So this was bound to happen, right?
From a story published this morning in Mother Jones:
"On May 5, more than 50 farmworkers outside of Bakersfield, California, were exposed to a highly toxic pesticide that apparently drifted from a nearby field—at a high enough level that 'twelve people reported symptoms of vomiting [and] nausea and one person fainted,' reports the television news station Kern Golden Empire. 'An additional twelve workers did not show signs of any symptoms,' the station reported. 'However more than half of the farm workers left before medical aide arrived.'"
The story goes on to say that the culprit was chlorpyrifos, a dangerous pesticide that looked like it was going to be banned until Donald Trump became president and ended our country's shameful, decades-long persecution of mass-marketed agrochemicals.
Instead of banning the chemical, Scott Pruitt's EPA greenlit it in March.
So what's next for Scott Pruitt, the amazing environment-hating Environmental Protection Agency administrator?
He's already on record as saying that carbon dioxide doesn't have much to do with global warming. He could rest on those laurels, but this is an ambitious man.
Maybe he'll push for statehood for that giant plastic trash island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Or perhaps he'll force Gulf Coast residents to repay BP for all that oil they stole back in the summer of 2010. Or just for fun, maybe he can make all our wetlands dry and all our beaches wet. Or turn Lake Tahoe into a giant vodka Jell-O shot for ExxonMobil's next office happy hour. He's got four years! Go nuts!