Three Ways Scott Pruitt's EPA Put The Oceans At Risk

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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

</div> </div> <p>Earlier today, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Scott Pruitt had&nbsp;resigned from his post as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator.</p> <blockquote> <span class="tweet_quote"> <a href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.forbes.com%2Fsites%2Fpriyashukla%2F2018%2F07%2F05%2Fthree-ways-scott-pruitts-epa-put-the-oceans-at-risk%2F&amp;text=I%20have%20accepted%20the%20resignation%20of%20Scott%20Pruitt%20as%20the%20Administrator%20of%20the%20Environmental%20Protection%20Agency." target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.forbes.com%2Fsites%2Fpriyashukla%2F2018%2F07%2F05%2Fthree-ways-scott-pruitts-epa-put-the-oceans-at-risk%2F&amp;text=I%20have%20accepted%20the%20resignation%20of%20Scott%20Pruitt%20as%20the%20Administrator%20of%20the%20Environmental%20Protection%20Agency." rel="nofollow">I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.<span data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.forbes.com%2Fsites%2Fpriyashukla%2F2018%2F07%2F05%2Fthree-ways-scott-pruitts-epa-put-the-oceans-at-risk%2F&amp;text=I%20have%20accepted%20the%20resignation%20of%20Scott%20Pruitt%20as%20the%20Administrator%20of%20the%20Environmental%20Protection%20Agency."></span></a></span> </blockquote> <p>While Pruitt <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/pruitt-aides-reveal-new-details-of-his-spending-and-management-at-epa/2018/07/02/71b87384-7aec-11e8-80be-6d32e182a3bc_story.html?utm_term=.07c17a32dfb4" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/pruitt-aides-reveal-new-details-of-his-spending-and-management-at-epa/2018/07/02/71b87384-7aec-11e8-80be-6d32e182a3bc_story.html?utm_term=.07c17a32dfb4" rel="nofollow">exhibited questionable ethics and made controversial decisions</a>&nbsp;(including spending <em>thousands</em> of dollars on &quot;<a href="https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/21/17488454/scott-pruitt-tactical-pants-scandal" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/21/17488454/scott-pruitt-tactical-pants-scandal" rel="nofollow">tactical pants</a>&quot; &amp; attempting to secure a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/05/climate/pruitt-epa-chick-fil-a.html" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/05/climate/pruitt-epa-chick-fil-a.html" rel="nofollow">job for his wife at Chick-fil-A</a>), his&nbsp;steadfast&nbsp;efforts to repeal Obama-era environmental policies&nbsp;and permit pollution by fossil fuel and chemical companies will be his lasting legacy.</p> <p>Below&nbsp;are three ways that&nbsp;the EPA&nbsp; imperiled the oceans while Pruitt was Administrator:</p> <p><strong>[1] DENYING OCEAN ACIDIFICATION</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>During his confirmation hearing, Pruitt <a href="https://www.nrdc.org/experts/lisa-suatoni/scott-pruitt-ocean-acidification-wrong-again" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.nrdc.org/experts/lisa-suatoni/scott-pruitt-ocean-acidification-wrong-again" rel="nofollow">denied</a>&nbsp;that the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/Ocean+Acidification" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/Ocean+Acidification" rel="nofollow">oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere</a>. While unsurprising due to his reputation as a firm&nbsp;<a href="https://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/othervoices/scott-pruitt-and-luther-strange-an-un-american-prosecution-of/article_eff77ff4-8f6c-5646-84da-1f3204b89f54.html" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/othervoices/scott-pruitt-and-luther-strange-an-un-american-prosecution-of/article_eff77ff4-8f6c-5646-84da-1f3204b89f54.html" rel="nofollow">climate change denier</a>,&nbsp;this deliberate obfuscation of the truth <a href="https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/new-crp-evaluating-the-impacts-of-ocean-acidification-on-seafood-a-global-approach-k41018" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/new-crp-evaluating-the-impacts-of-ocean-acidification-on-seafood-a-global-approach-k41018" rel="nofollow">has threatened the shellfish aquaculture industry</a>; starting in the early 2000s,&nbsp;growers in the Pacific Northwest observed their <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Eco/ocean-acidification-hits-northwest-oyster-farms/story?id=10425738" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Eco/ocean-acidification-hits-northwest-oyster-farms/story?id=10425738" rel="nofollow">shellfish dissolving&nbsp;during periods of&nbsp;intense acidification</a>. Therefore,&nbsp;as the&nbsp;<a href="https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/2013/07/03/how-much-co2-can-the-oceans-take-up/" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/2013/07/03/how-much-co2-can-the-oceans-take-up/" rel="nofollow">oceans continue to absorb CO2 emitted from burning fossil fuels</a>,&nbsp;shellfish growers will become increasingly vulnerable to ocean acidification and little governmental infrastructure&nbsp;exists to help them face these challenges.</p>” readability=”21.4725943971″>

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Earlier today, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Scott Pruitt had resigned from his post as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator.

I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

While Pruitt exhibited questionable ethics and made controversial decisions (including spending thousands of dollars on “tactical pants” & attempting to secure a job for his wife at Chick-fil-A), his steadfast efforts to repeal Obama-era environmental policies and permit pollution by fossil fuel and chemical companies will be his lasting legacy.

Below are three ways that the EPA  imperiled the oceans while Pruitt was Administrator:

[1] DENYING OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

During his confirmation hearing, Pruitt denied that the oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. While unsurprising due to his reputation as a firm climate change denier, this deliberate obfuscation of the truth has threatened the shellfish aquaculture industry; starting in the early 2000s, growers in the Pacific Northwest observed their shellfish dissolving during periods of intense acidification. Therefore, as the oceans continue to absorb CO2 emitted from burning fossil fuels, shellfish growers will become increasingly vulnerable to ocean acidification and little governmental infrastructure exists to help them face these challenges.

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