Thursday, November 19, 2020

Erin Brockovich pens op-ed hitting Biden over EPA transition board

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich slammed President-elect Joe Biden’s picks for his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team in an op-ed published on Thursday. In the opinion piece published by The Guardian, Brockovich wrote, “I had hopes that this new administration would usher in the dawning of a new day. As picks for President-elect Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency transition team were announced, I felt concerned and disheartened about a chemical industry insider being on the list. Are you kidding me?” Brockovich specifically calls out Michael McCabe, who previously worked for Biden and for the EPA, for his work with DuPont as their communications consultant.In an Intercept article Brockovich cites, McCabe reportedly used his government connections to help the chemical giant avoid EPA regulations, particularly those placed on perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the chemical used to make nonstick coatings. According to the EPA, the detrimental health effects caused by PFOA include harm to the endocrine and immune systems, as well as to healthy fetal development and cancers. Brockovich notes that Harvard public health professor Philippe Grandjean warned such chemicals could potentially reduce the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. “It should go without saying that someone who advised DuPont on how to avoid regulations is not someone we want advising this new administration,” she writes...MORE


Come on. Biden was a Senator from Delaware. Where was DuPont headquarters? Delaware. DuPont was a powerful influence in that state:

Preeminent among them was the chemical giant DuPont. Nader took readers to Rodney Square, in the heart of Wilmington. There was the ritzy Hotel du Pont, housed in a building owned by DuPont, next to a theater built by DuPont, connected to a bank controlled by the du Pont family, surrounded by law offices and brokerages—all affiliated in some way with what was known simply as “The Company.” The du Ponts owned the state’s two largest newspapers and employed a tenth of the state legislature. The governor was a former executive. The state’s member of Congress for most of the 1970s was Pierre Samuel du Pont IV.

I don't know why anybody would be shocked that Biden would appoint their representative to this transition team. Biden once owned the DuPont mansion for God's sake.

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