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    TRUMP TRANSITION: Trump names Scott Pruitt to head EPA

    TRUMP TRANSITION: Trump names Scott Pruitt to head EPA



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    President-elect Donald Trump names Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Fox News has learned.

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    Trump’s EPA Pick Scott Pruitt Literally Built The Swamp Himself

    DECEMBER 7, 2016#grayscale');">
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    Reuters is reporting that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will be Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Unsurprisingly, Pruitt is one of the conservative attorneys general who has sued to block President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of his greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

    But considering Trump said he wants to “drain the swamp,” you might be surprised he picked someone who literally built the swamp. Pruitt is a pioneer in turning government over to corporate special interests.

    Two years ago, the New York Times uncovered that Pruitt regularly had the lobbyist for Devon Energy, a major Oklahoma oil and gas company, write his official letters to the Obama administration:

    The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state.

    But Mr. Pruitt left out one critical point. The three-page letter was written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s biggest oil and gas companies, and was delivered to him by Devon’s chief of lobbying … The attorney general’s staff had taken Devon’s draft, copied it onto state government stationery with only a few word changes, and sent it to Washington with the attorney general’s signature.

    …Energy industry lobbyists drafted letters for him to send to the E.P.A., the Interior Department, the Office of Management and Budget and even President Obama … Industries that he regulates have also joined him as plaintiffs in court challenges, a departure from the usual role of the state attorney general, who traditionally sues companies to force compliance with state law…

    … One of his closest partners has been Harold G. Hamm, the billionaire chief executive of Continental Resources, which is among the biggest oil and gas drilling companies in both Oklahoma and North Dakota.

    This year, Mr. Pruitt joined with a group aligned with Mr. Hamm to sue the Interior Department over its plan to consider adding animals such as the lesser prairie chicken to the endangered species list, a move that Mr. Hamm has said could knock out “some of the most promising land for oil and gas leases in the country.” The suit was filed after Mr. Hamm announced that he would serve as the chairman of Mr. Pruitt’s re-election campaign.


    Pruitt is not your usual lackey. He is a visionary, transforming the role of attorney general into a weapon for corporations to undermine the public interest.

    Lobbyists and company officials have been notably solicitous, helping him raise his profile as president for two years of the Republican Attorneys General Association, a post he used to help start what he and allies called the Rule of Law campaign, which was intended to push back against Washington.

    That campaign, in which attorneys general band together to operate like a large national law firm, has been used to back lawsuits and other challenges against the Obama administration on environmental issues, the Affordable Care Act and securities regulation. The most recent target is the president’s executive action on immigration…

    …Energy industry lobbyists have also distributed draft legislation to attorneys general and asked them to help push it through state legislatures to give the attorneys general clearer authority to challenge the Obama regulatory agenda, the documents show.

    “It is quite new,” said Paul Nolette, a political-science professor at Marquette University and the author of the forthcoming book “Federalism on Trial: State Attorneys General and National Policy Making in Contemporary America.” “The scope, size and tenor of these collaborations is, without question, unprecedented.”


    Some of Trump’s picks have been jokes. Ben Carson is completely unqualified to run HUD. Steve Mnuchin is likely in over his head at Treasury. Betsy DeVos’ record as a education reformer is disastrous.

    But Pruitt is someone who knows what he is doing. His career is all about letting fossil fuel companies write the rules without regard for the public interest. The EPA is about to be weaponized against the environment. Get your battle gear on.

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    Scott Pruitt Is a “Deeply Troubling” Choice for EPA Administrator – EDF

    December 7, 2016


    (Washington, D.C. – December 6, 2016) If press reports are accurate, President-elect Donald Trump today nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a decision that EDF president Fred Krupp called “deeply troubling.”

    “President-elect Trump’s choice for EPA Administrator has a record of attacking the environmental protections that EPA is charged with enforcing,” said Krupp. “Every President-elect has a right to assemble his team, and many nominations are approved by a simple voice vote in the Senate. Scott Pruitt has built his political career by trying to undermine EPA’s mission of environmental protection. He is a deeply troubling choice to head the agency that protects the clean air all Americans breathe and the clean water we drink. Our country needs – and deserves – an EPA Administrator who is guided by science, who respects America’s environmental laws, and who values protecting the health and safety of all Americans ahead of the lobbying agenda of special interests.”

    Since becoming Oklahoma’s top legal officer in 2011, Scott Pruitt has sued EPA to stop vital protections for public health – including standards for reducing the soot and smog pollution that crosses state lines; protections against emissions of mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other toxic pollutants from power plants; and standards to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas. These common-sense efforts to cut pollution will save lives, prevent brain damage in children, and reduce asthma attacks. In all, the Clean Air Act has saved more than a hundred thousand lives each year, and reduced heart disease and other serious conditions. The benefits have outweighed costs by more than 30 to 1. Since the Clean Air Act was passed, we’ve decreased emissions of common pollutants by 70 percent while our national Gross Domestic Product tripled and private sector jobs almost doubled.

    Mr. Pruitt has also questioned “the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.” He claims, falsely, that the climate “debate is far from settled.”
    The New York Times reported in 2014 that Mr. Pruitt led an “unprecedented, secretive alliance” with large energy companies to attack clean air rules. According to the newspaper, Mr. Pruitt sent letters to senior federal officials that had been written by industry lawyers. He also received more than three hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions from those industries.

    “This is not the leadership America needs. Mr. Pruitt’s confirmation would ensure we are left behind as we move toward a global clean energy economy,” said Krupp. “A majority of Americans of both parties support the vital safeguards that keep our air and water clean. We at EDF will continue fighting for America’s environmental protections, because they improve all our lives.”




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    Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

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    Anyone that cares about the protection of our environment can clearly see this guy is for sale to the highest bidder and is not a good choice.

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    Wow!! Look at you go on Google. A shame Washington Times and NPR aren't on your fast google list.

    Trump didn't run on an environmental platform. He ran on an anti-bad trade deal, anti-illegal immigration, pro-energy development, saving and growing our manufacturing base and Creating Jobs for Americans, and won 30 states.

    Dow is up 7% since election, up 289 points today. Americans are happy and excited, motivated and determined, to fix this country. That does not mean we want to harm the environment. Trump can't stand messes and he's not going to allow his head of EPA to harm our environment. He's also not going to allow the anti-fossil fuel movement to hide behind the "environment" to kill energy development in the United States.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Wow!! Look at you go on Google. A shame Washington Times and NPR aren't on your fast google list.

    Trump didn't run on an environmental platform. He ran on an anti-bad trade deal, anti-illegal immigration, pro-energy development, saving and growing our manufacturing base and Creating Jobs for Americans, and won 30 states.

    Dow is up 7% since election, up 289 points today. Americans are happy and excited, motivated and determined, to fix this country. That does not mean we want to harm the environment. Trump can't stand messes and he's not going to allow his head of EPA to harm our environment. He's also not going to allow the anti-fossil fuel movement to hide behind the "environment" to kill energy development in the United States.
    I'm getting sick and tired of your usage of derogatory comments specifically designed to personally demean me. I've already responded to two of them on other threads this afternoon. Why do you insist on pushing my buttons?
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    Trump to nominate EPA critic Pruitt to lead agency

    Published December 07, 2016 FoxNews.com

    President-elect Donald Trump is planning to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt – an outspoken critic of the EPA – to lead the environmental agency, a senior transition source confirmed to Fox News.

    Word of Trump’s choice for the Environmental Protection Agency came as the president-elect also named Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as his pick for ambassador to China and asked retired Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Trump announced late Wednesday as well that he’ll nominate Linda McMahon, former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, as administrator of the Small Business Administration.

    Pruitt may be the most controversial pick of the four.

    Pruitt, 48, has been a reliable booster of the fossil fuel industry and a critic of what he derides as the EPA's "activist agenda."

    Representing his state as attorney general since 2011, Pruitt has repeatedly sued the EPA to roll back environmental regulations and other health protections. He joined with other Republican attorneys general in opposing the Clean Power Plan, which seeks to limit planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Pruitt has argued that curbing carbon emissions would trample the sovereignty of state governments, drive up electricity rates, threaten the reliability of the nation's power grid and "create economic havoc."

    His installment, if confirmed, would mark a significant break with the current EPA approach toward global warming.

    In an opinion article published earlier this year by National Review, Pruitt suggested the debate over global warming "is far from settled" and claimed "scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind."

    He also filed court briefs in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline project blocked by the Obama administration, which would have run through his state. And Pruitt sued the EPA over the agency's recent expansion of water bodies regulated under the federal Clean Water Act.

    "Respect for private property rights have allowed our nation to thrive, but with the recently finalized rule, farmers, ranchers, developers, industry and individual property owners will now be subject to the unpredictable, unsound and often byzantine regulatory regime of the EPA," Pruitt said last year.

    As word of Pruitt's nomination spread Wednesday, environmental and liberal groups quickly responded with condemnation.

    Public Citizen called him a "terrible choice," saying in a statement: "Pruitt is cozy with the oil and gas industry and treats the EPA like an enemy."

    Business leaders in his home state, however, lauded Pruitt's selection, especially those in the oil and gas industry.

    "Scott Pruitt is a businessman and public servant and understands the impact regulation and legislation have in the business world," said Jeffrey McDougall, chairman of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. "His appointment will put rational and reasonable regulation at the forefront."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe2 View Post
    TRUMP TRANSITION: Trump names Scott Pruitt to head EPA



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    President-elect Donald Trump names Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Fox News has learned.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016...-lead-epa.html

    For more news, please go to FoxNews.com and watch Fox News Channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MW View Post
    Scott Pruitt Is a “Deeply Troubling” Choice for EPA Administrator – EDF

    December 7, 2016


    (Washington, D.C. – December 6, 2016) If press reports are accurate, President-elect Donald Trump today nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a decision that EDF president Fred Krupp called “deeply troubling.”

    “President-elect Trump’s choice for EPA Administrator has a record of attacking the environmental protections that EPA is charged with enforcing,” said Krupp. “Every President-elect has a right to assemble his team, and many nominations are approved by a simple voice vote in the Senate. Scott Pruitt has built his political career by trying to undermine EPA’s mission of environmental protection. He is a deeply troubling choice to head the agency that protects the clean air all Americans breathe and the clean water we drink. Our country needs – and deserves – an EPA Administrator who is guided by science, who respects America’s environmental laws, and who values protecting the health and safety of all Americans ahead of the lobbying agenda of special interests.”

    Since becoming Oklahoma’s top legal officer in 2011, Scott Pruitt has sued EPA to stop vital protections for public health – including standards for reducing the soot and smog pollution that crosses state lines; protections against emissions of mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other toxic pollutants from power plants; and standards to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas. These common-sense efforts to cut pollution will save lives, prevent brain damage in children, and reduce asthma attacks. In all, the Clean Air Act has saved more than a hundred thousand lives each year, and reduced heart disease and other serious conditions. The benefits have outweighed costs by more than 30 to 1. Since the Clean Air Act was passed, we’ve decreased emissions of common pollutants by 70 percent while our national Gross Domestic Product tripled and private sector jobs almost doubled.

    Mr. Pruitt has also questioned “the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.” He claims, falsely, that the climate “debate is far from settled.”
    The New York Times reported in 2014 that Mr. Pruitt led an “unprecedented, secretive alliance” with large energy companies to attack clean air rules. According to the newspaper, Mr. Pruitt sent letters to senior federal officials that had been written by industry lawyers. He also received more than three hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions from those industries.

    “This is not the leadership America needs. Mr. Pruitt’s confirmation would ensure we are left behind as we move toward a global clean energy economy,” said Krupp. “A majority of Americans of both parties support the vital safeguards that keep our air and water clean. We at EDF will continue fighting for America’s environmental protections, because they improve all our lives.”




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    https://www.edf.org/media/scott-prui...inistrator-edf






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