Scott Pruitt Can't Remember Whether It's "Nuclear" Or "Nucular"

Published: Feb. 27, 2018
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Courtesy of Chris Kleponis via ZUMA

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt could not remember whether it was “nuclear” or “nucular” in a recent interview on alternative energy. Asked about diversifying U.S. energy production, he replied “To be competitive in a global energy market, we must continue to invest in natural gas and nucular . . . nucular? Nucular energy? Nu . . . that doesn’t sound right. Hold on.” After a strenuous Google search, he put down his phone in confused frustration: “I looked it up, but I don’t know how to read those weird little characters they use to tell you how to pronounce words! You know what I’m talking about?”

Pruitt’s office has since confirmed that he viewed a brief YouTube clip teaching him that the pronunciation of nuclear is actually phonetic.