Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), the top Koch Industries man in Congress, is continuing his assault on the Environmental Protection Agency and its mission to protect the public welfare from toxic polluters. Pompeo has introduced legislation (HR 2876) to kill the Environmental Justice Eco-Ambassador Program, a small graduate student internship program that deals with the connections between economic disparities, discrimination, and environmental health. According to Pompeo, the program is part of the Obama administration’s plot to “indoctrinate” students “to act as tools of this Administration’s radical policies“:
At a time when millions of Americans cannot find work and are saddled with record deficits and crippling environmental regulations, spending $6,000 of taxpayer money per student to act as tools of this Administration’s radical policies is clearly not acceptable — nor is it ever the role of the federal government to indoctrinate.
“The requirements outlined the EPA’s stated desire to recruit and hire, at taxpayer expense, only those college students who are ideologically in line with the Obama Administration’s radical environmental policies,” Pompeo claims.
But the “radical” requirements are simply as follows:
Applicants must have previously been involved and/or have a strong interest in environmental justice, social justice issues and/or environmental health disparities in an academic, volunteer and/ or employment setting.
Quite simply, Pompeo believes that justice is a radical ideology, based on willful ignorance of reality. Children living in poverty have higher exposure to toxic chemicals. Neighborhoods near toxic waste facilities are disproportionately minority and poor. Although this internship is a new program, the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice was established under President George W. Bush, not President Obama.
Although Pompeo claims the federal government should never “indocrinate,” he is a co-sponsor of the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which decrees that “human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.”
Pompeo’s legislation would also forbid EPA spending on student “programs related to the study of greenhouse gas emissions.”
His bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Carter (R-TX), Gregg Harper (R-MS), and David McKinley (R-WV).