Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Scott Pruitt resigns at EPA; Andrew Wheeler to take over

NYT's Maggie Haberman Lists Probable Reasons Why Pruitt Is Still in Trump Admin Scott Pruitt resigns at EPA; Andrew Wheeler to take over
Sandra Phillips | 06 July, 2018, 23:04

The main difference between the two, say conservation groups, is Wheeler will likely be more effective than Pruitt in dismantling EPA safeguards.

That limber sidestep offers small solace to Deans, who is concerned about what the transition from Pruitt to Wheeler spells for the environment.

Pallone last month accused Pruitt's EPA of "betraying the bipartisan effort" that led to passage led to a law updating federal chemical regulations and was named for the late U.S. Sen.

Chief of staff John Kelly was seemingly obsessed with getting Pruitt ousted, according to EPA and White House officials.

As the head of the EPA, Pruitt presided over the substantial roll-back of environmental regulations, as well as the usa withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords.

"Outstanding? Instead of protecting our air and water (Scott Pruitt) gave polluters unprecedented influence and access to the EPA", he said in response to Trump's praise of the outgoing EPA chief. On Tuesday, CNN reported that Pruitt had asked Trump to let him replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department; Pruitt denied the report. Some of the ethics accusations involved jobs for Pruitt's wife.

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Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who has been critical of the agency, both received direct tweets to their official Senate accounts. Sanders added that the president met for about 45 minutes with each candidate on Monday at the White House.

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Trump tweeted that Pruitt's deputy, the former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, would take over Monday as acting head of the agency.

Pruitt has been buffeted by numerous revelations about extravagant spending, including $1,560 for a dozen fountain pens, $3,000 on "tactical pants" and "tactical polos", $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth for his office and $120,000 on a trip to Italy. His deputy, Andrew Wheeler, is taking over as acting director.

In his resignation letter to Trump, obtained by The Associated Press, Pruitt expressed no regrets.

"Clear-eyed leadership at EPA could help prevent the carbon bubble we are headed for as fossil fuel reserves end up stranded and potentially trillions of dollars get wiped off energy company books", Whitehouse said in a statement emailed to NPR. Here's what you need to know about Wheeler's background as he takes over the agency tasked with preserving the country's environment and natural resources. More recently, he was caught courting oil execs to work in his administration and setting up a fake calendar to hide how much of his schedule was devoted to meeting with industries.

During his time as a congressional staffer, Wheeler worked as a senior aide to Republican Sen. "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA". "I applaud President Trump for placing him in this position". Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned a year ago after it was reported he spent taxpayer funds on charter flights. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was sacked in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care.

The embattled head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has quit his post. Tom Carper of DE, long a vocal critic of Pruitt's.

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