"Pruitt led one of many states' efforts to legally challenge the rule,
which they complained as too broad and too vague. Pruitt's administration
said it will rewrite the rule"Fox and the hen house, thanks
Donald for more backward ideals, and more ecoli and oil in our water ways?
When Utah ranchers oppose the scientific community on an environmental issue,
it's very easy to choose where there is wisdom and truth. Science. End of
story.Scott Pruitt isn't worthy to run the EPA; his goal is to
destroy the agency and ensure that business always "trumps" clean air
and water. When we become accustomed to polluted waterways (including ranch
produced fecal matter), we won't even remember what we've lost.
We'll simply become the proverbial boiled toad.Real estate
agents, former attorneys for polluters, ranchers, and ATVers making all of the
"environmental" policies now! We sell our birthright for a mess of
pottage every day.
It is too bad government still tries for over reach. It is often through the
results of those who make a living off the land that the true
micro-environmental problems are identified. My uncle, who is a rancher, and his
fellow ranchers have brought many polluters to the attention of the BLM and EPA.
In addition, they, their families, and ranch hands spend weeks every year
cleaning up after backpackers, campers and hunters who have visited and ignored
posted signs requesting they pack out their trash and waste. Also repairing
streams, broken water troughs, salt licks and fencing that is used by both
cattle and wildlife. And, this is mostly on public land they don't even own
or use, but often upstream from public and private uses.Ranchers and
farmers can't make a living off polluted or misused land which includes
land upstream and downstream from their holdings. They are the first to notice
pollution and problems on these lands because they are there every day, taking
care of them.
When scientists are lined up on one side and the biggest polluters are lined up
on the other, I know which side I choose to be aligned with. Re: protecting the
nation's waters. A natural waterway is something that conveys water. Dry
washes are natural waterways that convey water but not perennially (all the
time) only intermittently (part of the time). Carrying water is how washes were
formed. Ag folks would have the law state that it's OK to pollute as long
as the pollution doesn't continually occur. That's a backward
approach to preventing water pollution.The three biggest lies are
purported to be: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help
you"; "I'll still love you in the morning"; and "Your check
is in the mail". Just finishing outside of the top three is: "No one
cares about the environment more than farmers and ranchers." The
overwhelming evidence speaks to the contrary.As to EPA director
Scott Pruitt, as Oklahoma's former AG there could hardly have been a worse
choice to be the nation's chief defender of our air, land and water.