Scott Pruitt Takes the Helm at the EPA
Friday, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, 48 anni, won US Senate confirmation to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a federal agency he repeatedly sued to rein in its reach during the Obama Admin.
The vote was 52-46 as Republican leaders used their party’s Senate majority to push Mr. Pruitt’s confirmation.
“Scott Pruitt is the most thoroughly vetted nominee ever to lead this agency,” said Sen. John Barrasso, (R-WY)., Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
So far, the Senate has confirmed 13 out of 22 Trump Cabinet or Cabinet-level picks requiring confirmation.
Mr. Pruitt’s nomination was strongly opposed by environmental groups and hundreds of former EPA employees, who predict he will roll back the agency’s environmental enforcement efforts.
During his Senate confirmation hearing last month, Mr. Pruitt said he disagreed with President Trump’s past statements that global warming is a hoax. However, Mr. Pruitt has previously cast doubt on the extensive body of scientific evidence showing that the planet is warming and man-made carbon emissions are to blame.
Scott Pruitt is closely aligned in his home state with Crude Oil and Nat Gas companies, whose executives have backed his political campaigns.
Though Mr. Pruitt ran unopposed for a 2nd term in Y 2014.
The Center for Media and Democracy filed multiple public records requests for Pruitt’s e-mails to Coal, Crude Oil and Nat Gas corporations going back to Y 2015.
As Attorney General, Mr. Pruitt filed 14 lawsuits challenging EPA regulations.
He joined a multi-state lawsuit opposing the Obama Admin’s plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Mr. Pruitt also sued over the EPA’s recent expansion of water bodies regulated under the Clean Water Act.
Have a terrific weekend.