EPA Head Scott Pruitt Uses Bible To Keep Scientists Off EPA’s Science Boards
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is using the Bible to keep many scientists off the EPA’s independent science advisory committees, which influence EPA regulations.
Pruitt cited the Book of Joshua, which was specifically addressed to Jewish people some 2,000 years ago, and applied it to modern day scientists, notes Mother Jones:
In the book of Joshua there is a story about Joshua leading the people of Israel into the promised land after Moses passed away. And Joshua says to the people of Israel choose this day whom you’re going to serve.
And I would say to you this is sort of like the “Joshua Principle” that as it relates to grants to this agency, you are going to have to choose either service on the committee to provide counsel to us in an independent fashion or you can choose grants, but you cannot do both.
According to Pruitt’s bizarre misapplication of the Bible, scientists who receive EPA grants for research are banned from the EPA’s independent advisory boards.
Mother Jones reports: “This opens the door to more industry and political representation on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), and the Science Advisory Board (SAB).”