Grift Wrap

There are few mysteries left in this era of reality TV politics. But we may never know for sure which of Scott Pruitt’s unprecedented string of scandals was the one that led to his departure. Pruitt was the Trump administration’s poster boy for grift — and that poster was printed with carcinogenic ink on non-biodegradable paper that will ultimately be melted down into a radioactive soup, some of which will be strategically injected into the nation’s drinking water, while the rest will be shipped to the poles where it will be used to dissolve any last stubborn ice remnants.

+ “More than 700 agency employees, including 200 scientists, resigned from the agency during 2017 alone … The agency is referring record-low numbers of environmental crime to the Department of Justice. And its science advisory board was also shuffled to include more industry-friendly researchers.” So Did Scott Pruitt Remake the EPA?

+ NYT: 76 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump.

+ Before we use Pruitt’s departure as an excuse to declare July 5th as the new Earth Day, people should be aware that Pruitt’s replacement has the same views, but he’s smarter, more effective, and has more mundane tastes when it comes to lotion.

+ Breaking: Scott Pruitt’s resignation letter has just been declared a superfund site. “It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring.”

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