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Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator, has chosen not to renew the terms of nine of the 18-member board of scientific counselors, which advises the EPA on the quality and accuracy of the science it produces. Photo: Wikipedia

Nine scientists have been dismissed from the EPA’s 18-person Board of Scientific Counselors—ostensibly to include more voices from regulated industries, though the scientists say their work was apolitical and did not involve regulations. The US government has also postponed an important meeting scheduled for Tuesday to determine whether the country should or should not withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, a matter that President Donald Trump promised to decide this month.

En medio de la devastación de incendios y huracanes,Trump derogará la ley de Energía Limpia

 10/10/2017 - 03:47
A resident rides past a burnt out home in Santa Rosa, California, USA, 09 October 2017. EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO

Mientras California arde y Puerto Rico y Texas intentan recuperarse de la devastación provocada por lo peores huracanes de los últimos años,  la Administración Trump tiene previso anunciar hoy una propuesta legislativa para derogar la Ley de Energía Limpia del anterior presidente Obama.

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[OP-ED]: Deficits forever?

 07/20/2017 - 12:15
The federal budget remains badly out of whack, even though we are near or at “full employment” (June unemployment rate: 4.4 percent). We cannot afford tax cuts; we need tax increases.

House Republicans, who are now deliberating the government’s 2018 budget, pledge to eliminate deficits within a decade. Well, good luck with that. It must be obvious that chronic deficits reflect a basic political impasse that can be broken only if majorities in Congress do things they’ve refused to do: trim Social Security benefits; raise taxes significantly; control health spending. There is a giant mismatch between what Americans want from government and what they’ll pay for with taxes.

[OP-ED]: ¿Déficits para siempre?

 07/20/2017 - 12:10
El presupuesto federal permanece en muy mal estado, aunque estemos cerca de un “empleo pleno” (Tasa de desempleo de junio: 4,4 por ciento). No podemos permitirnos recortes de impuestos; necesitamos aumentos de impuestos.

Los republicanos de la cámara baja, que ahora están deliberando sobre el presupuesto de 2018, prometen eliminar los déficits en una década. Bien, buena suerte con eso. Debe ser obvio que los déficits crónicos reflejan un impasse político básico que puede ser interrumpido solo si las mayorías del Congreso hacen lo que se han negado a hacer: recortar los beneficios de seguridad social; aumentar los impuestos significativamente; controlar los gastos de salud. Hay una gran discordancia entre lo que los estadounidenses quieren del gobierno y lo que están dispuestos a pagar en impuestos.

Why EPA has dismissed half of its key board’s scientific advisers?

 05/10/2017 - 04:10
Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator, has chosen not to renew the terms of nine of the 18-member board of scientific counselors, which advises the EPA on the quality and accuracy of the science it produces. Photo: Wikipedia

Nine scientists have been dismissed from the EPA’s 18-person Board of Scientific Counselors—ostensibly to include more voices from regulated industries, though the scientists say their work was apolitical and did not involve regulations. The US government has also postponed an important meeting scheduled for Tuesday to determine whether the country should or should not withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, a matter that President Donald Trump promised to decide this month.

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[OP-ED]: Who’s afraid of the ‘administrative state’?

 03/07/2017 - 15:28
It’s time to make the administrative state a mainstream concept, through the creation of a regulatory budget. The point is not to justify the instant repeal of most rules, as Bannon’s critics fear, but to improve understanding and accountability.

Just what White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon meant when he recently suggested “deconstructing the administrative state” is unclear. To critics, he would gut the whole superstructure of social and environmental safeguards, starting with the Environmental Protection Agency (which, say news reports, may face a staff cut of one-fifth). But regardless of Bannon’s meaning, the relentless growth of the administrative state is a reality that we can’t escape.

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Robert J. Samuelson

[OP-ED]: ¿Quién le teme al ‘estado administrativo’?

 03/07/2017 - 15:25
Ha llegado el momento de que el estado administrativo sea un concepto dominante, mediante la creación de un presupuesto regulatorio. La cuestión no es justificar la revocación instantánea de la mayoría de las reglas, como temen los críticos de Bannon, sino mejorar la comprensión y la responsabilidad. 

No está claro lo que quiso decir el estratega en jefe de la Casa Blanca, Stephen Bannon, cuando sugirió recientemente la “deconstrucción del estado administrativo”. Según sus críticos, desmantelaría toda la superestructura de salvaguardas sociales y del medio ambiente, comenzando por la Agencia de Protección del Medio Ambiente (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés, la que, según informes noticiosos, podría enfrentar un recorte de un quinto de su personal).

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Robert J. Samuelson