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Monday, July 31, 2017

Why do we have an EPA museum?

In the Final Days of Secretary General Obama, the EPA established a museum in the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington -- providing a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment for a nation beleaguered by decades of anti-industrial policy.

Of course, the Washington Post embraced the idea of a museum dedicated not only to revisionist history but revisionist science, with posters screaming:

From the Washington Post:
A miniature museum that began as a pet project of former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy has come under scrutiny. It features the agency's work over four and a half decades, with exhibits topics such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions and the Paris climate accord. The Obama administration championed such efforts, but President Donald Trump's policies are at odds with them.
Now the museum, which opened just days before President Barack Obama left office, is being reworked to reflect the priorities of the Trump administration, an effort that probably will mean erasing part of the agency's history.
Unlike other stark changes that have taken place at the EPA since Trump took office, the museum overhaul has not been primarily driven by political appointees. Rather, some of the same career staff members who worked on the exhibits under the Obama administration informed Trump appointees about the museum and the fact that parts of it were not in line with their vision.s with them?
"I wanted to make sure that they knew it existed," said Nancy Grantham, a career public affairs employee at EPA, who has toured the exhibit with at least one Trump official. "That's just how I operate. I don't like to be surprised, and I assume others don't like to be, either."

The Trump administration is at odds with the EPA?

Half the country is!

This is the agency that destroyed the Animas River by allowing 3.5 million gallons of toxins and heavy metals to flood it while "cleaning up" an abandoned mine.

No one went to jail for that either.

But the EPA did spend more than $300,000 on this museum outside the EPA Credit Union, and opened it three days before President Trump took office.
There is no question that parts of the museum reflect an Obama administration-centric narrative. It includes a panel dedicated to the 2009 "endangerment finding," in which then-EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson concluded that the agency was legally obligated to control greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change because they threatened public health. A separate panel features a Dr. Seuss cartoon-themed poster with the message, "Join the Lorax And Help Protect the Earth From Global Warming."
Dr. Seuss is science to these bozos.

By the way, the Lorax should oppose the Paris Agreement. Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide enhances the growth of trees and other greenery.
On a tour of the exhibit Thursday, a career official said that these climate displays are slated to be removed, adding that the agency may add a display of coal to the museum.
Grantham acknowledged that the climate panels probably will be altered, and possibly shelved, although she stressed that no final decisions had been made. "It should be no surprise that there may be changes," she said.
She also said there is interest in beefing up sections of the museum that are priorities for the new administration, such as the Superfund program and a bipartisan 2016 law regulating new and existing chemicals that some of Pruitt's deputies helped write. She said the administration also may add examples of EPA staff members working on agriculture to a section focused on agency employees in the field.
Every past EPA administrator is mentioned in the museum, with one exception: Anne Gorsuch, mother of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, whose short and tumultuous tenure as President Ronald Reagan's first EPA administrator was marked by sharp budget cuts, rifts with career EPA employees and a scandal over the mismanagement of the Superfund cleanup program. She resigned in 1983.
Grantham said Gorsuch will be added to the exhibit.
Two can play this game.

Maybe Trump should take over the Clinton Library.

Put Ken Starr in charge.

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  1. For the same reason Manzanar is a national park.

    1. One giant "Museum of Shame" could save money. And everyone could avoid just one place instead of many.

  2. Oil and heavy metal splats deserve a home too!

  3. EPA Credit Union? What the hell? Federal emloyees should have to look outside their organizations for financial succor. If there are organizations like this all over the federal government all they are doing is promoting the idea of a cocoon for federal employees. They should be made to live and interact with the outside world as much as possible.

    1. My sentiments precisely! EPA credit union? Are you kidding me? Can the credit union AND the museum. Sell the building that houses all of it and put the money against our debt. And while we're at it, let's shutter the entire EPA as well.

    2. Excellent point Doc. I agree wholeheartedly. We need to get rid of Federal segregation.

      - Tee

  4. How about an Imax theater showing 3-D movies of a kayak trip down the beautiful, bright yellow Animas River? - Elric

  5. Climate change IS happening now. Verrrrrrrrrrrry
    verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwly.

  6. Have you visited a National Park lately? They tout climate change for everything.

    I spoke to a ranger at Yosemite a few years ago about obviously dying pine trees in the park (from bark beetles). He was sort of refreshing in rather than go with the climate change argument, he just admitted it was due to poor fire management in the park over 100 years and the drought was the tipping point. Trees too dense because we allowed them to get too dense, stress from the drought, the beetles take advantage of trees too weak to resist the attack.

    He suggested the forest will be healthier after we allow nature to take its course. Imagine that.

    1. Rule #1 Don't screw with nature.

    2. I'm thinking' that ranger no longer
      has employment.
      BTW, if you ever get the chance to visit Yosemite, stay a few nights at what was once Curry Village. Yosemite at sunrise is AWESOME!

  7. Generalissimo Obama - the more you know, the more you despise.

  8. I create a little wetland every time I slip behind some trees on the golf course. So glad to know the EPA will preserve it for me.

  9. Sounds like they may have better curatorship than the Library of Congress.

    I've been watching this exhibit for a long time to see if the LOC removes the obvious partisan implications.

    "A Letter to President Woodrow Wilson

    In 1913 President Woodrow Wilson introduced segregation into federal government agencies. Black employees were separated from other workers in offices, restrooms, and cafeterias. Some were also downgraded; others discharged on fictitious grounds. Oswald Garrison Villard met privately with President Wilson to recommend the appointment of a National Race Commission to counter the new discriminatory policies. When President Wilson refused, the NAACP released this open letter of protest to the press. Segregation in the federal government persisted through the next three Republican administrations."

  10. Well, of course there is a need for the EPA climate change museum.
    It is a religion for most proponents and believers of climate change. They need a national "holy site" or "church" to go to.
    I disagree with them, especially if they think this should done at taxpayer expense.

  11. why do we have an epa museum? why do we still have fannie mae and freddyd mac? why are we still in the un and the un in nyc? why is the federal government not more widely dispersed and not concentrated in the dc area?

  12. There's an EPA museum, so it can be converted into a Climate Change Mausoleum come the day when sanity returns to the political discourse.

  13. The EPA museum should be filled with orange sludge, carbon dioxide and a stuffed dog called Richard Windsor.