Scott Pruitt, the EPA, and why Einstein Believed Imagination is More Important than Intelligence
Around the globe and for decades, nearly all scientists have concluded that climate change is real, created by humans, and that much of it is reversible through comprehensive and stringent regulation.
Despite overwhelming evidence that climate change endangers humans and all living creatures both right now and for future generations, the Republicans nominated a climate change denier as their candidate in 2016.
DJT not only denies climate change is real, but has tweeted (dear god, his fucking tweets) that China created this “hoax” to gain advantages against the U.S. in global trade.
As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Scott Pruitt openly denied climate change, took contributions from his friends in the fossil fuel industry, and then worked to overturn regulations applying to them. He stated repeatedly the EPA should be dismantled.
Today, despite, vociferous opposition from all but two Democratic Senators (Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp, await your primary challengers), Scott Pruitt was confirmed as head of the EPA. Much respect to GOP Senator Susan Collins for putting science above party and for voting against Pruitt.
Assuming Pruitt follows through on dismantling the EPA–and right now the GOP has enough votes and clout to allow him to do just that–innocent persons and creatures will die as a result of Pruitt’s confirmation.
Flat out, deaths that could have been prevented will in fact be hastened.
Climate change shouldn’t be a partisan issue. I can’t grasp how anyone who loves children or who purports to believe in God looks the other way here.
And the destruction wrought by climate change is non-partisan, even if the GOP’s relationship to science is bizarrely partisan. Do they think their children will be magically protected somehow? That only liberal kids worldwide incur preventable childhood asthma, for instance? That only liberal kids get sick from contaminated drinking water? That only liberal kids die in extreme heat or in storms that could have been prevented?
It requires a certain kind of myopia to vote against one’s self-interest.
Einstein maintained imagination is more important than intelligence.
Pruitt’s confirmation is another illustration of Einstein’s thesis.
The GOP can’t imagine that climate change is real and that they just voted to imperil their own kids.
So their failure of imagination will imperil all of us.
No punchlines today.
Just redoubled efforts to ensure the GOP owns DJT, to take back seats in the midterms, to work toward DJT’s impeachment and, most importantly, to fight for the heath and safety of everyone’s kids worldwide.