The Media’s Reaction After Trump’s EPA Chief Cites Bible To Justify Agency Changes

EPA head Scott Pruitt signed a new directive about who can serve as agency science advisers.

Reporters spun themselves in knots after Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt used a biblical analogy to explain his recent decision to change how the agency’s science advisory panel is staffed.

Any academic who receives EPA grant money can no longer serve as an adviser on the Scientific Advisory Board, among other boards, Pruitt said at a press conference Tuesday. Yet reporters honed in on his decision to use a Bible quote suggesting that people can’t serve two masters.

“Joshua says to the people of Israel: choose this day whom you are going to serve,” Pruitt said, referring to scientists who accept government grants while also using an advisory position to give independent advice.

“This is sort of like the Joshua principle,” he said. “You are going to have to choose either service on the committee to provide counsel to us in an independent fashion or choose the grant. But you can’t do both. That’s the fair and great thing to do.”

New York Times reporter Lisa Friedman suggested on social media that the analogy was an example of Pruitt’s supposed messianic ambitions.

“I think Pruitt just likened himself to Joshua leading the Israelites to the Promised Land by ending the ability of EPA advisers to get grants,” Friedman tweeted shortly after the agency chief made his comments.

“Scott Pruitt Is Using the Bible as His Guide for Reorganizing EPA’s Science Board,” liberal media outlet Mother Jones wrote in a headline addressing the topic. The outlet’s writer, Rebecca Leber, implied the so-called Joshua principle was now the new guiding metric for Pruitt and the EPA.

Pruitt, who sued the agency a dozen times during his time as Oklahoma’s attorney general, said the board will be made up of environmentalists, industry groups, academics and other experts to provide a diverse perspective on EPA science policy.

The agency has more than 20 boards, but his directive only applies to the Scientific Advisory Board, the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the Board of Scientific Counselors.

Members of the three targeted committees got $77 million in EPA grants during the last three years. Conservative groups found CASAC members have gotten $192 million in EPA grants since 2000, an amount they say claim makes it difficult to maintain an air of independence.

Pruitt also put a big emphasis on “geographical diversity” in appointing science advisers.  Science boards have typically left out experts from large swaths of the country, especially western states that feel most of the brunt of clean air rules, EPA officials said.

Republicans have worked for years on separating the committees from grants. The House passed a bill in March, for instance, that would prevent scientists currently receiving EPA grants from serving on EPA advisory committees. The bill is stuck in the Senate.

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    Amber

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    Kind of like having to say to an employee as a condition of employment we will require you not to steal from us .
    Stopping lobbyist’s from getting paid by the department they are lobbying doesn’t even need a bible quote someone in Grade 3 could figure that one out .
    The question is how was this ever approved as being acceptable .
    Citizens deserve a full refund of the $192,000,000.00 stolen from them by lobbyist’s and the criminals that authorized the payments .
    There is just no end of work for the Mueller wild goose chase department . How about solving the real crimes against tax payers for a change ? Paying lobbyist’s is the equivalent of kick backs to police officers and judges . Organized crime 101 .
    Pay some bills Mr. Mueller get the $192 million back !

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    Spurwing Plover

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    The writters and columnist for the New York Slimes(All the Sludge that’s Fit to Print)would rather hear some back to nature freako babbling out mindless drivel or reciting Al Bores idiotic poem or listening to the mindless banter from James Lovelock,E.O. Wilson,Peter Singer or Julia(Butterfly)Hill

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    JayPee

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    The msm wants to ridicule what ?
    A proverb ?
    And claim it’s an establishment of religion ?
    The same msm which will not decry the satanic hate cult of jizzlam ?

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    Sonnyhill

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    “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” . I expect that includes telling the truth.
    In defence of the Bible, it contains some golden nuggets. Could you imagine how efficient our world would be if nobody lied? Millions of highly educated and highly paid parasites would no longer be able to milk trust.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Most all liberal journalists most must have read Das Kapital and the Communists Manifesto,Silent Spring,Earth in the Balance,The Origion of the Species,Etc any books written by liberal liars

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