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In. Your. Face.

The Trump administration has officially abandoned any last shred of pretense when it comes to the role of U.S. regulatory agencies.

Those agencies, funded by your tax dollars, now exist for the sole purpose of protecting corporate profits.

The latest in-your-face assault on your health and safety?

The (under this administration, laughably still named) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to “limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations”—even though scientists and physicians say the new rule would “undermine the scientific underpinnings of government policymaking,” according to the New York Times.

That’s right. We don’t want any scientific or medical research getting in the way of writing “environmental protection” policy.

The new euphemistically named “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” proposal would require scientists to disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, before the agency could consider an academic study’s conclusions.

As the Times reports, this “would make it more difficult to enact new clean air and water rules because many studies detailing the links between pollution and disease rely on personal health information gathered under confidentiality agreements.”

Even worse? The proposal could apply retroactively to public health regulations already in place.

Goodbye health and safety, hello smog and mercury-contaminated waterways.

Maybe this administration figures that the more they attack us, the weaker and more overwhelmed we’ll become. Until we just give up.

We’re not willing to give up. Are you?

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