Mom who confronted Pruitt: "I'm glad he took the hint" and resigned

08 July, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Grady King
  • Scott Pruitt resigns from EPA

The Post story offered one supportive quote - Trump saying, "I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda". "But you're not going to see the EPA, at least under my direction, make up a lot as we go along".

I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

As the head of the EPA, Pruitt presided over the substantial roll-back of environmental regulations, as well as the United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords. After Tom Carper of DE recited Scouting's commitment to conservation, Wheeler said, "I agree with you that we have a responsibility in the stewardship of the planet to leave it in better shape than we found it for our children, grandchildren, and nephews".

Pruitt had become a constant source of embarrassment to a president who had entered Washington promising to "Drain the Swamp". Wheeler's other clients ranged from companies providing coal, gas and nuclear energy to a mix of clients in the auto and food industries. In June, he told the Washington Examiner that he liked his current job and did not want to run the EPA.

But this less flashy style is unlikely to endear him to environmental groups that had been critical of Pruitt.

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Despite the laundry list of ethics complaints putting him on thin ice, Pruitt was invited to and appeared at the White House Wednesday for Trump's Independence Day celebration, where he and other cabinet members received a shout-out from the president.

It's not just Wheeler's time in government that concerns environmental advocates.

"Even if Wheeler ends up recusing himself from specific EPA decisions, his record as a lobbyist suggests his views might not differ much from those of President Trump". He accompanied Murray CEO Bob Murray during a series of closed-door meetings to lobby the Trump administration to kill environmental regulations affecting coal mines. Administrator Pruitt's ethical scandals and his undermining of the President's commitment to biofuels and Midwest farmers were distracting from the agency's otherwise strong progress to free the nation of burdensome and harmful government regulations.

Wheeler may pursue some of the similar goals, biofuels groups say, but they believe he will be more transparent and not "color outside the lines" as they claim Pruitt did. Jackson - a native Oklahoman - was an Inhofe aide who worked as EPW staff director and Inhofe's chief of staff.

During his time as a congressional staffer, Wheeler worked as a senior aide to Republican Sen.

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"There's never been more of a threat to liberty, you know, to what we know as the protections that are inherent in our Constitution than what we live today", Pruitt told CBN's Chief Political Correspondent David Brody.

While Wheeler may find it hard to accumulate the same number of ridiculous scandals as his predecessor, many pointed to the fact that he hosted fundraisers for GOP senators while they were evaluating his nomination for deputy EPA administrator as clear evidence of his contempt for basic ethical standards.

In his resignation letter today, Pruitt told Trump that "it is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring".

It's possible that Trump will decide to keep Wheeler on as EPA head, but his prospects might be hampered by anti-Trump social media posts that Wheeler made before the 2016 election.

"I don't think there was any question of effectiveness of Scott Pruitt, and I think Andrew [Wheeler] will be in the same lane", Dempsey said.

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