Faith-based environmental protection. Why not? The Bush administration isn’t using the law or regulations:
Ignoring all legal and technical evidence — and the advice of his career experts — [EPA Administrator Steven] Johnson sided with the car industry and rejected the request of California to enforce the state’s landmark greenhouse gas standards for motor vehicles. (No fewer than 19 other states have already adopted these standards or are considering them, representing about half the U.S. population.) In fact, Johnson took action that his own legal team said was probably illegal.
In the process, Johnson lied through his teeth to the media. Among other lies, Johnson claimed approving California’s request would create a “confusing patchwork of state rules” (No, this is just auto industry propaganda. There would only be one standard that other states could adopt. So many had either done so or contemplating adoption, that it could have become a de facto national standard.). Johnson claimed that the standard would save less gasoline than the new fuel economy standards in the energy bill. (Another lie. The car companies opposed the California standards because they would require them to do more.) And the EPA chief gushed over his “world-class professional staff” at the same time that he froze them out of the decision-making process. (TomPaine.com via alternet)
Lying apparently is not a sin. Because Johnson wouldn’t sin. He’s too busy making promos for Evangelicals like the Christian Embassy, where he assures his potential marks, “I can’t imagine doing this [job] without the Lord.” And although he was “too busy” to meet with Senator Boxer of California he has time each morning to “have a Bible study” with others in his office. Priorities.
Johnson is actually a serial liar. He does it routinely when he announces yet another cave-in to some polluting industry — all in the name of environmental protection of course. Recently there were the air particulate rules and soon there will be ozone standards, which the polluters are urging him not to change, despite good evidence that they need to be lower.
Praise the Lord and Pass the Campaign Contributions. Another Bush administration Gift to the World. A religious hypocrite in charge of environmental protection.