Pruitt: Pollutin’ for Putin and God

February 27, 2018

One of the key drivers behind Russian boldness in attacking elections around the world, is that time is running out for fossil fuels.

The Trump administration embodies Big Fossil’s last grasping hand from the grave.

They don’t  have a prayer.

But that doesn’t keep ’em from trying.


The Trump administration has used a variety of excuses to legitimize its record-setting rollbacks on environmental protections: calling global warming a hoax, or arguing that the economic consequences of increased regulation would outweigh their benefit.

The latest justification? The Bible.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, a media outlet that also seems to double as a propaganda arm of the Trump administration, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said his Christian convictions led him to conclude that America should use gas and coal freely because natural resources exist purely for man’s benefit.

“The biblical world view with respect to these issues is that we have a responsibility to manage and cultivate, harvest the natural resources that we’ve been blessed with to truly bless our fellow mankind,” Pruitt told CBN’s David Brody.

In that same interview, Pruitt condemned the “weaponization” of the EPA and criticized the “environmental left” for “tell[ing] us that, though we have natural resources like natural gas and oil and coal, and though we can feed the world, we should keep those things in the ground, put up fences and be about prohibition.”

Pruitt’s tenure at the EPA has been controversial. He was involved in persuading Donald Trump to leave the Paris climate accords and has spearheaded a number of rollbacks of Obama-era initiatives, including reversing the Clean Power Plan, as well as smaller repeals like on a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been shown to cause developmental problems in children. He’s also drastically reduced the number of fines the EPA has collected on businesses that break the law by making use of toxic or dangerous chemicals.

But as far as his biblical assertion goes, Pruitt’s words reflect a wider trend among American evangelicals, who largely have not embraced scientific thought on environmentalism or global warming.

Inside Climate News:

Shortly after arriving at the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Scott Pruitt took a personal interest in and closely monitored the removal of extensive information from his agency’s website that explained to the public the federal effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Power Plan, according to newly released EPA documents.

The scrubbing of the information from EPA’s website on April 28, 2017, preceded by six months Pruitt’s formal proposal to rescind the rule, which had been issued by the Obama administration. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) information from the previous administration is in an archived EPA website.

Pruitt was an ardent opponent of the CPP, which aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and the newly released memos reflect his enthusiasm for steps that would thwart it.

Environmental advocates say the decision to strip CPP information from the website reduced transparency as the agency, the courts, the public and warring state, industry and advocacy groups argue over the next steps.

On Monday, the Environmental Defense Fund and 11 other environmental and legal groups called for Pruitt to recuse himself from the final decision on the CPP on the grounds that his comments and actions in office indicated that he had already decided to scrap the rule, regardless of what the public would say.

The EPA is currently collecting public comment until April 26 about the repeal of CPP, which is effectively in limbo. The removal of the data and research that underpin the rule from the current EPA website makes it more difficult for people to get the information they need to weigh in on the repeal, said Ben Levitan, an attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund, which got the documents describing Pruitt’s involvement as part of a Freedom of Information Act request it filed last year.

“People should be able to go to the EPA website and look for the Clean Power Plan and for EPA’s own information about it, and most people wouldn’t realize the extent of what has been removed,” Levitan said. “This regulation is still on the books, and the agency is simultaneously soliciting public comment on its repeal and obscuring the information people would need to make informed comments.”


4 Responses to “Pruitt: Pollutin’ for Putin and God”

  1. Revelation 11:18
    “The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be
    judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and
    those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the
    destroyers of the earth.”

    Let us highlight

    and for destroying those that destroy the earth

    Also 3 times Christ warned (indicating its importance) of false Messiah’s (just look at how they view Trump) , teachers and preachers, they will be both within and without the church and will turn many away from Gods path and will attract many into a false revival in the latter days.

    Maybe he needs a to do what a Christian does, pray(talk to God) and seek guidance in humility ( once it would have been in sackcloth and ashes) and accept correction with thankfulness

  2. J4Zonian Says:

    Even after more than 10 years of dealing with these people almost every day, I can still be amazed at how completely insane they are, doomsday cults not only embracing but actively trying to bring on the end of all life on Earth. When I’m not infuriated I can also feel quite a bit of compassion, imagining the life they must have had up til now to make them so unable to handle reality.

    When I was young, and again in graduate school I read a short piece called “Joey the Mechanical Boy”; I think they must be like aged Joeys who never got treatment and instead became ever more sophisticated machines without ever becoming human. Now that every bit of the mechanical world they’ve constructed as defense against reality is falling apart, and people (little more than black boxes, to them) who feel and know things they can’t understand are demanding that world be dismantled, they’re so shocked and terrified all they can do is turn to bizarre cargo cults, and given the permission of their accidental angry Ted Baxter president, go wild with verbal rape and pillage. (So far.) We need to move them somehow into psychotherapy, whether it’s one-on-one or mass therapy through media imagery (the way the right has insanitized the rest of society).

    Click to access TTReader2010_009-stephen-thompson.pdf

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