A species of bumble bee has been put on the endangered species list. The rusty-patched bumblebee, which used be found throughout most of the U.S., is now not likely to survive. Why?
A class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids are responsible but as yet, have not been regulated or banned. While the EPA is in the midst of collecting research in order to regulate its proper use, this will soon change once Donald Trump’s choice for the EPA is in charge.
According to Quartz, Scott Pruitt, Trump’s choice to eventually head the EPA, has (unsuccessfully) sued the agency five times in efforts to stop regulations.
“In Oklahoma—where Pruitt served as a state senator from 1996 to 2006, and as state attorney general since 2010—there has been a higher rate of pesticide-related deaths and illnesses by far than any other state,” says Schlanger.