Environmental Protection Agency, Donald Trump, Morehouse College discussed on Ethan Bearman
I recommend that. You check them out. Michael hill, sakers name. He does a lot of great stuff. It's of course, it's wealth britney's Pulitzer prize winner. But it's really an sort of an inventive. Take a clean take on a lot of things. I want to get to the pro-life administration of Donald Trump killing a program on children's health out of the EPA, but Michael hill, sake, welcome to k- geo. I, I, I wanna get to. I what I thought was a really clean, take that you made on that billionaire at Morehouse college of paying off the student debt for an entire graduating class and you sort of put it up against the in the same week this Joe millionaire who buys that expensive coons art piece for ninety one million dollars. Right. Well, the the contrast is really compelling. Is it not? It's it's, it's ridiculous. You, you make the point. I think so well, that, you know, there is a billionaire class, apparently in America, some of whom are doing things of the sort that was done at Morehouse college, and then some of whom are doing things like buying that, Jeff Koons piece for ninety one million which, as you point on your piece could've been could've a paid for a lot of graduating classes. Well, that's right. Well, you know what we have is love Smith. Who is America's richest black billionaire, Richard, even than than Oprah who gave the commencement speech at Morehouse college traditionally black university. And in the course of the speech, he announced that he was going to cover the student debt of the entire graduating class and that's going to cost an estimated forty million dollars. Right. In other words, somebody could have done to these gestures and so had eleven million dollars. Leftover for the price that. That some billionaire when a hundred percent sure. Which one it is paid for this Jeff Koons artwork. Which was ninety one million the week before, of course, the the deal with for the Kuhn's piece for ninety one million looks as though it was engineered by Steve Mnuchin dad, who of Lucan, who former Goldman Sachs, executive now hangs out shingle as high end. Dealer. He bought it, he's, he's the purchaser of record for, for one of his clients, the standing room where is that it's Steve Cohn, who's, who's one of the richest hedge fund managers in America, and a collector, and the collector of Jeff Koons artwork. So that's all the connection, you you need. There are billionaires, who do sort of things out. Traditionally with all that money, right? Yeah, not a few of them as I mentioned that might piece Steven Schwartzman. Who's another hedge fund billionaire? He's contributed one hundred million dollars to the new York Public Library. To upgrade its facilities as a result. They named their I kinda forty second street main branch after him now to see Schwartzman building. And many others who who made contributions donations to their own philanthropies or other philanthropies often. They do it without asking for recognition. Sometimes they do it for the recognition, but there's no doubt that many millionaires many American which Americans do contribute. But that still doesn't. Doesn't make any difference. When you think about all the money that actually could be spent on who social advances and social purposes that gets wasted on Benedi projects, vanity purchases. Like, like art work, the high end market globally is worth about thirty billion dollars a year now that's not money that's being spent necessarily with great taste or discernment. It's basically a. It's a rat race to to spend as much as you can and, and show off and we'll move onto the program in a second. But just to just to put a button on this. I think we're talking to Michael Hilter poetry prize winning columnist and Michael, you make a point about the fact that for whatever reason the problem of student debt in America is not one that's being addressed by government. So this dropping all of this money to at least help this graduating class also points up this issue, and it would be nice to see philanthropy, sort of follow that same stream. Yeah. That's true. You know a lot of big high profile donations by millionaires and billionaires go to projects that, that are either covered by other programs government programs non-governmental organisation programs or that are sort of secret payoffs for themselves. We see that in mega donations to Stanford University or Harvard University, which already have the biggest endowments in the nation that don't need much more. They certainly don't need donations that the rest of us pay for through the tax deductions that the donors get, but here's a case, where I think, Robert Smith. Donor at Morehouse did actually point to a problem that, that we know exists Elizabeth Warren has has proposed all sorts of remedies for question student debt by graduating. Higher education students, and the, the nation the government hasn't done anything. So here's a case, where this billionaire is stepping in and he'll probably get tax deduction for. But at least that's something that government should be covering, and should be concerned about now to the EPA program, the pro-life administration as you suggest this is the big thing they thump that they're pro-life, and yet they've just killed this EP program, which is targeted specifically at environmental impacts on children's health. Yes, this is this is unique government program. It was co funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, and the national institutes of health dates back to the mid nineteen nineties, and it is. This is basically government funded research into the environmental hazards faced by Prenton mothers and infants and small children, as I said, it's unique. It's discovered things that we would not have known if the program didn't exist is it's basically uncovering threads from pesticides. Household chemicals has hold goods air pollution other aspects of the environment, and all of a sudden no wheel explanation. Trump's EPA has canceled their participation in this program, basically left the H to, to, to continue it. If they can said, we cannot make up the, the millions and millions of dollars that the EPA was providing we're going to have to change the program. We're going to have to shrink it substantially. We're going to have to cancel a lot. This is fifteen centers at universities and other. And other institutions are going to have to cut that number to five centers. That means a lot of researchers are going to be going to be left without funding. A lot of research is going to have to end. And there's, there's no legitimate reason for. This is a program. It costs three hundred million dollars over the last twenty years. It's nothing but note in the federal budget. Yeah. Absolutely nothing. I mean, it's, it's a rounding error of, you know, in this in this budget, this bloated budget. And you know, this is during a time that the EPA is kind of being court out, you know, the EPA is is reversing bans on dangerous pesticides. So you think this is sort of part is it working in concert with that is that one of the reasons they roll this program back? The Trump administration has shown a great deal of hostility to the sort of research that the EPA criticially has done just a few months ago they reverse. But I'm a administration decision on a chemical called core pre, which is a pesticide that the EPA few years ago, recommended be banned. The ban was supposed to go into effect on January first of this year. Scott Pruitt, the former EPA administrator who left under an ethical, cloud, he reverse said decision. So chemical is is about to be put back on the market. It's known to be a hazard to help, especially it's known to interfere with the neurological development of, of infants and small children. And yet the EPA. Seemingly at the behest of the manufacturer DOW Chemical is going to allow it to be put back on the market. So. The dangers of this chemical were uncovered by this very program by a center, Columbia University on funding from the EPA, and that's the sort of thing that he's that this program has achieved, and that sort of thing that's going to end because the doesn't wanna fund it. He just does not want this research, or Trump does not want this research being done anymore. The EPA was a big source of the money for it. So the EPA is, is cutting back. I mean these are toxic pesticides toxic releases into the environment and EPA as I say it's just being cord out. But when you're talking about children's health, you would think, gosh is, is nothing sacred. As you say, it's just not even any money at all. It's almost literally nothing to continue this program. Yes. Of course, the irony here is that as I said, Trump just the other day, paraded himself as a pro-life president. We hear Republicans when they. Enact these antiabortion law say, well, this is all about pro-life, but it's I pointed out there's an old line about how for these people life begins with conception and ends with birth. So there they talk about preserving human life through to abortion restrictions. But then the moment that child is born. They don't care anymore. They're not gonna fund research into children's health. They're not gonna fund research into the health of pregnant mothers. It's, it's pure hypocrisy. Well, the and the other thing too things happen. And I'm glad you mentioned both of them in your piece. It's not only funding that the taking away. And then, of course, the rollback on these bands these toxic pesticides, but it's also personnel changes. They are getting rid of people at the EPA, who were sort of the watchdogs, and you even mentioned one in, in your piece Ruth. That's all she was all as a pediatrician. She was one of the Lee. Leading lights of the children's environmental health movement. She was in charge of these sorts of programs that she was basically fired, or at least suspended indefinitely last year, she's to this day, she's not gotten an explanation. She's not been replaced. And when women happened of the researchers and investigators at many of these centers, many of these projects, so that they said, this is a sign that EPA has really changed like we needed another side. Michael hill, sick of great stuff. Always. I encourage everyone to follow you and, and read your stuff HIL tease, E, I K and producer. Dave might when I went to the same university, it's hard to believe because he's so much smarter than I. Michael, thank you for joining us. All right. Thanks for having me, Michael is he's a smart dude. Yeah. When we come back, and he writes, very, very well, I guess, that's where they give give the Pulitzer to people who write very well. Yeah. Message and data rates may apply. Earning your degree from one of the top business schools in the country might sound impossible to fit into your workload..