Dear EPA Employees,
Your job is to:
- implement the laws passed by Congress that EPA has been designated to manage, as guided by policies set by the Administrator
- identify and communicate serious risks to the environment for use by decision-makers in the EPA administrative offices
- develop and evaluate risk mitigation options for use by decision-makers who are responsible for setting priorities and getting funding to address those risks.
If you can’t manage to convince the decision-makers – appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate – to make the “right” decisions according to your opinion, you have two choices:
- do what your bosses tell you to (but keep respectfully trying to convince them you’re right)
- quit and figure out another way to influence the decision-makers or become one yourself
I recommend you acknowledge Scott Pruitt as the EPA Administrator, your boss. He is biased toward state decision-making. You are biased toward federal control. Prepare all your recommendations carefully and thoroughly to justify that they are scientifically and economically valid. You both want what’s best for the well-being of humans and the environment. Turn down the emotion. Turn up the dialog on what that means and how to get there.