What is Scott Pruitt So Afraid Of?

It’s hard to keep up with the cascade of new articles about Pruitt’s unprecedented security arrangements without refreshing one’s news feed every, say, five seconds (see the indispensable reporting of the New York Times’ Eric Lipton; the good folks at E&E News have also been all over this story).

Vilifying Science and Profiting from Predetermined Outcomes

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please,” said Mark Twain. But, in a twist that Twain, our most ardent purveyor of American absurdity, couldn’t have predicted, Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency takes aim at the underlying scientific facts themselves, creating barriers to citing them and using them to protect us.