Oil for Jesus? Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt claims he relies on the Bible to make policy decisions concerning the environment.
In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Pruitt explained that a “Biblical world view” informs his views on the environment and environmental policy.
In the interview, published Thursday, Pruitt said that God commands us to “harvest the natural resources that we’ve been blessed with,” declaring:
The biblical world view with respect to these issues is that we have a responsibility to manage and cultivate, harvest the natural resources that we’ve been blessed with to truly bless our fellow mankind.
Speaking about the “environmental left” Pruitt argued that environmentalists and other concerned citizens wanted to shut down the development of natural resources:
The ‘environmental left’ tells us that, though we have natural resources like natural gas and oil and coal, and though we can feed the world, we should keep those things in the ground, put up fences and be about prohibition. That’s wrongheaded and I think it’s counter to what we should be about.
Pruitt went on to discuss his decision to work in government, apparently confusing the founding fathers with Biblical characters in the process:
I spent a couple years just earnestly praying, asking the question that I don’t think we ask enough: ‘God, what do you want to do with me?’It was actually Isaiah chapter one that I was reading through at that time that really spoke to my heart. Specifically, in the latter part of chapter one where God says to Israel, ‘I will restore your leaders as in the days of old, your judges as at the beginning.’ And there was just a desire that welled up in me to say, ‘I want to be like those leaders that we had at our founding, at the inception of our country.’
This is not the first time Pruitt has discussed the Bible in relation to policy decisions. Last November Pruitt used the Bible’s Book of Joshua as a justification for preventing expert scientists from serving on the EPA’s advisory boards.
Bottom line: EPA chief Scott Pruitt says screw the environment, the Bible tells us to plunder all the natural resources we can until Jesus calls us home.
And so it goes.