Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt

Many breathed a sigh of relief when the news broke, but others expressed concern that Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who's now the EPA's No. 2, will take over and continue Pruitt's deregulatory agenda.

"Green groups cheered the resignation Thursday of Scott Pruitt, saying the Environmental Protection Agency administrator's multiple ethical lapses and pro-polluter tilt made him unsuitable for the nation's highest environmental post", the story began.

"I'll just say this: I wouldn't lose any sleep if EPA Administrator (Scott) Pruitt would be let go by the president, or resigned", said Young.

He was a major player in the president's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, he ended President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan and aggressively cut government red tape. After giving $300,000 to the President's inauguration fund, the New York Times reported that Murray gave Trump a wish list of environmental regulations he wanted rolled back and the President instructed Pruitt to get to work on the list.

In a statement, Tim Huelskamp, president and CEO of the conservative Heartland Institute said, "Scott Pruitt has been the most effective member of Trump's administration despite the controversies he generated".

Wheeler - who worked at the EPA in the early 1990s, dealing with toxic substances, public disclosure of environmental risks, and other issues - promised public transparency.

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The statement stands in contrast to the first remarks Pruitt made to his staff, which focused on reigning in regulations. Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, wrote in a letter to Wheeler on Friday. Wheeler is now listed as a consulting principal at worldwide law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, and he has lobbied for Whirlpool, Sargento, and a number of other chemical and big oil interests, according to records compiled by ProPublica. Coal giant Murray Energy Corporation is one of his previous clients.

Despite his short tenure, Pruitt is leaving a big mark. The people he worked with "respect him, and I think that will help move the agenda forward and make sure the accomplishments are long lasting".

Wheeler, 53, could serve more than a year in an acting role.

The Natural Resources Defense Council "also bashed the outgoing official". Inhofe authored a book on the subject, titled "The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future". Ed Markey tweeting: "With Pruitt out and Andrew Wheeler at the helm, the EPA Administrator will no longer be #BigOil's right hand man, it'll be King Coal's best lobbyist".

During the hearings, Sen. He also once commented that he disagreed with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's finding that carbon dioxide emissions could negatively impact human health, and accused the group of scientists of functioning more like a political body.

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