginia we’re about to go to war with liberal pos like you. Get ready 2020

    • Letta Mego
      Letta Mego

      All your wealth won't buy your health. Your job is not worth your life.Trump working for polluting corporation and the jobs they provide is a short sighted direction to be moving in. Trump believes he is a superior race because of his money and position, but he's science illiterate and in the process bringing the health and safety of the population to an all time low. He cares about his cronies, not about you or me.

    • Tri Pacer
      Tri Pacer

      Having a degree and the inability to spell "read" seem to clash?? You sound like a typical bureaucrat who wants to keep doing the same thing over and over even if it's wasting time and resources and it's just wrong, "that's the way we've always done it" seems like your motto. The epa was becoming a MONSTER who put people in prison over septic system mistakes! You want to defend this nonsense go right ahead, I for one HATE these govt. agencies and they need to be working for the People NOT against them! Your obummer was eaves dropping on every conversation in the Country and letting in God knows who in here with intentions unknown. I think (IMHO) we now have a President who actually cares about our Country and way of life and you old bureaucrat's HATE IT!!

    • RCH PE
      RCH PE

      It's obvious that you're a person with far right ideas and have no knowledge of science. 12 months from now tRump will be impeached and your nasty mouth will be shut forever. I'm an independent and having red comments like your's makes me want to be a Democrat. By the way,...I'm a retired engineer and I retired with a decent retirement. Since when has serving the public become a criminal or selfish act?

    • jason ojeda
      jason ojeda

      Tri Pacer amen!!!!!

  • vanillamasterblaster
    vanillamasterblaster

    Well resisters just ride bikes,buy solar cells to power your house,eat uncooked foods etc... If you have disdain for energy suppliers just don't buy their products,simple as that. Energy is the root and engine of the American economy. Low cost American energy is an economic advantage for industry of all types and the key to prosperity of all American citizens.

    • The Ultimate Reductionist
      The Ultimate Reductionist

      What about the destruction to our economy & food supply that you fossil fuel addiction pushers FORCE upon the rest of us without our permission? Sorry, conservaturd hypocrite shithead: some of us ARE much less guilty at harming our climate and economy with global warming than others. We were forced into existence by breeders, whom you conservatives actively defend. So, I have NO problem forcing you to go vegan and to be forced to reduce YOUR lifestyle by driving less powerful electric cars. How infinitely arrogant and obnoxious that you think you are entitled to burn as much fossil fuels for your luxury and comfort and not give a damn about hurting others. Nobody is entitled to the status quo. There is nothing sacred about the status quo.

  • jason ojeda
    jason ojeda

    She just mad cuz she won't be able to harass people anymore.... private land owners that is!!!

    • Chicken Strangler
      Chicken Strangler

      If a business dumped toxic waste into a water supply that I drink from, I'll sue them for millions

    • Tri Pacer
      Tri Pacer

      If you live in an apartment you can't possibly understand PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS! It's not about hating clean air, who could possible hate clean air? They were out of control and using their power to make STUPID decisions that affect people who live off the land. I'm sure it started off all about clean air/water and so on but that wasn't enough for them or the politicians who ran them.

    • Tri Pacer
      Tri Pacer

      When these libtards live in an apartment they have NO CLUE what property rights mean to the rest of us!

    • Stealthy Mongoose
      Stealthy Mongoose

      jason ojeda lol they did royally fuck that one up

    • jason ojeda
      jason ojeda

      Clean water..... you mean when an EPA released toxic water from the Goldmine into the Colorado River

  • Edgar
    Edgar

    Looking forward to this report. Thank you Frontline for reporting what needs to be said even though most Americans lack the intelligence to fully grasp the issues beyond regulation and "bring back jobs" slogans.

    • Long Forgotten
      Long Forgotten

      Edgar that is also why outside corporations are trying to open up oil and Mining resources in Minnesota. I would appreciate Canadian, Switzerland, and Chilean companies with horrible track record not come to my state and destroy it because of our weak government.

    • Edgar
      Edgar

      I'm not sure which part you're calling propaganda because shes just talking about her experience working at EPA--you know, the environmental PROTECTION agency. Everybody knows that Scott Pruitt had a hard-on for suing the EPA because he was bank-rolled by the fossil fuel industry. Once in power, Pruitt's only mission was to dismantle, dismantle, dismantle. He's not doing any kind of protection for the environment--you know, its in his job title. If he were working for my company he would have been fired for not doing his duties. Hell, even Nixon would be rolling in his grave for what Pruitt has done since Nixon commissioned the creation of the EPA. Even when Frontline made inquires whether Betsy was telling the truth or not, the new EPA did the classic argumentation fallacy, attack the messenger because we don't have any facts to defend ourselves.

    • Philip J Fry
      Philip J Fry

      The amount of Propaganda being dished out is shear insanity amazed trump won with all of hollywood and elites running against him. Can't wait to watch him win another election come 2020 and watch the liberals burn american flags and flip cop cars while screaming REEEEEEEE.

    • vanillamasterblaster
      vanillamasterblaster

      Not to go off tangent but one way to help the environment is to allow the population to decline and grow naturally without outside forces and government intervention. Seems some of the same forces that desire high environmental regulations also support mass immigration and a welfare state that rewards one having more children. In 1960 the US population was 180 million and today the population is at 325 million(immigration is one reason for such growth as well the welfare state). Less people equals less consumption thus less pollution.

    • Edgar
      Edgar

      Tri Pacer Typical tRump supporter advocating violence and spreading ignorance as solutions. You will be reported for threatening me.

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