The workers at the Environmental Protection Agency belong to the Cult of Climate Change, and as such, they have joined the fight against Scott Pruitt, whom they see as the enemy of their religion.
According to the New York Times, the staff at the agency have taken to calling senators and pleading with them to block the confirmation of Pruitt.
Many of the scientists, environmental lawyers and policy experts who work in E.P.A. offices around the country say the calls are a last resort for workers who fear a nominee selected to run an agency he has made a career out of fighting — by a president who has vowed to “get rid of” it.
Oh boo hoo. Sorry if I don’t feel any sympathy for an agency that screwed over Flint, Michigan, as well as countless business and industries by passing regulations that are little more than laws passed outside the sphere of the legislative branch.
Nicole Cantello, an E.P.A. lawyer who heads the union in the Chicago area, said: “It seems like Trump and Pruitt want a complete reversal of what E.P.A. has done. I don’t know if there’s any other agency that’s been so reviled. So it’s in our interests to do this.”
The union has sent emails and posted Facebook and Twitter messages urging members to make the calls.
“It is rare,” said James A. Thurber, the director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. “I can’t think of any other time when people in the bureaucracy have done this.”
The bureaucracy referenced in that last quote is feeling a bit of heat, and it’s clear they want to maintain the status quo, one which has indulged their cult, and has given them impossible-to-fire-from jobs within a growing and, frankly, out of control government.
So, if Trump is making them nervous and he and Pruitt successfully scale back what the agency does, all power to them. I hope they succeed.