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Re: let's build a unified movement, not fight each other
> From: Larime Wilson <email@example.com>
> Regarding those who choose to stay in jobs with regulatory
> agencies and "doggedly try to make a difference" I recommend
> reading some of Bill Sanjour's (EPA official formerly of the
> EPA Headquarters Ombudsman's office and former whistleblower
> on the EPA) works such as "Why the EPA is the Way it is."
I really don't want to get into a debasement of Sanjour; I've met the
man (doubt he'd remember it) back in the early 90's and he seemed
sincere. Suffice to say I disagree with some of what he has to day
(and Connett is on my short list also).
A lot of his and other's arguments stand on the premise that many USEPA
(and state) administrative and regulatory officials go to work for
industry at some time in life. This is NOT some conspiracy by industry
to buy out the USEPA - some activists (and I don't mean you Wilson)
sound worse than militia nuts complaining about the UN black
helicopters, et. al. when it comes to this subject.
This is the real world, and I am sorry to say it is still based on
money. So you have a very bright and successful USEPA
scientist/manager. Knows the rules inside out on a particular subject,
confident of his/her ability to defend the research, and may have just
nailed five or six companies in violations, fines, etc. If company "a"
is impacted by that set of rules underneath this person, and the
seventh in line, they would be STUPID not to try and hire him/her to
come and work for them and straighten things out before the USEPA got
And if this USEPA scientist/manager is underpaid, underrespected,
overworked, or MAYBE gets crap from various environmental groups
because he won't jump everytime they have a complaint, he may take a
serious look at an offer that guarantees his family a lifestyle he
believes they deserve. He does not have to sell out at all, he/she can
just take the perspective that it was like an Army tour of duty - did
their bit for their country and environment, now it is time to think
about their family.
You don't have to like this, but you should not fault them for this,
and maybe JUST maybe try to understand it. I don't know of many people
who would not change ships when offered a doubling of their salary. If
you don't like this answer, then you might as well start digging up the
conspiracy theories on why so many bright teachers keep leaving their
jobs . . .