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William Wehrum is a lawyer and once, apparently, worked for the EPA. Trump is trying to appoint him to be assistant administrator for air and radiation. This is a reasonably important job that concerns many aspects of the environment.


The Republicans have already said they love this guy. Of course they do.

There is a The War on Science going on, and in Washington, the Republicans are winning it. They are winning it in over 30 states. When they have finished winning it, that is the end of civilization at least in this country.



  1. #1 dhogaza
    October 5, 2017

    One the best votes I ever cast during my decades in Oregon – and I’ve had the opportunity to cast many votes for many good people and measures – was my vote for Jeff Merkley.

    He rocks it.

  2. #2 Bernard J.
    October 5, 2017

    The USA has been hiding Jeff Merkley under a bushel – I’d never heard of him ’til now.

    He’s exactly the sort of politiican that your country needs: highly informed, eloquent, focussed on the substantive issues and calling bullshit where he sees it.

    Hopefully we’ll all see more of him in the future.

  3. #3 Jeff Harvey
    October 6, 2017

    I agree completely with Bernard. The fact is that Trump is employing a veritable army of brainless goons to oversee scientific bodies in the United States. The aim should be obvious: to take the baton from the fossil fuel industries to sow doubt on anthropogenic climate change, thereby eviscerating public constraints on corporate activity in the pursuit of private profit. Senator Merkley demolished Wehrum. We urgently need more politicians like him in office.

  4. #4 Li D
    October 6, 2017

    What an absolute clown that Wehrum is.
    I dont think this Merkley bloke should be particularly put on a pedestal however. Hes just saying everyday normal stuff.
    Millions of people could have said the same thing.
    The very fact that Merkley is being lauded suggests something is
    terribly askew.
    Merkleys performance is not so much good, as Wehrums is absolute crap.
    Like Bernard J above, i never heard of the bloke before.

  5. #5 dhogaza
    October 6, 2017

    “I dont think this Merkley bloke should be particularly put on a pedestal however. Hes just saying everyday normal stuff.”

    This particular performance isn’t why he’s widely admired by Oregonians. It is his overall record in his 9 years in the Senate, and his record as Speaker of the House in the Oregon Legislature.

    And the fact that no one in Oz has heard of him isn’t particularly troubling to your average Oregonian, either. 🙂

  6. #6 Tyvor Winn
    October 25, 2017

    If you all think that things are bad now, just wait till President Pussygrabber packs the Supreme Court and the Federal judgeships with his picks. We’re nearly out of checks and balances already.

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