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What would happen if few cancer cells from other person are injected into your bloodstream?

Ken Saladin, Taught university biology for 40 years

Updated Jun 29 · Upvoted by Ricardo Strang, MD, MSc., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Full member os Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. …

Actually something like this has already been done in a horribly unethical experiment. In the 1950s, a virologist and cancer researcher at Sloan Kettering named
Chester Southam was working with the famous HeLa strain of cancer cells (named for the source patient Henrietta Lacks). He wanted to know if there was a danger of these giving cancer to one of the researchers by accidental exposure.

In 1954, he injected HeLa cells into a dozen hospitalized cancer patients without telling them what he was doing or why. He lied and said he was testing their immune systems, but he was really experimenting to see if the cancer from Henrietta Lacks would grow in another person. Several of these grew to tumors about 2 cm in size and one metastasized to the patient’s lymph nodes.

Since these patients already had other cancers, Southam next wanted to see if the HeLa tumors would take in healthy persons. One hundred fifty state prisoners volunteered for various reasons (such as feeling it would help atone for their crimes) and he injected HeLa into 65 of them in 1956. Tumors grew in the prisoners too, on the arms at the injection site. All of the prisoners’ bodies fought them off and the tumors vanished.

Southam injected HeLa into more than 600 other people in the years following that, incuding every OB-GYN surgery patient at Sloan Kettering, lying to these patients about what he was doing. “We’re just testing for cancer,” he told them.

When all of this came to light in the 1960s, a reporter from Science asked Southam why he didn’t inject the cells into himself. His reply was basically that he was more important than these patients; his life less dispensable. “Let’s face it,” he said to the reporter, “there are relatively few skilled cancer researchers, and it seemed stupid to take even a little risk.”

Stupid to risk his life for research; not too stupid (in his opinion) to risk the lives of hundreds of other people.

The ethical codes in place today would prohibit such a horrific experiment. Southam’s career would have been at an end if he had done such experiments in disregard to any such code of medical ethics, and he likely would have been stripped of his medical license and perhaps imprisoned. But such codes didn’t exist in the 1950s.

(Reference: Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, pp. 127–136)


Don't Want Us As Customers We Are Their Products

Sep. 23, 2017 4:00 pm

Thom takes on the Equifax scandal to reveal a growing business model where you are not the consumer but the product being traded and sold by corporations.

Geopolitics / Re: War Provocations and Peace Actions
« on: Today at 08:59:44 pm »
Kim Jong-un of North Korea, NOT TRUMP, is the the Adult in the Room

Thom Hartmann Sep. 22, 2017 1:56 pm

Thom reads a speech from the leader of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic Of North Korea) Chair Of The Workers Party Of Korea, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in response to the increasingly bombastic remarks from our President Donald Trump made towards North Korea. You might be surprised by what you hear.

Because of oxidative stress, microwave radiation is MORE DAMAGING than X-rays!

The Real Dangers of Electronic Devices and EMFs
September 24, 2017 • 119,932 views

Story at-a-glance

Exposure to microwave radiation from cellphones, routers, cordless phones, smart meters, baby monitors and other wireless devices causes massive mitochondrial dysfunction due to free radical damage

Excessive free radicals triggered by low-frequency microwave exposure from wireless technologies have been linked to cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety, depression, autism, Alzheimer’s, infertility and more

In addition to remediating obvious EMF exposures, strategies that may help reduce the harmful effects of EMFs include optimizing your magnesium level, eating Nrf2-boosting foods and pulsing molecular hydrogen

By Dr. Mercola

I was recently interviewed by Dave Asprey when I visited his Bulletproof lab on Vancouver Island.1 In it, I review the real dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by electronic devices. I will also do a more comprehensive lecture on this topic at Asprey's Bulletproof Conference October 13 through 15 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.

Avoiding excessive EMF exposure is an important component of optimizing mitochondrial health. In fact, this is going to be the topic of my next book. Like my latest best-seller, "Fat for Fuel," which details my metabolic mitochondrial therapy program, I want the book on EMFs to be peer-reviewed by the leading scientists and researchers in the world who understand the truth and are free of industry corruption.

The key is to translate the science into clear and understandable language, and offer practical recommendations on how to remediate the problem. After all, we are swimming in an invisible ocean of EMFs just about everywhere you go these days. It's near-impossible to avoid microwave exposure completely, but there are ways to reduced it, for sure.

Your Cellphone Is a Major Source of EMF Exposure

As noted by Asprey, his studio is hard-wired, and that's one simple way to reduce exposure from Wi-Fi. You can also shut your Wi-Fi down whenever you're not using it, and certainly at night when you're sleeping. When using your cellphone, use the speaker phone and hold the phone 3 feet away from you, using a selfie stick. I've measured the radiation and you decrease your exposure by about 90 percent this way.

When not in use, make sure your cellphone is in airplane mode and/or keep it in a Faraday bag. These are just a few quick examples of how you can protect your health while still living in modern society. I have carefully measured the radiation coming from my phone and even when it is on and not calling someone the radiation doesn't come down to safe ranges until I am 25 feet away, which is why I keep my phone in airplane mode most of the time and only use it for emergencies or when I am traveling.

It took me awhile to figure this out. I got rid of all the wireless devices and Wi-Fi in my house, yet the EMFs were still high. Then I finally realized that it was my phone (while on) that caused it. My levels dropped below 0.01 volts/meter once I put it in airplane mode. This is a key point. For nearly everyone reading this, the majority of the radiation you're exposed to is not coming from the outside into your home; it's coming from the items in your home.

Nonthermal Damage

Most of the radiation we're exposed to today is microwave radiation, which does include radiation from your microwave oven. If you still have one, I recommend replacing it with a steam convection oven, which will heat your food just as quickly but far more safely. When you turn that microwave oven on, it will expose you to very dangerous microwave radiation at levels that are far in excess of your cellphone. We're not talking about thermal (heat) damage here. We're talking about nonthermal damage.

I recently interviewed Martin Pall, Ph.D., who has identified and published several papers describing the molecular mechanisms of how EMFs from cellphones and wireless technologies damage plants, animals and humans.2,3,4,5 Many studies have shown that when you're exposed to EMFs, intracellular calcium increases. Pall also discovered a number of studies showing that you can block or greatly reduce the effects of EMFs using calcium channel blockers — medication commonly prescribed to patients with heart disease.

This turns out to be a crucial point, because it's the excess calcium in the cell and the increased calcium signaling that are responsible for a vast majority of the biological effects of EMFs.

Pall has discovered no less than 26 papers showing that EMFs work by activating voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs), which are located in the outer membrane of your cells. Once activated, they allow a tremendous influx of calcium into the cell — about 1 million calcium ions per second per VGCC.

Importantly, the cellular membrane is 7 million times more sensitive to EMFs than the charged particles inside and outside of the cells, which are what safety standards are based on. In other words, the safety standards are off by a factor of 7 million!

A Chain Reaction of Harm

When there's excess calcium in the cell, it increases levels of both nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide. While NO has many beneficial health effects, massively excessive NO reacts with superoxide, forming peroxynitrite, which is an extremely potent oxidant stressor.

Peroxynitrites, in turn, break down to form reactive free radicals, both reactive nitrogen species and reactive oxygen species (ROS), including hydroxyl radicals, carbonate radicals and NO2 radicals — all three of which do damage. Peroxynitrites also do damage all on their own.

So, EMFs are not "cooking" your cells. It's not a thermal influence. Rather, the radiation activates the VGCCs in the outer cell membrane, which triggers a chain reaction of devastating events that, ultimately, decimates your mitochondrial function and causes severe cellular damage and DNA breaks. It also decimates your cell membranes and cellular proteins. In a nutshell, it dramatically accelerates the aging process.

Common EMF-Related Health Problems

As noted by Asprey, he used to keep his cellphone in a pants pocket on his right leg. He now has 10 percent less bone density in his right femur, which he believes is related to carrying his cellphone there. Needless to say, he no longer carries his phone on his body. Now, since the biological damage is triggered by activation of your VGCCs, it stands to reason that tissues with the highest densities of VGCCs will be more prone to harm.

So, which tissues have the highest concentration of VGCC's? Your brain, the pacemaker of your heart, your nervous system, retina and male testes. Indeed, studies dating back to the 1950s and '60s show the nervous system is the organ that is most sensitive to EMFs. Some of these studies show massive changes in the structure of neurons, including cell death and synaptic dysfunction.

When the VGCCs are activated in the brain they release neurotransmitters and neuroendocrine hormones, and elevated VGCC activity in certain parts of the brain has been shown to produce a variety of neuropsychiatric effects. Among the most common consequences of chronic EMF exposure to the brain are: 6


Common heart problems linked to EMF exposure include:

Cardiac arrhythmias (associated with sudden cardiac death)
Atrial fibrillation / atrial flutter
Premature atrial contractions (PACs) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), also known as heart palpitations
Tachycardia (fast heartbeat) and brachycardia (slow heartbeat)

Many who suffer these conditions are on dangerous drugs. If you have any kind of heart or brain-related condition, you really need to take EMF exposure seriously, and take steps to remediate it. There's simply no question about it — EMF exposure can trigger these and many other conditions. The drug is not treating the cause of the problem, and if you truly want to get well, you need to address the causes. EMFs may not be the sole contributor, but it's a significant one that should not be overlooked.

Reproductive Effects and Cancer

EMF exposure may also increase a man's risk for infertility if he wears his cellphones near his groin and/or uses a laptop on his lap, and a woman's risk for breast cancer is higher if she tucks her cellphone in her bra. Studies have linked low-level electromagnetic radiation (EMR) exposure from cellphones to an 8 percent reduction in sperm motility and a 9 percent reduction in sperm viability.7,8

Wi-Fi equipped laptop computers have also been linked to decreased sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation after just four hours of use.9 In regard to breast cancer, the most common location for breast cancer is the upper, outer quadrant. When the cancer is located in the upper, inner quadrant, it's more likely to be related to cellphone radiation (if you've been carrying your phone in your bra).

How to Lower Your Exposure

The first step to lower your exposure would be to identify the most significant sources. Your cellphone is a major source of exposure, as are cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, Bluetooth headsets and other Bluetooth-equipped items, wireless mice, keyboards, smart thermostats, baby monitors, smart meters and the microwave in your kitchen. Ideally, address each source and determine how you can best limit their use. For example, remedial interventions could include:


EMF meter review

Climate Change / Future News — Dateline February 14th, 2030
« on: September 24, 2017, 08:25:37 pm »
Future News — Dateline February 14th, 2030  

September 24th, 2017 by Steve Bakker

Future News — Dateline February 14th, 2030 … with anchor Jane Curtin III
Tonight’s top story… 

1959 Cadillac Eldoradoodo  ;D Convertible with 442 cubic inch monstrously polluting engine   

The last automobile powered by an internal combustion engine was sent to the salvage yard today. We will have film at 11:00pm showing a  1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible being towed into Monster Joe’s Auto & Trucks Dismantlers in Los Angeles, California. The car had been hidden in the bunker of a decommissioned Air Force Base ever since President Trump signed into law a bill confiscating all gasoline-powered vehicles from citizens during his third term in office. It is rumored the owner of the Cadillac was still in the driver’s seat when the vehicle was crushed, as the driver’s cold dead hands could not be pried from the steering wheel.

As most know, Trump was transformed into a clean-air maven after slipping in the Presidential shower and hitting his head on the Presidential bubble-bath dispenser in 2020.   

Full article with more great high tech laughs:   


Renewables / Re: Electric Vehicles
« on: September 24, 2017, 05:22:13 pm »

Electric Motorhome Powered By Solar Panels & A Battery
September 24th, 2017 by Cynthia Shahan


Move over, tiny house, and take notes. German-based motorhome manufacturer Dethleffs recent e.home, an electric motorhome concept, is solar-paneled, clean battery-powered, comfortable, and bright. How about that for a sustainably sensible option for the camping family or the retired couple with wanderlust and a conscience. It’s a beauty. The e.home is covered in 334 square feet of solar panels and has an estimated range of about 103 miles when fully equipped.

Until this choice, motorhome camping travelers were limited to tents or dependant on fossil fuels in choosing a motorhome. Well, this is still just a concept, but Dethleffs is looking to change that.


“The Dethleffs e.home also maximizes efficiency by using phase-change materials to absorb heat and release it throughout the day as ambient temperatures fluctuate. Infrared panels throughout the inside of the vehicle also provide a comfortable, warm atmosphere.”

So, take your time and travel the greener way. It is doable and offers lots of walking or hiking while you charge — or leisurely artist pursuits inside. Catch up on all the books you want to read. “The battery pack lasts for approximately 1,500 charges — about 250,000 kilometers (155,000 miles ) — before needing replacement. The e-home supports both level 2 and DC fast-charging, and the solar panels provide 3 kilowatts of supplementary battery-charging electricity.”

Every vehicle on the road needs to be electric or hybrid electric to lessen air pollution (pollution which causes deaths , illnesses, etc.) And there are more reasons to protect our planet’s environment, as well. Large vehicles such as motorhomes, semi trucks, yachts, electric buses, tugboats, and trains need to move over to clean electricity as much as (or more than) other vehicles, to help the planet breathe.

Full article:


Agelbert NOTE: Check out all the links when you have the time. There is a wealth of information there about the practical feasability of totally eliminating the use of fossil fuels for internal combustion engine powered transportation. We will still need lubricants, but since they are not burned, we can use them sustainably in our macines. That may be the only viable future function of oil refinery production IF our future is one where human civilization survives.

"The fossil fuel industry swallows up $5.3 trillion a year worldwide in hidden costs to keep burning fossil fuels, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
This money, the IMF noted, is in addition to the $492 billion in direct subsidies offered by governments around the world through write-offs and write-downs and land-use loopholes.

In a sane world these subsidies would be invested to free us from the deadly effects of carbon emissions caused by fossil fuels, but we do not live in a sane world. "  -- Chris Hedges

"The damage suffered by Houston, Tampa and Miami is not an anomaly. It is the beginning of the end. Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee." - Chris Hedges


Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« on: September 24, 2017, 04:07:15 pm »
FAR hotter than normal Fall temperatures in Vermont (and most of the rest of the planet).


Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« on: September 23, 2017, 10:02:56 pm »

Arctic Sea Ice Likely Reaches Minimum Extent for 2017

Sep 21, 2017

Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center say that Arctic sea ice likely reached its minimum extent for the year, at 4.64 million square kilometers (1.79 million square miles) on September 13, 2017. The 2017 minimum is the eighth lowest in the 38-year satellite record.

These maps show the Arctic mean sea ice concentration as measured by satellites for each month since April 2017, along with the minimum value recorded on September 13th. Areas with at least 15% ice cover appear in shades of gray-blue to white. Open ocean water (less than 15% ice cover) is navy blue. The yellow line shows the median (middle of the range) sea ice extent for 1981–2010.

For more information, see the Climate.gov.

Real-time sea ice data can be accessed in NOAA View.
Referral:   Sea ice data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Terms of Use:   Please credit NOAA
Keywords:   sea ice, NSIDC, 2017.09.21


Inside North Korea Newest Documentary (2017)


Fact Reality

Published on Apr 25, 2017

in this documentary you get to see how north korean people really live in one of the rarest documentaries ever recorded.

Trump's War Loving Modus Operandi represents a MUCH GREATER DANGER for the USA than Kim Jung-un does, or North Korea EVER did!

Renewables / Re: Electric Vehicles
« on: September 23, 2017, 05:05:41 pm »
Nissan Leaf Electric Motor and Battery Location

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I start taking apart the Nissan LEAF battery pack, removing the cover and beginning to disassemble the blocks of cell modules

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Agelbert NOTE: As you will learn, these floating drill rigs were previously cold stacked. That means they put them out of service HOPING to return them to service when oil prices "went up". Massive increases in Renewble Energy from both solar and wind has kept that from happening.   The fact that these rigs will now be scrapped makes it crystal clear to an objective observer that Transocean fossil fuelers cannot figure out any way to make money out of them for the forseeable future (i.e. for at least 20 years - the average life of one of these floaters before scrapping). GOOD!

Transocean to Scrap Six Floaters from Fleet

September 22, 2017 by gCaptain

Sedco Express File photo

Transocean has announced its plan to scrap six deepwater and ultra-deepwater floating drilling rigs, aka “floaters”, as the offshore drilling company continues to shed older and less-competitive rigs from its fleet.

The floaters to be retired include the ultra-deepwater floaters GSF Jack Ryan, Sedco Energy, Sedco Express, Cajun Express, and Deepwater Pathfinder, and the deepwater floater Transocean Marianas. The rigs will be classified as held for sale and will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.

All six rigs were previously cold stacked.

Transocean says it will recognize an impairment charge of approximately $1.4 billion during the third quarter of 2017 as a result of the sale.

“We continue to enhance the quality of our fleet through the addition of new, high-specification assets, and the retirement of older, less competitive rigs,” said Jeremy Thigpen, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We remain committed to providing our customers with the most technically capable and highest quality ultra-deepwater and harsh environment assets in the industry, and will continue to objectively evaluate our rigs and high-grade our fleet as the market evolves.”

Following the retirement and sale of the six rigs, Transocean will own and operate a fleet of 38 mobile offshore drilling units  >:( consisting of 25 ultra-deepwater floaters, seven harsh environment floaters, two deepwater floaters and four midwater floaters.


Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« on: September 23, 2017, 04:20:09 pm »
Can Hurricanes Trigger Earthquakes? Part C

Paul Beckwith

Published on Sep 22, 2017

On Sept. 8th, 2017 as Hurricane Irma chewed up the Caribbean a magnitude 8.1 earthquake rattled Mexico. On Sept. 19th it was Hurricane Maria's turn, with a 7.1 quake AND a volcano near Mexico City. In 2012 as Hurricane Sandy moved north off the east coast of the US a network of -400 seismic sensors lit up & there was a 7.8 quake off the west coast. Sandy turned left, sensors lit up again, & there was a 6.3 quake near the 1st one. As Sandy went ashore in NY sensors lit up again, & there was a 3rd quake of 6.2; connected or coincidental?

Please support these teaching videos with a donation at http://paulbeckwith.net

Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« on: September 23, 2017, 04:07:48 pm »
A British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay rescue helicopter crew rescues an adult female and two children from the vessel Ferrel near Vieques, Puerto Rico, Sept. 21, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard

WATCH: Three Rescued from Overturned Vessel in Puerto Rico

September 22, 2017 by gCaptain

A helicopter crew with the British Royal Navy has rescued a woman and two children from their overturned vessel which had grounded near Vieques, Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria.

A U.S. Coast Guard search plane located the capsized vessel, named Ferrel, with three people on top at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday following a 24-hour search. A fourth person, an adult male, was reported deceased in the capsized vessel, which is inaccessible to search and rescue crews.

Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders received an EPIRB alert as well as distress call Wednesday from the Ferrel stating they were disabled and adrift in 20-foot seas and 100-knot winds caused by Hurricane Maria.

An urgent marine information broadcast was issued immediately after the distress call.

The search for the vessel involved assets from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, and British Royal Navy.

A video of the rescue was captured by a Coast Guard search plane:


General Discussion / Re: Non-routine News
« on: September 23, 2017, 03:50:07 pm »
IMO Issues New Warning on Bauxite Cargoes

September 22, 2017 by Mike Schuler

MV Bulk Jupiter. Photo credit: Gearbulk

The International Maritime Organization has issued a new warning that a newly-discovered phenomenon – different from cargo liquefaction – could cause bauxite cargoes to become unstable when carried in bulk on a ship, potentially causing the vessel to capsize and sink.

Bauxite, a type of rock, is one of the world’s major sources of aluminium with around 100 million tonnes transported annually by sea. Although extremely rare, bauxite cargoes have been known to liquify and shift during shipping, which can cause a vessel to capsize at a moments notice.

In 2015, the Bahamas-flagged MV Bulk Jupiter unexpectedly sank off the coast of Vietnam while transporting 46,000 metric tons of bauxite loaded in Malaysia. All but one of the ship’s 19 crew members were lost in the accident.

While bauxite has been classified under the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code as a low-risk Group C cargo, under certain circumstances, in rare cases it has been known to exhibit liquefaction characteristics similar to high-risk ‘Group A’ cargoes. The IMSBC Code is the industry rulebook on how to deal with bulk cargoes.

In response to the Bulk Jupiter accident, the IMO requested that the global bauxite industry undertake research into the behavior and characteristics of bauxite cargoes during ocean transportation, leading to the formation of the Global Bauxite Working Group (GBWG). The group presented its findings from its research to an IMO Sub-Committee this week.

According to their report, the group found that certain forms of bauxite with a large proportion of smaller particles could be subject to a newly-identified phenomenon of “dynamic separation” when there is excess moisture in the cargo.

In such conditions, a liquid slurry (water and fine solids) can form above the solid material, according to the report. The resulting free surface effect of liquid “sloshing about” could significantly affect the vessel’s stability, leading to the risk of the ship capsizing.

To raise awareness about the potential risks posed by moisture, IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers, which met this month at IMO Headquarters, issued new guidance on the carriage of bauxite in the form of a circular aimed at shippers, terminal operators, shipowners, ship operators, charterers, shipmasters and all other entities concerned.

The circular requests that extreme care and appropriate action be taken, taking into account the provisions of relevant IMO instruments, when handling and carrying bauxite in bulk.

The circular takes immediate effect, ahead of the next scheduled adoption (in 2019) of the new test methods and relevant schedules for bauxite cargoes during the routine scheduled updating of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code.

The new circular updates a previous circular on the carriage of bauxite issued in 2015 following the Bulk Jupiter sinking, and invites Governments to note that some bauxite cargoes (specifically those with a larger proportion of smaller particles) present a risk caused by moisture and should be treated as Group A cargoes.

“Excess moisture in such cargoes can lead to a free surface slurry. This can cause atypical motion of the ship (wobbling). The master should take appropriate action in the event of this possible sign of cargo instability,” the IMO circular says.

The circular also includes the draft Test Procedure for Determining the transportable moisture limit (TML) for bauxite; the draft individual schedule for bauxite of Group A (Bulk Cargo Shipping Name “BAUXITE FINES”); and draft amendments to the existing individual schedule for bauxite of Group C (bauxite with a lower proportion of smaller particles and with a degree of saturation by moisture not liable to reach 70%).

For a copy of the GBWG Report on Research into the Behaviour of Bauxite during Shipping email media@imo.org.


Agelbert NOTE: The hazards in the oceans will get much, much worse within less than a decade because of Catastrophic Climate Change.

Who CAN you trust? / Re: Corruption in Government
« on: September 23, 2017, 03:34:08 pm »

Meet the 4 Horsemen of the EPA-pocalypse

By Mary Anne Hitt

Every week, another decision that endangers our families seems to come out of Scott Pruitt's  and Donald Trump's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The latest facepalm/outrage comes in the form of confirmation hearings that start this week for four completely unacceptable nominees to critical leadership positions at EPA.

This Wednesday, Sep. 20, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works will decide whether to confirm Bill Wehrum to lead the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, David Ross as chief of the EPA's Office of Water, and Michael Dourson to head up the agency's chemical safety programs. Later this month, they will hold a hearing on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler as EPA's deputy administrator, the agency's second-in-command.

We can thank EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for these four horsemen of the EPA-pocalypse—four people who will gladly choose polluters over public health and clean air and water standards every time.

Andrew Wheeler, who Pruitt has tapped for the number two spot at EPA, was described by the Washington Post as a "longtime coal lobbyist" and has worked on behalf of a company which reportedly has numerous environmental and worker safety violations. Wheeler has spent his career challenging vital life-saving environmental protections that keep our air and water clean so that we can keep our families safe (I wrote this post about him earlier this summer). He also used to be an aide for outspoken climate-denying and corporate-polluter-loving senator, James Inhofe.

Bill Wehrum, Pruitt's pick to head up the office in charge of enforcing the Clean Air Act and keeping your air safe to breathe, is a lobbyist who represents a host of coal, oil, gas, and chemical companies, and was a former George W. Bush-era EPA official. If you recognize his name, it's because he was also nominated to this position in 2006—his nomination was withdrawn when he failed to earn support of the 60 Senators needed for confirmation.

And while he's nominated to lead the EPA's air and radiation office, ironically enough, he's said that the Clean Air Act shouldn't apply to the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change and superstorms like Hurricane Harvey. As my friend John Walke at NRDC put it, Wehrum "is an industry lawyer who was largely responsible for the Bush EPA's record of violating the Clean Air Act more often, and allowing more illegal emissions of harmful air pollution, than any EPA administration before or since."

David Ross, nominated for for the top spot at the Office of Water, has sued the EPA many times related to its clean water safeguards in his work representing fossil fuel states like Wyoming, including challenging the Clean Water Rule and the Chesapeake Bay cleanup program (he lost the latter lawsuit, which the court called "long on swagger, but short on specificity"). According to E&E News, he "has represented states and industry in lawsuits against the agency—some of which were filed by then-Oklahoma Attorney General and now EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt."

Finally, Michael Dourson is on deck to head up the EPA division that oversees the chemical industry, called the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, "Dourson has extensive, longstanding ties to the chemical industry (as well as earlier ties to the tobacco industry). He also has a history of failing to appropriately address his conflicts of interest." The first example they cite hits close to home for me as a West Virginian—they report he was the sole spokesperson for an expert panel studying the 2014 Elk River chemical spill but failed to disclose, until cornered by a reporter, that he had previously "done paid work for both of the companies that produced the chemicals involved in the spill."

In addition, Dourson has spent much of his professional career writing studies that undermine existing science and concerns about toxic chemicals, and call for weaker regulations on chemicals like pesticides. As our friends at the United Farm Workers explain, Dourson was paid by Dow Agrosciences to downplay concerns about a toxic pesticide and cast doubt on a Columbia University study linking exposure to it by pregnant women to irreversible neurodevelopmental problems in children—in other words, to hide the fact that the pesticide is dangerous to kids. As you may have heard, in a highly controversial move the EPA recently reversed restrictions on the use of this pesticide, called chlorpyrifos, shortly after meeting with officials from Dow.

Senators shouldn't get fooled—Scott Pruitt has seized the EPA and is trying to install polluter lobbyists in key positions. We can't let dirty fuel lobbyists win—we need the Senate to draw the line and reject these nominations.

Mary Anne Hitt is the director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign.


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