Scott Pruitt resigns as chief of United States Environmental Protection Agency

06 July, 2018, 19:59 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals

From environmentalists to the area's Republican congresswoman, a range of leaders in the Adirondack Park expressed gladness at the resignation of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday.

The Democrats' political guns are now aiming at Pruitt's replacement, acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, a "coal lobbyist who has slammed climate science" but also "trashed Trump in a 2016 Facebook post", per Coral Davenport of the New York Times. And Trump must now confirm another EPA head in a razor-thin Senate where Pruitt was popular among some conservatives. On Tuesday, CNN reported that Pruitt had asked Trump to let him replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department; Pruitt denied the report.

There are now more than a dozen investigations into Pruitt's alleged legal and ethical violations.

The agency is under numerous federal probes into its spending, ethics and policy decisions, CNBC reports.

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"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency", Trump tweeted. "He loves clean water", Mink says in the clip to a stony-faced Pruitt. Pruitt, the former Oklahoma state senator and attorney general, lasted a lot longer than seemed possible, given his reputation for liberal personal use of taxpayer funds and coziness with lobbyists. And later: "I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity". He's remained largely out of the public eye since his tenure began.

It's not just Wheeler's time in government that concerns environmental advocates. As of last October, 67 environmental rules appeared to be under threat. Wheeler was first rumored to be chosen for the EPA in March 2017.

Wheeler has long questioned the mainstream scientific consensus on climate change. He also urged the Department of Interior to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument to make more land available for uranium mining. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. And before that, he served in Presidents George H.W. Bush's and Bill Clinton's EPA. And he came to me and he said I have such great confidence in the administration. Documents later showed Pruitt's chief of staff had signed off on the pay hikes, indicating he had the administrator's consent.

Markey vowed to fight against Wheeler and said, "The future of our public lands, our waterways and oceans and the very health of the entire planet rest on the continued action of all Americans to take back the EPA from Big Oil and King Coal".

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Pruitt is the latest Trump Cabinet official to lose his job over ethics issues. And as I have stated previously it was the most comprehensive energy speech by a presidential candidate I had ever heard.

Wheeler has worked in Washington for more than 20 years.

As the head of the EPA, Pruitt presided over the substantial roll-back of environmental regulations, as well as the usa withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords.

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