EPA spokesperson declined to speak on the matter
The Trump administration nominated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief, Scott Pruitt who expressed the opinion that evolution may not be fact in an interview from 2005. The interview spanned a duration of six hours, with the then Oklahoma state senator saying on KFAQ-AM that mankind's origins were more “philosophic” than “scientific.” Pruitt's views are important as he will be in command over a government organization responsible for a lot of scientific studies. The results of the latter will help the U.S. Government under Trump to sketch American environmental policy.
Pruitt's conservative Christian beliefs are not limited to evolution. He has lamented the marginalization of Christianity by other belief systems. He has in the past advocated constitutional amendments to ban abortion and prohibit same-sex marriages. The old Oklahoma radio talk show recordings also show a man who is keen to protect The Ten Commandments and Pledge of Allegiance. His views go far beyond traditional Christian beliefs. He had described Second Amendment as one provided by the God. Federal judges were described by him as “judicial monarchy” and expressed that the Justices actually work against the United States. He also did not raise any objection when the show hosts described Islam as more of a terrorist organization than a religion.
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in 2005: “There aren’t sufficient scientific facts to establish the theory of evolution, and it deals with the origins of man, which is more from a philosophical standpoint than a scientific standpoint. https://t.co/PX2If5jkzb pic.twitter.com/rBER3mXusQ
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The six-hour-long recordings show Pruitt's unfiltered views on a number of social and political issues. The recorded discussions were sprinkled with references linked to several mandatory rights and faith espoused by the founders of the United States. To a secular person, the views of the new EPA chief, if only confined within devout Christianity, would not be a matter of concern. What troubles any responsible person is that Pruitt's personal tendencies have clashed with many accepted scientific findings. One of them is his skepticism concerning the climate change sciences.
Scott Pruitt calls evolution a "theory." But a talking snake tempting a naked woman born from the rib bone of a man is a "fact."
— Scott (@ScottLinnen) March 2, 2018
The EPA had declined to say whether Pruitt has changed his views from the time he gave the interview in 2005. Jahan Wilcox, the spokesperson of the EPA, when asked about whether the new chief's conservative views could clash against the organization's science-centric decisions, answered “if you're insinuating that a Christian should not serve in capacity as EPA administrator, that is offensive and a question that does not warrant any further attention."