Scott Pruitt enjoys the silence. After all, the former Oklahoma attorney general and current head of President Donald Trump’s Environmental “Protection” Agency recently had a $25,000 soundproof booth installed in his offices. This rather expensive walk-in bauble was not purchased in an effort to not disturb his underlings with his constant Smash Mouth sing-alongs or whatever. It was so no one can hear him plotting how, by 2020, you’ll be able to scoop air with a spoon.
Now, Pruitt is killing science by spreading silence. The New York Times reports that Pruitt reportedly forced three EPA scientists to cancel their appearances at an event sponsored by the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, where they were to speak on the effects of climate change on the bay. The watershed extends over areas of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, which both went for Hillary Clinton in 2016, so Chicken-Fried News supposes the birds and fish in the area should high-tail it to more openly fascist climes.
Then, in late October, Pruitt started moves to ban any scientist who has received an EPA grant from advising the EPA. We have to say that is some next-level Orwellian/Brazil-ian hot garbage, the kind that will probably end up being dumped in Narragansett Bay.
Then, just a few days ago, while the CFN staff was getting its oxygen tanks filled, an EPA website that used to read “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” had the “Climate and” part excised.
We all knew Pruitt was the kind of guy who likes to water plants around his office with a can of 10w-40, but the alacrity with which he has moved forward with the most literal scorched-earth policies in the EPA’s history is beyond CFN’s comprehension. He’s like a Bond villain stroking a cat, except the cat is the CEO of Monsanto.