President-elect Donald Trump will make another pick, and we know the lefties are going to hate it. As reported by The Federalist Papers Project , Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will run the Environmental protection Agency. Pruitt is a strong opponent of Obama’s climate change agenda.
Trump’s choice, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has enraged environmental activists, but he fits with the Republican president-elect’s promise to cut the agency back and eliminate regulation that he says is stifling oil and gas drilling.
Pruitt became the top prosecutor for Oklahoma, which has extensive oil reserves, in 2011, and has challenged the EPA multiple times since, including in a pending lawsuit to throw out the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The plan is the centerpiece of Obama’s climate change strategy and requires states to curb carbon output.
In an interview with Reuters in September, Pruitt said he sees the Clean Power Plan as a form of federal “coercion and commandeering” of energy policy and that his state should have “sovereignty to make decisions for its own markets.”
An official for the U.S. oil industry lobbying group, the American Petroleum Institute, declined to comment on Pruitt, but said it hoped to work with Trump’s administration to “help our nation continue to lead the world in the production of oil and natural gas, while also leading the world in reducing carbon emissions.”
Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters commented on Trump’s pick. And did you know that Karpinski was one of Hillary’s supporters during the pre-election season. “Scott Pruitt running the EPA is like the fox guarding the henhouse,” Karpinski said.
He went on to add, “Time and again, he has fought to pad the profits of Big Polluters at the expense of public health.”
One of the aides used the transition team briefing call Wednesday to talk about Pruitt, “Attorney General Pruitt has a strong conservative record as a state prosecutor and has demonstrated a familiarity with laws and regulations impacting a large energy resource state.”
Is Trump heading the right direction? We believe he is. Hopefully, he’ll make a bunch of good picks. You agree, right?