Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Scott Pruitt OUT at EPA

A reviewing stand is seen outside of the White House A reviewing stand is seen outside of the White House
Sandra Phillips | 06 July, 2018, 02:19

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he had accepted Pruitt's resignation and that he thought Pruitt had done an "outstanding job". "The president feels, though, as Scott Pruitt has done a really good job at deregulating the government to allow for a thriving economy; that's important to him".

Andrew Wheeler, the EPA's current deputy administrator, will take over as the organisation's acting head on Monday, Mr Trump said.

In the resignation letter that Pruitt sent to President Trump, he said "it is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role".

"The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us", Pruitt said in his resignation letter. His staff reportedly searched for private jet options for Pruitt's official travel, and he also stayed at a condo owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist but paid only $50 per night.

That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6.

Along with Trump, who once said that "global warming was created by and for the Chinese", Pruitt oversaw the efforts to dismantle major climate regulations. Within the last few months, multiple internal and congressional investigations were launched into reports that Pruitt retaliated against employees and whistleblowers who raised concerns about his spending decisions-a particular concern for watchdog groups and lawmakers because such actions could violate federal law.

Pruitt may have been the worst EPA chief ever, some believe.

The cooler tone towards Mr Pruitt recalls the changing attitude to other cabinet members who have been dismissed by the president.

"Andrew Wheeler is the flawless choice to serve as Acting Administrator".

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Chmielewski said meetings, events, and phone calls were deliberately omitted from the version of Pruitt's official calendar that was released to the public.

"Pruitt's departure may cost us some jokes", added Public Citizen president Robert Weissman in a statement, "but it won't change the Trump administration or help save the planet or Americans' health".

The list of accusations levelled against the 50-year-old head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has grown nearly too long to itemise in a single article.

Several reviews have to do with Pruitt's use of email.

"Scott Pruitt's resignation was long overdue", said Pallone, D-6th Dist., the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Earlier this week, a woman confronted Pruitt at a Washington restaurant and urged him to "resign before your scandals push you out".

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