Dow Chemical makes chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion—a bunch of pesticides that bring lots of coins into the pockets of the company; in fact, Dow sells roughly 5 million pounds of chlorpyrifos alone.
But there’s a wee problem, or wee problems, for Dow. You see, chlorpyrifos and those others were originally derived from a nerve gas developed by the Nazis, and scientists have found that chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are harmful to almost 1,800 “critically threatened or endangered species.”
Naturally, the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] and most rational folks are against the killing of these species just so Dow can line its coffers, which is why the EPA and two other groups that it works with to enforce the Endangered Species Act are “close to issuing findings expected to result in new limits on how and where the highly toxic pesticides can be used.”
Good, eh? Not so much for Dow which is where greed and corruption and that Rich White Men’s Club, and its President _____ come into play.
The good news for Dow is that the EPA is now run by climate-change skeptic and basic asshat Scott Pruitt, who has vowed to reverse “an Obama-era effort to bar the use of Dow's chlorpyrifos pesticide on food after recent peer-reviewed studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children's brains.”
Kids brains? Corporate profits? It’s a no-brainer, eh? Pun intended.
And it doesn’t hurt Dow that its CEO, Andrew Liveris, right, is chummy with _____. In fact, Dow spent nearly $14 million last year lobbying the government to allow the use of pesticides that harm, not only fish and game, but children.
Dow and two other companies that manufacture these pesticides have sent letters to the EPA, the Department of Commerce, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, asking them to “set aside” the results of the studies, claiming that they are “fundamentally flawed” as was proven by a study paid for by Dow, and performed by Dow scientists, that says these pesticides, derived, again, from nerve gases, are fine ... just fine.
But Dow also has an ace in the hole in this fight because Liveris is a close adviser, close friend, and million dollar donor to _____ and his inauguration committee; so much so, that when _____ signed an executive order “mandating the creation of task forces at federal agencies to roll back government regulations” Liveris was literally right by _____’s side.
So, let’s see ... the CEO is buddies with _____; the CEO gave _____ a million dollars; _____ appoints a climate change denying, environmental buffoon to destroy the EPA and benefit Dow.
Done and done.
Nothing to see here, except rich white men get richer while children made suffer brain disease and the environment crashes and burns.
But then cockroaches like Liveris and _____ will survive all that.