- Rich Trzupek is a chemist, consultant and writer, he has worked with industry, the EPA and environmental and community groups for over 25 years of professional practice. He has helped to develop USEPA test methods and regulations and has served as a lecturer to regulators, industry and students about environmental topics. Rich is the author of McGraw-Hills "Air Quality Permitting and Compliance Manual.” A long-time critic of well-heeled, extremist environmental groups, along with the policy-makers and media who enable these organizations, Rich has written extensively about environmental and science topics, as well as other current affairs. He has been a columnist for Examiner Publications, a chain of suburban newspapers in the Chicago area, for over ten years. His Op-Ed's have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Northwest Indiana Times, Crain's Chicago Business and other media outlets. Rich was named a Phillips Foundation Fellow in 2004. He has his own blog and contributes to frontpagemag.com and threedonia.com, in addition to his work at Big Journalism.
Rich maintains that the mainstream media's lamentably one-sided coverage of the global warming debate is symptomatic of a larger disease: journalists who acknowledge that they don't understand science, but whom rely on politically-motivated and self-interested "experts" to dictate the message de jour whenever a topic involves science and technology. Rich also maintains that rumors that he sported a pocket-protector until the mid 1990s are greatly exaggerated.
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