A Former EPA Insider Speaks Out | FRONTLINE


>>NARRATOR: Betsy Southerland
left the EPA in July after more than 30 years and is the highest
ranking staff member to speak on television.>>The atmosphere of EPA is really tense. What everyone is trying desperately to do is to hope
against hope that their facts will change Scott Pruitt’s mind,
that they’ll be special and they’ll be able to convince the
administrator, you know, not to go with whatever the
industry people have asked him to do and to give some deference
to the science and engineering behind previous regulations that
were so thoroughly thought out and so thoroughly justified.>>NARRATOR: Southerland saw her own work targeted, when she says
without warning Pruitt announced a rule she helped develop to
keep toxic coal waste out of the water supply was up for
reconsideration.>>The first that I knew that
this rule that we worked years to create was up for grabs was
when I saw the administrator’s press release that said that
basically he was going to reconsider the rule because it
was a job killer and had a huge economic impact on the country.>>NARRATOR: After months of trying, Southerland says she
finally met with Pruitt himself, to try to explain why the rule
was both necessary and cost effective.>>It seems like that the die is cast before we even start these
elaborate, extensive briefings. He just doesn’t ask any
questions. It’s just a mystery as to how
you can persuade him to-to not follow exactly what industry
asks him to do and instead be-be more accommodating to the facts
of the case.>>NARRATOR: In a statement, the
EPA called Southerland’s account a “false characterization.” They noted she retired for personal reasons with a “six-
figure taxpayer-funded pension” and was now expressing “faux
outrage.” The rule she worked on was
suspended in September, two weeks after her retirement. At her goodbye party she offered colleagues a grim assessment of
the road ahead.>>Today the environmental field
is suffering from the triumph of myth over truth. The truth is there is no war on coal, there is no economic
crisis caused by environmental protection, and climate change
is caused by man’s activities.>>The EPA started taking down

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • That far bastard administrator was bought

  • Welcome to the Post Modernist Republican party.

  • Bogus!

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Epa sucks micro managers just to keep there BS Jobs !

  • Republicans: The scientists are radical leftists!!

  • She is full of it

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