There’s a new EPA Administrator in town, and his name is Andrew Wheeler.
Andrew Wheeler is a native Ohioan. He grew up outside of Cinci, in a little town called Hamilton, named for the one and only Alexander Hamilton, which probably means Andrew Wheeler likes Broadway show tunes.
Like me, he got his undergrad in English, so he’s probably ace at writing essays. Unlike me, he double-majored in bio. Sheesh.
He went to law school in St. Louis, where he probably gained an appreciation for arches. Then he earned his Master’s in Business Administration from George Mason University, the school in Maryland where my father-in-law has taught physics for decades.
Wheeler also happens to be a Christmas baby (send him a bday card for Dec. 23rd), which makes him a Capricorn. If you follow astrology, you already know Capricorns are symbolized by goats. And everyone knows goats stand for virility and creative energy. Or something.
That’s not awesome for Reductionists like you and me, who are hip to the fact that coal-fired power plants are some of the biggest emitters of dangerous air pollutants in the world.
And also, there's this:
3 Fun Facts About Wheeler's Career:
1. "While working as a lobbyist, Wheeler worked, along with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to open part of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument for uranium mining."
2. Wheeler once served as an aide to Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe, who's known in Congressional circles for having 20 kids, a pilot's license, and a disdain for climate science. (He once threw a snowball on the Senate floor to illustrate his belief that global warming is a hoax. Watch it here.)
3. "As a congressional aide and lobbyist, [Wheeler] pushed an economic argument against fighting climate change—that increased emissions regulations would steeply increase energy prices and hurt the American people—protecting the interests of the energy industry, basically."
"I do believe climate change is real. I do believe that people have an impact on the climate."
While Wheeler seems to be a more effective persuader and consultant than his predecessor was on environmental and economic issues, we should expect to see more actual movement coming soon from the EPA.
Where Pruitt merely laid the groundwork for deregulating industry before he butted up against roadblocks of his own making, experts think Wheeler might actually be able to implement the Trump Administration's anti-climate agenda.
That's not good for the Reductionist movement.
Be on the lookout for pollution laws to loosen. Sniff around for more toxic clouds swirling around. Boo:(
But here’s some almost-good news: Despite years of denial, Wheeler now finally claims he actually believes climate change is happening.
Seriously, he said so in an interview. Furthermore, he admits it’s *probably* being caused by people.
I know, right?
He says he'll actually engage in talks with--gasp--scientists!
And, according to this Pittsburgh Post Gazette article, it’s his aim to “depoliticize” the conversation around environmental issues.
Great! Because we need everyone on board with this movement, regardless of team loyalty. I don’t care who you vote for. If you’re a Reductionist who cares about pollution and environmental toxins, you and I are friends!
Now, your job, should you choose to accept it, is three-fold:
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