Scott Pruitt Uses the Bible to Explain Why He's Kicking Experts Off EPA Advisory Boards

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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Here’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders getting very offended by the correct implication that the Trump administration does not understand the Civil War or slavery or basic U.S. history. [Twitter]
  • On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced significant changes to the makeup of its science advisory boards, suddenly concerned about the appearance of conflicts of interest and proclaiming that scientists who receive EPA funding can’t serve on the agency’s three major advisory boards. This is significant, because the EPA funds a lot of top researchers whose expertise is useful to the agency’s mission, and in their place Pruitt has installed, among others, a science skeptic who thinks the EPA overstated the risks of mercury. Pruitt then took this opportunity to cite the Book of Koch—oh my gosh, I’m so sorry, I mean the Book of Joshua. On the way to Israel, he said, “Joshua says to the people of Israel: choose this day whom you are going to serve.” [BuzzFeed]
  • Meanwhile, coal miners are rejecting Obama-era retraining initiatives because they’re pretty sure Trump is going to bring back coal. [Reuters]
  • “Here’s what Manafort’s indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization,” former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg told Vanity Fair. “Trump is at 33 percent in Gallup. You can’t go any lower. He’s fucked.” [Vanity Fair]
  • The Senate confirmed Joan Larsen, who is opposed by 27 LGBTQ groups, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. This confirmation follows that of Amy Coney Barrett, who said Roe v. Wade was an “erroneous decision,” to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. [HuffPost]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:

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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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ShortPale&Adequate

I grew up in a county in Alabama which had/has the most churches per capital in the state. I was a fundamentalist evangelical Christian as a teen, surely a tedious bore even to my religious classmates, and a general pain in the ass to everyone around me. I policed the actions of my entire family, and my only friends were people who were equally as devout and crazed as I was.

One day, at 16, I was driving home from school. I put the stick in 3rd gear and that moment is permanently burned in my brain, because it was the moment when I realized how very, very wrong I was. (Quick disclaimer: this is specific to me and my experience, your mileage and religion may vary and that’s totally cool)

God has never done anything for me. I had given him three or four years of my life at that point. I was a social outcast, my father had a TBI and I watched him posturing in a field while praying fervently for help that didn’t come. I watched him struggle to relearn basic functions, and I saw the childlike adult he had become. I changed his diapers. I watched my younger brother slide into a drug habit he’s only just now conquered, almost 20 years later. I watched my sister be publicly outed and shamed, forced to sit alone at lunch and on the school bus by policy.

Where was the god I had given so much to?

I walked away that day, and never looked back. And to see our government even attempt to implement policy because of the Bible, is terrifying and wrong and frankly, evil.

Religion is fine for the people who practice it, but I have learned that everyone practices and believes differently. To try to implement a religions policy that is supposed to encompass 300m+ is asinine, narcissistic, and worrying, to say the least.