Church and state sponsored silencing of scientists

    aka, The pipsqueak shall annihilate the Earth.


    Scott Pruitt alluded to the Book of Joshua on Tuesday when he banned EPA funded scientists from advising on EPA science advisory boards.

    First! This means that any scientist who has ever received money from the EPA is no longer allowed to have a say in what direction the EPA takes. This is a move that sidesteps a vital facet of scientific progress—peer review. It means that those most qualified to assess the science are almost guaranteed to have no say in how to fund, improve, and/or further environmental science within the EPA. It's like if instead of being judged by a jury of your peers, you were required to be judged by a jury of coal-hungry gibbons. So... that's terrible.

    Okay, now the biblical aspect of all this. In principle, I have no problem with people referencing or alluding to religious text when discussing science. As long as the religion is not actually influencing or attempting to inform the science, allude away! But Pruitt's Joshua reference was used entirely out of context, and was nothing but lip-service to a zealous minority and a cock-block to humans who want protection from industrial pollution.

    In fact, Joshua is probably the worst book of the Bible to reference when discussing environmental science, as it's often used as an example of why you can't use the Bible to inform science (literalists may argue that the Sun revolves around the Earth, as Joshua made the sun stand still, as opposed to having the Earth stop rotating).

    This ban on peer review is yet another obstacle overcome in Pruitt's quest to render the EPA entirely feckless. After he's done with it, the EPA will legally be required to give exactly zero fecks about the environment.