At USA Today by David Jackson --
Donald Trump tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, as environmental groups
and Democratic lawmakers denounced the selection of a state official who
has sued the agency he is now slated to lead.
long, the Environmental Protection Agency has spent taxpayer dollars on
an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of
jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other
businesses and industries at every turn. As my EPA Administrator, Scott
Pruitt, the highly respected Attorney General from the state of
Oklahoma, will reverse this trend and restore the EPA’s essential
mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe,” the
president-elect said in a statement Thursday morning.
The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained
from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run
this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the
environment and freedom for American businesses.” Pruitt vowed in a
Even before the announcement was official critics pounced.
nominee to lead EPA, Scott Pruitt, is a climate denier who's worked
closely with the fossil fuel industry," said Sen. Bernie Sanders,
I-Vermont, the former Democratic presidential candidate Wednesday.
"That's sad and dangerous."