Perez jabs Trump’s ‘aggressive stupidity’ on environment

Perez jabs Trump’s ‘aggressive stupidity’ on environment
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Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez on Monday accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE of “aggressive stupidity” on the environment.

“There’s a name for Donald Trump’s environmental policy: aggressive stupidity,” Perez said in a statement. "The scientists he just fired have been working on nothing more political than making sure our water is safe to drink and our air is safe to breathe.

“By turning them into political targets, Trump is proving yet again that he doesn’t care about ordinary people.”

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly dismissed at least five members of one of its scientific review boards Sunday.

A spokesman said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is considering replacing the scientists with representatives of industries whose pollution the agency regulates.

“The administrator believes that we should have people on this board who understand the impact of regulations on the regulated community,” J. P. Freire said.

Sunday’s move is the latest in a series of controversial actions by the EPA in recent weeks.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that the EPA has buried a climate change website intended for children. 

The EPA last month also proposed closing a regional office as part of an administrative restructuring of the agency's Region 5, which covers Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.