SCOTT PRUITT, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is still standing after a fusillade of scandals that would have felled a lesser cabinet member. As soon as he took up his post, Mr Pruitt lodged in a luxury flat owned by a lobbyist, paying $50 per night only on the evenings he slept there—a remarkable bargain for Capitol Hill. Mr Pruitt denied any impropriety, but it emerged this week that he had met his landlord’s husband, also a lobbyist representing a pork manufacturer before the agency, contradicting his earlier claims. Mr Pruitt struck similar sweetheart deals in his previous job as attorney-general of Oklahoma. But since coming to Washington, other furors show that Mr Pruitt has let his newfound prominence get to his head. At one point, Mr Pruitt reportedly tried using his motorcade’s flashing lights and sirens to expedite a trip to dinner at Le Diplomate, a once-trendy French restaurant in Washington.
On April 24th he unveiled a new policy which would prohibit the agency from using studies backed by confidential data, like medical records, when drafting environmental regulations. He has removed scientists affiliated with universities from the department’s scientific advisory committees. Staff morale has plunged. This is the culmination of a decades-long campaign against the “secret science” underpinning environmental regulation. In 1993 researchers at Harvard published the “Six Cities study”, which definitively linked air quality to premature death using confidential medical records from 8,000 people. Nevertheless, Lamar Smith, a Republican congressman who chairs the science committee, has subpoenaed the EPA for the underlying Six Cities data. The EPA cites 50,000 studies each year. The costs of redacting data that might identify people before publication could amount to $100m per year, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, crowding out an already squeezed research budget. The new policy is a costly solution in search of a problem. It is outlandish to think that scientists are engaged in a vast conspiracy to exaggerate the health consequences of water and air pollution using fabricated data. Some critics have credibly claimed that the EPA inflates the benefits of environment rules and downplays the costs.
1. Fusillade: (noun) : गोलीकांड
Meaning: a series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession.
Synonyms: barrage, blitz, blitzkrieg, bombardment, cannonade, drumbeat, drumfire, flurry, hail, salvo, shower, storm, volley
Antonyms: dribble, drip, trickle
2. Bargain: (verb) : मोल-भाव करना
Meaning: negotiate the terms and conditions of a transaction.
Synonyms: accord, agreement, compact, contract, convention, covenant, deal, disposition, pact, settlement, understanding
3. Furor: (noun) : उत्तेजना
Meaning: an outbreak of public anger or excitement.
Synonyms: anger, angriness, fury, indignation, irateness, ire, mad, madness, outrage, rage, spleen, wrath, wrathfulness
Antonyms: delight, pleasure
4. Prominence: (noun) : शोहरत
Meaning: the state of being important, famous, or noticeable.
Synonyms: eminence, fame, renown, prestige, reputation, greatness
Antonyms: insignificance, unimportance, inferiority, depression, obscurity
5. Expedite: (verb) : शीघ्र, झटपट करना
Meaning: make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly.
Synonyms: accelerate, assist, hasten, quicken, urge, promote
Antonyms: delay, retard, hinder,halt,block, cease
6. Plunge: (verb) : डुबकी लगाना
Meaning: push or thrust quickly.
Synonyms: descent, dive, spree, duck
Antonyms: ascent, rise, increase
7. Culmination: (noun) : चरम बिंदु
Meaning: the highest or climactic point of something, especially as attained after a long time.
Synonyms: acme, apex, apogee, capstone, climax, crescendo, crest, crown, head, height, high noon, high-water mark, meridian,pinnacle, summit, tip-top, top, zenith
Antonyms: bottom, nadir, rock bottom
8. Subpoena: (verb) : हाज़िरी के लिए अदालती हुक्म
Meaning: require (a document or other evidence) to be submitted to a court of law.
Synonyms: decree, mandate, summons, warrant, command
9. Redact: (verb) : संपादन करना
Meaning: censor or obscure (part of a text) for legal or security purposes.
Synonyms: alter, annotate, arrange, assemble, censor, publish, rearrange
Antonyms: disarrange, disperse, disorganize, disturb, scatter
10. Outlandish: (adjective): विचित्र
Meaning: looking or sounding bizarre or unfamiliar.
Synonyms: exotic, fantastic, glamorous , marvelous, strange
Antonyms: familiar, nonexotic, nonglamorous, unexotic, unglamorous